Humpback whales hang around here from December to April, so there was a likelihood we might see at least one today. The whales must have wanted to give SS and JJ a birthday treat because we spotted at least two dozen. SS was so excited, and so were the three of us. One can watch the magnificent creatures in every detail on TV, but there's something magical about spotting that unmistakable spray from their blowholes. We saw several mamas with their babies, such a cool experience.
We had no idea what to expect from SS upon arrival. Snorkeling in Molokini is a far cry from Honolua Bay. One never touches the bottom, and it is a long fifty feet of water below. P and I dove down to 80 feet years ago, and while I did well then, the snorkeling part worried me a little. We got SS's gear on and decided to give it a try. SS surprised us by immediately getting her face in the water and although she resurfaced quickly, she was all smiles. The girl is only six, and the whole salty water in her mouth will take a while to master. But SS did not flip out, nor demanded to sit on us the entire time. Our baby is almost seven and she did not even use the boogie board I grabbed for her support. They also have these plastic devices where children can lay down and look through Plexiglas to avoid getting their face in the water. If SS noticed them she did not let on, and there were a lot of kids a heck of a lot older using them.
Obligatory selfie, although we all look stoned.