A good sign....when the flight attendant on your first flight is your high school friend and the first person you ever shared an apt. with! My friend, Carol!
First things first upon arrival....espresso.
Somehow we must turn this into an alluring booth.
The boss seems to think it looks O.K.
So, I guess we can open the doors.
And here they come; 2,000 delegates from 80 countries.
The magnetic board is a big hit. It even captures the attention of the local news crew.
Lots of people are interested, a very good thing.
Our "holographic" glasses are sensational.
Ready to pack it up and go explore Australia.
The eastern coast of Australia, Cairns, in the state of Queensland.
One of the local inhabitants.
A Jumanji-like plant.
You cannot swim at the beach here so they built a gorgeous, gigantic pool.
The biggest farmers' market I've ever been to.
For anyone who loves coconuts, this is the place to be.
Beautiful palms live here...
...and so many different trees.
Check out all the stag-horn ferns on this tree!
We leave the "city"...
...and ascend to the rainforest via skyrail.
The skyrail makes a few stops along the way so you can explore.
Every tree or living thing is used by some other living thing as a ladder up to the light of the sun.
Golden Orb Weaver
Then we continue on our way toward the village of Kuranda.
Only after zooming in on these guys could i see that they are Cockatoos.
Gorgeous AND used for hydroelectric power.
Coconut palms are everywhere.
In Kuranda you can stroll a path along the river.
To get back to Cairns we take the train down through the hills.