I can't believe it is already Wednesday (I guess technically it's Tuesday over there). Time has definitely flown by while I've been here. I was able to cancel my flight last night from Gladstone to Brisbane because 1) I wasn't going to make it to the airport since my flight was leaving around 1:30pm and 2) it seemed like everyone else in the group were going to take a car and drive down there. Who would want to miss out on a roadtrip!?!? Esp with these amazing people! For those that don't know my original plan was to live at a national park by Sydney for the rest of the summer and help with a pH.D's research project. I got an email about a week before I was suppose to leave for Australia from the pH.D student saying that while she was looking at some field sites she fell and messed up her knee up. She has to get knee reconstruction surgery and will take 9 months to recover. As you can imagine I was devastated by this news. I had to change my flights and had to buy a new ticket. Since I was trying to get a ticket a week before I was suppose to go the tickets were crazy expensive. The only flight I could get that wasn't too crazy had a plane leaving from Gladstone to Brisbane at 1:35. I had a feeling I wouldn't make it in time since are ferry left Heron Island around noon, but I just hoped things would work out. It's amazing how people can have big impacts on you. As the days passed I became nervous about how I could handle this dilemma. Nonchalantly one of my classmates, it was either Cassie, Tia, or Sienna, asked what I was doing afterwards and invited me on their roadtrip. Little things like that just make life worth it.
In the morning Dylan and I got out to Shark Bay to start our project. It seemed like the night before we had everything planned and figured out....boy were we wrong haha. When we got to the water we had no freaking idea what we were doing. As we try to figure things out we just confused ourselves even further. We decided that we would talk to Edd and Trisha about it and as we were walking back we saw them. I guess we kind of stayed out a bit too long in the water because we missed breakfast and they were trying to find us to let us know that. Luckily our professors are awesome and they saved us some leftovers :) Plus they helped us out on our methods of our experiment. We went out during high tide to collect samples. My job was to count the fish that were already refuging in the coral. There were fish that would go in and out of the coral though, and those do not count in the experiment. The problem was was that the wind made the waves so choppy that it was hard to stay balance. I was scaring the fish and all the ones that were outside the coral went straight into the coral. I was coming back with high numbers when in reality there should be low numbers during high tide. Trisha gave me some advice on how I could get a more accurate number on our samples. It was a pretty chilly day today. I played some card games with Tia, Sienna, Kim, Cassie, and Camp. Card games just remind me of highschool because I would always play them during the last few weeks of school. I take pride in my skills at Egyptian War, although there are haters out there that say I cheat(aka Melissa, Camp, Cassie, and Dylan) haha. We definitely have a wonderful group in this course. I love them all, and I'm glad I can be myself around them and share this moment with them.