Day 15: Sailing!
Sailed today with great friends! We saw the trifecta of cool animals: dolphins (perennial favorite), sea turtle and a leopard ray. We saw dolphins everywhere we went and took 500 photographs of ripples on the water where dolphins were a millisecond before. The coolest thing we saw though was a leopard ray that swim/flew into the side of the boat while we were anchored up. It was about four feet across, flapping its wings against the boat. Very cool. Also 3 seconds of a sea turtle. I’ve seen them before, and every time, as soon as I realize what t is, it will go back under before I get to really take it in. So if you ever see an orangish, yellow-greenish basketball sized sphere floating in the water, think, “turtle,” instead of, “how’d that mossy basketball get way out here in the ocean?”
Along with the trifecta of critters, we had all three sails up and I didn’t even hyperventilate. Yippee…maybe 2013 is my year to embrace sailing without pharmaceuticals (also didn’t have)! Jeff is so kind, ready to take down the sails when he sees my face go pale, but other than a few uneasy breaths, I enjoyed the sailing part so much. It is blissfully quiet and the dolphins become even more curious when they can’t hear a motor running. You can hear everything: marsh hens, dolphins, even sea turtles popping their heads out of the water.
Inspired by our sailing trip, I posted some sailing children’s books on my librarian blog: http://misslibeary.wordpress.com/
So much fun!