The week passed in a blink of an eye. Our students, and therefore we, were incredibly busy with their natural resource management field exercise. The students go through a field exercise with all three professors in the three different subjects in order to get experience with research in their fields, and also to give them an idea of what doing directed research in those fields would be like. As the last in the field exercises, the students were somewhat excited about the prospect of the research, and were mostly excited to have the last of their major assignments out of the way.
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First of all, I apologize for the later update; the weekend somehow got away from me, and because we camped last week, I was unable to write as the week went. Monday started out with a great amount of running around as we began to prepare for our camping trip to Chillagoe. Chillagoe is approximately a four hour drive west of here; as when we went to Daintree, we passed through the town of Mareeba. Instead of continuing along the main road, however, we turned west and headed into the savannah. The land steadily dries and flattens as you head west. While you may start in the lush rainforest and rolling hills of the Tablelands, within an hour or so, you hit the drier part of the Tablelands, and finally, the savannah. It was quite the change in landscape; while I like the rainforest, the desert, I’m realizing, is much more what I’m used to. Read the rest of this entry »
The week began with thousands of flying foxes flying over the vans at dusk on Sunday night. After picking the students up from their homestays, we ate dinner in the park in Yungaburra, and watched the flying foxes winging low over the fields, their shapes barely illuminated by the remaining night. It was among the most beautiful things I’ve seen here so far.
This week passed by in a total blur. I posted my last piece a bit early because, upon returning from Daintree, Ashley and I had Saturday off. We were able to spend some time in Yungaburra, which is an incredibly friendly small town. It’s a bit quaint; there are very few places to eat, but they are all good. The few shops are run by incredibly kind, interesting, and wonderful people, who immediately managed to make us feel welcome. After a very stressful and frustrating week, they made us feel like we were home and safe, and it was a truly wonderful feeling. We spent a nice time at Groovealicious, the local coffee shop (which has excellent WiFi, thus the early post) before popping next door to Meg’s. Meg runs a fantastic shop, which is an amazing combination of her art (she does lithographic prints), vintage clothing, and other lovely things. She is funny and kind, and it was very exciting to meet someone with whom I share a name. We then popped in to Rockingbird, which is run and owned by the amazing Bernadette. Rockingbird is a beautiful vintage and vintage-inspired store with incredible things. I literally could have stayed there all day (and managed to stay an hour, just chatting with Bernadette about crafting, women, and a sense of community; she’s truly lovely, and she really made us feel at home). I finally managed to feel relaxed, and to feel like I had people to turn to in the broader community when I needed someone. Read the rest of this entry »