Fall Collecting Trip: Guest Blogger – Jill Taylor

I am not what you'd call and adventurous sort, however, after someone had to cancel from this trip, the opening was presented to me. Of course I'd go!! Preparations were made; I bought a wetsuit, booties, mask, fins and a snorkel, rented the rest of the equipment and became certified as a SCUBA diver. As the date neared, a little nervousness set in...okay, maybe a little more than a little nervousness. Perseverance, I told myself, and I was right. What a great group of fun, knowledgeable and supportive people.

Front to back: Jill, her sister Sarah and her step-daughter - our trip leader - Sarah Taylor!

The first dive was my first real dive; I'd only been in a swimming pool and a quarry for my SCUBA course. This was the ocean. Stepping off the dive platform at the back of the Research Vessel Coral Reef II, gently descending to the bottom...and another whole part of the planet we live on is right in front of me. Fish just going about their daily business, seemingly unaware of my presence. I'm in their world, and it's beautiful!

-- Jill Taylor

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