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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 basketball with a few of the kids there and they were really cool with us playing with them and treated us as if we had known each other for years. (One kid, Randall, was pretty dang good at basketball).

Later on in the week when we stopped at Staniel Cay I got to experience just how great these people are. They are constantly smiling and just happy people, even when, to me, a spoiled white kid from the middle of America who has never kno

wn what it feels like to be in need, they didn't have a whole lot. This was an eye opening experience. We always hear about how having more money doesn't translate into happiness, but this was the first time I can remember experiencing that and feeling its impact.

Back on Andros on the final day we walked to a couple of the shops that were nearby and one of them wasn't open, but that didn't stop the little old Bahamian lady from walking across the street to open it up for us. The Bahamian people are probably some of my favorite people ever. 

I absolutely loved the weather and the water as well. I never knew there were so many different shades of blue that water could take the form of until this week.The color would turn from the deepest navy blue you can imagine to a a powder blue so light you would think it was about to fly away. 

The sky was absolutely beautiful as well. From sunrise to the setting of the moon. Nothing can beat the beauty of the sun sinking over the horizon of an ocean so vast that you can understand why the early explorers believed the earth was flat.

The stars and the moon were incredibly vivid in the darkness of the middle of the ocean. I already love looking at the moon, so on the night when there was a full moon I was especially excited because it felt like it was so close to us and huge. 

I had never been sailing before this week, but I had been kayaking plenty of times and since I loved kayaking I figured sailing would be pretty fun too...and boy was I right. The entire experience of the sailboat was one of the coolest things I've ever done. Everything from steering, to putting up the sail, to dropping the anchor it was all so much fun! I guess I'm just one of those nerds that loves being on top of the water, but sailing has to be one of my favorite things now. 

If anything could take away from the beauty of the experience on top of the water it could only be the experience in the water. It's one thing to study fish in pictures and see them on paper or on a screen, but the brightness of their color doesn't come close to their colors in person. They were so incredibly vivid that my mind was blown with the array of colors that painted their own color wheel underwater. 

There were so many different kinds of fish and they were fun to observe and being able to identify them was an awesome feeling. Some would travel in packs, some in pairs, and others, like the big mean looking barracuda I saw at Little Bell Island, would travel all by themselves.

Parrotfish were some of my favorites because they were just so goofy, with their colors and with their behavior as well. They would swim kind of sideways and peck at the ground trying to eat and it just looked funny to me. 

We saw tons of marine life at different locations; Starfish off the coast of Andros, upside down jellyfish in the mangroves, a flounder a little further off the coast of Andros, squirrelfish at the Coral Reef Sea Aquarium (close to Johnny Depps private island), bluehead wrasse at Thunderball Grotto, barracuda and stingrays at Little Bell, and sergeant majors absolutely everywhere. 

One of my favorite things I saw in the water was a little showdown between a lionfish and a blue crab. They were both feeding in the same section of the water and they kept creeping closer and closer to each other until they were right next to each other. The crab leaned back and raised it's claws menacingly until the lionfish backed off. It sounds pretty lame, but they are both intimidating in their own ways and it was cool to see them square off like that. 

Not only were the fish incredible, but the coral was too. I especially loved the coral at Thunderball Grotto on the backside because it was absolutely covered with tons of different kinds of coral. My favorite was the brain coral, because it really looked like a brain and it grew in a big ball. 

The entire experience was one of the greatest weeks ever and I really learned a lot being disconnected from the rest of the world and just living the island life. I learned that island time is a real thing, and that the Bahamian people are amazing. I developed a love of sailing and for snorkeling as well. 

I will absolutely never forget the beauty of the world that I experienced this week. 

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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
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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
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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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