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Living on Island Time

The 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 groups and waited to get onto the small 8 passenger planes where we would then fly to Andros Island, Bahamas and wait at the field station for the rest of the groups to fly in.  I was in the first group to fly into the island and needless to say that first day on the island was spent exploring, eating and getting a sun burn.  That night after everyone in our class arrived on the island we all got into cars and what not and headed to the Dock where the sail boats were at,  that night we met our captains and got all settled in. The next few days the boats remained on the dock because of the weather, so our real journey began Monday morning when we set off on the 50 mile or so sail to the Exumas.  That day was by far the longest day of my 16 years on earth! It was spent sailing in the middle of the ocean for 9 hours or so.  There was not a soul in sight besides that beautiful dark blue water surrounding us at all times.  That Monday was spent writing page after page in my journal, taking beautiful pictures and, taking around 9 or 10 cat naps.March 26th (Tuesday)

Woke up this morning to find that our boat had been attacked by pirates.  Captain Joey had his hands tied behind his back and was getting ready to walk the plank when all of the sudden Mrs. Conard swung by on a rope kicking the pirates overboard leaving them to be eaten by the sharks... okay, okay that didn't happen but it would be pretty cool if it did!  This day was spent yet again sailing but for at least half the time yesterday, so it was not as bad. 5:35PM about 30mins or so we had our first "real" snorkel about North or North East of O'brians Cay, It was absolutely beautiful.  I was so shocked when I saw the Queen angelfish very pretty! And a lot bigger than what I expected it to be.Hooray!!!!! Today (March 27th) Is my birthday!! The day I turn 17!!!  This morning I woke up to Captain Joey making me Birthday French toast! It was delicious!  Here's a list of the many wonderful things I did on my birthday!

- Had Birthday French Toast-

-Snorkeled in a CAVE-

-Thunderball Grotto (James Bond)-

-Met a Mermaid-

-Touched a Nurse Shark (SO COOL!!!)-

-Went into town and bought a really expensive magnet ($10)-

-Mrs. Conard sat in bird poop-

-Had Birthday brownies that night-

I would say that day was one of the best on the trip, It was just a busy day filled with an awesome snorkel and adventures.

March 28th, Woke up this morning to the Mack and Meg cooking show.. They made us pancakes, I would half to say they were somewhat alright. (Just kidding!!) They were wonderful!   We went on what will possibly be our last snorkel on this trip, today. We all snorkeled for a bit and ended up on shore looking for treasures. I literally found a boat load of awesome stuff from sea shells, to broken coral, sea fans and even sponges!  It was sad to hear that because we were in a national park we couldn't bring any of that stuff back with us!  The view on this day was absolutely breath taking! It was just so unbelievable like it was all from a dream!

March 29th

HaPpY 17th BiRtHdAy Lindsay!

We set sail early this morning when we were all asleep. loooooong 10 hours or so sail today and then we will be back at the dock again! Sadly by the time we got back all the shops at Androsia were closed:(  When we got back some of us got the chance to take a shower for the first time in a week!  Let me tell you.. There were two things I missed a lo while we were at sail and that was fresh Ice cold water and a nice shower!  So it was great to get one of those back!  We all dressed up that night and went out to eat at a restaurant which I believe is called Hank's Place? Anyways we went out to eat where a lot of my class mates and I ordered Conch fritters!  I also ordered a nice glass of ice cold coke! (which was wayyyy better than water!)  The rest of that night was spent staying up late playing a nice, friendly game of BS or Bull Shit or Bull Shark, really whatever you want to call it!! That last night/day was a pretty awesome way to end the trip.

Saturday, March 30th (Last day/Going home)

Woke up at 7am, Packed all my stuff, got ready, cleaned the boat, ready to go!

We left the dock and went back to the field station where we once again waited for a bit, but at this time I was use to it.  We once again got into groups of 8 and when my group left we got into Taxis and drove back to the airport where we went through customs and immigration's.  We loaded onto the small 8 passenger plane where we took off and said goodbye to the island.  When we landed in the US we waited outside of customs and when it was our turn to go inside we got our bags packed and headed to the   Ft.lauderdale Hollywood international airport where we waited for the rest of our group to get there.  When it was time to leave it was bittersweet, I was so homesick but yet, I didn't want to leave.  When we got on the plane we all had scattered seats, I sat by this nice, old couple.  They asked me about my trip and the Marine Biology program, I will never forget the women said "Marine Biology program, in Missouri?!"  By the time I got home that night I was so totally exhausted and ready for a nice shower and bed!

I have to say, that I loved this class, and the experience, and all of the friends I made.  Marine Biology and this trip was an amazing experience that I am so glad that I got to be a part in, it is something that I will never forget.  Thanks Mr. Nash and SJSD for making this program available to us!

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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
Mar 17, 2013
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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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