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Location: Whitsunday Islands

Today was our last day on the sailboat. Unfortunately, everything was not going as planned. We chose not to snorkel thanks to the winds and cold weather. I think everyone was ready to get back to some solid land. I was ready as well because I’ve never spent this much time out at sea. The sail back to the mainland was a very rough and exciting ride. I have never sailed on a boat that was slanted at such a steep angle. It seemed as though the boat was going to tip over, but Hammer (our boat) was sturdy and held strong. We sailed this way for what felt like an eternity. As I write this blog, I can still feel the effects of being on the boat. Of course, the first thing we all went for when we landed ashore was the little town we set sail from called Airlie beach. Our group loved the stores and being back in civilization. After an hour of shopping for souvenirs, the crew was more than eager to get back to the marina and ‘cleanse’ themselves of three days of no shower and salty bodies. Dinner was next on the agenda. We chose an open-air restaurant with a fun atmosphere and plenty of screens airing a seemingly important rugby match. The whole vibe of the restaurant was amazing from the live music in the front of the dining tables to the pool tables in the back. We all naturally gravitated towards the pool tables. We were all having a blast, challenging each other before and after dinner. It was really cool to see everyone having a good time after a three day boat trip and enjoying the moment. Some of us were so absorbed in our pool games that they were willing to miss out on a chance for some really good ice cream. It was a chilly walk back to the boat for the last night in the marina with a short detour to a playground. As I’m writing this blog, fireworks are shooting into the sky behind me. They are celebrating Canada Day, YAY!!! Just kidding, the fireworks are for a wedding reception in the marina. But we can pretend…