To wrap up the season a bunch of us headed down to Mount Baker for a weekend of campfires, cards against humanity, eating, boarding, skiing and a large beergarden wide snowball fight!
Time with Tamara is either an adventure or reliving the fun moments of childhood. She knows how to live her life to the fullest and paradise is created around her. Hearing her amazing adventures and jobs abroad makes me realize you can make life happen to you and it is where you want to take it. You don’t have to be chain down to a mundane job or an ordinary life. Maybe that’s why she can carry that bright smile effortlessly because she is one of the few people who knows how to live life the right way and it’s easy to see it comes from her love for travelling and willing spirit to try new things. This is a world traveler’s tales that is really enthralling and I hope to be able to continue to hear more of her great adventures from the land of paradise and hopefully someday follow that path myself.
I’m so happy to have Anne as an adventure buddy!
2. The hill does not end right around that next corner– but it is helpful to believe it does.
2. Merino Wool does get stinky. Thankfully, however it does not hold the stink.
4. Headwind sucks.
5. No matter how long the hill looks, it’ll feel longer– but you can do it. Eventually you’ll be up it and the road will flatten out. There may even be a little downhill to enjoy.
7. Sometimes the pub at the end of the road will have burned down. In August. The cold pint that has motivated you up the last ten hills won’t be there. Also, you won’t be able to camp in their camping area, next nearest one is 15 km back the way you just came.
8. You will meet really nice people. Who will point out a great secret camp site very close to where you are. 8 minute walk away you say? Easy…. nope… we are not there yet- how fast does this lady walk!? 15 mins later.
9. Secret camp sites are the best. Don’t doubt the person who said 8 minute walk. In the morning with fresh legs it actually is really close.
10. It’s worth it. Every bit of sore muscle and discomfort is worth it. To listen to the frogs croaking in the ditch alongside the road, the sounds of birds wings flapping past. The feeling of freedom to stop to look at that cool rock. The power of knowing you made it. A little taste that makes it hard to get back into your car.
Last night was the full moon, I sat on the dock and watched the moon rise over the ocean, a bright orange ball, were it not so dark out you could almost mistake it for a sun. Walked down the beach to B First for dinner with some girls that just completed their open water course, admired the stars.
A nice deep breath of fresh air, the pace of life here is nice. There is always somewhere to be, but always time to get there. Underwater things move a bit slower, and there is no point in rushing because it will only put you off balance. The water today was so clear. We raced out to the dive sight on little speed boats, the wind whipping my hair in my face, the water was so flat the boat felt like it was flying.
First dive of the day was Tokong Laut (temple of the sea). The visibility was amazing until the thermocline at 20m. Beautiful site, lots of, well everything. After that I gave my first real dive briefing for the dive I was guiding at Tanjung Basi (rotten point). It went fairly well, I didn’t lose anyone, we saw lots of different fish, nudibranch, corals and anemones and found the boat at the end.
I wrote a physics, physiology and equipment test which I haven’t gotten the results for yet, but I must have passed because there is more for me to work on. I’m not in the water until 4 o clock tomorrow afternoon, which seems like a really long time to stay dry. Time to hit the books though I have another 3 tests coming up on the 23rd. Hope everyone is doing well, take some time to look at the stars if you can!
Mabul is a tiny little island. It takes about 20 minutes to walk the whole way around if you dawdle. The houses cluster on stilts over the water. Long rickety bridges with no railings, often missing planks, lead out to the houses.
I stayed at Spheredivers Homestay & lodge. The rooms are basic, four walls, a bed nice clean sheets and a little window that opens to look out on the water. What makes Spheredivers special is the people. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included with the stay, and is served in the common area. The table and chairs spread out around the mostly covered deck is where people come together, snacking and sharing their experiences.
Island time may be slow, but it encourages fast friendships. Before I knew it I was agreeing to head out and explore around the island with Misbah and her friends. Azhar and Mat Yie two amazing underwater photographers decided to join us. Our walk around the island quickly became a bit of a photo shoot.