|Aboard the Whydah|
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Once we got to South Shore Zip-Line Adventures, we found we were all too old for the ride. However, with a bit of discussion we convinced the owner that we were all in good shape and wouldn’t do anything
|Clockwise from upper left: David, Andi, Steve, Cynthia|
Saturday, July 12, 2014
There’s only one sport that I’m any good at and that’s scuba diving. In early 1989 I discovered
snorkeling finding that it was
bloody hard work and didn’t get me down to what I wanted to see. As luck would
have it, later that year graduate student who was also scuba instructor
enrolled in one of my classes. Scuba diving, he said, was a lot easier than
snorkeling because you had your air with you and you weren’t fighting the
surface waves. That sounded reasonable to me so I embarked on scuba lessons.
While my graduate student was an excellent teacher, I was a horrible student.
The only good things about learning were that he was exceptionally patient and
he didn’t let me drown; I think the latter was because he needed the class I
was teaching to finish his master’s degree. In any case, all of my angst, fear,
and ineptitude vanished the minute I hit the ocean in Cozumel, Mexico. In 1990,
it was a glorious place and I developed an abiding love of scuba diving. This
love has fueled my travel bug, taking me around the world to play in the
oceans; the latest Near-Normal diving adventure was at Bananarama in Roatan, Honduras.
|Andi in full gear|
Friday, July 4, 2014
No trip is complete without the requisite amount of weirdness and some places had more than
their fair share. Stuttgart, Germany is
a quiet town, especially during the week. Pretty much everything closes up by
8:00 PM; it’s even difficult to find an open restaurant. But it is lovely and
the strolling down the tranquil mall area we were quite surprised to learn the
reason for all of the serenity. As we looked up to a row of apartments we saw
the apparent guardian of the town: Spider-Man! Perhaps he was on vacation.