Woohoo, will be gone on vacation for a month!
Yup, I will be gone starting Sunday (actually wee hours of Monday). I will be going to Indonesia to scuba dive and do some underwater photography.
Indonesia is a country made up of thousands of islands.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/asi..._indonesia.jpgA hairy frogfish
First, I will be flying (2.5 days traveling....YIKES) to the Island of Sulawesi. That island looks like a monkey with a long tail. I will be staying at the tip of the tail in a place called Lembeh Straits. This place is famous for seeing bizarre and strange creatures that you will see few other places in the world. I have been there before, these are some photos from those trips;
A hairy frogfish
A coconut octopus trying out the fit of a new shell
I have to admit that I won't be roughing it at ALL. This is where I will be staying;
After diving there for a while, I will be flying to West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya). This is New Guinea. Indonesia went in a took over half of the island and claimed it. I will be on a boat in Cenderawasih Bay where I will be shooting photos of whale sharks. This area is so remote there are no roads and airports, so a boat it is. Not a nasty boat though. Meet the SY Seahorse.
I've never been to this area (on the map it is the north shore in a huge bay right above the I in Irian Jaya) and I have never dived with whale sharks. They are HUGE! This photo is not mine, but you get the idea....
I am so excited I can't wait until I get on that plane!! I will probably only have rare internet connections, but I will attempt to update this thread as often as I can with photos and stories.
Wish me luck and cast spells to keep the pirates away!
Oh, Allison, I know you will have such an experience ! And while I am a wee bit jealous , ok, like insanely jealous, I truly wish you a safe and life changing trip,. I can't wait to read your updates. Please do not cheat yourself of one precious moment there trying to worry about the moderating. In the grand scheme of things, it matters not.
I hope ya have a super great vacation. Lots of good people there, and many things to do.
Sounds like you rollers (cops) over there in your neck of the woods make to much money. :lol:
Sounds like alot of fun. Hope the trip goes well.
I work full time as a cop
Work off duty when I can
Teach riding and train on EVERY day off
go out to eat
go to concerts/movies/anything
SAVE SAVE SAVE!!
And I am totally aware that I am blessed with a good life and an even better family.
That sounds like an amazing experience. Have a great time, will be looking for pictures, especially of a whale shark.
Great place to visit and they keep finding new species in Indonesia. Do us all a favor, find another new species and name it Thehorseforum for all of us!
Oh, get us a picture of you swimming with a whale shark will you!
How long have you been diving? I'm thinking of taking my rescue diver class next time it's offered through my dept. the only problem is I like the station I'm at and if they need someone at the dive station that may get me moved. I'm still up in the air about it.
HAVE A SAFE AND FABULOUS JOURNEY!
So excited to hear about your adventures!
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