Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
Thank goodness for a week of intensive overeating; it enabled us to blithely consume multiple courses at an excellent restaurant this evening. Yummmm.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Now days it seems that SCUBA diving is no longer about the underwater experience, but about playing with the camera equipment. I was going to say that it was about getting the photo, but after watching these people fiddling with their fancy setups I realized it was really about the gadgets. As usual, none of these divers saw me even though I was within five feet of them. It's all about the toys.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
This morning it turned out that Maui's Mermaids, and some of their hangers-on, were swimming the same route along the shore as me. Lucky me, they even let me join them for a while.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Adventure abounded and, happily, we all escaped injury (not for lack of trying).
Click HERE for a few more photos from this morning's ocean swim.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
And this morning besides seeing the usual stand-up paddleboarders and kayakers, I saw someone flying on water jets. I think someone's Christmas present came early.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Green Sea Turtles have been missing from the scene the past few weeks. Where did they go? Have they all been eaten by sharks?
Not to worry. This morning they were back, in abundance. But they've obviously been out partying somewhere, because two of them actually staggered right into me. Yes, turtles are often oblivious to their surroundings, but I've never had them actually run me over. If they carried drivers licenses, they would have had them suspended by now. Watch out for those holiday parties.
This Pillow Starfish (photo below) is in the holiday spirit, being all decked out in bright red.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
This morning we explored the cliffs along Ahihi bay, peeking into every nook and cranny along the way. Well, not just peeking, but swimming into them to see where the waves would throw us when they crashed in.
Click HERE for more photos from this morning's ocean swim.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I couldn't resist the juxtaposition of this sign with these chairs. Whale watching, maybe; but shark watching?
Only a few years ago there was no public transport (except private taxis) on Maui, and now there is regular service with double-decker buses. Things are a-changin'
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
None of the turtles I saw, who are prime food sources for big sharks, seemed the least bit concerned. And after my swim I noticed several snorkelers who were having a great time, laughing and joking amongst themselves.
So, I've decided that it is time for an attitude shift. If I commit to a swim, I need to banish all worries about being torn apart by big ocean predators. I need to just enjoy the swim.
Monday, December 2, 2013
This morning yet another person was killed by a shark in my back yard. Two deaths in the past few months in my neighborhood plus several bites within a couple of miles. This is getting out of hand. If the sharks don't get back in line I'm afraid that I am going to have to take action.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
And the crowd grew thinner as the swim through murky water progressed. From the nine who began the swim, only four of us emerged together at the end. Don't worry, the other five all got out safely, but only minutes after getting in.