I know I said I'd be back the next day to post more but...I've been busy killin' it in the gym and haven't felt much like sitting at my desk for long periods of time. YAY! I've got my mojo back.
When we travel I usually get on Groupon or Living Social and try to find fun and adventurous activities for us to do affordably. I usually have to be very selective because there are often weight limits or physical restrictions involved; certain activities require stamina or strength that I just haven't had in the past. I found something I really wanted to do and the only real requirement said that, "The entry and exit into the cage require you to be able to climb down a 5-step ladder, and you must be able to pull your own weight back up the ladder and into the boat."
Yep, a cage and a boat. You have probably figured out by now (if you don't already know as my FB friend) that we went on a shark encounter. Blake was all in from the get go. After watching "47 Metres Down" Shei was a little apprehensive and initially said, "NO WAY!" I'm so glad she came around and joined us because we had such a blast.
Of course gravity is my friend and getting down into the cage was not a problem at all. Getting out, pulling my own weight...ALSO NOT A PROBLEM. When Alan and I were in the DR a few years ago we went on a snorkeling excursion and I almost didn't make it back in the boat. I had someone pulling from the top and Alan pushing from the bottom. It was extremely slippery and my "bigness" had a very hard time climbing tiny little ladder rungs while my hands were wet and my muscles were weak. It was mortifying. This time, no issues. I climbed right up that ladder, swung my leg over that boat, and felt like a million bucks! WINNING!
I cried. I kept it to myself but, I cried tears of joy. What an amazing feeling.
The NSVs are so much better than the numbers on the scale. I still want to see those numbers getting lower and lower but as long as I can keep living and loving it, I'm happy.
Sidenote: Sharks aren't the monsters we make them out to be.
From their site: "One of our main goals at Hawaii Shark Encounters is to support and further the cause of shark conservation. The demise of the shark populations is a global issue that needs our immediate attention and action. The general misconception is that there are still plenty of sharks. It is rare to find sympathy for an animal that most people are terrified of. Sharks have a bad reputation that is undeserved and incorrect. This makes it possible for the slaughter of sharks by the millions to continue when it should cause a global outrage. Sharks keep our oceans healthy and clean. Without sharks, the oceans would be a cesspool of the sick, dying and dead. Fisheries would collapse. The balance would be disturbed to a point of no return. The extinction of sharks would impact the environment and economy on a global scale. When we recognize that we have to respect and protect sharks we are also taking one step towards saving the oceans!"
We loved our experience and I would absolutely do it again.