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Cape York Peninsula

We traveled north from Emerald and met up with some other friends that came over feom New Zealand. Then over the next few days we camped and checked out the four wheel drive tracks along the way. We did the Old Coach Road track which went out to Maytown. An old gold mining town in the late 1800’s. It had a store, a doctor, a butcher, a school,and all sorts of things you would need back then in a town. Pretty much fully equipped. But it was so hot, we could barely believe people lived there. All that was left was some of the building support beams coming out of the dirt and a replica of a store or house. It was also hard to imagine a horse drawn anything making it out there… the road was so rocky and rough. 

Then we did the Old Telegragh Track, which used to be where the telegraph line went up to the cape. You could still see lots of the galvanized steel poles along the way, all twisted and bent.Lots of rough roads and creeks to cross. 

Some things we saw were a dingo crossing the road and an emu with five babies crossing the road. We couldn’t get a photo of either, but that was super cool. We also saw some green ants, meat ants, a neat yellow spider, a lizard, a gecko and some interesting plants. It’s very tropical up here… and dry. There are crazy termite mounds everywhere and we are always on the lookout for snakes if we are walking in tall grass. I keep my boots on. Don’t want any surprises, but none of us has seen one yet as there are many poisonous ones up here.

Some of the other birds I’ve identified have been:

  • Magpie-lark 
  • Brown Goshawk
  • Rainbow Lorikeet 
  • Cattle Egret
  • Kookaburra 

The Kookaburra sounds like a group of laughing monkies! You’d never guess it was a bird unless you already knew it.

Next we will make it to the cape and then head back down. Hope to see some crocks, but not too close! 

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Wowee! We have had quite the busy week. We were going to have a nice easy start last Tuesday with our flight to Sydney leaving at 4 pm. The night before, Darren tried to check us in online for our flight and he realized that his passport had expired four months ago. He was caught off guard because they usually expire every ten years but his last one was only issued for five. So, we drove to Wellington and applied for a renewal and got it in the same day only a few hours before our flight left. We only got three hours of sleep that night, ugh… and all three of us came down with a cold. Lots of runny noses, not fun. But, Boy did very well on the plane. Hardly worth mentioning compared to the horror stories you hear about flying with sick babies.

We took a train to Darren’s sisters house from Sydney to Hunter Valley. Then, Wed, Thu and Fri, we drove north. We took Sat off and just camped, which was a nice rest. We met some really cool people living in a house truck.They had six kids as well! They have been traveling around Australia sharing Jesus to the native peoples through country gospel music for the last three years! Quite interesting people and they were so friendly. 

The other two nights we stayed with a great uncle of Darren’s and then a friend of Darren’s mum. When we got there she asked us if we wanted some dinner and offered us some homemade spaghetti, with salsa. I was so confused because to me salsa is a dip served cold with chips. She was meaning what I thought should be called ‘pasta sauce’ or ‘marinara sauce’. If you say marinara sauce in this part of the world they won’t know what you are talking about though. The whole conversation was rather interesting… haha…

So all in all we traveled 1400 km in three days from Sydney to Emerald. The landscape hasnt changed all that much, but the temperature has. It’s much hotter up north. I’ve been keeping a list of the birds we’ve seen. So far I’ve identified the following:

  • Noisy Miner
  • Blue Faced Honeyeater 
  • Apostlebird 
  • Brush Turkey
  • Galah
  • Cockatoo
  • White-breasted Woodswallow 
  • Zebra Finch
  • Queensland Barn Owl
  • Brolga Crane
  • Australian Raven 

They are so many colourful birds here! I love it. And parrots! We have also seen kangaroo and a tree called the Bloodwood Tree. It leaks sap that looks like it’s bleeding. Apparently the aboriginal people use it as an antiseptic, and drink water from it’s roots.

I would love to post photos here but signal isn’t that great and it would suck up a lot of data, so I’ll just let you readers google the birds we’ve seen and how far we’ve traveled on the map. It’s worth the look. ­čÖé

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We are going to Australia next week and won’t be back for six weeks! We will be exploring Cape York, the northern most region of the country. Just wanted to post some photos before we left. 

My poor Rooster just kept getting sicker even after the medicine, so we put him down. A neighbor will be looking after the other chooks while we are away.

Boy, loves the new piano, and is pulling himself up on anything he can.

Darren got an old Power Pony from his uncle while we were down south. Its like a mini tractor, so we can have an even bigger garden! It can pull things like a plow and other such work saving devices. Darren also bought me a precision planter, so I can plant a whole bunch of seeds by just walking back and forth for 10 minutes, instead of on my hands and knees for hours. It holds the seeds and pokes one in the ground at regular intervals.

And the last photo is from Boy’s baby dedication last month.

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