In honor of shark week. This is from my great white shark dive for my birthday 4 years ago. Still one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever taken. Guadalupe Islands. Fun fact: great whites have beautiful blue eyes
Nothing completes laps in the like swimming with a sea turtle AND a spotted eagle ray
Another amazing swim in the salt. Today was crazy sharkie out, they were active too. Played freeze tag and hide-n-seek with a few nurse sharks. Lots of fun. Nothing beats quality time with my pals
Today was an exciting day for me. I thought that I would have to scrap the idea of going snorkeling since the weather was looking iffy as I headed North to Jupiter. I decided that I didn’t want to waste an hour driving and I would just check out Boca Raton since I keep hearing all about it. So slight detour, exit stage right. As I get to the beach, there is really no one around but I see the few people there staring at something in the water. I ask the life guard what all the fuss is about and he says there is a manatee just hanging out. Well, I’ve gotten ready pretty quickly but this was probably record timing.
All the things I learned while on a live aboard ship while diving with the great white sharks in Guadalupe Islands.
Once again I was up at the uber butt crack before dawn… aka 5am. I just naturally wake up from excitement plus getting more than 7 hours of sleep is unnatural to me. I just love watching them put the cages in the water. It’s like a neat little sunrise dance. To me anyways. It was a nice thing to wake up to. I get to watch the sunrise over the clouds that came over the island and then had a bit of breakfast. Mainly consists of ginger root pills, bagel and cream cheese and water. Maybe a lil coffee but that wasn’t a regular thing. I liked jumping into the cold, freezing my ass, water to wake me up.. and boy did it. LOVED IT!
Another day starts before the break of dawn. It’s nice getting up and relaxing a bit before they drop the cages in the water. I opted to do shark watch again so that I get extra time in the cages. I went light for breakfast again which is fine. The everything bagels are sooooo good.
I decided that there is never enough suit juice because it’s still a bitch getting into the wetsuit. I spend so much energy trying to get my ass in it. Tomorrow I’m just pouring it all out on myself. Hahaha… I am in the cage by 745am. Not as early as I like but still. Brian was in before me and came out just as I was going in.
I wake up before the butt crack of dawn. We have arrived at Guadalupe islands at 330am. I am up at 5am. I get to watch them put the cages in, the sun come up sorta and have a light breakfast of a bagel. I am anxious to get in the water but first we have to get our safety study course as well as tell us who our cell mates are and what rotation we are on.
We don’t actually leave the dock till well past midnight but it doesn’t really matter since we don’t get to Ensenada Mexico til 830am the next morning to go by customs and such and pick up an observer to make sure we don’t do anything illegal. Hehehehe.. The sleeping on the boat with the rocking was quite calming. I did have a few beers before hand so I was up a few times which isn’t easy when sleeping quarters are downstairs and bathrooms are up and down the back fo the boat.
I get into san diego on time at 11am. Happy to report that I had my luggage arrive with me. I am always a bit anxious when I know I need all my stuff to arrive. My hotel is literally down the street tho the cab ride still costs $10. No biggie. I am not actually staying in a hotel till the night I come back but they are allowing me to store my luggage there since I don’t have to be at the docks til 930pm. Turns out, Christa is also in San Diego so her and her sis come and pick me up for burritos. Yum. We go to Lucha Libre Tacos.