After several days in touristy but amazing northern Queensland (in and around Cairns), I took a flight back to Brisbane, then hopped on a train to Robina. There I was picked up by Steph and Allie, and their friends Ebony and Amanda. Allie is a friend from the US, and is here for several weeks. Ebony and Amanda live up in the mountains in Springbrook. AHHHHH!!! It was so lovely to be in such a remote place with such awesome people.
Ebony and Amanda rent out a chalet up in the mountains and that's where we stayed for a few nights.
One day while up in Springbrook, Allie, Steph and I took a 17 kilometer hike in the rainforest of Springbrook National Park. We went pst several waterfalls and even had a chance to go swimming... but it was pretty freezing-- so we only took a little dip.
At Springbrook National Park, there's a place called the Natural Arch. It's a bit of a cave with a waterfall running into it. Anyway, Ebony is a ranger for the park and she took Allie and I to the cave at night. Wow! I hope someday that you'll be able to see this dear reader: the cave was lit up with glow worms. You know, glow worms- like in James and the Giant Peach! I felt like I was stargazing into galaxies of them. The picture above isn't great-- but it gives a bit of a sense of what it was like.
On the way out of the cave, we heard a ton of green tree frogs. Ebony picked one up, and Allie and I each got to hold it. It was so beautiful. We also saw really scary looking spiders that we decided not to hold.
Now I am back in Brisbane with Bear, Allie, Steph and Steph's flatmates Rollie and Stu. Allie and I went out in the morning and played some tennis. Good thing we got out early. It has already gotten to be pretty hot out there-- 28 degrees!
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