Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Snorkeling in Jupiter

That would be Jupiter Florida actually. I've never been a big fan of snorkeling in the past. For some reason I can never figure out how to keep the water out of the pipe and not drown. The few times I gave it a try before, I saw a lot of water and not much else. Hardly worth all the choking and gagging. 



For the holiday weekend, my sister booked a room at the Jupiter Waterfront Inn and invited me to come up and help her get her kayaks in the water. An hours drive. A little bit of work. A day of free fun on the water. My kind of holiday adventure.

The hotel is right on the Intracoastal Waterway and had a kayak launch area in the back. After a little paddle around we beached on a sand bar far from the shore and my sister broke out the snorkels. Great. As I waded back into the deeper water and struggled with adjusting the mask, I totally forgot I was still wearing a life jacket. Oh well. I knelt down and put the mask in the water and I was surrounded by hundreds of little fish. My sister thought it was pretty funny the way I jumped out of the water. After the initial shock I dove back in and actually enjoyed it. It was hard to believe I could not see the fish around my knees when standing up but as soon as I put my head in the water, I could see they were all around me. Since I was wearing a flotation device, I never once drank any of the ocean. The fish seemed to enjoy it also as some came right up to my mask and almost close enough to catch with my bare hand.  I'm pretty impressed with my sister's underwater camera too.

6 comments:

  1. Tragically for you, you sound uncoordinated like me! But when the planets align and you can swim, breathe and look simultaneously, it's MAGIC! But then, I have the Great Barrier Reef as my training ground ...

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  2. I have the entire Florida Keys for which I'm missing out on. Now that I have a tiny bit of skill and a heaping load of desire, I may just buy a snorkel set to go with my kayak. Maybe.....

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  3. Was down in Grand Cayman and Disney's island Castaway Cay in January and did some snorkeling although the water cold. It was enough to make me get PADI re-certified.

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  4. With a name like "Beach Bum" that makes sense. My sister has all the serious SCUBA equipment but does not get it out too often. I've recently seen creatures under my kayak that make me fairly hesitant to get in the deep end. As I was wading around in two feet of water, I saw 3 dive boats heading out. Maybe it's time to take a serious look at diving.

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