The plane hurtled up the runway in Nassau, gathering speed, and I looked out the window, ruminative, thinking about the week I had spent on a boat with strangers (I met Trish in January when I went to Cozumel, but didn’t really know her very well before this trip). As the wheels lifted off and […]Read More So, On Monday…What Happens?
The captain gave us all the instructions ahead of time: what we were to do in preparation and how we were to behave Really, he just wanted us to stay out of the way of the crew. I’ve personally gotten better at that as the week has progressed. But first, there was time for one […]Read More Sailing Toward Home
We stepped off the dinghy and onto the hot sand of Allen’s Cay, our feet touching dry land for the first time in 4 days. When we arrived, we found a large group of lizards waiting as if expecting us, and more soon began to slink out from the shelter of the gnarled trees. They […]Read More I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means
Here’s the thing about the ocean: it is where life probably originally arose, but it is also an extremely destructive power. According to the NOAA, the average ocean depth is 12,100 feet. Recreational divers aren’t supposed to go beyond 130 feet, so we are barely wading, really. And even these scant depths aren’t meant for […]Read More Back Into Darkness
When we jumped into the water, the reef sharks were already prowling the dive site, knowing what to expect. We all took positions on the sandy seafloor as the frozen mackerel baitball was positioned. Then they attacked. Aggressively. Other fish joined the fray, but only as scavengers capturing crumbs of chum that were falling by […]Read More I Finally (Really) See the Light
The captain and crew all know my name. I feel like that’s not good. They use it freely with discussion, questions, instructions, and corrections. All. The. Time. It has me worried. I’ve only been here a couple of days, so I don’t like my name being used that often. It’s not a good sign. Anonymity […]Read More I Never Realized I Was Susceptible to Seasickness