Happy New Year. I have mixed feelings about New Year's. I hate the pressure to have a good time on New Year's Eve. What if your idea of a good time is to curl up in bed with your new Stephen King novel and a nice Sarasota Slicker? This does not tend to meet with approval. So we watched the sad spectacle of Dick Clark counting down the last seconds of TWO THOUSAND NINE, kissed each other and toasted TWENTY TEN.
I am skeptical about New Year's resolutions. In my experience January 1st is no different than any other date when it comes to mustering resolve. I either have the desire and motivation to do something or I don't. No date will magically infuse me with the necessary determination.
Yesterday we went snorkeling. It was my second time. The first time was in Cozumel Mexico and it was the stuff of Corona commercials. Beautiful, calm, blue water that was as warm as the bath I draw for myself on a cold winter night. Leisurely flippering around in a calm lagoon. We ended the day by sipping cervezas on the patio bar and sharing our nachos with a stray cat looking for handouts..
Yesterday was the antithesis of that experience. We drove down to Key Largo and bought seats on a snorkeling tour boat. It was a chilly day so we had to stuff ourselves into wet suits. The ladies who run the shop advised that we rent them. They suppressed a laugh when we proclaimed that we were from Michigan and 74 degree water sounded warm. Have you ever dipped a foot in Lake Superior? That's cold. When they started talking about core temperatures it sounded ominous so we decided to follow their advice and were glad that we did.
The boat took us 1/2 hour out into the Atlantic ocean to a place called Grecian rocks, a coral reef built up behind a sand bar that breaks the violent waves. The water was still wavy and choppy and there was no land in sight. I didn't like it.... at all. Sure the fish were amazing and the coral was beautiful but every time I pulled my head above the water I panicked. I might have been OK if I could have touched the ground but you can't do that in or near a coral reef or you kill the coral.
I ended up swimming back to the boat and having a beer while I waited for my family to finish. One New Year's resoluton I can keep is that I will never again snorkel in any body of water other than a calm, bathwater lagoon.