Team America Dominates Reef Encounter!!

Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Reef Encounter

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

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During our first day in Cairns, we found ourselves aimlessly wandering the streets in seach of answers! We knew that we had to see the Great Barrier Reef while we were here, we just weren't sure what the best option was. In search of our next adventures, we came across a job posting board. We found a posting looking for "Hosties" on the Reef Encounter. Hence, our next destination...the Great Barrier Reef!

On Tuesday, August 26th, we dragged ourselves and our backpacks down to the marina at the Esplanade and boarded the transfer boat to the Reef Encounter, our home for the next 5 days! After the first few minutes of choppy waters, the sea sickness began. Needless to say, we had a very long and tiring first day out at sea. After transferring over to the Reef Encounter at Hastings Reef, we hopped onto the Reefie and jumped into our wet suits. Over the next 24 hours we enjoyed amazing food, made new friends and had our first look at the Reef. The Reef was absolutely incredible, literally a whole new world underneath the sea. We split the time out on the Reef between Hastings Reef and Michaelmas Cay, exploring new sites each day!

After our second lunch on the boat, our Hostie duties began! We were handed our (size XL) purple t-shirts and were sent straight to the kitchen. The work wasn't hard, but it was definitely far from glamorous. Our jobs ranged from cleaning rooms, preparing food, washing windows, dusting life jackets and "detailing" bathrooms. We spent the next four days waking up at 5:30 to set up for breakfast and falling fast asleep by 8:30 each night. We snorkeled each day and Lauren even went on her first dive!

While we didn't get paid for all of our hard work, we did get to enjoy the delicious food, a warm place to sleep and free snorkeling....can't complain!
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