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Roger Sauer and his wife Donna have spent years traveling the world but have many places yet to see. You can follow their past and current travels here as well as post comments and questions about places they have visited.

Roger and Donna travelled to New Zealand and Australia in September, 2013. They will be in Paris in September 2015 with a train trip to Nice and Barcelona. They will then be aboard the Disney Magic (again) for a transatlantic cruise to Miami. Follow their travels on Twitter @rsauer3473.

Donna and Roger own Disney Vacation Club memberships at Old Key West and Beach Cub resorts in Walt Disney World. They also have other timeshare interests in Maui, Cancun, Orlando, and Palm Springs.
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

October 13-14 Port Douglas

October13, 2013: PORT DOUGLAS


After breakfast we spent the morning by the pool reading and playing video games. Talked with two ladies visiting from Germany. I walked onto the beach but there was not a lot to see. The resort has allowed the trees and foliage to form a barrier between the buildings and the beach. Few people were walking along the shoreline. Coarse sand and bleached pebbles and shattered coconuts were everywhere.


Later we drove to the port to make reservations for the Great Barrier Reef on Tuesday. Set up a trip with Quicksilver tours that will take us out 90 minutes to the outer reef called Agincourt Reef. There is a huge pontoon platform there where we can snorkel from. There is also a semi- submersible, restaurant for lunch and viewing platforms.


We then drove to town where we visited an oceanside Sunday market that was in  the process of closing. A lot of pottery, beads, and tarot card readers. We learned there would be another market nearer the port on Wednesday.


Once back at the resort we spent some time by the pool. Later we watched a movie in our room.


October 14, 2013: PORT DOUGLAS


The day broke much sunnier than the one before, so after breakfast we walked to the pool area. We swam and read until about 2 PM then we drove to Mossman and walked through the Daintree rain forest to see Mossman Gorge. A sign at the start of the trail showed that at certain times of the day, bats swoop down to catch and eat the large spiders that inhabit the forest. This was enough for me to cancel the walk, but we proceeded walking on an elevated metal path that took us through the jungle at a height of ten or twenty feet until we came to a viewing platform near a rocky stream where a number of people were swimming in the pools formed by the boulders. Apparently during the rainy season the stream can be filled with deeper and faster running water so there are plenty of signs warning swimmers to be careful.


After our walk in Mossman we drove back to Port Douglas proper and visited a few shops then bought some breakfast items for the next day as we were sailing to the Great Barrier Reef.


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