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Swimming with Turtles in Barbados

Lesley Doherty graduated from UT Knoxville in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in advertising, and in 1999 with a master's degree in elementary education.  She now lives in Maryville and is a fourth grade teacher at Alcoa Elementary School.

Janet Rowe-Eikenberry graduated from UT Knoxville in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in biology, 1991 with a master's of public health, degree and in 1995 with a master's degree in safety. She now lives in Knoxville and is the director of environment, health and safety at UT Medical Center.

They sent this photo from Barbados where they were on a catamaran taking them to swim with the turtles. Doherty is on the left; Rowe-Eikenberry is on the right.

"It was an absolutely amazing experience, especially swimming with the turtles," Doherty wrote. "I could have done that every day. The people were welcoming, helpful and very proud of their island, as they should be. It was not only beautiful, but felt like a home away from home.  There were monkeys that would come to play in the gardens of the apartments we stayed at each afternoon. The weather was amazing with daily highs of 85 and lows of 75 and a continual ocean breeze that never made it feel overwhelmingly hot. We have definitely discussed going back for another visit and would highly recommend it to anyone."


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