27 Jan 2016

Heading Down Under - Aussie Land by valeriepeltier

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First thing in the morning we hopped in the car and Geoff dropped us off at Lacey's Creek in order for us to explore another one of the many walking tracks surrounding Mission Beach. Eager to get on the trail we quickly sprayed our arms and legs to try and ward off the mosquitoes and made our way to the trail head. With it only being a short trek we figured we would spend time at the half way point with Geoffs recommendation of feeding the fish some bread to lure the turtles out for a sighting.
When we reached the platform, it overhung the pond about 8 ft from the surface. With the mosquitoes in attack mode we grabbed our pieces of bread and broke them into little pieces. Thinking that the fish would take a minute until realizing that it was food being dropped into the water, we were taken by surprise that no sooner that the bread touching the water there were already 4 or 5 fish jumping at it splashing and flopping in every direction.
After about the 4th piece of bread was thrown the turtle swam up from its resting place curious as to what was making the fish jump.
The fish got the majority of the bread in the end but the turtle managed to grab a couple in the end too.

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When we reached North Mission Beach we were warm and sweaty from our walk back into town. The air was still and very sticky so we hopped over to a little cafe in the village to get a refreshing drink and catch up on the Internet world.
An hour or so later we wandered back to the beach to eat our packed lunch and rest in the shade and enjoy the breeze coming off the ocean.

On our journey back to the shop we decided to take the partially shaded path until it met up with the beach again. Just before the path ended we noticed a sign that was labelled as the a boardwalk path, curious we ventured down it to see where it would end up thinking that this was the path that was supposed to follow the beach for approx 15 km. It turned out to be a wonderful path although it was definitely not the one we had imagined it to be.