Sunday, October 7, 2007

Gold Coast #5- A walk in the woods

Day 4- 7th Sep 2007 (Friday)
Part 1

The sun is out. The weather has taken a turn for the better. Taking advice from the tour counter at Marriot, we booked a day tour with Southern Cross 4WD Tour.

It was GREAT!!

We went up to Mt Tamborine, It's serene, and we were awe strucked by the wonders and beauties of God's creation.
Here's the both of us at the entrance of the Macdonald Rainforest Circuit. 1.4km

On this track we passes throught the rainforest observing
Strangler Fig, finally got to see how it looks like clearly. The last time we saw one was at the Glow Worm Tour on the 1st night. It was raining and was too dark to see the tree clearly.

"These plants begin life as epiphytes, when their seeds, often bird-dispersed, germinate in crevices atop other trees. These seedlings grow their roots downward and envelope the host tree while also growing upward to reach into the sunlight zone above the canopy.
An original support tree can sometimes die, leaving a "columnar tree", central core empty, of the Strangler Fig."

This is AMAZING. We sat in a columnar tree later in the day during a tree top walk.

Eucalyptus Tree .. also known as Gum Tree
Home of Koalas

A fallen tree, uprooted. Here's our guide and fellow tour mates, teachers on school visits (fun bunch- total 5)
It really made me feel small. look at the roots.

We had scones for breakfast. Remember the scone I was telling you about during my "hands on" on the crikey stage show at Dreamworld"? Here it is!

We had BBQ beef and the chef gave me an extra piece of grilled fish (*wink).
The beef was a little overcooked, but otherwise the meal was yummy. fresh salads, strawberries and fruits and drinks such as beers are included.

After the meal, we had fun playing with real stock whip by the creek. It gave off a loud "crack" if performed correctly. Took ahile to get the hang of it. A school teacher got hit by the whip, I think that's becos he wasn't wearing the cowboy hat or something or was playing around, His face was slightly swollen, was given ice. *Ouch!

Here's the whole getup. Hat- checked. Whip- Checked. Bright smile- checked.

With Royd our tour guide.
Doesn't the 4WD looks cool?

I love experiencing nature. How everything is made for a reason, how a rainforest is mapped and planned to ensure that the ecosystem is blanced. It made me remember that the world is more than the evilness that is constantly hovering.
That above all, there is a maker, Someone is watching.

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