Everyone was filled with excitement as they donned their snorkel gear. Teen is smiling on the inside - no really, I'm serious this time!
The water was a brisk 72, so after the initial shock to my system, I was happier to be in than out - youngest needed a few breaks though (mostly to ham it up).
Look mom, there are some manatee! See them over there!
Uhhh - wait a minute - they are right there! Let me hold on to you, for safety, mom.
As boy comes zooming in for the experience.
If you haven't been near manatee, let me explain. They are such a docile creature, it is amazing they have survived. They approach people, seeming to enjoy being stroked, moving off to their sanctuary area when they want to sleep. They are endangered, because they are slow and boats are fast (and often driven by inebriated captains).
Once we all settled into underwater mode, it was a relaxing and exulting experience.
The underwater pictures, sadly, had to be developed and were not available for this posting.