Emerald Isle, North Carolina
April 13, 2005
The village has many shops, and several are local artist boutiques. We enjoyed shopping in the village. The tour bus then took us to Rainforestation, where we spent most of the afternoon. Rainforestation was divided into an aborigine show, a ride in an army duck, and lunch. The show was a wonderful display of the musical instruments and dance styles of aboriginal culture. They even got volunteers out of the audience to participate in the last dance. After the show, we went on the Dream Time Walk with the performers. They showed us how to throw a spear, boomerang, and play a didijiroo. We even got an opportunity to practice throwing a boomerang. Next, we went to a buffet lunch, which was included in our tour. The food was varied and fairly good.
Lastly, we boarded the Army Duck and went for a part-land/part-water tour of the rainforest. The guide pointed out different wildlife and plants throughout the tour. At the end of the tour, we were dropped off in an orchard. Stop at the little cafe there and get a sample of the different ice creams made with the fruits if you get a chance. We went to the wildlife area last which has different Australian wildlife and the opportunity to hand feed kangaroos. Lastly, we boarded the bus and were taken to the Skyrail Station. I compare it to riding one of those rides at an amusement park that gives you a bird's eye view of the entire park. The Skyrail cars take you down the mountain.
There is room for six people per car, and if it is not a crowded day, you can get a car to yourself. There are two stops on the way down. Both have overlooks and restrooms. It takes about 45 minutes to get down the mountain, depending on how much time you take at the overlooks. At the bottom is a gift shop for any last-minute souvenirs. Our tour bus picked us up and took us back to the hotel. It was a wonderful day with a variety of activities. You can drive yourself if you like but the Scenic Rail and Skyrail are very impressive. You can also reverse the order of your trip if you like. I loved this day!
From journal The Best of Both Natural Worlds