Why do I travel? That is the question. Why don’t I just sit at home and browse the internet? Why get in that plane after spending outrageous amounts of money that could easily buy more real estate or even help make my kids richer upon my demise? Why pull on a wetsuit and fall backwards out of that Panga (Zodiac) Boat, holding my snorkel mask to my face and holding my breath while feeling that exhilarating thrill that goes through you as you are underwater and telling yourself to get back to the surface and get your snorkel cleared?
Why force myself to wake up at ungodly hours and drag myself into the shower, exhausted from yesterdays activities? Why did I arrange for the Safari vehicle to pick me up at 4:30 AM when there is perfectly good sleeping hours ahead? And after riding in an uncomfortable vehicle for over an hour, what the hell is this??? An elephant, rearing up and looking like she is going to charge us??? Get me out of here!!! Oh, wait, look, we’re moving away (wipes brow, now completely awake). Her babies were on the other side of our Jeep. We watch, enraptured, as Mom elephant and babies are reunited again. Beautiful. No, not beautiful, Phenomenal. No, not Phenomenal. Words can’t describe it. Only being there to witness it in person can. Those who will not, or cannot, will never know the beauty of this day!
(Scratches head and tries to figure out what brought on this memory of Africa) Back to getting my snorkel cleared. Not only did I willingly go under water where all kinds of creatures, both friendly looking and otherwise were all around me, the beauty takes over the mind and senses. Wait, is that, wow, it is…. Should I be here? I should swim away now. But… It’s beautiful… Look at the white tips on its fins… Damn, Don, point the frickin’ camera, will you? What are you waiting for? You brought this complete underwater camera housing for a reason! Now use it like you mean it! Whoa, I can’t fill the frame. I need to get closer. This is soooo cool! Yes, swim a bit closer. Hold the camera still. Damn it surf, slow down. Hard to hold the camera still…Try harder. Yes, that’s it, breathe slower, that’s better. Got too excited is all. Darn it, his head’s in the shadows. Take photos anyway. This is the coolest thing! It’s a White Tipped Shark, sleeping on the bottom. Yes, I said a SHARK, sleeping on the bottom. BOOM! I’m awake for sure now!
Okay, back to ‘Why do I travel?’ I guess I’m sort of an adrenaline junkie. Not! Ask my friends, I’m really a wimp at heart. But that, that last thing, the thing with the shark. Now that was cool. That’s why I travel. You can see that at home? Of course you can! But you can’t see it from your living room. Not up close and personal at least!
And the Sea Turtles. How do you describe a Sea Turtle? Oh, I know, just Google it. There. You can see a photo of a Sea Turtle from the comfort of your living room. In your pajamas. Or maybe, okay, I won’t go there…. They are Pretty. Exciting. Amusing. Graceful. Oh wait, you only saw Pretty. Because you cant SEE Exciting. Or Amusing. Or Graceful. Not on the internet anyway. To SEE those things, you have to be there. Right there. In the water with them. There is nothing that can take that from you. And nothing that you can understand without being there.
How about Sea Lions? You can see them on the internet. They are fun to watch! But that is it, fun to watch. Why do I say it like that? Because I mean what I say. You can watch all the videos you like of Sea Lions and they’re fun to watch. But now put yourself in the water (with a good camera rig, I hope) and watch one swim up in the wild and play with you! Yes, I mean “play with you”! Swimming fast around you, nosing up to your camera (and I swear they can smile, or is that just my imagination?). Then they are gone. For a couple of seconds. Then they are back in your face and smiling at you again. And then you hear the revving of the Panga engines, signaling the end of the snorkel adventure and your mind fights it. NOOOO, I’m having too much fun!!!!! Okay, there will be more fun tomorrow (sad face hopefully doesn’t show). So you climb back into the Panga and share your adventure with your travel friends as well as you can!
An old friend who I stay in contact with today, it seems this person is quite skittish of a lot of adventurous things. I had a crush on this person once (but then, I had crushes on a lot of people, LOL, including others that I am friends with today) a long time ago and as much as I still love this person as a friend today, I’m glad I found my adventurous love of my life when I did. The world is my oyster! Did I say oyster? I hate, no I abhor oysters! I even swallowed one once and I thought I was going to die!
But I digress. This is about why I travel. With 22 Countries under my belt, 4 Continents, 42 States in the USA, there is so much more beauty in the world to see! Even though I am new to Blogging, I hope to catch up all my fans on all my adventures. Please stay tuned for articles with photos attached. I am a photographer by trade, so my blog text may appear dry at times. My photos, if you are ever interested, are available as wall art or any other purpose you may like. Please get permission before reproducing any of them.