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Snorkeling in Orange Beach June 29, 2007

Posted by Joe in Family.

Benjamin has always loved the water. Even as an infant, a joyful expression would wash over his face when his little bottom hit the warm bathwater in the kitchen sink.

As he’s grown, so has his love for the water. He’ll swim as often and as for long as we’ll let him. No matter the temperature of the liquid bliss in which he’s submerged, he’ll never admit to being too cold or tired for swimming.

Benjamin really wants to learn how to scuba dive, too. I’m sure a large part of it has to do with his love of the water. But I think he’s also looking forward to having another hobby that we guys can do together. He’ll have to wait a few years before he can take lessons, though. I want him to weigh at least as much as the tank before he tries to swim with it strapped to his back.

With that in mind, the day after Chris, Sheryl, and I dove the Oriskany, Benjamin and I went snorkeling together along the jetties at the pass in Orange Beach.

We had a great time. He loved seeing the schools of minnows and the hermit crabs as we made our way past the underwater rocks. We even developed some hand signals so that we could communicate without having to completely surface.

For an 8 year old who loves the water, it was the next best thing to scuba diving. I’m glad we did it.



1. Amy - June 29, 2007

Snorkeling is so much fun. I like to snorkel in my backyard pool. From that vantage point you get to see all kinds of things. Like my father hiding dive sticks behind his back and pretending that he found them all in a game with my cousin to see who can get the most. Sometimes I see my brother in law pat his wife on the bottom, very funny, or grandma tickling the baby’s feet. All kinds of antics take place in the family pool that you never get to see from the surface. :0 Snorkeling in the ocean sounds like a lot more fun though.

2. Grams - June 30, 2007

Yea! … another reason to keep going back to the beach!!!

Love all the pix …
but not the snake … brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

3. Becky - July 2, 2007

I’ll bet that Chris and Sheryl can’t wait to have another partner to explore the depths.

4. amazinggrazefarm - July 2, 2007

That is great that he loves the water. So many children are afraid of it. I am sure he had a wonderful time with Dad.

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