We were waiting for a bus to take us somewhere and Vick looked at me and said “It’s kind of amazing, we just took off and now we are cruisers again. Heading off, looking for beaches or towns to explore, no real destinations…” It was clear that she expected it to take some reacclimation to get back into the swing of this. I remarked that I thought the ease of transition was because cruising is our natural state, and all the other things are what we have to do in order to make cruising possible.
As it turns out, we got a tip from a cruising friend that the fort walk was a good one. Through the help of a British backpacker, we figured out which bus stop to get off at, and enjoyed a great hike up to a spectacular lookout. Miles is developing an interest in military history, so the World War II story that was told (in signposts and installations) as we hiked, kept him riveted all the way up.
After the hike we took the bus the rest of the way to “town” and did a little reprovision for our trip up to Cairns. Around sunset we were joined for a while by Preston, one of the new owners of Tao (our Buddy Boat from the South Pacific, and former big-boat to our dinghy).
You’ll see in the pictures that the kids had no trouble adjusting either.