What a week for diving! Early on in the workweek we had some of the best visibility since I have been here. Perfect for spot tests. With pretty much everyone survey-ready, we now have a week of data collection ahead of us.
We also have three new advanced divers in Brandon, Celina and Lewis. Greg came over midweek and completed the next level of training, teaching them about underwater navigation, buoyancy control, and even throwing in a cool wreck dive. Greg being here was a means for celebration, so our fearless leader Kris treated everyone to a highly anticipated chicken dinner.
Last week was also the grand opening of the FJM Tuck Shop, providing little pieces of luxury for the volunteers at a low price. So far we can’t keep Pringles on the shelves. Even the pizza flavor are selling, granted only when all the other options have been snagged up. All the proceeds of the Tuck Shop will be used towards camp upgrades, possibly a cooker? The thought of it makes our mouths drool.
All the animals are doing well. KJ the pig has officially broken his carabineer, so congratulations to him. He has also learned that if he escapes and THEN takes a quick mud bath, he is much less likely to be rounded up immediately. The puppies have taken to idolizing the big dogs, competing in grossly unbalanced wrestling matches and putting on their most intimidating bark when an intruder comes around. They still won’t go near the cats.
We have also added another source of entertainment to the camp, a beautiful volleyball net. Now all we need is for Fiji to cool down a bit so we can use it properly. We also need to get better, as Mala continues to embarrass us on the court, along with his 6 year old son.
By Cameron Hookey, Marine ARO
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