Our cousins Grant & Debbie have been with us for a few days and getting a taste of what life afloat is like. It is a joyful and carefree time, a time to get acquainted with the boat, relax, chat, enjoy each other’s company and get in the swing of things.
While the wind was blowing hard, we spent time at the northern end of Hook Island. It was a good opportunity for Grant and Debbie to test out their new snorkeling gear in protected waters.
Even though the visibility was ordinary, the corals were interesting. It is the textures more than the fish that caught our attention.
But then on Thursday we got a short window to get to the Outer Reef: a first for them! We had a nice sail to Bait Reef, arrived bright and early to grab a mooring in the prime spot, had the welcoming committee of batfish and giant trevally waiting for us. And as the tide dropped and the sun got higher in the sky, the splendour of the reef colours became clearer and brighter. Wow, what a place…. we never tire of it.
We had Bait Reef to ourselves, spent a calm day there and a night lit up by the full moon. This is a world away from the troubles that weigh everybody down. There is a lot to be said for being in an environment where life is simpler, you are surrounded by nature, can escape and enjoy the wonders the reef offers. Here are some highlights. To view each image in full screen slide show, click on the first and arrow across.
Stay tuned for more adventures of the intreprid foresome!