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Ashlee's Australia Adventure

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hello there! This will be my last blog post. Australia was one experience I will never forget. I have made memories and friends that will last a life time. This was a dream that come true for me. I loved everything about Australia but there were some things that really stood out to me. The first thing that stood out to me the most was Orpheus Island. The Great Barrier Reef was my favorite part because I got to learn about the wonderful life out at sea. Not only did I get to learn about it I got to experience it myself. Snorkeling gave me an opportunity to see the beautiful coral and colorful fish. I saw things that I might not get to ever again since there is not an ocean in Colorado. It was a little scary because i was afraid of hitting the poisonous coral or fish. The only down side of that day was I got a coral cut which i still have.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this trip was Ayer's Rock. I loved seeing the sunrise on the rock, it was an image I will never forget. The colors were amazing. Something I never realized, until I got up close to the rock, was how big it was. That rock was huge. It was like 3 times the size of the rock of Castle Rock. I noticed that one part of the rock looked like there was a river flowing down it. Another thing I liked was seeing the aboriginal paintings. Along with the sunrise at Ayer's Rock we got to meet with a real aboriginal man. It was interesting hearing the language they speak and how they survived back in the days.

The third and final thing that I really liked was the Australian Zoo. I liked it because we got to enjoy the fresh air but also learn about the different animals that live in Australia. We got to see the crocodile show and the tiger show. I thought it was so crazy that those trainers weren't afraid of either deadly animal. I don't think I could ever be that brave. Also, that day we got to feed a kangaroo which was so exciting.

Australia was a once in a lifetime thing. I will never forget feeding wallabies and kangaroos or swimming in the ocean or even eating a live cockroach and two worms. The one thing that I decided to do when I got home to change the world is to use less plastic bags. After seeing the sick turtle at Reef HQ that ate the plastic bag, it made me realize that our planet is being destroyed by the littlest things. This trip also helped me to understand the damages that are being done to our home. Although I miss Australia and my friends it's good to be home. I plan on going back to Australia someday and not only there but I would love to travel the world. That's it for now. C yaa.


Susan said...

I enjoyed reading about your adverntures while you were in Australia. Thank you for sharing them with all of us.
Mrs. Jensen's mother

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 14 days
When May 25th - June 7th, 2009
Focus Marine Biology
Aboriginal Culture