The BNT held it’s first Expedition parks 242 this past weekend and I am proud to say I was a part of the inaugural group. As soon as I saw this trip advertised on Facebook I immediately decided that I had to go. I didn’t know what to expect since this was the first trip. Our group was essentially guinea pigs, but I’m happy to say that it was AWESOME!!
I’ll be completely honest with you, me being the introvert I am, I was super nervous about traveling with strangers. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and just do it. I ended up meeting some amazing people. I don’t know what I was expecting, but the group ended up being so diverse. There was avid birders, nature enthusiast, scientists and people that just wanted to see more of The Bahamas. Because it was a small group everyone got a chance to interact with people who they may not have ever met otherwise. I very quickly got comfortable and had a ton of interesting conversations with some really fascinating people.
The schedule was jam packed with lots to do and see. Activities included camping, exploring national parks & blue holes, snorkeling, diving, kayaking & birding.
Day 1: Bus Tour of Northern Settlements, Some birding, Morgan’s Bluff, Henry Morgan’s Cave, Blue Hole National Park, Grill Out, Camp Set up & Camping.
Day 2: This day was mostly boating. We stopped at Broad Shad Cay Lodge, Westside National Park and a few places in between. The weather turned bad so our boat tour had to be cut short. But we still had a chance to see a good bit of Andros’ marine life before heading back to shore.
Day 3: The last day was laid back. We had breakfast at our hotel that included bush tea sampling. For activities, there was a choice between scuba, snorkeling, kayaking & birding. Once all activities were done we had a final lunch together and recapped the trip.
Overall for a first trip, everything went well. I would definitely recommend going on an Expedition parks 242 trip with The Bahamas National Trust. These trips are a great way to learn about our natural resources, national parks and why we should protect them. You also get to see all an island has to offer in the process. I learned a lot, met new people and overall had a great time. I plan to go again and can’t wait for the next one, hopefully it will be another island I’ve never visited. Make sure you follow The Bahamas National Trust on Facebook so you don’t miss the next Expedition parks 242.
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