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Allissa Thompson  Words📝Mountains🗻Adventure🌏 Currently:📍Brisbane, Australia Group Adventure Leader @whoatravel 📧allissanicolethompson@gmail.com

We used to pass the baton as one half of the Pine Bush High School 4x1, 4x2, 4x4, and SMR. Today, we just passed the wine as we caught up on the last 21 years. Our lunch date became dinner and both my belly and my heart are so full.

We get by with a little help from our friends. Sometimes that meant translating for each other, and laughing as I practiced saying things like, “I am looking at the stars” in a local dialect that is one of hundreds of languages spoken in Indonesia. Sometimes that meant introducing them to something I cannot live without- peanut butter- which, somehow, had found its way onto our boat and then found its way onto every banana I ate, along with some Nutella. I’ve already lost the language, my pronunciation of which was slightly less accurate than my Swahili. They lost no love on peanut butter. But in the great balancing act of finding meaningful connections with both humans and nature, nothing is ever lost in translation.

I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that’s a half smile on that dragon’s face.
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**adds Mother of Dragons to adventure resume**
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Disclaimer: Komodo dragon is larger than it appears. Human is farther away than she appears. All photos were taken under the supervision of a park ranger on Rinca Island, which is home to approximately 1,500 Komodo- none of whom are fenced or caged.
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I’m not at all where I pictured I would be in life, because how could I have possibly imagined it would be this breathtaking, time and time again, simply because I said yes? Because I shrugged my shoulders at the uncertainty of it all and laughed in the face of the unknown? What a beautiful unknown it has turned out to be.
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Awkward group jump shot, take 25.
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I was supposed to spend five days in Bali. Then, in a serendipitous stroke of luck, I stumbled on a photo of this very ridgeline and decided I needed to see it for myself, whatever that took. So I spent a single day in Bali, then boarded another plane to Labuan Bajo, where I boarded a traditional Indonesian fishing boat along with ten other people from various parts of Indonesia. We spent three days touring the islands that make up Komodo National Park, saw Komodo dragons in the only place in the world where you can see them in their natural habitat, and hiked, swam, and snorkeled to our hearts’ content, chasing giant manta rays and sea turtles. We lounged on the top deck for sunsets and stargazing every night, marveling at the “dancing fish” that swam in fast and furious circles to chase the light from our boat, seemingly in sync to our music. Suddenly, the school of fish shrank, and our beloved captain served us up some fresh dancing fish as a late night snack. We didn’t all speak the same language, but the wonders we shared broke through any language barrier, as did our laughter. I can’t think of a better way to have experienced Indonesia then sharing it with my newfound friends from a little boat we all called home for three magical days. Thank you, serendipity, for a wondrous happy accident.

Definitely sprinted to this swing from the pier. Because you’re never too old to find childlike glee in ordinary things.

I live for moments like this, where nothing exists outside the wonder of our beautiful blue planet and the fleeting gift of sharing time and space with one of God’s amazing creatures. Where nothing could possibly be more exciting than hearing delighted shrieks from the surface of, “Manta Ray coming!” as those on the boat spotted the shadow and fluid movement of these gentle giants and we raced to swim alongside them, time and time again. Seventy percent of the earth is covered in water. How wonderful it is not to be limited to exploring a mere thirty.

When you have no idea what time it is or what day it is, and realize it doesn’t matter as long as you’re not late for dinner. Boat life is magical. .
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I’ll never know of the life I do not choose. But I do know that choosing a life full of wonder will never leave me wondering what might have been.

The many adventures of my little pink dress, continued.
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This is why you catch a tuk-tuk at 4:30am.

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