Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Other White Meat

OK, my favorite joke here so far has been:
Wi-a-pee? Well, my bladder’s full.
Yeah I totally made that up but it makes me laugh all the time.

Today we went on Captain Andy’s snorkeling adventure to the Na Pali coast. Crap, was this fun. The boat took off at 7:00 am and we headed out on the catamaran holding about twenty people. We were joined by my co-workers Jessica and Christine (and Christine’s hubby). They are also visiting Kauai and our paths crossed as we eventually expected they would.

The waves were enough to generate a good size spray, but we were able to get up close to sea turtles and dolphins. It was incredible to see them in their native environment. We motored around the island for a good two hours until we arrived at the middle of western side of the island. The coast is unreachable in places with the exception of by sea kayak. Coves and inlets provided a one time home for ancient fishing villages.

Since the rain was coming from the north, we turned the boat around and headed back. After about 45 minutes, we moved to clearer water and set out the gear for snorkeling. The fish weren’t terribly plentiful, but it was pretty magical out there. Enjoy the pictures of the best nature has to offer instead of our pasty white bodies. The crew set out lunch for us afterwards and we slowly began our ride back to the shore.

The boat bounced through the waves and the group, with the exception of the newlyweds who had drunk too much the night before and had now each taken their turn at providing personalized chum for the fish below, hung on as each wave came over the edge. It was fantastic and the ride of a lifetime.

One of the folks on the boat said she had done the helicopter ride to the coast the day before and nearly vomited. That solidified the decision that this would be our one and only visit to Na Pali coast. (Sorry CroutonBoy.) The rest of the day was spent trying to get my sea legs back as I kept stumbling into walls and grabbing onto chairs backs. But it was another day well spent.

Tomorrow… we go ziplining!



Anonymous croutonboy said...

Very nice...snorkeling off Na Pali! That compensates for missing the helicopter. Glad you're having a great time!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Steve S said...

Looks wonderful!

1:02 AM  

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