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Location: Padar, Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Hello all, welcome to day 56 on Argo.

We pulled up our anchor at 5:30 to head over to Komodo island for some awesome DRAGONS. I never thought I would see a dragon, but now I have. This definitely counts. All of us students got to sleep till seven, and we appreciate the staff for getting up early to move Argo <3. We had a GREATTTT breakfast of cereal, frozen fruit, and granola. WITH COLD MILK! It was yum city. We seriously got spoiled today. As we finished motoring over, we had a little bit of free time where we got our stuff together, braided hair, and looked at the pretty mountains. ALSOOOOOO WE WENT INTO THE INDIAN OCEAN!!!!

I think that is absolutely bananas, so crazy. Then we got to the national park and put the anchor down. Then Lolo and Amanda went to go get our tickets and stuff like that, and they got to take a quick ten-minute walk where they saw a dragon, two deer, and a pig! so nuts. Then we all dinghied over to this huge concrete dock. The whole scene looked like something out of Jurassic Park. As we started our walk/tour, we saw a deer. It was a special deer. He was so close to us because no humans hunt them on the island, so they aren’t afraid of us, which is really cool.

THEN…..we saw our first KOMODO DRAGON!!! Man, this guy was hugeeee, a mighty force for sure. He was just resting and so awesome looking. Also very hard not to go and give him a hug cause he looked very cuddly (if you don’t look at his massive claws). We all got to take lots of pictures of and with our new friend before we moved on. The rest of the walk, we saw some chickens, a pig, and another deer. But the poor deer had a big bite out of its leg, so that was sad because a dragon got the best of it. At least she will be in deer heaven soon. ANYWAYS, we then walked along the beach where there was another big fella. This lizard was an old man, according to our guides. We took a group picture with him and then continued walking. We then thanked our guides and got to explore the market they had and the things around that.

There were some pretty signs too. Dragons are cool. The market was a madhouse. Lots of pearls, wooden dragons, and t-shirts. It was definitely overwhelming, but we got some goodies. There were some food vendors with cold drinks and ramen, which was nice. People got some stuff from there and got some coconuts from this nice ladypretty cool stuff. We got to pick up some trash on the beach, which always feels good. Then after a while of exploring, we went back to the boat for yummy lunch by Amanda. We had rice with creamy veggie chili. As we ate, we picked up anchor and headed to Padar Island. It was a 12-mile scoot to our anchorage for the night.

People got to have some chill time on our way over, and that was nice. Many people took naps, and others just hung out and enjoyed their free time. If you know me, you know I ZONKED OUT. Then we got there, dropped the anchor, and immediately went into more rescue skills. People were doing all sorts of things, like catching up on yesterday’s stuff and practicing getting out of the water with an unconscious person. It was an adventure. Then we showered on deck and got ready for dinner. We had cabbage salad with carrots and sweet potato and chickpeas and all sorts of stuff. Then the squeeze question was your most embarrassing moment, and that was pretty entertaining (Yes, Dad, I did talk about you highjacking my presentation with Mrs. Shinners). Then some peeps had PSCT class and then sleep time. Good day, today across the world.

Pictured:
Our view of the park from the end of the dock (Jurassic Park)
This cool arch welcomes us to the park
Our nice trail of people walking through the park (me, Will, Grace, Preston, Lucia, Navarre, Carolyn, Bo, and so on).
The friendly deer
Our first Komodo Dragon (medium-sized)
Our group picture with our old man dragon.
Me, (for the fam) in front of a pretty wall/sign
Another cool statue/sign thing
Our pretty sunset at our new location
Will.
Our first view of the INDIAN OCEAN
The big old dragon that Amanda and Lolo saw on their mini hike

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