We were determined not to waste a minute of our last day on DDI, so we got up and packed, put on our swimmers and sunscreen, and walked to the other end of the island via the Rainforest Walk. This little hike took us across the ridgeline of the island where it really was rainforesty. There were some great views of the water and neighboring islands and we just enjoyed a little more nature.
Oh, and I totally forgot to mention the bats! Last night, as we were walking back down this same path after dinner, the sky was filled with what we first thought were birds – until we heard them and watched them a little closer. From high up on the ridge, wave after wave of bats soared from the trees out across the ocean, evidently going to another island to hunt. We had looked for signs of them on the rainforest walk but didn’t see any, so who knows where they ‘hang out’ during the daylight hours! Just as we were getting to the boat dock, we saw a cockatoo devouring a bag of pilfered cashews. He was so funny, and he must have thought we would take them from him, because he grabbed the bag and flew up to a nearby balcony!
When we arrived at the gate, Jan V was there to meet us. At the gate!! It made me realize how nice that is and how much I miss being able to do that in the States any more. Jan said she saw and recognized Rex (who she’d never met) before she saw me – the advantages of height and white hair! We passed a coffee shop advertizing iced tea, so we got some. You know those dome top cup lids they put on top of Icees? Did you know that if you take one of those lids off of your iced tea so that you can sweeten it, it would be a really bad idea if the guy had filled the dome part with tea? Well, some things you learn the hard way…. Anyway, it was okay, but it turned out to be peach flavored tea from a bottle. But it had ice in it!!
We had arrived in Brisbane just at rush hour, so it was slow going as we made our way out of the city.
We drove and drove, and the city became the country and soon we were going up, up, up, until we were at the top of Mt. Coot-tha. Elinor and Chris were waiting there for us, and what a perfect spot it was! Incredible views of the city below allowed us to see the meandering Brisbane River wind its way through town. In the tile flooring of the overlook was a map of the river and its many curves, and to our left was a café and restaurant. What a perfect place for dinner! We watched as the twinkling lights of the city came on and we had a lovely meal and got to know Jan, Elinor, and Chris.
Feeling mighty lucky and well taken care of!