I remember looking at the Pacific Ocean while standing on the shores of Siargao Island a few years ago. The waves stood high above my head, forming and then exploding in front of me. It wasn't the first time I'd seen the Pacific Ocean, but it was the first time I looked at it with different eyes. Curious eyes. I wondered what it was like to cross that ocean. I wondered what it was like to be an explorer on an expedition, cutting through the Mariana trench (the deepest part of the Earth) in an old-fashioned ship and imagining what sea monsters lurk below the surface.
The Pacific Ocean, the world's largest ocean is said to be bigger than all the Earth's land area combined. Since most of it hasn't been explored yet, I guess it's safe to say that anything is possible down there.
Eight years later, I find myself standing on the other side of that ocean with the same curious eyes. The other side of the ocean is just as mysterious yet it has a different character. Something about the way the waves crash in the seashore and how it looks on a greater scale blew me away. The humans below looked like ants compared to the ocean.
A narrow path up a mountain gave us a better view though visibility was limited due to the fog. I wrapped my jacket tightly around me as a gust of cold wind blew in my direction.
Our final stop before heading back home was a viewing deck where you could see the elephant seals just lying around next to each other, keeping each other warm. While hiking towards the deck, you could already hear them making noises. It was so surreal. It was a perfect way to end the trip.