Years ago Gord and I went to Hawaii. We spent 2 weeks in Maui – every second day we would try a new activity that we had never done before – helicopter over the volcano (a dead volcano I should add so not tooooo scary), winding drive from Hana complete with what seemed like over 300 twists and turns in the road (neither the helicopter nor the drive back agreed with Gord so the videos he was taking were mostly of his feet and the floor!), horseback riding through the mountains (welllll I realized I was not too good at this when my butt went to sleep and I fell off the horse trying to disembark!), driving through the lava fields (found out afterwards that hmmm rental cars are NOT supposed to go there!), and kayaking on the ocean (where I flipped my kayak and got caught in coral and almost drowned). It was exciting to say the least! But the most fun was the day our lovely kayaking guides, to make up for having to cut short our ocean adventure, took us on a private kayak trip to their favourite spot where we got to cliff dive (wellll Gord, not me!!!) and swim with the sea turtles. These lovely, gentle and very curious creatures would swim to within a few feet of us and then tease us by veering away just at the last minute. It was amazing and magical to say the least.
Welllll, although we don’t have sea turtles on Wolfe Lake we do have snappers and painted and map turtles! and Saturday I swam with the turtles! I love driving the pontoon slowly and quietly along the shoreline looking for turtles sunning themselves on the rocks and logs – occasionally we have counted up to 9 turtles of various sizes and types! This time there was one turtle balancing on the point of a log and I quietly swam to within 10 feet before he realized I was there and desperately tried to leave his perch – legs scrabbling in the air. It was so hilarious and such fun. I soooo love turtles (and yup the chocolate ones too!). Then as Gord was clearing out the pond Sunday morning didn’t he discover a tiny 1.5 inch baby snapper in the pond. We had to keep him in a bucket while Gord disengaged the pump and removed half the bullrushes and then returned him to his home. Did I mention – I loveeeee turtles!
Here is the little baby in his margarine container…
This Saturday I will be at the Cataraqui Guild of Needlearts show at the Senior Centre on Francis St. in Kingston. A small but fun Fibre show with an exhibit by the needle artists that is always lovely to see. Hope too see some of you there!