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I woke up with a cough, and I was too worried to go scuba diving. I was able to eat breakfast with the boys and see them off. I stayed in to do some blogging and to catch up on uploading photos. I just didn’t feel right about diving while I might cough underwater and inhale a bunch of water. Honestly, I kept seeing Tosh.0 and thinking I would be on a 45 second spoof of how stupid people can be.

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Mike and Daniel made it back sometime around 1pm. I was starving waiting for them. If they were going to be any later I would have ate without them. Upon their arrival I questioned them about everything they saw. They weren’t too excited about their travels, even though they were able to go to two dive sites! WTF. It was like it was no big deal and they didn’t see anything too great. I asked Mike what his favorite part about the dive was. He replied very slowly, as if sadly, something about not drowning. I found out a week later they were playing the entire experience down because they didn’t want to make me feel bad. Later they described this part as “So cool man! This was one of the best dive spots! This was the dive spot featured on National Geographic! Oh, and there was this cave! And what about…” They couldn’t talk fast enough. Daniel was trying to protect me. Here, I thought they were having an awful day!

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Lunch was great at the resort, yet again. They really can cook here! It has to do something about how they catch the fish that day. It just makes it taste that much better!! But seriously thought, if you are close, you should definitely stop by for a bite. After lunch I was feeling much better, and was ready to try to go out for the second dive.

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The boat ride was a bit further than the last one I went on. The master diver, Mike and then Daniel all jumped off the boat. One after another. The master diver called me out, “You have to do it at least once.” Shit, now I have to do it. Jumping off the boat with equipment that weighs as much as I do, isn’t an easy task. You have to worry about your tank hitting the boat if you don’t jump far enough, while holding your regulator and mask so they don’t slip off. I went to walk to the edge of the water when one of the crew members notices my BCD isn’t inflated all the way. As helpful as he is, he runs over and presses the button. My top strap is clipped too tight, my chest constricts, breathing slows, and I am unable to adjust it. After that debacle is sorted out, I jumped! I really did! I must say, it is the way to go!

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On the second dive I was able to see a giant clam. I must admit I was hovering above thinking that It looked like a giant octopus with the coral reefs around it. I almost had a heart attack. The master diver we were with was almost poking it with a stick. It made me very scared. I convinced myself that he wouldn’t put us in unnecessary danger and it wasn’t what I saw. Good thing I can lie to myself. It wasn’t until after we got out of the water that someone was able to tell me that it was a clam. Few!

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We came across another sea turtle. This one was sitting against the reef wall eating. The four of us hovered above it. He noticed that we were all staring at him, stopped eating, and looked up at us. He quickly went back to eating. By his mannerisms I would definitely say that he didn’t give two clown fish that we were watching him eat. That alone was worth the dive.

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After the dive, we walked back to Moose and Squirrel. Yep! Dinner again! I was addicted to those Fish and Chips!

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Perriann Hodges

I am not an author. To be quite honest, I always hated English class. I write so I may share my experiences and remember the man I met on a bus who treated me to dinner with his family, paying and booking a hotel only to find out its out of business, fake crying in the Athens airport to get a ticket home, or remember the strangers who looked out for me on a bus. Some live, experience, and are fulfilled by what’s in their backyards. I find there is something truly exhilarating about cramming as many possessions into a bag as possible, only to complain you brought too many. This is my life out of a suitcase, hope you enjoy.

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