MOMMA, I MADE IT!
First of all, hey! I AM alive despite the whole being on the other side of the planet thing.
The journey to the island felt like a scene taken out of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. If you have seen the movie, you know I am talking about the boat chase where Indiana Jones barely escapes a propeller that has the potential to turn him into a soup. The only similarity that our journey today shares with the boat chase scene from the movie is that there was a boat. I just wanted to sound cool. Now that I have done that I can tell you what really happened.
We left the hostel around high noon. We were then shuttled safely to the dock where we were to board the Island Ferry. The Ferry trip to the island took about two hours. I cracked a cold one...a can of Coke...and pretended to be posh whilst relaxing in a chair admiring the scenery as we journeyed on. There was rumored to be a dolphin that was seen from the side of the ferry, however I was too busy being posh on the other side of the boat that I didn't see it myself. Drat. After that I decided the posh life simply wasn't for me..which really must have just come as a result of finishing said can of Coke. It is hard to be posh without a drink in hand.
About an hour and a half into the journey we passed a chain of islands and began to see what we would soon be told was the Great Barrier Reef. You know..the thing you watch documentaries about on T.V.
We arrived at the island and were welcomed by Heron Island staff members who gave us a short debriefing on safety procedures and showed us the facility. We then settled into our rooms and had another short meeting as a group to discuss some logistics.
The sun was beginning to set and we walked down to the dock again as a group to peep a view of the sunset. We missed the sun setting by a few minutes, but were able to still witness the beauty of a painted sky. We also encountered a few marine friends while wading in the water. We were greeted by a Black Tip Reef Shark, sea cucumbers and sporadic corals. Which these events were all topped by a ray gracing us with a little fin wave as he passed by. This happened in a matter of minutes. Insane.
We spent an hour or so on the beach and made our way back to the station for dinner. We are fortunate enough to have a chef assigned to the group, and his first meal was a crowd pleaser. Thanks dude, we like you a lot.
All in all a lovely first day at the island. Tomorrow will be our first day that we are in the water donned in wet suits and fins. Wish us luck!
A few basic things you should know about me: 1. I really like my Chacos, doggos, and fish friends. (not to eat them of course).