Dolphins and Sea Turtles…oh My
I am almost all caught up from vacation. Just 2 more days to go.
I think Thursday was my favorite day of the vacation. Todd arranged a catamaran boat cruise down the Nepali coast…he promised us dolphins 🙂 and snorkeling. Maddie was so excited…as soon as we got on board she headed out front to the trampoline (after I got happy and put on her life jacket!) and was ready for the boat to go. She loved riding the waves and enjoyed being on the water as much as I did.
It wasn’t long before they spotted some dolphins…but that was just the start. We then found some spinner dolphins that road right along side the boat. With the water so clear we could see them dive under the boat and got to watch themspin around in the air. It was so great and it is fair to say both Maddie and I were quite excited as we hung our heads over the boat.
Next stop was snorkeling. We got Maddie geared up with fins, mask, and snorkel. Todd was waiting in the water for her as she jumped in. Now the captain had thrown out some muffins to the fish that were used to the boats coming for snorkeling trips, so we had tons of fish around the boat. Maddie jumped in put her head down and then grabbed Todd and started swimming back to the ladder. She held tight till I got in and we calmed her down…she thought the fish were going to bite her. After a few minutes Maddie got the feel of snorkeling down and yelled to us to look at her she was snorkeling. Now every-time she went to breathe she still lifted her head just a gut reaction. Then she saw it…a sea turtle. The excitement was too much. This was Nana’s favorite animal…she was off chasing the turtle down!
After the turtle she was done. We headed back to the boat for some lunch. On the way back the captain did some wave surfing. Where you hold on tight and he drives fast into the waves and you bounce on the trampoline. Maddie wanted in on the fun…so down we went but her little body took those waves in full force and after a couple she was done. We sat and watched the others and you could tell she was so conflicted. To be scared to go back down. Finally we went back down. This time on our backs and holding my hand and another woman from the boat. We latest for about 10min when a really big wave came and Maddie decided she wanted to go back in with Todd. The little daredevil had met her match with the waves.
What a fun trip…and we all got just a little bit too much sun. Perfect recipe for a lazy afternoon nap.