Thursday, April 5

Under The Sea,Yes It's For ME!

                     Dive In To Snorkeling Fun!

As a family, the four P's have traveled extensively across America and abroad. We have visited some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Some man made, some created by God. We have been fortunate for sure and thankful for it! But truly, to my delight, the first time I experienced snorkeling  I WAS HOOKED! How had I missed this whole underwater world? Our son learned to dive at the age of 14. He is an enthusiastic diver, diving down 50-60 feet...no-no that's not for me. I am content to strap that life jacket on, put on my snorkel gear and with an 'ahhh-yaaa' jump into the waiting sea. Perfectly happy to float freely and gently on top of the water being ever so watchful and anticipating the next unexpected marine life form that swims past.
I had no idea what I was missing out on. Somehow I feel I had made this discovery all on my own, a little Jacques Cousteau-ish don't you think? Old Jacques said it best himself, "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of WONDER forever." It was as if I was the first person to experience this wondrous world. I kept asking Mr. P things like, "Hey, see that school of yellow fish?"or"Did ya see that huge brain coral?" as if he wasn't looking. Mr. P just smiles and let's me continue to think I have discovered a new species of fish. He's great like that!
I have wondered what the fascination is for me personally. Why am I SO taken with snorkeling? The only conclusion I can come to is that this whole underwater world was a place I had not yet visited. I love the beauty of our world and all of the many wonders God has given us to enjoy. I am thankful I had the courage to jump off the back of that boat and introduce myself to yet another of God's many wonders. I marvel at these awesome underwater creations and creatures!                                                                                                                       
I'm not sure if I will ever tire of discovering new things under the sea, and I'm so thankful God created this beautiful marine life for all to explore. Light is the life source of a coral reef. The battle for sunlight is fierce beneath the sea. Coral needs the light to feed and grow. It's amazing how each beautiful organism reaches up to get their share. What beauty!
My favorite place to snorkel is off the coast of the Cayman Islands. In some places the coral reefs are almost level with the sea making it extremely easy to view and discover marine life without any diving...that's for me! In some places the sea is only waist high making this the ideal location for first time snorkelers. If you have not tried snorkeling give it a whirl. Don't let fear keep you from the joys of snorkeling. Take the time to appreciate God's wonders down below. 
Captain Marvins is the dive shop where we book our snorkel trips when in the Cayman Islands. They are extremely knowledgeable, trust worthy and very reasonably priced. They know all of the perfect snorkel spots and we have never been at a site where there are 4-5 other boats moored for diving. We have the waters to ourselves and it's wonderful. This is a link to their website. Tell 'em the P's sent ya! Enjoy! http://www.captainmarvins.com/  P.S. All of these photos were taken off the coast of Grand Cayman. Beautiful aren't they?

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