Australia, The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, 2013

Very rarely do I do “touristy stuff”.  I usually am rather successful at talking myself out of that.  However, there is only one way to get to one of the seven wonders of the world and that is on a tourist boat.  Well, there are, indeed, other ways, of course, but the simple, easy, and convenient way is to stand in line with a bunch of like-minded folks, quietly listening to the banter of the tour guide.

Let’s wait a bit and see what this “wonder” is all about.

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Can you find me in the reflection?  I can’t but that doesn’t mean that you can’t.  Give it a shot! [that is if you have nothing better to do at all]

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See, this is why I don’t like the touristy things…  Look how happy everyone is, right?

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Beautiful water here.  Nothing in comparison with the Atlantic City shore line, for those familiar with it.

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Oh, and there are dozens of these tour boats.  I think just about half the tourist population here has the same idea as we do.

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Lovely hills here.  One day I’ll come back to climb them.

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Oh, look, Ma, a rainbow!

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Of course I had to signup for scuba.  I highly recommend it for anyone considering this.  It is definitely worth the money and you’ll get to brag to people that you’ve scuba’ed at the Great Barrier Reef.

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Here we go.  I suppose this be it.  Pretty huge…

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We even have neighbors.

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And we can take these boat rides here with see-through bottom.

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And top.

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See how amazingly clear the water is?!

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And the reef comes so close to the top that it sticks out in places.

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Oh, yeah, why would you do a chopper tour here if everything you want to see is actually underwater?  Oh well.

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Gorgeous here, truly.

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Oh, we have a smoking section here.  Not too shabby.

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And one more on the island we get dropped off at.

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The island with birds.

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And bushes.

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And weird plants.

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And views.

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And scuba lessons.

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Oh, and look at the birds!

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This is what’s going on in the wild, right under out feet.

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Big ones are there, too.  Yeah, I know the reef employees feed them… But this is still amazing!

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Outside is not bad, either.

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As is the view.

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Oh, Look what I found.

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It’s looking at you!

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Right there, some where.

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Just to finish off the trip, we feed the fishes.

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Amazing, is it not?

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