Sunday, January 25, 2009

Too, Too Much

What a day! I'm exhausted!

I helped out as a kayak escort for the Maui Polar Bear Swim race. I chose to accompany the last place person and really enjoyed myself. I met her only a couple of hundred yards out as she was panicking. She had never swum in the ocean before and was struggling to breathe. I got her to calm down by telling her I would stick by her side and that she could climb into my kayak at any time. It was probably fear of sitting close to me in my kayak that kept her swimming. And she finished, she swam the entire 1.2 mile race!

As soon as she finished I lit out for deeper water where I met a calf, mother and escort. They swam under me with the baby tucked under mom's fin. Then they turned around and came back with a now much bolder young one. I was thrilled by the encounter and, not wanting to risk upsetting the whales, I immediately began paddling for home. They, of course, followed me back almost all the way to shore. The top seven photos on my whale page were all from today's encounter.

Next, we went to see "Slumdog Millionaire" which was as wonderful as everyone is saying. Go see it!

Wow! What a day! I wonder what tomorrow will be like?

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