SCUBA Diving

Trip Start Dec 10, 2007
Trip End Nov 27, 2008

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Ocean Life
Aaron, Theo, their dad Orvel Ray, and I went to the other side of the island to Kona. It's the leeward side of the ocean, so it's much less rainy than Hilo. What a relief. We are staying at a condo and doing a lot of SCUBA diving. We rented equipment and would find a beach or shore to enter and hope that we find big reefs and interesting life. We've seen dolphins, tons of green sea turtles, and heard the calls of humpback whales in the distance. We went on a full-moon night dive with a dive-boat and saw a small white-tipped shark and some big moray eels viciously lashing around to catch fish. But the most astounding thing we saw were 3 gigantic manta rays swarming around our flashlights. The plankton are attracted to our powerful lights and the manta rays arrive to eat the plankton. The biggest manta we saw was probably 12 feet across and 300 lbs! (Although they can get up to 30 feet across and 3,000 lbs.) Aaron got knocked around by one that bumped his shoulder with a flap its powerful wing.

(Next: more diving in Kona and then off to Maui to spend New Years Eve with friends.)
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amyelmo on

yay! mantas!
Wow! I am so jealous! Seeing mantas is one of my biggest dreams. I am so happy that you are getting to do it! Have fun and be safe!

nighthowl33 on

Pele's Dog
Always remember to be careful not to hit her dog. beep beep

prestone on

whatsup LTDers
'If the traveler cannot find a virtuous and wise companion for the road, let him go alone, rather than with a fool for company'

You both are very lucky to have each other and this time and opportunity to explore. I am writing from Puerto Vallarta right now, where I have been having an amazing week on the beach, in town, and hopefully tommorrow, in the mountains and jungle. When I return to San Francisco, I will be finalizing my paper work for grad school in Anthropology at Berkeley, paying my debts (that might take a few months), and returning to my home in Colorado until the fall of 2009. Enlightenment is not to be found in the greedy and grimey streets of the bay area, nor in the career world. Hopefully you will both find fulfillment on the road, and I will see you in Boulder at the start of next years ski season.

Namaste, bitches!


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