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June 4, 2010

Our Honeymoon Part Three

In Jamaica, James and I swam with dolphins, and it was an incredible experience. Six dolphins performed tricks right in front of us in the water, and swam up to us, belly up, for us to grab their fins - and swam us across the water! Mitch was our personal dolphin friend; injured due to a boat accident in the ocean, he came to Jamaica as a rescue dolphin to be rehabilitated. He kissed James and me on the cheek for the camera, and the photos are priceless.

We also climbed Dunn's River Falls, and let me tell you, it was a little bit of a challenge. We didn't really know what it was all about, but the falls experience came with our dolphin experience tickets. Needless to say, I was already in line and in a situation where it was too late to turn back when I faced the falls for the first time. In a word, they were insane. Basically, you start at the beach, and climb up several, steep falls with water rushing over the sides, and hold hands with your group on the way up to steady your balance. No man-made stairs. No railing. Every time I thought we were nearing the top, I would cheer to myself only to see another mountain of rushing water to climb. We got soaking wet, and I was terrified that I was going to fall on top of the 15 people behind me. When James and I finally topped the falls (about an hour and 45 minutes later), I was both satisfied and slightly positive that I would not have attempted the feat if I'd known what I was in for. Needless to say, I never fell once, even though I saw several other people bust their bums along the way. At least we can say we did it, right? Of course, after completing Dunn's River Falls, our trip to Jamaica wasn't complete without a couple of Red Stripes.

At Grand Turk, we went snorkeling, and I saw so many beautiful, colorful fish, coral reefs, and even two barracuda! Our boat captain took us to a tiny little island with shallow, clear water, and stingrays swam up to us out of nowhere! I wasn't quite prepared to be side-swiped by a giant, slippery stingray, and the death grip I gave to the random woman next to me probably freaked her out more than the sudden influx of stingrays. James and I pet them, fed them, and gave them a big, wet kiss on the head. James even kissed the barb, for seven year's good luck. Those slippery little suckers really grew on me, I have to say.

Next up - Grand Cayman and the baby sea turtles!

1 comment:

  1. I love the smiles coming from the marine life!


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