As a side note we didn't get to go on the cruise that we booked. Something happened to the thrusters on the ship, and so it wasn't able to take us into the small islands that we had planned. We didn't find out about the change in itinerary until we got to the dock, and we were really mad about it at first. But once we realized that their other option was to cancel the cruise, we were glad that we at least still had our vacation. We used some of the credit money that they gave us to do a shore excursion. Kendall and I took a catamaran (like a small ship) out to the reef to go snorkeling. The adults went on the excursion while the kids stayed on the ship in the kids club. The day was cold (only about 70 degrees outside) and very windy. The water was choppy, and so the director told us that this would be more like "extreme snorkeling." This scared about 80% of the people off the catamaran, so we had a nice quiet time.
I make the whole experience sound terrible, and it would have been if we hadn't seen some of the most amazing things!! But it was truly awesome to get out to the reef and see huge school of barracudas, tangs, and a million other things. I actually have an entire post just of the things that we saw on our snorkeling adventures. I typed it all up as soon as we got home, with the help of my marine life dictionary, and I will post that next. The fish and the plants and the reef were all beautiful. And even though the waves were carrying us up and down and it was really scary and water was getting into our snorkels, the waves also made it kind of fun because we would be kind of far away from the fish and then the wave would drop and we would be right next to the fish. It was scary and cool and amazing all at the same time. And I'm really glad I did it. I would suggest to learn how to use a snorkel though, before jumping right into 2 foot waves and "Extreme Snorkeling."
Then we saw this bird who was very friendly.
Rigdon fell asleep on my right as we were getting off the trolley that got us here, so I just had to hold him while he took his nap, so he missed seeing the birds, but this one climbed all over him. :D
And he gave Talmage a kiss on the cheek.
and even a giant creature made out of sea sponges.