I know, I KNOW! I am not done with the Puerto Rico recaps yet!
Towards the end of our trip, we headed out snorkeling. Simple enough, yeah?
That was the point.
We have been snorkeling many times and always enjoyed it – but as I was doing research for this trip – I came across something a little bit different for only a little bit more money.* It was a 6-passenger, 50-foot sailboat that takes you out for the whole day, snorkeling at the best locations according to the weather and sea conditions. And we got a homemade lunch to boot.
The other thing that tickled my funny bone, considering we had a big trip to Ireland last summer? The company is called Erin Go Bragh, and the boat has a huge shamrock on the sail.
Not sure if I have ever mentioned this – but my dad was a competitive sailor. Nothing serious, but enough that we had a sailboat growing up – and some of my fondest memories from that time are going UNDER the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, not just over.
It was neat to have Declan out on the water like that too. It was also neat to have the crew from Erin Go Bragh treat him like their little sailing assistant.
What was really neat? The incredibly incredibly incredibly blue water.
What was also neat? The MASSIVE amount of fish we saw while snorkeling. It may have not been the most diverse group of fish we have ever seen… but in terms of quantity?
The black splotches next to the boat are fish begging Declan to feed them.
Declan only got in for a dip, he got a little scared of ALL THOSE DARN FISH, but you know what he did while Bryan and I snorkeled? He helped the Erin Go Bragh crew make lunch. Something I could never have done on a bigger tour.
Have you ever heard of spirit animals?
I found mine.
They look like Dory and let me swim with them for over 15 minutes.
Bryan laughed at my corniness, not to mention WHY COULDN’T MY SPIRIT ANIMAL BE A LION OR SOMETHING EQUALLY FIERCE – but I needed these fish. The way we floated together, adjusted our movements for each other, crowded together but gave each other space – it was probably the most at peace I have ever been in my life.
Just like I need this man. What a hilarious goofball.
And I need this kid! … HOW CUTE IS HE????
And I needed this day.
All photos from snorkeling can be found in my Flickrstream.
Seriously, we saw some awesome fish and coral that day.
Special thanks to Erin Go Bragh Sailing and Snorkeling Charters, who provided us with a 1/3 discount on the tour. And obviously took good care of us.