I think I had one of the most amazing days of my life this Sunday.
There are plenty of things in this world that I just won’t try, no matter how thrilling they seem, such as skydiving or bungee jumping or base jumping. They are a few things that I really don’t even know if I would have the courage to do. It’s not so much that I’m afraid of heights (well, I kind of am); they just don’t seem very safe in my head. So, I’m not going to say the stereotypical comment of, “I went to Queensland and threw myself out of a plane.” Nope, that is not the experience I am talking about.
But, my day did involve a lot of having my head in the clouds – both figuratively and literally – and it was outstanding.
My day started out like this:
Wake up at 4am, jump on shuttle buses, jump in a basket and float into the sky.
Being my first hot air balloon ride, I was a little unsure of what to expect. Now, however, I’m sure that my experience on this ride will forever jade any other hot air balloon experience I may have in the future. Why?
Less than stellar weather brought some clouds and fog into the Mareeba area; we almost didn’t think we would be going up at all. However, the thick cloud line a bit lower to the ground led to our balloon getting the opportunity to break through — through the clouds — and enter into a magic fairy tale land with cotton candy pillows below our feet and a rainbow of colors along the horizon.
The entire time, my mouth was open in awe at the ethereal vibe of our morning sunrise balloon ride above the clouds, and I don’t think it is something I will ever forget.
For the rest of the day, I couldn’t stop thinking about the morning that left me gobsmacked, and there was no way the day could really get any better than this. Or so I thought.
The night was spent at the Thala Beach Resort in the north Queensland area where we were taken out for an evening stargazing experience. Never, ever, ever, ever have I seen a sky so beautiful in real life before that night. Ever.
We watched in awe as our guide pointed out constellations with a giant lightsaber laser into the star-filled sky as shooting stars fell and our minds were left in wonder. If I had had a sleeping bag, I wouldn’t have even needed to return to the bungalows for slumber.
Three cheers for Tourism Queensland for choosing to include me in this media trip.