Colleen & Tom's Explorations
So this morning as we were waking, we were arriving in Darwin with a beautiful sunrise. We readied ourselves and went up to the Windjammer for breakfast, and then returned to our cabin to prepare for our shore excursions. My shore excursion was the first to head out after assembling in the theatre. We left via some very steep gangways (they are tidal and they get better over the course of the day), and headed straight out through Humpty Doo to the Adelaide River (90 kms away) for our crocodile cruise. It was wonderful - the crocs are made to jump at least four times for their piece of meat, so they expend more energy than they ingest (so they're not causing them to get fat). It was amazing to see these prehistoric animals close up. After learning about the crocs and seeing about four of these creatures leap for their food we turned around and returned to our pontoon, being sure to check their were no marauding crocs around! We had driven through wetlands to get to the river - they are populated with snakes, barramundi, snakes, water buffalo and water lilies - so on the way back we stopped at "Window to the Wetlands" which was a wonderful information centre run through by the local indigenous people. We then returned to the ship via an informative tour of Darwin. Tom's tour was about a half hour later, but he got off the bus in Darwin and walked back to the ship, stopping to buy a lovely aboriginal print. We then caught up on each other's days, and Tom had a nap whilst we were being pushed out from the dock. We then readied ourselves for dinner - seafood risotto with mussels, prawns, and calamari, followed by Coq au Vin. I didn't want dessert. Tom had vichyssoise, marinated chicken breast and apple tart.