Entering Cairns Harbour after a wild day and night of
rain, high winds, and big swells.
Cairns has a lovely waterfront full of parks, shops and
restaurants. It is the focal point of the city.
Cairns was an interesting city. Even more interesting is its pronunciation. Americans would say: care-enz. In Australia, there are two pronunciations depending on the region from which one hails. One group says: cans; and the others say: canes. No one pronounces the R. I still don't know how to say it correctly.
We were seeing many large areas of a slimy orange-brown
scum floating on the ocean. We have seen it before in
smaller streaks. At first we thought it was discharge from
ships, but there is too much of it here. What is this stuff?
Sorry, Charlie! Tuna surgeons at work!
I always appreciate a few meals out after cooking three meals a day in the galley. I get tired of seeing the food. We found a terrific little Thai seafood restaurant on the boardwalk and had a lunch and a dinner there. The huge prawns were out of this world. The whole gang met at the Irish pub for beers and dinner one night.
We spent several hours in the dark with heavy winds, rain
and swells on the beam trying to get to a calm place in
the lea of Fitzroy Island just outside Darwin Harbour.
Had I gone another 100 yards, I would have kissed this
rock! So lucky we dropped anchor when we did! This is
why we don't like to anchor in the dark.
Then we realized we were a boat length away from a huge uncharted rock. I don't know why it isn't on the chart as it is as huge! We were lucky that we dropped when we did or it could have been a disaster in the making. In the morning, the dampness hung low and visibility was still stinky. We bounced our way to the Cairns shipping channel and into the marina. Leaving Cairns was easier as it was a sunny day.