How many of you blog readers out there watch Glee? I love, love, LOVE Glee and I’m so bummed that I’ll miss out on watching the next season with my Mom. If you do watch the show, you obviously know who Quinn Fabray is. If you don’t, here’s a picture of her:
We look nothing alike and we act completely different, yet Samoan high school girls seem to think that I’m her. I kid you not. Both times that I’ve met a group of high school students and told them my name, the girls always screech, “Like Quinn from GLEE? QUINN FABRAY? Are you a cheerleader?!!!” Back in the day, people knew my name from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and I thought that was the coolest thing ever. Now they associate me with a blonde cheerleader with a huge ego. I can only laugh and tell the girls that 1) I’m not Quinn from Glee, 2) My name was Quinn first, and 3) I'm a runner and no, I won’t become a cheerleader.
Subject change. On Monday, the WT group got a personal tour of Fagatele Bay by some people from NOAA who work on the island. The bay (pronounced Fahng-ah-tell-ay) is one of the top 5 protected marine sanctuaries throughout the USA and its territories. It was absolutely gorgeous and completely hidden from civilization. You have to trek through a jungle to even get to the beach. We went on the first rainy day since I’ve been here which meant that the water was pretty rough and the sun only popped out occasionally. What’s this a perfect day for? EXTREME SNORKELING!
Hikin' through the jungle
The sun popped out right when we got there...and then it quickly disappeared and brought forth rain which brought forth extreme waves.
I visited Forest City Scuba in Rockford, IL, before I left to get some fancy equipment for snorkeling. I had read that the marine life in AmSam was stunning and that it is the perfect place to snorkel. And that it was. Being a first-time snorkeler (besides that one time in Jan’s pool – thanks Jan!), I had absolutely no idea what to do, so I just went for it. I flopped into the water and dog paddled around until I realized I couldn’t breathe…duh Quinn, you have a snorkel for a reason. After I figured out the breathing, I really focused my eyes on what was below the water. My first dip under made me squeal, which somehow made my mask come off and my snorkel filled with water, so I came up sputtering and spitting. Salt water is GROSS. Long story short, I extreme snorkeled into the middle of the bay. We aren’t supposed to tell our parents that we snorkeled in 10-15 foot wave swells, but hey, I’m still here so why not say it! I think I swallowed half of the Pacific Ocean, but I also got to see some amazing, beautiful marine life. My friends and I came upon a school of 300-500 fish, I saw coral, and even tried my hand at underwater photography. Snorkeling was an incredible adventure, but I will say that I’m excited to “normal snorkel” where I’m not getting pulled by extreme currents and waves, but instead get to float around without gallons of ocean water spilling into my fresh oxygen.
Snorkeling is clearly an attractive look for me.
Here fishy, fishy, fishy. This is my favorite shot of the day.
Most of my shots were blurry- I was more focused on staying alive. I promise to get better shots next time!
Countdown: 3 days until I move into my house and 12 days until the first day of school!
Thanks for reading this random post…I hope you enjoyed my “Only in AmSam” stories! J