Apologies for the out of order pattern of photo postings. We had decided to get caught up while we were in Bali, but as we have been in some fairly remote places with limited internet access, uploading photos has been a challenge. But we are now in the bustling city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and should be able to catch up. So here goes!
The Great Barrier Reef, as Brayden so beautifully wrote about in his blog, “GREAT” IS NOT A STRONG ENOUGH WORD FOR THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, is so stunningly gorgeous in it’s color, it’s vast coral underwater worlds and it’s sheer magnitude. We saw the reef from the airplane to Papua New Guinea, and now were able to experience it up close and under the ocean’s surface. We have been told by a few guides that it is over 2,000 miles long, but you cannot truly understand it’s beauty and grace until you float effortlessly above it hovering over exotic fish, getting to touch a velvety sea cucumber, or just sitting, listening to the waves lap against the sides of the boat. It is so peaceful and serene and full of life that photos are hard to capture. We loved our day with amazing guides (thanks Agatha and Simon!) and our new wonderful friends Alan and Susie.
It is also the only place on this remarkable planet where two “World Heritage Sites” touch, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, side-by-side. It makes you feel wonder and also admiration that this is one little corner of the world that has been protected; and made us all have a dinner conversation about the importance of protecting our planet and lowering the impact humans are having on Earth.