Kuranda

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Kuranda Sign

There is a village up in the rain forest called Kuranda. You can get there by bus, but savvy people know that the best way to go is either the train, or the “Sky Rail.”

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Skyrail Building

Thankfully, I went with my friend Melissa, and she knew all the best things to do. I am so grateful for her!

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Mel in the Skyrail

So, we took the Sky Rail there, and it offered places to get off and walk in the rain forest, as well as amazing views from within the cable cars.

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Skyrail End in Kuranda

When we got there, we went to a wildlife park with koala bears and kangaroos, which was cool.

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Kangaroo

Then, we went to a butterfly garden, which was even better. (I love butterflies!)

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Butterfly from the butterfly garden

And, I tried a kangaroo steak, which was way better than a kangaroo burger.

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Kangaroo Steak

Finally, we took the train back to Cairns.

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Train through the mountains

The train ride was amazing, and we even stopped to see the waterfall!

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Waterfall and clouds

It was a really good day, and I loved the rain forest.

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View of rainforest

Olympic Peninsula

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The hiking all around Seattle is amazing, and I could never narrow it down to one spot and say “go there.” But the Olympic Peninsula is a deciduous rain forest that everyone should have an adventure in.

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We hiked around on the coast, because I like to be near an ocean when I can. The tide pools were gorgeous, and full of bright green anemones and pink and orange star fish.

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As it happens, we went to a beach that is famous. Little did I know, the place known as First Beach is in a book series called Twilight. So while we were looking at the impressive things in nature, we also got to see a lot of vampire groupies.

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If you get the chance to go to Washington State, you should definitely hike through the Olympic Peninsula and visit the coast. It’s worth the drive.