North of Cairns the Captain Cook highway hugs the coast. It is a land of endless beaches and endless summer. I am on the way to Port Douglas - in case anyone is following me on a map. I spotted two unusual plants. One is the kapok tree with its dangling cotton balls. The other is the ancient cycad which is a survivor from the dinosaur age. I also spotted a cruise ship which is a common sight along this coast. Not surprising because Port Douglas is well known as a centre for trips to the Great Barrier Reef. It is also a great place for sailing and has a large marina. I love the tropical climate and I am able to enjoy it 365 days each year.