Monday, August 3, 2009

Snorkeling in Boston

This past Saturday was the best beach day I've experienced in at least four years. In fact, the snorkeling down on Rexhame Beach in Marshfield was the best I've experienced since I took a cruise through the western Caribbean.

The water was crystal clear, the waves were surprisingly calm, and the water temperature was probably 60 degrees or better.

Along with two childhood friends of mine who came back from Pennsylvania to visit, we stayed in the water most of the day. We captured a number of crabs and even managed to snag a couple of small lobster by hand. You haven't seen speed until you've gone after lobsters in their own habitat. It's amazing how fast they can spin around and attack your outstretched hand. (Fortunately for my digits, I'm just a bit faster.)

I don't really consider myself one to have hobbies. I love video games; I get a lot of satisfaction working on the manor and the garden; and I enjoy antiques and oddities; but I have to say that if there was one thing I could do night and day without eating or sleeping, it would World of Warcraft. (If there were two things that I could do night and day, the second would be snorkeling.

It's a little like being in outer space; only, rather than feeling like a weightless astronaut out on a spacewalk, it's more like being the spaceship itself, sleekly moving through the infinite void.

It's something I can completely lose myself in. In fact, during our honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas, we very nearly didn't make it back to the ship before it sailed away because we lingered so long in the reefs.

What a great weekend.


Gleno said...

I know Cemetary Consort will enjoy the picture I've used for this blog, but I want to go on record as saying that that is not my tush.

Though I do cheer the guy who thought to try snow-snorkeling. I'll have to give that a go next winter.

Anonymous said...

LOL!!! I knew that. Don't ask me how, but I did. I actually thougth the guy looked like he was swimming in sand.
There is a movie you have to see. I forget the name, but it's about a couple who do get left by their tour boat. Very eiry. Sad. I'll try to find it.

Anonymous said...

Open Water.

Gleno said...

Oh, yeah -- I saw that. VERY creepy, and all too easy for it to happen too.

Janet and I were on a couple "excursions" (as the cruise ship called them) that were just like that. A boat that size owned by a small local company or family, that was listed as a fun gettaway in the cruise ship's roster of things to do while in port.

All the ones we were on were pretty professionally handled, lots of focus on safety and not harming the environment, but still... what happened in that film could easily happen in a crowded boat where the captain was distracted.