I control the creatures of the sea

Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
Trip End Jan 17, 2008

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Today, we snuba'ed.  No, that is not a typo.  Friends and family, snuba is a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving.  When I was a child, all I wanted was to be Aquaman.  Today, that dream came true.  Shannon and I swam with, and controlled, the creatures of the sea. 
In snuba, you are hooked up to a tank that floats on a raft above you.  The air hose extends twenty feet to the breathing apparatus.  Getting used to breathing through the apparatus took some adjusting, for breathing has been an involuntary act for 31 years.  One this fair day in January, 2008, we had to think about breathing.  And believe me when I say, breathing is tough. 
However, once we adjusted to the breathing, we were able to focus on all the fish around us.  And there were a lot of fish!  Tons of colorful, exotic saltwater fish, in every shade of the rainbow.  Our snuba guide gave us food so we could feed the fish.  They literally nibbled at our fingers as they ate the food from our hands.  We played football with a sea cucumber (albeit, not very well, but the effort was made).  We picked up a rock urchin, and felt its needles moving under our fingers.  The best part?  We spied a camouflaged fish lying on the bottom of the ocean.  Our guide pointed the camo fish out...at first, I saw nothing.  Then, I watched the fish rip itself from the sand and skirt across the ocean floor. 
We snuba'ed for about 40 minutes.  When we stepped out of the water and started toward the snuba van to take off our equipment, we noticed that our legs no longer worked the same.  I didn't notice any fins or gills, however, I struggled to walk.  After all, Aquaman is always more comfortable in the sea. 
Shannon and I stumbled over to the van and removed our gear.  After which, our guide just told us to go around back and watch the TV hanging in the van.  Puzzled, we did as we were told.  Who could argue with the man who created Aquaman (just so you know, his name was Kevin.)?  He then popped into the DVD player the video of us snuba'ing.  Can you believe it?  We were blown away.  He proceeded to name all the fish we saw, and interesting facts about each one.  And yes, we ended up purchasing a copy of the DVD.  It will be shipped to us in about a week.  If you're lucky, maybe you'll get to see it!
In addition to the video, we took down with us our own underwater camera.  We are hoping to get the film developed tomorrow (today for you guys), and the pics burned to a CD so we can post them on the blog before we leave Hawaii. 
As long as this post is, we actually were done snuba'ing by noon.  We spent the rest of the day sightseeing and shopping.  First, we stopped off at another blowhole called Spouting Horn.  It was a wee bit creepy, because when we first arrived, the blowhole was doing nothing.  And then, all the sudden, a native, an entity really, came out of nowhere, marched over to the hole, and awakened whatever lurks inside.  Because after he did is voodoo magic, the hole went berserk.  I know this, because I was there.  And, we have before and after video!
We then drove up to Waimea Canyon again (with a full camera battery unlike last time) to snap some pics of the canyon.  Then, we made a quick detour to a Russian fort, Fort Elisabeth.  The fort was really just a stack of boulders, with some vegetation growing out of them.  But, it worked well...we went in, and it was difficult to get out (obviously, we did).  Those Russians, they sure know how to build a fort!
After sitting in traffic, which is always fun on vacation, we headed back to the hotel for some sushi and American Idol (you can blame the writer's strike for that last part).
Only one day left, then we head back to winter....  
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