Saturday, September 24, 2016

So Long Saguaro

September was unusually cool, and we had our trip back east scheduled for the first two weeks of October, so we just had to squeeze in another trip to the lake on the last Saturday in September. The water was pretty choppy, but I told Russ he really needed to get out there on the wakeboard and have his last hurrah for the year.



Kyle was doing pretty awesome, too.



Mostly.



There were lots of epic rides on the couch, of course.



Love that hair, and that smile.



She took at least one ride on the couch, but she looked kinda worried in all the pictures. Swimming is more her speed.



Best buddies.



We decided to test out the durability of weatherproof camera by taking it for a ride on the couch. What's the worst that could happen?



Well, most of the pictures were pretty blurry and covered in water spots, but I think it had fun.



So long Saguaro... and camera lens ring thingy (which is now at the bottom of the lake).

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Scubamoon

Last year I thought we'd take the kids to Disney World for our 15th anniversary. We had spent our honeymoon in Key Largo and Orlando, and I thought it would be fun to go back 15 years later with the kids in tow. Once I started looking at airfares, though, I started wondering if that was really a good idea. It would be expensive, magic kingdom is almost like Disneyland, and I can actually take the kids to visit different countries rather than take them to Epcot center. Then when I saw tickets to Newark, NJ for way cheaper, it sealed the deal. We'd be going to New England for fall break.

But, then I started being sad about missing our annual anniversary trip. I figured we could go to California to keep it simple, but I couldn't stop wanting to go snorkeling. Eventually, I bought the plane tickets for Florida. Snorkeling was on! And then I saw my friend's video from her scuba diving trip, and I thought that looked awesome. Next thing you know, we were in scuba lessons so that we could scuba dive Florida. And that's how our scubamoon came to be! Bienvenidos a Miami.



We didn't waste any time. The next morning, we did some pool work, and that afternoon we did our first two certification dives.



After diving, we headed over to Sharkey's on the waterfront where I had snapper piccata with key lime butter sauce. Soooo good!



How could we pass up an opportunity for key lime chocolates?





The next morning, our first dive was to the Christ of the Abyss statue in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. This is where I felt sorry for all those snorkelers danging up above. You can see someone in the upper left corner using a sea scooter to try to get a closer look. Poor guy. We got up close!









Swimming through the reef was incredible!! I took a few pictures for the kids, but they are nothing compared to all that we saw. HUGE brain corals, tube corals, fan corals, spotted eagle rays, sea turtle, shrimp, lobster, Christmas tree worms, zillions of fish, and a bazillion colors. Okay, okay, if I don't stop now, I'll be going to Travelocity to search for airfares, and I can't afford that right now!





When we got finished with our final dive, we were stoked! Certified divers!



That afternoon, we headed to the farmers' market and found this giant avocado. Holy guacamole!



Next we decided to head down the overseas highway to visit Bahia Honda State Park, and we found a secluded place on the beach to watch the sun set (behind us). I can't stop taking feet pictures. Luckily I spared you from most of them.



On the way back to the hotel that night, we made sure to stop at a restaurant that serves key lime pie... which is pretty much all of them.



The next morning, we decided to kayak the mangroves at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.



They had all these little waterways you could paddle down, and we chose to visit some of the skinnier, wilder ones.





Right before our flight, we checked out Miami Beach to see what all the buzz was about, and we decided it was overrated. Been there, done that.



But I did find all these souvenirs on the beach for the kids. You don't find stuff like this in California!