Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fraser Island

[4 May- 5 May]
Our first day on Fraser Island is hard to put into words, but if I had to sum it up in one word I would say that  it was jarring. I do not mean this figuratively, but rather literally! We spent a good amount of our time in a small four wheel drive bus, and when we got onto the Island (which is a sand island) the ride got extremely bumpy. I don't think that any of us were expecting the ride that we were in for, nor were we prepared, but in retrospect the ride made the journey all the more exciting. It kept us on our toes (again this could be taken literally since some of the bumps sent us flying up out of our seats)! Other than the ride in our four wheel drive bus, the first day on the island was fun. We did some hiking, and got the chance to take a swim. Some of us ended the day with a nighttime stroll along the beach with our tour guide Nathan Driver. During our stroll we got the chance to get up close and personal with a Dingo. Some of us enjoyed this more than others- Micha was ready to push me in front of the Dingo in case of attack :) On our second day on the island we traveled to Indian Head, a very important part of the formation of Fraser Island. At the top of Indian Head we got a gorgeous view of the ocean and the surrounding beach area. Later that day we were promised another swim, but Nathan Driver thought it would be funny to pull a little joke on us and had some people a bit scared. After a decent hike into the forest we thought we were about to finally make it to the lake we were headed to, but to the surprise of some of the group the only thing we found was a vast area of sand. When Nathan Driver caught up with us he played it off as if there was only sand and not a real lake, but to our relief he broke the news that there was in fact a lake, we had just taken the long way around to get there. While the first day on the island may have been jarring Fraser Island turned out to be a great place to spend a couple of days!
-Kathleen D.

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