zee ohh emm gee (ZOMG)
The first night we were in Cairns I thought about a trip I made to Florida with my mom and some family friends. Like clockwork it would storm heavily every afternoon. Most times in less than an hour the storm would pass and the rest of the evening would continue on quite nicely.
That was Florida - this is CAIRNS!!!!
Apparently we are experiencing day three of monsoon caliber rains. Hold on to your hats, it gets better. The city is established on very low lying marshy land, and wait, there's more, when the tide comes in there is nowhere for all the rain water to go. So the roads to town get washed out and the bus system gets suspended until further notice. I would say best of all, when the rain hits, the wifi just goes dead.
Please can I have some internets?
The saving grace is our accommodation. It's comfortable, elevated, and dry. This place is marvellous and I can't extend enough gratitude to her parents.
We came up here early to see what options we had for working holiday. With all this weather we may be forced to forfeit our head start. In the meantime we head outside occasionally to see what we can.
she said (a couple days later):
Luckily, even though the storm/sunshine pattern continues, the buses are up and running. We got into town and got a lead on some work for accommodation a bit farther north. We'll give that a try next week, but in the meantime we decided to be tourists and took a guided tour. Hello Cape Trib Connections.
The highlights were Milla Milla Falls and Lake Eachman where we got to swim.
(Pictures coming when we finish out the point-and-click water camera we purchased).
Milla Milla was a quick stop, but exciting because we got to swim right in behind the waterfall. Lake Eacham, though much less turbulent, was interesting for different reasons. The lake was originally volcanic craters that filled with rainwater over time. Since the water is void of any minerals, staying afloat is only for those who can swim. As for the rest of the tour stops: