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Location: Fam, Raja Ampat

Today we found ourselves moving more in one day than I remember moving since the program began. The day started off with “Bowl Henge” and breakfast, a wonderful granola and yogurt meal accompanied by a well-stacked Henge of bowls, plates, and forks. After we ate, we split up into three dive groups, each going diving at a different time while the other two studied and mingled on deck. Despite the wicked current under the waves that swept us along at a brisk but fun pace, the dive was beautiful and easy. After the dives, we picked up anchor and headed out to our new spot, and what a spot it is. It took only a few hours to get here, but it feels like a whole new world! We went from mangroves, which are awesome in their own way, to white sandy beaches and palm trees. After a fantastic Oceanography class with Heather, we students put on our snorkel gear and went exploring!

The island we are at now, Fam, is absolutely gorgeous! It only took about ten minutes to swim from the boat to the shore, and on shore, we spent hours in the sun and having fun! Some of us walked up and down the white sand, simply enjoying the freedom of a straight line longer than 112 feet, while others lay down on solid ground and napped. A few of us hiked up into the trees a little ways and explored the island, which was just as beautiful inland as it was from the water. Palm trees swayed, and the wind rustled the grass. Birds chirped all around and above, and not a cloud was in the sky. I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than that.

Now as the sun slips below the horizon, the bugs return, and the temperature is dropping. The humidity isn’t, though. We have one more class period to go before more free time and studying, which is Leadership with our captain, Tom. Not only are we learning about the Ocean around us with our wonderful professors, Ben and Heather, but we get to learn about people as well. Leadership is shaping up to be a fun and engaging course, and there is more fun stuff planned for leadership very soon, but I’ll let that day’s skipper tell you about it. ;^)

To my family – I love you, and I miss you all!!!! I don’t want this to end, but I can’t wait to be home at the same time!