Good Bye Island Paradise.

This weekend was my penultimate weekend in Australia. Monday morning I woke up on Orpheus Island, after three solid days of adventures. You can read about my previous days on the island at these pervious blog posts. Day 3: BRING ON THE SNORKELING Day 2: I CAN GET USED TO ISLAND LIVING Day 1: PINCH ME NOW I MUST BE DREAMING … Continue reading

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Bring on the Snorkeling

Orpheus Island is located within the Palm Island Group on the Great Barrier Reef, situated 120 km north of Townsville and 220 km south of Cairns. Located 23 km (16 nautical miles) east of the mainland coast from Lucinda, North Queensland, Australia, Orpheus Island is in the northern end of the Palm Island group. I … Continue reading

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I Can Get Used To Island Living.

As I wrote in my previous post, “Pinch Me Now I Must Be Dreaming” I am staying on Orpheus Island for 4 days (3 nights), and volunteering to do tasks around the island. This post focuses on my experiences from day 2. Saturday Morning I woke up to the sounds of cockatoos and and other … Continue reading

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Not So Creepy Crawlies…

I wrote yesterday in my post “From Beautiful to Terrifying” about some of my adventures on Maggie Island at Koala Village this weekend. If you are ever in Townsville, Queensland, Australia make time to visit Maggie island. I wanted to pack a picnic so I stopped at the farmers market to get some fruit. I picked … Continue reading

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From Beautiful to Terrifying.

Yesterday I spent the day on Maggie Island in the Coral Sea off the coast of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Over half of Maggie Island is National Park and it lies in the the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. As I was riding the ferry over I thought to myself this is going to be one of … Continue reading

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A blowout, a milk shake, the outback.

The day started off slow. The Townsville Road Runners were hosting a race that started at the Uni. P and I met Cam for a morning run followed by tea and anzac biscuits. The race was about a 5k, and was a blowout. We took it slow and enjoyed the friendship, the tea and biscuits and … Continue reading

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hill climb, sunset, latte

After work Pip picked up Paige (link to Paige’s blog) and I and we went into Townsville to climb castle hill. Hill is a bit deceiving because at nearly 300 meters it is less than a meter short of a mountain. It is a giant granite monolith, and is dab smack in the center of the city. … Continue reading

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Deadly encounters and natures beauty

Sometimes while I am here I am caught up in the new sights (wallabies), smells (eucalyptus), and sounds (cockatoos which by the way is a very unpleasant sound). Other times I feel like danger is lurking around every corner. Often when I tell someone I saw a snake on my hike today they will reply, … Continue reading

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Introductions

Today was my first day in the lab. I will introduce the people I will be working with in order of appearance. I arrived at the lab this morning at 8:00 am. By this time I had been up for 4 hours because I couldn’t sleep. Stan and Kirsten were smoking cigarettes and drinking their … Continue reading

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