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One of the things I was most looking forward to in Kauai was the snorkeling. I had even purchased my own snorkel gear and somehow managed to stuff it into my only piece of luggage, a small carry-on bag. We were staying on Poipu Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Kauai, and despite being quite pregnant I couldn't wait to get out in the water.
Unfortunately, on the day we arrived there had been an evacuation due to a tsunami warning caused by an earthquake in Chile so I wasn't getting in the water that day, lovely as it looked.
Day two onward, we had uncharacteristic wind and rain, but I wasn't to be deterred. I strapped on my gear:
And headed out into this:
I was happily snorkeling away despite the decreased visibility and had ventured quite far from the shore. Suddenly I was grabbed under the arms and pulled above the surface by a man I had never met. As I struggled to get free, I exclaimed, "What are you doing!?" He replied, "Your friends asked me to come save you since you don't know how to swim very well." Huh?
I may be bad at a lot of things, but swimming isn't one of them. After a very strange conversation, we discovered that I was not, in fact, the person he was looking for. He swam off and I had a good laugh as I headed back in to shore, exhausted from battling the waves. A happy side note: The person the man had been looking for had made it safely back to shore on her own.
I didn't get the awesome Hawaiian snorkeling experience I had been imagining, but I did get a funny story out of it.
Now it's time for you to make me jealous. Please share your best snorkeling experience so I can live vicariously through you!
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