More Fun Stuff

Even more AWESOME stuff is about to be posted on this blog. I’ll start off with the Mutton birds (shearwaters). So make sure you have your nose peg, your ear muffs and your umbrella because it’s about to start raining them from the sky! We watched them come in from the sea one night. There were hundreds and thousands of them!  When ever they tried (and I mean tried not succeeded) they would usually ram head first into the ground (if they are lucky), a tree or you and then scurry of into there burrows.

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We watched the biosecurity dogs getting trained. It was super and I MEAN super cool. The dogs would follow the scent to find introduced animals like rats, frogs and lizards. Guess what, the dogs name was Sebbi!

 

This is Darcie, one of the rangers on Lord Howe who I (yes me) got to interview about my dream job because she has (lucky her) has that dream job.

What does your job involve? Half time ranger and half time on biosecurity where I train and work with the biosecurity dogs.

What’s the best thing about being a ranger on Lord Howe Island? Getting to look after all the different birds and animals on the island and getting to meet interesting people.

How do you get to be a ranger on Lord Howe Island? I studied biology and university. Did some bush regeneration and some environmental campaigning. And had some good luck!!!

What’s the most satisfying project you’ve done on the island? The rodent eradication program, the woodhen survey and working with volunteers environmental projects. Also, working with the biosecurity dogs.

What is your favourite place on Lord Howe Island? Snorkelling at Middle Beach

Favourite ice-cream flavour? Hokey pokey and chocolate!

She showed me some Phasmids (the Lord Howe stick insect). They thought they were extinct and then found a small population of them on Balls Pyramid (a “rock” out in the ocean). Try and find the baby one.

 

We saw some Tropic Birds doing acrobatics in the air!

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We went snorkelling around a wreck. There were tonnes of fish of all sizes and we saw a moray eel and of course a turtle!

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Now here’s two very grumpy creatures. The fish was guarding its territory with its life and zooming up at us whenever we got close and the sea urchin had iridescent spots on it and we were lucky to get it on a bad hair day!

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More fish!

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By the way this is what Lord Howe Island looks like.

 

That’s it for this episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness, that was long.

 

Lord Howe Island

We’re at Lord Howe Island!!! We ended up having to take two  flights to get here. Our first flight arrived at Sydney. We saw some friends and stayed at with them for a night. We have been at Lord Howe for two days and have already seen a bunch of amazing creatures and a turtle! Yesterday we went on a walk along the cliff tops and saw lots (as in hundreds) of of White and Sooty Terns.

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Now look at these amazing creatures.

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These are a sea urchin and a giant clam. Today we did a big walk up one of the mountains. There was a beautiful rainforest and at the top we ended up at a place called Goat Cave! I swung on some huge Banyan tree vines and had very sore hands afterwards. So fun!!!

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And just to remind everyone to donate to the turtle campaign. Here is something we found in the Lagoon.

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I’m over $600! Thanks everyone who donated.

https://www.gofundme.com/sailing-to-save-the-turtles&rcid=r01-154097937932-67faec0a225b494d&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

Disaster Strikes!!!

I’ve got some good news and some very bad news. I’ll start with the good news. We’ve got a new crew member who’s name is Rod. Here are some fun facts about him.

 favourite ice-cream flavours are: Vanilla and Hazelnut chocolate.

Interests: Bike riding; running, camping and ice-cream.

Most satisfying moment: While volunteering for the SES finding two guys who had been lost in the bush for three days.

Biggest adventure: Riding his push-bike along the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley.

Do you get sea sick?: YES!!!

We saw some huge jellyfish in the Yamba marina and bought so much chocolate we needed a 30cm by 20cm by 15cm container to hold it all! We need the chocolate for our over night sails.

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And now for the bad news! We hit something in the water at night so now there’s a crack in the steering block and our AUTOPILOT snapped so we had to come back to Coffs Harbour to get it looked at. We don’t know if we will be able to sail anymore unless we can get the steering fixed fast! It’s a DISASTER!!!

I’ll keep you posted as soon as I know more.

UPDATE!!!

We are catching a plane to Lord Howe Island!!! We’re going because the boat is out of order for a week. Not quite the same but still…………….

Next update at Lord Howe Island.

Waterparks and Whales

Hey everyone,

We’ve got a new crew member onboard called Tomas. We collected him in the gold coast (not a wilderness experience!!!), we did some amazing stuff at the Gold Coast but I’ll talk about that a bit later. Here are some fun facts about Tomas.

Intertests: astrology & numerology

Favourite ice-cream flavour: pineapple or cherry

Best adventure: riding a motorcycle around Australia

Scariest moment: having a volcano erupt in Costa Rica and almost get hit by flying volcanic rocks!

Best thing to happen to him: His daughter Grace

We’re picking up another crew member Rod in Yamba tomorrow and I will interview him later.

Now onto what I’ve been doing. We stopped in the Gold Coast for a day and I went to Wet’n’Wild (a water park)!!! It was super fun, we went on every ride that was open. Some of the rides were soooooo scary! My favourite ride was the Tornado.

After that we had to sail 100 nautical miles down the coast to get to Yamba. On the way down we saw lots of whales and dolphins. At one point we had 13 dolphins at the front of the boat!

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I got my boating license so I can drive our dinghy by myself.

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Tomorrow we’re heading off on our big 3 day sail over to Lord Howe Island. I’m feeling very nervous, we’re going to be out in the big ocean! I’ll post again in 3-4 days when we actually get there.

And once again, if you want to donate to my turtle rehabilitation campaign just click on my GoFundMe link. I’m up to $445! Thanks to everybody who has donated so far.

https://www.gofundme.com/sailing-to-save-the-turtles&rcid=r01-154097937932-67faec0a225b494d&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

 

Heading Off

We have left Brisbane and spent the night over at Moreton Island. I will give you a quick tour of the boat before I tell (and show) you the mind blowing creatures we have seen so far.

This is the cockpit where we steer the boat, put the sails up and down and spend most of our day.

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Next is a place that has a stove, sink, bench and cupboards. If you can guess what it is you’re a genius!!!

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It even has an oven where my dad makes bread!

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Now we’re up to the chart table. This is one of the most important places on the boat! Without it we would probably get lost at sea with no chance of getting back to shore.

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Now that is over lets talk about some extremely fun stuff I did this morning. We walked up these sand dunes on Moreton Island and then ran/hopped/rolled/flipped/fell down them. We saw some (a lot) of stingrays and some very whacky creatures.

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This next photo is a nudibranch! It was three centimetres long and super cool.

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Thanks everyone who donated to my GoFundMe Turtle Rehabilitation campaign. I’ve raised $300 already!!!

Here is the link for anyone who still wants to donate.

https://www.gofundme.com/sailing-to-save-the-turtles&rcid=r01-154068841909-d041314a6bfd4dbb&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

Sailing To Save The Turtles

The boat is back in action!!! This Saturday we are going to try to sail from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island! It will take three days with no stops to get there and we are going to be away for 3 weeks.. This trip I’m going try to raise money for the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (CTRC).

Did you know  that the Great Barrier Reef is home to 6 of the 7 species of marine turtles. Fifty million turtles around the world die each year. Ghost nets and plastic are the main problem with over 100,000 dying from these each year. The CTRC rescues injured turtles from the ocean and nurses them back to health. It is a voluntary, non-profit organisation and I visited their centre on Fitzroy Island when we were on our big sailing trip last year.  I’m going to try to raise $1000 on this sailing trip to Lord Howe Island and would love for anyone who is interested in my blog to donate to my GoFundMe campaign. I’m going to keep you posted about our adventures over the next 3 weeks.

Sailing To Save The Turtles

This is the link to the GoFundMe page, click on the Sailing to Save the Turtles sentence.

Do it for the turtles!!!!

Talk to you soon when we get to Brisbane and we’re on our way

 

Going home

We went to the Pilbara. The Pilbara is like a desert with no sand just red stones and spinifex (very spiky grass). I really liked the Pilbara but at the end of the trip my face was orange from the red dirt. We went to the Tom Price iron ore mine. It was SUPER big and had lots of SUPER big machines. The big yellow truck in the picture was small compared to some of the other trucks. The mine train was 2.5km long!!!!! We went to some gorges. they were super cool and super COOL (As in freezing) because we had to swim through some of them. We are heading home now. The trip has been really great and I recommend it to everyone.

OVER AND OUT

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Whale Sharks

We went to see the whale sharks in Exmouth. They were super cool and really big. We swam with them five times. Some of them had fish following them and some had jellyfish following them. We also saw a sea snake. It was really cool. We saw some hump back whales. One of them was covered in white patches. We also saw a logger head turtle. It was really big. Now we are going to Karijini.20170719_Mahi (9)20170719_Mahi (11)20170719_Mahi (21)20170719_Mahi (22)20170719_Mahi (24)20170719_Mahi (25)20170719_Mahi (26)20170719_Mahi (33)20170719_Mahi (39)20170719_Mahi (40)20170719_Mahi (102)20170719_Mahi (112)20170719_Mahi (156)20170719_Mahi (157)20170719_Mahi (176)20170719_Mahi (177)

Kimberley

We got to the Kimberley five weeks ago. Getting from Darwin to was really rocky, choppy and generally horrible. At King George River we went on a two day hike. We saw lots of Bradshaw art (art from before the last ice-age). To get to the start of the walk we had to climb a 15m waterfall. When we got back to the dinghy we found big teeth marks from a 4.5m croc!!!! At Hunter River we got STRANDED when the tide went out!!!!!!! We had no tent so we slept on the sand by a huge fire. The only food we had was VITA-WHEATS and VEGEMITE. I thought we were going to die of VITA-WHEAT poisoning!!!!!! We went to Horizontal Falls. We went through them on a really fast boat. It was really scary. We saw lots of Wandjina spirit art. They were super cool. Yesterday we caught a massive Spanish Macerel. It was 1.2m long!!!!! Today sailed past some whales. Now we are sailing into Broome. It will be the last sailing for the trip.

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Leaving Darwin

Akira came to visit me again. We went to see the JUMPING CROCS!!!! There were two 5.5m crocodiles called THE DOMINATOR and BRUTUS!!!! We saw lots of other crocodiles as well. The next day we went camping at Litchfield National Park. We camped next to a really nice pool and me and Akira went yabbying. Now we are sailing to Broome. It will take 5 weeks. On the way to Broome we will be passing the Kimberley. map DarwinIMG_2882IMG_4243IMG_4254IMG_4257IMG_4290IMG_4310IMG_4327IMG_4332IMG_4340