Global: Session 2 - Billabong: Australia

Posted: Tue, Jul 31, 2012

White Water and Last Goodbyes

Location: Tully Gorge River
Author: Blake Kanan
Today started off to be an early day waking up at 5:30am to go white water rafting down the Tully River. Oh how fun it was starting off with category 4 rapids called the Alarm Clock to wake us up. After that we went down a few more creatively named rapids and ended up at one called Instructor’s revenge. What’s instructor’s revenge you ask? Well they altar the weight of the raft so that everyone in the raft flips out… I managed to stay in getting pushed out moments later by my counselor Liam. I later got him back sacrificing myself to get him in the water. After 12km downstream everyone was exhausted. Everyone slept on the bus ride home. After we got to the motel we went to the grocery store and stocked up on energy drinks to pull an all-nighter. So we could spend all night together writing our lifeworks cards and saying our last goodbyes. After eating delicious pizza and writing our cards we have the rest of the night to say goodbye and plan what lies ahead for next year. Goodbye Australia!!!

Posted: Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Last Dive

Location: The Great Barrier Reef
Author: Austin
The Day started out around 6am for those who wanted to do the morning dive. The wake up was harsh but once in the water worth ever second. During the last three dives sharks, sea turtles, cuttle fish, and lion fish were the most exciting to see. Now we are back in Cairns to finish up the last two days. YEAH!!

Posted: Sun, Jul 29, 2012

Diving Day

Location: The Great Barrier Reef
Author: Sophie Wasniewski
The day started bright and early at 6 AM this morning for those of us that wanted to partake in the morning dive. As the crew members on the dive boat made their rounds for the early wake-up call to each room, almost everyone that intended on diving this morning rolled over in their beds and slept through the first dive of the day. I somehow managed to motivate myself to get up out of my bed just in time to join Sebastian, Alex, and Blake for the dive. We dove for around a half an hour as a plethora of colorful fish and coral greeted us as we swam in and around the reef. The sun was rising just as we surfaced and we got out of crystal-clear water, took off our gear, and dried off to meet everyone else inside for a nice big breakfast. Our day continued with a jam-packed schedule full of dive after dive. In total, we dove 5 times with a long three hour break in between the third and fourth dive in which everyone either napped or went to the top deck. After the break, we all congregated inside for a dive briefing and got geared up to get in the water once again. A special shout-out goes to Amanda, who, as of today, is officially a certified diver and she even went on her first night dive! Even though the dive site for the night dive was notorious for shark spotting (the reef’s name is Shark’s Playground), I was able to convince her to come with me to see some sharks, and did we ever! After the dive, we had dinner and dessert, and then the whole group went up to the top deck to have a squeeze session and some nice conversations underneath the starry Australian sky.

Posted: Sat, Jul 28, 2012

Diving trip is nearly here

Location: The Great Barrier Reef
Author: Ana Cecilia Sosa
After having a complete breakfast, we headed to our dive boat where we dived twice in the afternoon. In those dives we saw turtles and different kinds of fish and corals. We were all amazed by the variety and the vibrant colors. Then we ate a really good lunch to be prepared for the next dives on the live-aboard boat, where we were going to live for the next three days. When we got to the live-aboard boat we did one dive where we also saw a turtle and lots of domino fish, and chocolate dip fish. After an exhausting day, we took a break for two hours where we were briefed on our next NIGHT DIVE. Everybody was exited and really scared but at the same time anxious to see some SHARKS (we actually did!), some giant trevally, rays, and small fish. The most interesting part was that we were all holding flashlights and the trevally had learned to hunt by these lights and killed any small fish that the light touched. Everybody in the group went on the dive and stuck close together. So finally after the night dive we all had diner and we went to sleep to be ready to do it all over again.

Posted: Fri, Jul 27, 2012

Two beans went travelling around Australia, where did they end up? IN CAIRNS!

Location: Cairns
Author: Sanjna Seralvo
After a short bus ride we reached the Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns. We attended various short shows, learning how the tribes that lived in this area would spend their days. They showed us the weapons that were used for hunting, the different foods they ate, the clothes they wore… my personal favorite show represented the story of how the world was created according to the aboriginal people: all life came from an egg and would be separated into two categories, the wet and the dry. Each presentation was accompanied by the sound of a didgeridoo. Most members of our group even tried to throw a boomerang and a spear, as if they were hunting for kangaroos or birds. After hearing the laws of the tribes, we all realized that our rules here at Action Quest, like no boys aloud in the girl’s rooms or walking around always in groups of four, are not that bad at all! Not long after we were back at the Motel eating some lunch and then we walked to the center of Cairns where we had several hours of free time. Not one member of the group came back without having bought something! Our day ended attending a lesson at Reef Teach, where we learned about the different fish and corals that we will be seeing in the next days while diving. I can honestly say that after all of this all I wish for is a shower and a bed! Expect the next installment in a few days time when we are back on dry land with our whale tales!!

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