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I woke up early and went to meet everyone at the library. Once we got our passports and tickets we all headed to the airport. We took a flight to Ft. Lauderdale.  Once there we all we out to eat and I had a Mahi-Mahi sandwich and tried some oyster, steamed clam, and calamari.  I think out of those 3 I will only have the calamari again.  Then we got our rooms and got the information for the plane trip to Andros.  We had the rest of the night to ourselves and I went swimming and hung out in some people’s rooms.

On the 23rd of March and we are setting off to the Bahamas.  I was on the first flight that was supposed to leave around 9:30 then it got moved to 9:00 that morning but we ended up waiting in the airport till 12ish.  About 7 minutes after we left for the airport Maddy realized that she forgot her passport and we had to turn around.  Once we finally got to the plane it was an 8 passenger plane and we put our luggage into the front of the plane and since I was the heaviest one on our plane I got to be co-pilot.  Once we got to Andros we went to ForFar (which is a field station and we ate lunch. Some of us went snorkeling and I saw some small juvenile fish and a dead baby reef shark.  We also went to a gift shop and bought some souvenirs.  After everyone arrived we went to the docks and found our boats.

On Sunday we were supposed to set sail but it was too windy so we snorkeled at a small beach next to the boats where Shelby Mills brought over a starfish and everybody (but Rylee) got to look at it.  Then everyone went over to a bigger beach and we saw a lot more starfish and some fish.  But I didn’t really snorkel I mostly just looked at the starfish.  Fortunately we were able to go snorkeling at a reef just off the island. There I saw a lot of blue tang, bluehead wrasse, stoplight parrotfish, and some squirrelfish and a harlequin bass.  Also I saw a foureye butterflyfish, the only one on the whole trip.  Then we went to a mangrove snorkel where I saw a lot of gray snapper, some sergeant majors and a few small mouth grunts.  I was very sad that I didn’t see any sea horses. But I was surprised to see some upside down jellyfish which stung us but luckily they didn’t hurt for long.  We went back to the boat showered and hung out at the docks for the rest of the day.

            Monday finally rolled around and we set sail!  My boat was the first to leave and we quickly lost everyone over the horizon.  It was a 14 hour sailing trip to the exumas and the captain of my boat (Harvey) but our 2 fishing lines about an hour after we left.  There isn’t much to say about this day because I slept and sat around.  A few hours after the lines were set and just as I was falling asleep we caught something.  I reeled in a male Mahi-Mahi and the others helped reel in a female Mahi-Mahi.  Zach and I had to skin the fish and filleted the fish. That was pretty much the whole day until we anchored at a key. There we ate dinner and watched the sun set.

On Tuesday everyone is excited because it will be our first day to actually snorkel on some reefs.  Zach and I had to help Harvey pull in the anchor and raise the sail.  Then we were off.  We left the Key and instead of sailing to Thunderball we went to a snorkel spot right next to Johnny Depp’s island.  When we arrived a few hours later my boat snorkeled at an abandoned plane where the current was really strong.  But it was worth it because before we got into the water I spotted a sea turtle that a few people followed when they went into the water, but when I got in I instantly saw the plane and some small fish around it.  Then Zack pointed and I saw my first Barracuda.  It was a lot bigger than I thought it would be.  I also saw a gray angelfish and that was only one of two I saw on the entire trip.  The good thing about that area was that there was a lot of coral.  Then we went to the Garden where it was amazing there were so many fish I couldn’t believe it.  They let you get really close to them and there was also a lot of coral.  I even saw a Christmas tree annelid. 

The 27th rolled around and this week is flying by.  We finally made it to Thunderball today.  Thunderball is a cave that has a hole in the top.  It was very crowded and I saw a few people step on coral.  When I started to swim into the cave there was a lot of coral just outside the entrance.  And I saw mostly sergeant majors, but I also saw a blue parrotfish, some juvenile redbanded parrotfish, a few squirrelfish, and luckily a yellowhead wrasse.  But I also saw some Spanish hogfish, schoolmaster, and a Nassau grouper.  I saw the whole cave in a short time and so went outside the cave and found a lot of fish and coral.  I even saw another goldspot goby.  After the snorkel we took a joy bath and got ready to go on the island where we visited a grocery store and touched nurse sharks and stingrays.  We were going to eat there but it was getting dark so we had to get back to our boats while we could still see them.

This week has gone by way to fast.  It is Thursday and we had one more snorkel left.  We went to a new spot that Harvey hasn’t snorkeled at yet and it was great.  But it wasn’t the snorkel that didn’t make it so great.  The only interesting thing about the snorkel itself was that I saw a huge Barracuda (its head was so big that it looked fake, also there was a huge head of Elkhorn coral and some coral I hadn’t seen yet.  But what I liked about it was when we all swam to the beach and started collecting sponges and corals, and shells but the sad part was the captains said we had put everything back.  But it was great because everyone was finding so pretty cool stuff.  After that everyone swam back to the boat and we set sail and made it to a small Key were we spent the night.

Early the next morning around 6 o’clock Zack and I woke up to help Harvey unhook from the mooring ball we were anchored to.  We were a mile out of the Key when Chuck called and said he needed gas so we had to turn around and give some to him.  Even though we had to turn around we were still in the lead by a few hours.  There are no more snorkels and we are on our way back to Andros.  It was mostly boring just sitting around the boat but when we were coming up on Andros we saw a submarine and when we arrived at Fresh Creek we saw a dolphin and a wedding.  Then because we had arrived so early we were able to go to Androsia and I bought some stuff.  Then we cleaned the boat.  Mrs. Nash cleaned the bathroom while Zack and I washed the mats and everyone else vacuumed the boat.  After that everyone else arrived and cleaned their boats and took showers.  Some even saw a stingray jump out of the water.  When everyone was finally ready we walked to Hanks Place and had dinner. I had conch and was supposed to have conch fritters but the cook put all the orders of them on a big platter and so the people that didn’t order them got some and some of the people that did didn’t get any. But it was an ok night and after we got back to the boats we played Bull Shark. 

It is time to leave the Bahamas.  I will miss it and hope to come back one day.  I woke up early and did my final packing and carried it over to the cars.  Then I went back to the boat and we all gave Harvey 10 dollars as a tip.  It wasn’t long before we went to ForFar and hung out there.  Some of us played volleyball but then we went to the gift shops again and I bought a necklace.  Then I went back to the field station and waited to leave.  I was on the first flight and soon was back into the U.S. we went through customs and then off to the airport to go home.  After a few hours of eating and playing cards we boarded and few home.  We landed and then got our luggage and then we were off back to our normal lives.  It was a great trip and I enjoyed it very much!

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Feb 6, 2014
Rylee Hanlan posted a blog post

Island Time

Living on Island TimeThe first couple of days were spent waiting on this and on that and it truly felt like a year had gone by.  The first day was spent waking up early and driving to KCI airport where after about an hour or so of waiting we finally got on the plane that took us to Florida.  I sat in the very back of the plane with Zach and McCabe and I learned a valuable lesson from Zach when you get your free drinks on the airplane "always ask for the can".  The next morning we split into…See More
Oct 23, 2013
McCabe Davis posted a blog post

A New Experience

I woke up early and went to meet everyone at the library. Once we got our passports and tickets we all headed to the airport. We took a flight to Ft. Lauderdale.  Once there we all we out to eat and I had a Mahi-Mahi sandwich and tried some oyster, steamed clam, and calamari.  I think out of those 3 I will only have the calamari again.  Then we got our rooms and got the information for the plane trip to Andros.  We had the rest of the night to ourselves and I went swimming and hung out in some…See More
May 21, 2013
Bobbi thompson posted a blog post

Loving the Bahamas!

I have known that I wanted to this program for a long time now. My brother did it back in 2003. I saw how much fun he was having learning the fish and then going out on the sail boats and seeing them in person. I saw what he brought back from the trip and it all sounded like so much fun i just had to try and go. So here I am! I took the class and went on the trip.Day 1 I couldn't sleep, I had to be up at 4:30 in the morning so we could meet at the library and and be at the air port around 6:20…See More
May 10, 2013
Lindsay Doolan posted a blog post

Time of my life!

Plane ride to Andros     My group got here 2nd and right once we got to Forefar we ate lunch and then got in the water.  I was ready to get right in and I saw so many fish.  Shelby Mills and I went snorkeling together.  The first fish we saw was a Beaugregory Juvenile.   Then we saw a sea slug.  It had orange and blue stripes going down its back.  Then we also saw an adult Beaugregory.  The next fish was a cocoa Damselfish.  This fish has a blue color on top ends and a dark spot on the upper…See More
May 6, 2013
MacKinzie Lillian Conard posted a blog post

Aye, Mon! (a.k.a. My Bahamian Experience/Greatest Week of 2013)

Where do I even begin? Or better rephrased, how do I start telling the tale of the most intriguing adventure I've ever gone on in my short 17 years of life? The most obvious answer would be to start with Day 1, which is only logical, but once you've started reading my account, I think you'll understand why I didn't know where to begin. Day 1- Friday, March 21st, Saint Joseph to Ft. Lauderdale Boy, I definitely wished I was a morning person that day. We met at a parking lot at East Hill's mall…See More
May 6, 2013
Shelby Glenn posted a blog post

The Bahamian Experience

Everything about the Bahamas was pretty much perfect. The weather, the people, the lifestyle, the water, the air, the night sky, and the people. Did I say people twice? Heck yes I did because the people truly were some of the coolest people ever.They were some of the most down to earth and friendly people I have ever met. There was even a statue of a pair of hands shaking to really reinforce the fact that they were very friendly people.The first day that we spent on the island I played some…See More
Apr 30, 2013
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Under the Sun-2013

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013Yesterday we arrived at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to begin our adventure miles from home. Around 12:30 PM, 7 of us loaded a small plane with a pilot named Eddie (I got to be co-pilot!) and we set flight over the ocean. The ocean is simply breathtaking and magnificent. Looking the 5,000 feet down to the shades of blue wasn't full of much to look at but I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I was looking for something to strike my eye, to jump out of the water...SOMETHING!…See More
Apr 15, 2013
Rylee Hanlan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Although this chapter wasn't my favorite that I've read so far, I did learn some new and interesting things.. Like what Christmas tree worms are! And just how important sea grass is to the ocean. The reflection strategy that I used for…"
Mar 18, 2013
Jaycen LeeAnn Wilson replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"I made my key note about how everything is part of one. It's kind of like the lion king to me. Everything has to do with something. Or it's some disney movie like that. I loved this chapter, I think it was my favorite so far. I love how he…"
Mar 18, 2013
MacKinzie Lillian Conard replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"This book never fails to amaze me! I have always thought of a coral reef as being its own "island" because it is so diverse and strong by itself. However, Davidson very quickly points out that coral reefs are a small strand in a large…"
Mar 18, 2013
Rylee Hanlan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"I thought the same thing when I was reading, and came across the term " Christmas tree worms" I google imaged it and thought they were pretty neat as well!"
Mar 18, 2013
Shelby Mills replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Yet again, the seas continue to amaze me in their ability to support each other even when they get no appreciation. One thing in particular that I thought was simply spectacular about this chapter were the Thalassia and their development of mature…"
Mar 18, 2013
Lindsay Doolan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Everything you write about in these discussion's are so creative and I really enjoy reading them. They are usually the first thing I read because it opens my mind about what I want to base mine off of. Great job! Also your Sci-poe last time was…"
Mar 17, 2013
Lindsay Doolan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Okay, mine might seem boring because it is only talking about one thing. The Thalassia Testudinum a sea grass, but i found this story or part of this chapter really interesting. I thought it was beautiful how the 'parent' "bathes the…"
Mar 17, 2013
McCabe Davis replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Rise of Corals & The Heart of Lightness
"I think Shelby did a great job on his sypo. It explains how important the tropics are and how much the sun affects the life of diversity there."
Mar 17, 2013
McCabe Davis replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Mangroves, sea grass, and coral reefs. I never would have thought that these things would be interconnected so deeply. A braid within a braid. This chapter talks about how these three components are all connected and what roles they play. The only…"
Mar 17, 2013
Madison Steilen replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
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Coral Patchwork

"I truly enjoy the intricacy of this shot.   I love how when one looks closely many colors can be found within this single image.  One of my all time favorite quotes is "Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint you…"
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