Welcome to Katie's Travel Blog. This is really Jenny-doesn't-get-to-travel blog where I (mom) keep track of Katie's adventures so I can have some vicarious enjoyment! Here's a look at what one globally-aware kid from little Santa Cruz, California gets to do these days if her mom's willing to keep working!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Day 15: Their Last Day Down Under Ends With a Hop, Hug, and Cuddle!

If they aren't suffering from incredible sunburn, today they will delight in the oohs and ahhs of Australia's more cuddly nature.

I was hoping someone might have posted a few pics last night from yesterday's adventure, but I am pretty sure they don't have wi-fi and won't until the airport tomorrow.

It looks like they will finally do their service project (although they are going to be so tired, I hope they aren't responsible for anything too important!). The itinerary says restoring the rain forest. Maybe planting trees?

They they get a taste of Aboriginal culture with a little dancing (see videos below) and they get to throw a boomerang. How many of those do you think will come home - to California?!

Finally, they get to see koalas, kangaroos and wombats at a wildlife sanctuary (there are several, maybe this one or here?). I know Katie's been waiting for this. I honestly don't know how they are going to fit all this in!

The leave for Brisbane EARLY in the morning on Friday (their Friday which is our Thursday) and start their flight home.

From the People to People Itinerary:
  • Walk on the wild side when you get up close and personal with crocodiles and learn more about these amazing creatures.
  • Participate in a unique service project; restoring world heritage rainforest to its original state.
  • Be immersed in the Aboriginal culture with a demonstration of Aboriginal traditional dance, boomerang and spear throwing, as well as an introduction to Aboriginal history.
  • Ride through the rainforest in a World War II amphibious vehicle, an Army Duck, which can traverse land and water. Officially spelled DUKW, Army Ducks were used in Australia by the U.S. Military during WWII.
  • Encounter Australia’s unique fauna, such as koalas, kangaroos, and wombats at a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Cuddle a koala and have your photo taken!
  • Participate in an ‘Aussie’ bush dance. 
Here's an Aborginal Dance:

And an Aussie Bush Dance (that looks a lot like something Billy Ray Cyrus might do!)

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