As I’ve previously written, my cousin is getting married in Sarasota in June, and we’re making a mini-vacation of it and staying a few extra days. I’m really excited about the possibility of going to Egmont Key, which is a state park and wildlife refuge. You can only get there by private boat, but lots of outfits in the area will take you on excursions. This one includes snorkeling and dolphin watching. Beware, the website is just awful, but I’ve read reviews of that business and they’re legit. I think Denny and I and my parents might go on such an adventure. My dad’s not much into swimming/snorkeling, but he might be convinced by the opportunity to see tortoises and birds and collect seashells in a historic environment.
It’s probably because I’ve spent most of my life land-locked, but there’s something amazingly thrilling to me about seeing ocean creatures (especially mammals) in the wild. Shedd Aquarium is cool and all, but it hits me on a much more visceral level to see a dolphin jumping around in the ocean as opposed to jumping around in a pool. I’ve always wanted to learn to scuba dive, but it never seemed practical since I don’t get to tropical environments very often. Snorkeling is still fun and requires much less investment. Still, that’s on my “when my mom wins the lottery and kindly shares with me” (because I never play the lottery) list: get scuba certified and take advantage of said certification.
Also, this just in! I used to be hot but now I’m cold. Good thing I have a jacket.