Down Under …

Not a good day for scuba diving on the The Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  Ian Cole of Michigan took the vacation of a lifetime and made the trip down under.

Wonder how long the flight down there would be? 

I always like the part where the stewardess takes the microphone and says … “In the unlikely event of …. “  This is always to me, a very suspect phrase, especially coming as it does from an industry that is willing to lie to the public about arrival and departure times.

So, Ian is having the time of his life, swimming and frolicking on the Great Barrier Reef.  Perhaps later they will throw another shrimp on the barbie …  He was diving with a group of divers, and he said that he surfaced to get his bearings and that is when he noticed the boat that brought him and the other divers to the reef, was now gone.  Man-Man, if that doesn’t give you a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, nothing would.

Realizing that he was alone.  He said “he almost panicked there for a moment or two.”  Fortunately, another boat came by and they picked him up.  And you thought Disneyland was bad.

The Cracker Boy has a good take on it here.  

Nice article on reefs and Huge Sharks!

(Make sure you click on the link to the photo … It is well worth the trip trust me)

Here is a good rule of thumb for all you Motor City tourists southbound to Austrailia. When an animal this size comes close enough to you to look you in the eye, and its third eyelid nictitates like the blazes, it is time to pack it in … leave the area.

I don't need the boat ... I just need the sand and the sea.

Australia sounds interesting as all get out, it really does. But for my money, the Caribbean is looking much better.  For one thing, I have yet to read of any great white sharks down in that neck of the woods.  Some place like Bermuda, Nassau in the Bahamas, maybe a white sand beach in Jamaica, an old hammock, a glass of sweet tea sipped slowly from a small Mason jar.   Like the song says … I am gonna lay in the sun, roll me up a big fat one, grab my guitar and play.  My toes in the water, my A** in the sand, not a carry or worry in the land.

Because such a high percentage of our time as humans is spent in the pursuit of personal goals in life, we must strive to make every minute count.  We often find a way to enjoy the actual day-to-day, moment-to-moment process of living.  Instead of waiting for the boat that left you adrift, you could be lying in a hammock, lit up and oblivious to the world and not having to worry about being the lunch time entree of some huge swimming carnivore.

Life is all about choices, remember that.  Maybe a tree house in Belize … I dunno.  No Barrier Reef that is reserved for the adventurous types (those guys who can paddle really fast), not old geezers like me.


4 thoughts on “Down Under …

  1. My place in the sun is in St. Maartin, French West Indies. Hubby and I forget about time, what day of the week it is, and we don’t have a plan for the entire trip. All we need for two weeks fits in a carry-on case, and most of our necessities are good reads for lazing on the beach. Catching excellent rays of sun, and watching throngs of ship people coming and going are the favorite activities. Just 5 miles down the road from our lodging chalet is the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean islands, Grand Case, Of course if we’re too lazy to hop in the car, we can dine on the beach at numerous restaurants, or just grab a liquid lunch at the bar on the beach. Naw, adventure vacations are highly overrated… give me a day in the sun and I’m happy as a clam!
    A couple of years ago, we took the bus to California and stayed on the beach for six weeks. It was a wonderful time, nothing like the Caribbean, but still, different and new to us land-locked Okies. I was hesitant to leave, but I was in a hurry to get home, didn’t want to miss tornado season! Do you guys get a bowl of Conch every now and then?

    “Catching excellent rays of sun, and watching throngs of ship people coming and going are the favorite activities”

    When I first read that, I misread it, and thought you said “watching thongs on the people coming and going” but I re-read it and calmed down a little bit.

    It is not often easy being me … sorry.

    You haven’t posted anything since Grandma’s Piano, what is up with that?



  2. I have to say that I love, love, love the first 3 tags listed for today’s post. It’s been dangerous in the oceans this year but when you think about it, it hasn’t been too safe on land either. Sometimes I feel a little like that guy in the Kayak!
    I can relate to that sister. If I see something that big in the water, I am out of the area, post haste (I might even not take a bath in a tub for awhile afterwords, I dunno?). I don’t really believe there is any “one safe place” anymore, land or sea.

    You buy your ticket and you take your chances, eh?

    Your post today was great, you do a super job ( Cup Cake my little bride, she loves Dr. Oz but he kind of makes me sick at times. Tim Allens new show “Last Man Standing” is looking pretty good too, he may have another hit on his hands.



  3. We just got our National Geographic yesterday and were awed by that photo. Terrific.
    I did go onto the link and read the story behind it. Fascinating!
    Super post, and by the way, BERMUDA is always ready to welcome you. We live within a ten minute walk to the beach and have waterfont property on Harrington Sound. No sharks inside the reefs here, Whew!
    That is good news, I am not going to “outside the reefs” there anyway. Hope you have a marvelous holiday, and get some sun for me.



  4. I would love to go to the Great Barrier Reef but would I scuba! Heck no! It`s my worst fear to be left in the middle of nowhere as shark bait! I think I would like a hammock with a nice margarita.
    “I think I would like a hammock with a nice margarita.” ….I hear you! That is the ticket girl. I can just see the headlines now at the checkout counter … Woman who looks like Cher, spotted in Hammock sippin’ a margarita, Enquiring minds want to know!

    Happy soon to be Turkey Day.



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