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Mission Beach

The rainforest field trip was the first 4 days of our lecture recess and we got back Tuesday night.  So, Wednesday morning Amy and I left on a grayhound bus for Mission Beach to stay there for a couple of days before heading up to Cairns for a couple of days.  It is amazing there, I love it.  The soft sandy beach, warm blue ocean, lush green rainforest, and clear blue skies combine to make it a paradise.  There are several beaches linked together by trails through the rainforest and many of those beaches are secluded and we would only see maybe 2 or 3 people on the whole beach.  It is a very small town too, which is nice.  We went on trails to the north and south and walked through rainforest which was nice to hear rainforest birds and insects at the same time you can hear ocean waves.  Places really can't get much more perfect than Mission Beach.

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the bus stops in cardwell for lunch, so we walked on the beach there when we finished

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looking out to hitchenbrook island off cardwell shore

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rocks i went on to look for creatures

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me looking for skinks

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whimbrel (bird) on rock

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looking out to dunk island

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bingil bay

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bingil bay

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bingil bay

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tree, brookes beach

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looking into part of forest from brookes beach

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brookes beach

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brookes beach

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cassowary! (much closer than last time)

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again (yup, he's like 4.5 feet tall)

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cassowary footprint drawing

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cassowary footprint mural


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cassowary count

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cassowary footprint in cement

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metal art on side of building

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metallic starling nests hanging from tree

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golden orb weaver spider in its cool web (pretty big spider!)

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fake cassowary

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dead fish on beach (dunno, Amy took this pic)

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clump mountain

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the trail up clump mtn.

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rainforest clump mtn

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view from a lookout clump mtn.

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northern jeweled spider (very strange)

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pretty flower

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strange almost plastic flower

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cool poofy flower (there are a lot of diff. poofy flowers here), see the bee hovering next to it?

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kennedy trail sign (i like the croc warning)

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view, kennedy trail

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kennedy beach

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kennedy beach

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view kennedy trail

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again, towards dunk island

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lugger bay

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tree in lugger bay

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mission beach itself

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again, looking towards back side of beach

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pretty big crab trying to 'hide' from me in rocks

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same crab

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little crab w/ shadow on beach

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very tiny crab in my hand

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crab w/ all its little balls of sand 

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mission beach, dawn

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i like cool palms that stand'll notice w/ the next few pics, hehe

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amy walking, narragon beach, near clump pt. jetty

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narragon beach, looking towards where trail came out of woods

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nautilus shell on sand

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rippley sand on beach

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a little rocky beach

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a stunted growth palm tree

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skink on rock

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mud skipper fish (pretty cool)

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dawn, mission beach

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sunrise mission beach (every time i'm at a beach i try to get up for sunrise)

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next day again (and me in there too)

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haha, amy took this pic cuz she thought it was funny i was eating my banana split and the peel too! (by accident somehow, but it was actually very good since cooked a little)

This background is a picture I took of a palm tree I thought looked nice when I was walking just after the sun had come up on Mission Beach.

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