13 August 2010

Open Water, Caribbean Sea

I've always had a healthy love for water.  Rain, ponds, lakes, rivers, ocean.  I have always been a good swimmer, and have grown up in places close to water.  I don't know how I would handle living in, say a desert environment, or a landlocked country without quick access to some sort of reservoir.

I also have what one might call sea legs.  I can quickly adapt, whether it's a thirteen foot river skiff or a mammoth cruise liner.  The feeling of walking not quite being steady excites me.  Except for when it's drunken walking, then I just feel dizzy.  It's quite funny to watch ten people zig-zag and stumble in unison when a cruise boat lurches suddenly, by the way.  Also weird is how it takes one night to become in sync with the wave rocking, yet spend weeks afterwards feeling like someone replaced my mattress with a waterbed.  Hm.

Horizon, Halfway between Grenada and Puerto Rico, Caribbean Sea
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The vastness of the ocean might be scary to some.  I find it relaxing and humbling at the same time.  Perhaps it's because all four of my DNA strands were sea-faring people.  Brave explorers who used only the sun and the stars to guide them.  Cheers, ancestors.


  1. I am a true blue water baby, but sea legs have I none. Put me on a ferry and I will feel AWFUL. Put me in the water, however, and I may as well be a merbaby. I'll stay in there until my fingers and toes are attractively pruney!

  2. The sea legs is soo true!! I felt like I went on the boat and I acclimated well but as soon as I stepped off the boat I was wobbling all over the place and I got really dizzy. I think it took two days to get back to normal. I would definately go on another cruise though despite the sea legs issue. The food rocks and I loved the entertainment and everything that was supplied on the cruise. It was great