Is it salty?

“What?”, she said … “Is it salty?”, I repeated. “The bathroom is full of water.”, she repeated. “I know, Is it salty?”, “Huh”, “Taste the water … Is it Salty?” … to which the reply from Michelle was “You do it.”

Apparently, daddy makes a very good tug boat ... who needs a water scooter :)

Apparently, daddy makes a very good tug boat … who needs a water scooter :)

Atop Fort Louis overlooking Marigot Bay.

Atop Fort Louis overlooking Marigot Bay.

View from the Fort ...the marina below (Discovery on the far right at the docks) ... Marigot Bay and the Lagoon ... very nice vista.

View from the Fort …the marina below (Discovery on the far right at the docks) … Marigot Bay and the Lagoon … very nice vista.

This was how our conversation started the other morning … not my favorite way of waking up. You see there is nothing worse, in my opinion then finding water in your boat, this can, I’ve been told lead to something altogether unpleasant. The first thing I do when I find water in the boat, that isn’t really supposed to be there is taste it … if it is salty, then we worry … otherwise, it is likely a spill … worst case we carry 200 gallons of fresh water … so that isn’t enough to sink us … but salty water, now that is an altogether different thing.

So, I climb out of bed, put my finger in the 3”+ of water and put it to my mouth … my guess was that it was going to be fresh water … to my surprise, it wasn’t … hmmm … sink and toilet are freshwater, yet the entire shower pan was full of water … I look up to find the window closed … not that it made any sense to even check that, as I couldn’t explain how salt water would enter just the bathroom from the window overhead.

Billy and Kathy spent the day with us cruising the island. They came by cruise ship  ... we had a very nice day, this was at Long Bay.

Billy and Kathy spent the day with us cruising the island. They came by cruise ship … we had a very nice day, this was at Long Bay.

Jackman at the salon ... he was cultivating his metro self.

Jackman at the salon … he was cultivating his metro self.

Exploring the windward side of the island by car ... super windy day :)

Exploring the windward side of the island by car … super windy day :)

Great … a mystery bunch of sea water in the boat, early in the morning, and me yet not having any coffee … I turn on the shower sump and it all starts to drain … a couple of minutes later the bathroom is dry once again. Our bathroom floors are beneath the water line, so to get any water out of it, we have pumps to pull it up and overboard. I look in the bilge areas under the bathroom … a little water … I taste it … fresh! Hmmm …

I go to wash my hands in the bathroom sink and gargle some water to get the “bilge taste” (who knows what was in that water) out of my mouth … and I notice that the sink is draining very slowly. Great … another project, but it’ll have to wait … the mystery sea water takes precedence.

Since we were not sinking, I headed to the galley to make some coffee and wake up “normally”. After my second cup and watching the sunrise it dawned (get it <g>) on me that the air conditioner uses sea water to cool itself and that the sea water hoses are routed by the bathroom … that’s starting to form a plausible explanation (at least in my mind) … yet the AC was running, and water wasn’t returning to the bathroom … intermittent water leak? Hmmm … unlikely … I head back below and remember that I do not hear the gurgling in the sink drain that is usually there. You see when they installed the air conditioner in the back bedrooms they plumbed the sea water discharge into the sink drains … when the AC is running (using sea water to cool itself – sucking in water and pushing it back out) the return water gets routed into the sink drain and you can hear gurgling in the drain … wait … ahh … that’s it!

http://youtu.be/Bzn-pnhU_xI – Halloween Bash Routine

The sink is draining slowly, like it is partially clogged, the AC drains into the sink lines … so if the drain is clogged, the water could back up, come into the sink, overflow and start filling the bathroom … yep, that would explain what we found. So at 9AM, I get my trusty screwdriver and dive into the water to poke, yet again at another hole in the bottom of the boat … this, unlike what my kids call it … is not snorkeling.

After some hair and gunk (technical term) comes out… I claim victory and climb out of the water. Now I’m salty, but the bathroom isn’t. Put on the list of projects to put an actual thru hull (whole in the side of the boat) and reroute the discharge of the AC … so this problem won’t happen again.

Shark bait and the boy ... might be the name of our new action TV show ... although neither are demonstrating much action here.

Shark bait and the boy … might be the name of our new action TV show … although neither are demonstrating much action here.

Fish On ... Shaun showing Jaci how to bring in her fish ... turned out to be a nice 3ft Barracuda ... check out the smile on her face :) ... lot of Grandpa in her.

Fish On … Shaun showing Jaci how to bring in her fish … turned out to be a nice 3ft Barracuda … check out the smile on her face :) … lot of Grandpa in her.

Fell asleep playing lego's ... I'm surprised he didn't end up with his face in the box :)

Fell asleep playing lego’s … I’m surprised he didn’t end up with his face in the box :)

That day, I awoke to become a plumber and a diver. Who knows what adventures await us next.

Discovery is at anchor in Phillipsburg today, kids wanted to do some souvenir shopping … while they are out, I get to decide what to be … I think today … I’ll be an electrician.

“Je m’epelle Jean, je suis un pamplemousse.”

The view from Fort Louis of Marigot Bay. Discovery is at the marina just to the right of the picture (you can see the marina breakwater).

The view from Fort Louis of Marigot Bay. Discovery is at the marina just to the right of the picture (you can see the marina breakwater).

We have officially left Sint Maarten and our now in St. Martin <g> … while we’ve been exploring the island for several months, we have spent the majority of our time on the Dutch side. Last week the great people at the marina told us that high season was upon us and that we would have to move from the “mega yacht” area, to the “yacht” area … no big deal, just a relocate. We decided that we would take this opportunity to change our scenery for a little while and move to the French side.

Discovery on a mooring ball in Long Bay. One of our favorite day stops ... although the resort is now open and has lots of people on the beach.

Discovery on a mooring ball in Long Bay. One of our favorite day stops … although the resort is now open and has lots of people on the beach.

My buddy in the hammock.

My buddy in the hammock.

Shaun and Jack out sailing in the bay. Jenny is ashore with the girls ... great SA couple we met here.

Shaun and Jack out sailing in the bay. Jenny is ashore with the girls … great SA couple we met here.

We dropped anchor in Marigot Bay and after a couple of days decided to move into the Fort Louis Marina. Imagine my surprise when I was asked for my boat papers and proof that I had left “officially” the Dutch side … huh? Well it turns out, that while people can come and go between sides as they please, boats are a different story … so off we went to the Dutch side to “check-out”, so that we could “check-in” to the French side … stamps, fees, passports and forms later … we are officially living on the French side.

As you can tell from my title, the goal is to practice our French, mine is a little rusty, but my greeting always seems to get a smile or laughter … I think the many years of Canadian schooling is paying off.

Kate taking her written exam for her scuba ticket. She now has 8+ dives.

Kate taking her written exam for her scuba ticket. She now has 8+ dives.

Our new crew ... Shark Bait, aka, Calypso. He is an island rescue that is now the security on Discovery. Great cat.

Our new crew … Shark Bait, aka, Calypso. He is an island rescue that is now the security on Discovery. Great cat.

One of my favorite things so far about this trip is that it has awoken an interest in the kids to learn another language. While they have always been exposed to other languages (Spanish, French, German), none showed any real want to learn … I guess, none really saw a value or need for it.

Early at the stables and waiting for the show to start.

Early at the stables and waiting for the show to start.

Here, especially on the French side, we are immersed in languages … Kate is doing an online course and spends several hours a day on French, she is getting much better at “trying” her French when we go out. Genna has found the French music CD’s that we brought with us (Thank you to our French connections <bg>) and is singing in French all the time (although I am not sure that a song about a Moose is going to pay off) … Jaci is also learning French and since she rides twice a week in a French school, she know all the vocabulary of the horse world … this all learned by osmosis.

Kate doing her French lessons

Kate doing her French lessons

Me … well … I’m trying to get those rarely used neurons to fire and see if I can recall some of my French lessons … I am surprised as to how much I remember and how much of a conversation I can follow. At the horse stables, they speak in French, I answer in English (mostly) and we communicate effectively.

Heading out for a Halloween dive trip. Jenny, Jack, Jaci and Chel snorkeled some ... Kate, Shaun and myself did a night dive in costumes. The local dive shops had setup skeletons and other "haunted house" items underwater ... lots of fun.

Heading out for a Halloween dive trip. Jenny, Jack, Jaci and Chel snorkeled some … Kate, Shaun and myself did a night dive in costumes. The local dive shops had setup skeletons and other “haunted house” items underwater … lots of fun.

Jack … hmm … maybe I need to get some French video games.

Michelle is out jogging each morning in town and going to the bakeries and shops. We are enjoying the “café” lifestyle that we have found on this side.

Jaci riding Mirage at the St. Martin horse show. About 25 kids, 8 from the island of St. Barts.

Jaci riding Mirage at the St. Martin horse show. About 25 kids, 8 from the island of St. Barts.

Jackman working on some cunning plan. We spent the day at the stables for a horse show ... tons of fun.

Jackman working on some cunning plan. We spent the day at the stables for a horse show … tons of fun.

Jaci working on her photography skills ...

Jaci working on her photography skills …

Discovery continues to undergo upgrades … or better said, things constantly need maintenance … we now have a new fridge, 80% larger than our last one and a new freezer (that I have yet to install). I’ll go into details in another post.

Shaun and Jenny on Takapuna. Jenny was the stew (Stewardess) and Shaun the engineer. Takapuna is at 110ft+  and was once owned by Billy Connelly. She's going out for a quick daysail.

Shaun and Jenny on Takapuna. Jenny was the stew (Stewardess) and Shaun the engineer. Takapuna is at 110ft+ and was once owned by Billy Connelly. She’s going out for a quick daysail.

Took the dinghy to this wreck, lying in 20ft of water ...

Took the dinghy to this wreck, lying in 20ft of water …

Shaun and Jaci (the speed freak) enjoying the afternoon in Phillipsburg

Shaun and Jaci (the speed freak) enjoying the afternoon in Phillipsburg

Today is a work day and a shopping day … so everyone has their tasks … Jaci made me a nice lunch today.

A typical day?

At the airport a little early to get Abuela and Abuelo back to Canada.

At the airport a little early to get Abuela and Abuelo back to Canada.

Jaci and Abuela ...

Jaci and Abuela …

Genna and Abuela

Genna and Abuela

Kate and her Abuelo

Kate and her Abuelo

Jack not really ready for Abuelo heading home.

Jack not really ready for Abuelo heading home.

Yesterday started a little earlier than most, I awoke to the sound of silence. The air conditioning in our room wasn’t working … well, the fan wasn’t running. Now, our AC has always been broken, since it never goes off … the thermostat doesn’t work, so it is either on or off. Now, this morning the AC was off :(. The last time our air conditioner messed up (last week), it was a cooling water pump bearing, which made a horrible screeching sound … So … almost 6A, and silence … better check it out :).

Discovery on a mooring ball at the Pinel anchorage, that's St. Martin in the back.

Discovery on a mooring ball at the Pinel anchorage, that’s St. Martin in the back.

I went to the salon to find that the air conditioner was also off in there … ahh … progress, maybe we lost power. I check the breakers, and yep, the main breaker was off … I reset the breaker, but still no power … Oh, maybe it is out in the marina. I head outside (stopping to put on shorts) and find that the marina has power, but we don’t. Discovery is plugged into a pedestal, so I check the breaker in the pedestal … yep, breaker off … hmmm … I flip it on, to be rewarded with flames, a large pop and a interesting odor … the plug we are connected to is now on fire.

Girls spent several hours collecting samples. We had a cheap fish light over the side, attracting fish ... saw squid, fish, worms, eels ... Genna had a book and flashlight identifying them :)

Girls spent several hours collecting samples. We had a cheap fish light over the side, attracting fish … saw squid, fish, worms, eels … Genna had a book and flashlight identifying them :)

Kate making some money cleaning the hull of Discovery. Scraper in one hand, scrubber in the other.

Kate making some money cleaning the hull of Discovery. Scraper in one hand, scrubber in the other.

I unplug Discovery from the pedestal and now have to figure out if we caused the problem, :( … 615A, need coffee … but that needs power, so back onboard to try the generator. I switch everything off and get the generator running. I then turn on each load one at a time and everything goes great … phew, at least the electrical system on Discovery is still Ok. I make coffee and watch the sun head higher into the sky.

The pedestal on the dock is designed for superyachts, which take more power than we possibly could. This means that on the pedestal is a second 50Amp plug that I can use … maybe its just the plug. I switch plugs, put my coffee down and turn the breaker on … I am rewarded, with fire, pop and smell … I quickly turn off the breaker … ugh. Maybe it’s the cord.

:) ... a pair of local divas.

:) … a pair of local divas.

Carjacked in St. Martin ... get it, carJACKed ... haha, I think I'm funny.

Carjacked in St. Martin … get it, carJACKed … haha, I think I’m funny.

My helper wanted his picture taken.

My helper wanted his picture taken.

I bring the cord onboard and get my tools out … I take the cord end apart to find some corrosion, but nothing that should have caused the problem. I now spend the next 45 minutes, cutting the end of the cable, stripping and putting the connector back together. At least I know that I have a “corrosion free” connection on my side.

I try the pedestal power without anything plugged in … to find that it still catches fire, make a pop sound and starts to smell … well, at least it isn’t us! It’s now almost 9A :(, no internet, no air conditioning, and kids starting to complain. I explain the problem to the marina office and ask them to configure another pedestal near us … you see, there really is no standard in the world for electrical power and depending on where the boat was built, it is either 50 or 60 hz, 120, 240, 380 or 480 volts, either 1 phase or 3 phase … so we can’t just plug in … we need the office to configure the plugs for 60hz, 240V, single phase. Almost 10A and we are back to normal, plugged in to a new pedestal.

In conversations with the marina guy and electrician I learned some interesting things … electricity on the island is very expensive (our bill for the boat for 1 month was higher than our home bill in Florida). I commented about that, and they laughed … they explained that a typical superyacht’s electric bill is over $1000/day … that’s $30k+ /month … wow!

I cleaned up my tools and hung out with Jack, taking measurement to see how many solar panels I could get on the boat … being told that electricity is more expensive in other islands, made me want to consider alternatives.

Jaci sailing ... just a few lessons and they are doing great.

Jaci sailing … just a few lessons and they are doing great.

Kate working it, sailing for the mark

Kate working it, sailing for the mark

Jack and I getting ready to mount our challenge for the next America's Cup ... he is a good tactician, "Daddy, the boat is over there!"

Jack and I getting ready to mount our challenge for the next America’s Cup … he is a good tactician, “Daddy, the boat is over there!”

I take Jack and Genna to Phillipsburg with me to pursue a lead I got about cheap Kayaks … all gone :(. We head back to the boat and pick up everyone else and head out to lunch and explore a part of Marigot we had not been to before. Marigot is the capital on the French side. We find a parking spot by the Louis Marina and go for a little walk. The big attraction is the “mall” for the girls … which turns out to be 6 expensive boutiques :( … we walk into a little cafe and try to grab lunch.

The owner/chef, doesn’t speak English … he calls a dutch friend who speaks English and French … and between the lot of us, we get taught how to order what we want in French … he was very nice and we had a great lunch. Girls added 10+ words to their vocabulary and practiced them … we’ve found everyone here to be very helpful and it is so nice to watch the kids try to order in French, say merci, s’il vous plaît, and other things …

Yep ... Ninja training ... Jiu Jitsu classes in SXM.

Yep … Ninja training … Jiu Jitsu classes in SXM.

Back to the boat … I take Genna and Jack to Jiu Jitsu (or ninja training) and then head over to wait for Kate an Jaci who are doing their sailing lessons at the yacht club … although the morning started rough, the afternoon was shaping up nicely … watching the girls sail, while sitting at the sailing club having a cold beer … not bad.

Back to the boat and dinner time … Kate is performing at Topper’s tonight, so I volunteer to drive her to the dance studio (she likes to ride with the other performers) … a swing by work for an hour, then head out to watch her perform … She did great, got lots of compliments and entertained a large crowd … me beaming in the back with pride.

Jaci on "Rock and Roll" (a 34yr old horse) with her riding classmates.

Jaci on “Rock and Roll” (a 34yr old horse) with her riding classmates.

Jaci with Mirage, love that smile.

Jaci with Mirage, love that smile.

Back in the car, and home around 10P … tomorrow is another day, not sure it will be typical either.

Staying connected

Kate on the right, our second encounter with a shark on the dive. Her dive instructor, Alfredo checking her air ... we are down about 45ft, reef on the left goes up to 15ft.

Kate on the right, our second encounter with a shark on the dive. Her dive instructor, Alfredo checking her air … we are down about 45ft, reef on the left goes up to 15ft.

First time Kate saw the shark ... stayed calm and started swimming towards it :)

First time Kate saw the shark … stayed calm and started swimming towards it :)

I was thinking of titling this post, “When you’re smartphone becomes dumb.” or “Why you don’t need a new iPhone” … you see, here on the island, we do not have data on our phones. Which means, no Google, no email, no Facebook posts, no check-ins. When we started our adventure we switched over our 3 phones to unlocked phones … this way we can put different sims in them as we travel from place to place. This, in theory should make it easy, and cheaper to stay connected and allow us to communicate.

Cool dive/snorkel place in Little Bay. This is in about 20ft of water, they also have a submarine, airplane, boat and couple of other things :)

Cool dive/snorkel place in Little Bay. This is in about 20ft of water, they also have a submarine, airplane, boat and couple of other things :)

Being goofy of Pinel Island.

Being goofy of Pinel Island.

In the Virgin Islands we found that a data plan for a phone was about the same as it was in the US and that it was cost effective to have our phones with “internet” … heck, this was the way we got internet access for everything, as we would tether a phone to the computer to allow everyone to have access. We found that it wasn’t really that cheap, as the plans are metered and in the end, it cost us about $100/wk. Expensive by US standards, but not too bad for 7 people staying connected.

When we got to St. Martin and looked into something similar we found that the phone (voice and sms) was a little cheaper, but cellular data was very expensive … to get the same as we had in the BVIs would cost us about $300/wk, and be super slow, as the network here is barely 3G and changes from one side of the island to the other. In the end we opted for just basic phone service.

Getting ready for a ride .... have to remember to wipe the camera.

Getting ready for a ride …. have to remember to wipe the camera.

Beach bar at Pinel Island. There are two on the island and they close by 6P, open by 10A ... very cool setting ... the gift shop, an old sail strung between palms with stuff under them, had a little rope with sign that said "Respect my stuff" :) ... was very nice before everyone showed up.

Beach bar at Pinel Island. There are two on the island and they close by 6P, open by 10A … very cool setting … the gift shop, an old sail strung between palms with stuff under them, had a little rope with sign that said “Respect my stuff” :) … was very nice before everyone showed up.

Pinel Island with St. Martin as a back drop ...not bad.

Pinel Island with St. Martin as a back drop …not bad.

What we did find was that WiFi access is fairly prevalent … we have access on the boat, as the marina provides this (at a fee). But what is really interesting to me is that just about every establishment/business provides WiFi access. You go to a shop, restaurant or bar … order something and ask “What is the WiFi?” … they in turn hand you your beer, etc and let you know the name of the WiFi network and the password. As you visit different places on the island, your list of “known” networks increases … right now my phone has 50+ different WiFi hotspots in it …

Kate following her instructor on the dive ... this was very cool, you could tell Kate was a little nervous by how she was swimming, but she did great.

Kate following her instructor on the dive … this was very cool, you could tell Kate was a little nervous by how she was swimming, but she did great.

Not bad for your open water cert dive ... caves, sharks, 250yr old wreck, reef ... I think she is going to be spoiled by this.

Not bad for your open water cert dive … caves, sharks, 250yr old wreck, reef … I think she is going to be spoiled by this.

Turns out that about the only time that I am not connected to the internet is when I am moving, either in the lagoon on the dinghy or in the car … this it turns out isn’t really bad, as driving here requires a little more focus :). I’ve never been charged for access, many times they don’t even ask me to purchase something … a few times the network has no password … in the end, it seems to work very well …

From conversations, most people have internet access in their homes, it is about $40-50/mth … not bad, but still a little expensive for some locals. There is little “online” shopping, and little use of local internet businesses … maybe an opportunity :).

A lucky guy with one of his ladies ...

A lucky guy with one of his ladies …

Very much like this picture of my dad ... everyone misses Abuelo and Abuela.

Very much like this picture of my dad … everyone misses Abuelo and Abuela.

You see many kids with blackberrys and simpler (basic) phones … you come to realize that the smartphones are more a status symbol, usually denoted by the cases with rhinestones :) … maybe being “always on” isn’t all that great, I wonder if this compromise isn’t bad.

We have noticed one thing … when we are out at anchor, where there is no internet connection, our kids seem to play more with each other. They are doing other things, usually together. Whether it is painting, playing, dancing or swimming … it is noticeable. I wonder if there isn’t a threshold with connectivity … you get so much that you become isolated, living mostly online … we’ll keep a watch on this, very interesting developments.

Oh yeah, Jack doesn’t care about being online, just about being able to get the Xbox running … when at anchor the standard question is “When is the generator going to run?” … I found him the other morning trying to figure out the controls to get it started :).

Interesting article about Pinel Island http://www.caribbeanpaddling.com/saint-martin-sint-maarten/pinel-island/ … sorry the pictures don’t have anything to do with the post, but noone wants to see pictures of phones :)

Another world

Certified PADI scuba diver

Certified PADI scuba diver

The last couple of weeks have been great, busy and filled with new experiences. My parents came to visit for 2 weeks, which meant we had a great time with a full boat … our little 2 car garage had 5 adults (Kelly/Anna with us also) and 4 kids. This morning is a little sad, Anna left on Monday to head back to college in Germany and Abuelo and Abuela headed back to Canada.

3 Generations of Alonso's getting ready for the water.

3 Generations of Alonso’s getting ready for the water.

We watched a few of these guys swimming around ... he was about 30cm long.

We watched a few of these guys swimming around … he was about 30cm long.

Jaci on snuba ... she and I shared a tank that floated in a little boat on the surface.We each had a 50 ft hose that connected us to it. Jaci is too young to get certified :(.

Jaci on snuba … she and I shared a tank that floated in a little boat on the surface.We each had a 50 ft hose that connected us to it. Jaci is too young to get certified :(.

Modeling my gear ...maybe I missed my calling :)

Modeling my gear …maybe I missed my calling :)

As always we spent a bunch of time in the water, maybe more than normal in the last couple of weeks as Kate was working on her scuba certification and we all joined in on the fun. Kate completed her last 2 open water dives on Friday … she is now, officially a certified diver.

First time breathing underwater for Kelly

First time breathing underwater for Kelly

Can you spot the 250yr old anchor?

Can you spot the 250yr old anchor?

Getting ready for her deep water (45-50ft) dive.

Getting ready for her deep water (45-50ft) dive.

Her teacher, Alfredo is from Peru, speaks decent English but with a heavy accent and a smallish vocabulary. He used to be a Special Forces diver in the Peruvian Navy, small, stockish built guy, with a quick smile. He explained that he felt much more comfortable in the water than on land …and watching him with Kate … I’d have to agree.

For Kate’s first dive, a bunch of the family joined her … Kelly did a “discovery dive” with full scuba equipment (her and Kate’s first time). Jaci and I did snuba, like scuba, but we had a hose connected to a surface tank, instead of carrying the tank with us. Michelle and my dad snorkeled … yep, 75 and still at it … 3 generations of Alonso’s in the water.

Michelle found an octopus in about 10ft of water … this is incredibly rare, in the 15 yrs of diving, we’ve never seen one in the wild … he was big and very well camouflaged. Everyone got to see him. We also saw a few squid swimming around … also very cool.

Our morning and lunch stop. We are in about 10 ft of water, the resort ashore (La Samana) is currently closed, so very few people around.

Our morning and lunch stop. We are in about 10 ft of water, the resort ashore (La Samana) is currently closed, so very few people around.

Jack is extremely happy with his "speedo" ... he likes wearing it ... I think he is pulling it off.

Jack is extremely happy with his “speedo” … he likes wearing it … I think he is pulling it off.

Just beside Rouge Bay, our afternoon stop, we snorkeled by the rocks, even swam through an arch ... we will explore the caves next time ... beach is only accessible from the water.

Just beside Rouge Bay, our afternoon stop, we snorkeled by the rocks, even swam through an arch … we will explore the caves next time … beach is only accessible from the water.

Scuba Anna ... first time breathing underwater ... Kate had to explain later that she was not doing the "Ok" sign :)

Scuba Anna … first time breathing underwater … Kate had to explain later that she was not doing the “Ok” sign :)

Kate’s second dive (which I joined as a snorkeler) was about teaching her skills. Alfredo explain very little on the boat, which made me a little nervous … basically, “Just watch me, I’ll explain” is what he said … then they both went into the water. Headed to the bottom in about 15ft. I watched as he explained using sign language and gesture what to do, how, why and when … wow… what a great teacher … no spoken language, yet Kate got 10+ different skills and demonstrated them … very impressed.

We came back a couple of days later to finish her certification with 2 more open water dives … the first at a reef about 4 miles offshore in about 45ft of water … it was a little bumpy and you could tell Kate was nervous and unsure … deeper, no land nearby and waves … all 3 of us got in the water, and I followed with my scuba gear on.

A wonderful dive, made even better by a visit from a couple of sharks … when I saw him (why are sharks to me always hims?), I worried what Kate would do … when she saw him, her eyes got big, then settled, then she started following and swimming after him … he was so cool, and as she tells, the highlight of her dive.

Me and a couple of my girls, just hanging out ...

Me and a couple of my girls, just hanging out …

Over the weekend, we took Discovery around the eastern end of the island and stopped in a couple of place to snorkel and swim. We got the dive gear out of the locker and rigged our 3 sets … the water was at most 12ft, so Jaci, Kate and I dove around for about 45 minutes … Jaci, like Kate is a natural underwater. She did great, even using Michelle’s gear which is a little large for her.

We got back to the boat, I rigged new tanks and gave Anna a “crash course” on using the equipment, I asked Kate to teach her and Jaci some skills and got them in the water … all 3 girls stayed under for about 30 minutes, around the boat … it was Anna’s first time :) … In case you are judging me, I was being responsible, I would look over the side and check for bubbles, I figured if they stopped, I’d put down my beer and go get them :).

The world under the water is a truly like another world … It makes me understand more the need and interest in exploring other worlds … I wonder if we should start working on an Alonso space ship.