|The wetlands of the Adelaide River.|
The wetlands extend for miles. When flooded, the crocs
and other animals take up residency.
|Stuart and Pat on Brizo|
See the black earth in a distance. The natives knew to burn
the lower under bush and sometimes lightening starts the burn.
More than 30 years ago, the Australian Saltwater Crocodile was protected as they were believed to be facing extinction. Today there are more than 80,000 Saltwater Crocodiles roaming the waterways for Northern Australia. However, it is relatively rare to see one even though you hear of the rare incident of one killing a human.
Since they are cold blooded animals, they bask in the sun during the cooler months of June, July and early August. Most of the time they are buried in the mud, under the trees in the shade. They like to hang out in the mangroves along the beaches so it is unwise to go ashore or swimming there.
|Wild buffalo along the road.|
|This big guy is swimming around waiting to pounce.|
It is extremely hot here in Darwin. We are near a latitude of 12 degrees south of the equator so we are in the tropics! It is going to get worse as we head to Indonesia and get closer to it. I don't love the heat so I am not looking forward to being away from shore power and air conditioning for the next few months! With a new crew guy on board, I will have to dress appropriately, instead of comfortably!
|Note: this female has no forearms.|
The water is deep here, but they lift themselves up out of
the water. Quite amazing in strength.
|Winding our way down the Adelaide River|
Soon we will be heading out through the lock of the marina, crossing the reefs at high tide and heading to the Start Line for the leg to Indonesia. It should take 5-6 days to get to Lombok, but there is no wind predicted so it may take longer. We can't use up a lot of fuel this early in the trip as we have thousands of miles to go and not many places to refuel. This may become the slow boat to China.
|We are at the blue dot in the lower right corner.|
|Sheila surprised me by decorating the boat for my birthday.|
Note: I have scheduled these posts to come out while we are at sea and without Internet. I may not be posting live again for a couple of months.