I diiiiid, I diiiiiid see a turtle. Quite a few actually.
One of the many delights of Hamilton Island is grabbing a snorkel at low tide and swimming around until you meet a turtle, usually feeding on the reef. They say that once a turtle has identified a feeding site it will remain in the area for the rest of its life. And, considering their lifespan, that could be for the next 100 years.
These were some of the most beautiful creatures I’ve ever seen. It was such a special experience that I hope I get to enjoy again sometime. And on the fitness front, what better motivation to snorkel for a few hundred meters every day than to have a turtle by your side while you’re doing it?
Even though I grew up riding, it’s been a long time since I was in the saddle. Eight years to be exact. I’ve been wanting to get back in to it but never knew where to go until a friend told me about the Helensville Riding School. I had my first lesson and absolutely loved it. Thomas was so placid and well behaved it was easy to concentrate on what I was learning without having to worry about his temperament. In my first lesson I learnt to correct my posture during trotting, better hand control, to move sideways by squeezing Thomas with one leg and to pivot 180° with his front hooves staying in the same spot. I had the best time and have booked another lesson for next week. I can’t wait to update what I’ve learnt each time and I seem to be getting a great leg workout to boot.