We have had an amazing run of good weather since the last 4 day Gail that kept us smashed against a dock in Santa Rosalia. The conditions have been picture perfect, which means we have been able to pick and choose which anchorages to frolic in as we slowly make our way back to LaPaz. Our days are filled with the usual cast of characters....hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, shelling, snorkeling......and a new addition.....all three of us are diving. Patrick and Jack have logged 20 dives so far....the deepest being 85 feet, and me.....never say never......I now have one under my belt.
Our friend Terry on s/v Manta is the diving Guru in these parts. He has played in this area for the past 30 years and he knows where all the best dive spots are. He is a former Navy Seal diver, and is a dive guide for the rich and famous who come to this area (Russell Crow being one name) He has also filmed underwater footage for the Discovery Channel. This kind, No ego.....just loves to dive guy, and apparently enjoys a good challenge of getting someone like me into the water for the first time (I will never dive, and have no interest in breathing underwater, or getting up close and personal with the life forms down under...especially sharks...my former mantra) So when he offered, or more or less insisted I give it a try.....I knew I would be in very capable hands. This was a free offering ( I wonder what Russell had to pay him?) and that little voice in my head said I would be stupid to pass this opportunity up.......and then he tossed in the promise of a lobster dinner AND a pearl.....he really knew my weak spots......I of course had no other choice but to say YES, even while my knees were knocking together and my hands were trembling.
So before I knew it, I was breathing under water like a fish, with the fish. It was amazing. Life under water is a whole new world and just adds another exciting dimension to this life at sea. Not to mention......it is way cool picking out dinner at sea level.....After I survived my first dive, we all headed back to Santosha and enjoyed a lobster the size of Texas for dinner.
So now, we are known as the Santosha dive team in these parts. Terry........Thank You, Thank You, Thank You...for insisting that I give it a go.