Darwin

A crocodile ATTACKED our dinghy!!!!! It was really scary.  We caught some very big fish!!!!! We cooked them on a fire on the beach. Some baby turtles had hatched and we saw their foot prints. We also saw some really detailed crocodile prints in the sand. Now we are arriving in Darwin after traveling 90 nautical miles (167km) in one day and night.IMG_3583iIMG_3607IMG_3622IMG_3632IMG_3652IMG_3658

Going to Elcho Island

We left Gove to go to Darwin. At our first stop I caught a coral trout and Richard ( our friend who is sailing with us to Darwin) caught a trevally. At the next stop we caught 9 trevally, 2 queen fish and one rock cod. We also found some aboriginal rock art. Yesterday we had a snack with some of Richards adopted aboriginal family. Now I am officially an uncle (in aboriginal culture) to someone older than me!!!!!!!IMG_3421IMG_3428IMG_3440IMG_3462IMG_3464IMG_3474IMG_3511IMG_3535IMG_3537IMG_3562

Gapuwiyak

We went to Gapuwiyak for 3 days, Gapuwiyak is an aboriginal community near Gove. We went to collect pandanis leaves and dye with some local people. We got yellow dye from the roots of a funny tree and the red dye from a certain type of grass. To cut up the roots for the yellow dye we had to use a machete!!!!!!! The next day we put the dye in boiling water with the pandani leaves. They use the coloured pandani leaves to make baskets and mats. We went to the local art gallery and I bought a didgeridoo, it is really hard to play but makes a great sound. I played tiggy with sone of the local aboriginal kids who are really fast. We went fishing and at the fishing area there was grey mud knee deep. We didn’t catch any fish.The aboriginal community was really interesting. There was a lot of red dirt. Now we are going to sail to Darwin.IMG_3215IMG_3227IMG_3278IMG_3281IMG_3289IMG_3315IMG_3326IMG_3328IMG_3343IMG_3358IMG_3370IMG_3374IMG_3419map Gove

Going West

We went to Cooktown to see Captain Cooks ships anchor, there was a canon as well. They were really rusty and old. We are following where the Endeavour sailed up the coast of Australia in our boat. At Cape Melville there were giant centipede and crocodile tracks in the sand. We stayed at a tiny tropical island for a night (Morris Island). Near Shelburne Bay I found a really, really big shell, it was almost completely buried in the sand, it’s ENORMOUS!!!!!! Today we sailed around Cape York!!!!!!!! It was really cool, we went to the very point of Australia and there was a sign at the very tip. Now we are sailing across the Gulf of Carpentaria for 3 days and nights without stopping (boring). PS the answer to the question of how long would it take to count to a billion (without stopping) is 347 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!map 1map 2IMG_2886IMG_2887IMG_2905IMG_2957IMG_2959IMG_3024IMG_3043IMG_3047IMG_3068IMG_3132IMG_3135IMG_3183IMG_3187