Location: Lizard Island

As the sun rose, so did my fellow shipmates. With each day, their faces become more and more familiar. On this day, in particular, their expressions were ones of anticipation. It was time. Time to stretch our legs, time to explore, and above all, time to bring this journey of ours to life. After breakfast, we headed toward the beach. No matter how many times I encounter picturesque scenes like the ones today, I never fail to be blown away. As if on cue, we stormed the beach and headed down the path that would eventually take us to the Lizard Island Research Station. Once there, we were briefed on the purpose and the history behind both the facility and the reef. As it neared lunchtime, our interest was waning, and we all wanted to get our blood pumping again. The hike back did the trick. The hunger set in, and we were grateful for the food Monica and Simon had prepared for us. Lunch was done, but our day was not. The open water divers started their second dive, and the advanced divers prepared for a hike. Having not done either, I can not tell you exactly what happened but that they all came back with tales to tell of the sights they had seen.