Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Day 5- Let's go Snorkeling

Sorry I don't have any pictures of the snorkeling, it was a little overcast and the underwater pictures came out dark, so I can't show you any of the pretty fish we saw. These are pictures of the boat I took off their web page and the round one is a picture of the Molokini Crater, where we snorkeled.

I don't know what it is about us but we never get to sleep in on our vacations, it always seems like we have to get up early to get somewhere. I had reserved a Snorkel Cruise on the Four Winds II and we had to be at the harbor by 7 am, so up and at 'em early on Day 5. The boat was nice and they had some fruit and bagels with cream cheese for a light breakfast waiting for us. There was a photographer onboard who went around taking everyones picture for the video they sell at the end of the trip.

It took about an hour to get out to the site at the Molokini Crater where we were to snorkel. I have snorkeled two or three times previously but am nervous about jumping into the ocean. I tend to panic and hyperventilate. My husband has repeatedly told me that it would be virtually impossible for me to drown out there as I float really easily given that I am horizontally challenged (ie fat) That may be true but my brain does not believe it and reacts by causing me to hyperventilate. I waited until almost everyone else was in the water before I dared to go in. I grabbed a boggie board and in I went.

I reacted the same way I do with MRI's and Cat Scans---I panicked! But I worked through it the same way I do with the test, I just talk myself through it and if that does not work I pray or sing and usually that will calm me down. It took a few minutes to get comfortable with the water but soon I was laying on my board with my face in the water looking at all the pretty fish. After a little while, hubby got a leak in his mask and was getting water in his sinuses, poor thing, that did not feel good I am sure.

They served us a BBQ lunch (which by the way in Hawaii--BBQ means grilled burgers, hot dogs or chicken breast--not BBQ like you get in the south with BBQ sauce) It was pretty good, although I am not sure I like the ground beef in Hawaii, it taste a bit different than what I am used to. They included beer and soft drinks (wine too I think) but we stuck to the soft drinks.

After lunch, we snorkeled a bit more! This time I just jumped right in off the side of the boat, did not even use the ladder. I was quite proud of myself for conquering my fear of the water. The fish did not seem as brightly colored as the one's we saw in Cancun on our honeymoon but they were still very pretty and facinating to watch. On the way back to the harbor, we stopped briefly in what they call "Turtle Town" and were able to see several of the big Turtles swimming around.

Hubby is suseptable to motion sickness so he had taken 2 dramamine tablets (less drowsy formula) but still was feeling rather poorly by the time we got back to the harbor. We went back to the room and hubby crashed for awhile. Later that evening, we went to the Aloha Mixed Plate (thanks for recommending it JB) I had the Coconut Shrimp (Yummy) and Hubby had a plate with several native dishes on it, I can't remember what all it had but I think it was Mahi Mahi with some type of Mango Chutney, Poi, Salmon somthing or other, and of course no plate would be right without the sticky rice and macaroni salad.

Hubby unfortunately suffered for most of the day feeling like he was still on the boat, rising and falling. We called it a early night and slept well, dreaming of beautiful blue water and pretty fishes.


jettybetty said...

That does sound like fun! We've never done the snorkeling tour--some day we may have to break down and do it.

Aloha Mixed Plate is a fun and yummy place to eat! Glad you enjoyed it.

Sandy said...

WOW, i'm just catching up on blogs and I missed your whole Hawaii series : ( YOu have great pictures. I love the ones from Iao valley. I had a great time meeting you and appreciate that you spent time out of your vacation to hang out with us! Of course you can post the pictures, I don't mind!
Man, I totally forgot to post about the 4th of July, bummer man. There's just too much going on I guess.
Anyhow, tell us more about your trip! I'll be off the next 7 days so I'll be reading blogs probably everyday now, just like the old days!

Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

Your snorkeling day sounds like a lot of fun. I've never done that, except once in Florida near Panama City where there weren't many fish, but tons of huge sand dollars.

I identify with the fear of water, although after I started sailing on Hobies I was okay - on TOP of the water! I'm very claustrophobic, though, so the enclosed MRIs and stuff get to me really badly. I have to keep my eyes closed and "will" myself not to panic.

I got to visit Tammany Oaks Sunday and it was SO wonderful. Talked with Becky and David, who I just love to pieces. Boy, do I miss being a member there.

I just arrived in Abilene at my mom's for the first time since Katrina and am enjoying the visit, but it's terribly hot here right now. Umh, umh, umh.

I SO hope we get to go up to Santa Fe and the mountains of New Mexico in the fall. Your vacation trip makes me want to go on ours so badly. We haven't had a vacation in nearly 3 years. Way too long.

Cheers! Dee