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Campbell and I went snorkling at Long Reef today. It was great, except that we only had about 20 minutes of actual real snorkling time and the rest was just getting there and back :(

Didn't get out of here til nearly 2pm, picked up Campbell, then he drove my car up to Long Reef. It was 3:25 by the time we got there. Then changing time, then getting down onto the beach, then wading out to where we could swim. That was probably 20 minutes. Once in the water (after negotiating waves breaking over the rocks where I was trying to get in without getting sliced to pieces) it took me a while to relax and just breathe normally through the snorkel. I kept getting stressed that I was going to inhale a lungful of water. Once I realised that that wasn't likely to happen (unless the wave was breaking) I could actually just sit and watch the fish and seaweed. Saw a few interesting fish and a couple of big urchins. Campbell had somehow left his face mask at home, so he borrowed mine a couple of times. After probably 20 minutes we decided to head back in. Which is where it got messy. I couldn't get my footing when it got shallow and kept getting tossed around by the incoming waves. I got dragged across the rocks a couple of times and ended up with a couple of big scrapes on my hand and a few little ones elsewhere. Not fun. Managed to get out eventually, then spent the next *two hours* getting home :( I'm glad Campbell was driving otherwise I'm sure I would have been a lot more stressed.

Spent two minutes getting changed, and then out the door again for dinner. Then home and wash the hair and suddenly it's midnight.. whoops there goes 12 hours :)


Dave2 said:

Hopefully you put some disinfectant on those cuts!

April 4, 2005 2:57 AM


Michael Morgan said:

Glad you were not hurt too bad.

April 5, 2005 12:22 PM


Kristina said:

I'm so glad that I didn't end up going snorkelling with Campbell, as he had invited us last month. I'm a very novice snorkeller and my fear was the rocks, which your post just validated. I hope you were not hurt too badly. It sounds too scary for me.

April 5, 2005 8:14 PM


kazza said:

It'd be nice to go off a beach, although apparently that means a longer swim to where you want to be. It's given me more urges to go back to Lord Howe Island, maybe I'll drag Campbell along heh :)

April 5, 2005 8:50 PM


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