September 30, 2014
Great Barrier Reef! WOW.. I really can not explain the last four days and three nights on the reef. It was everything I ever imagined plus more. A mate told me that when we were kids, I was looking at a map with here and told her that one day I would come and visit the Great Barrier Reef. Now, I have done it. Not only did I do it.. I did it big! I achieved my Advanced Open Water certificate and am now certified to scuba dive up to 30 meters. We dove 4 times a day including two night dives! The night dives were wicked. All of your instincts are telling you to not go into the water when its pitch black, but there you go.. into the water with a flashlight to guide you. Its incredible. I saw a figure coming towards me in the far distance and as it approached I saw the silhouette of a sea turtle gracefully floating towards me. The turtle came came right towards me and looked at me right in the eye as it passed by. It looked like me as if saying, “what in the hell are you doing down here?!” It was a moment for sure.. Next, I saw a second turtle who was swimming and then went to the ocean floor.. it wedged itself on the ground in between some coral and nuzzled itself until it was comfortable and quickly went to sleep! It was so cool! I also saw sharks, stingrays and tons of fish. It was something I will never forget!