Holiday Update

Family visits in Puerto Rico and Antigua.

Swimming at a young age

My 5-year-old daughter Evey can swim quite well. When I was 5 I couldn't swim. In fact I had only learned to swim when I was 9 or 10. I almost drowned in a swimming pool when I was 8 or 9. I was pushed in by someone who didn't know I couldn't swim. My childhood friend Roger pulled me out of the pool as I was flailing away--the same friend who convinced me to take up triathlon when I was 16 and taught me how to swim "properly". Five years later, when I was 21 I competed in the World Triathlon Championships in Australia (in the 20-24 age group). But I digress...

So yesterday, with my 5-year-old daughter, we swam out to the reef in Long Bay, Antigua and explored. No snorkel, just swim goggles. We swam around the reefs, checking out the fish, including some grouper, snapper, and a small barracuda. With a bit of help from me and thebuoyancy of the salt water, Evey had little trouble and a great time. Experiences like this mean a lot to me, seeing my kids do things and go places like this, stuff that I never did.

A few other things we did:

  • Explored Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, including feeding pigeons and playing in the water fountains.
  • Took a cable car inLa Marquesa Forest Park in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Saw parrots, butterflies, and life-size dinosaur (models).

Note: Some pictures were once posted to my Google+ album but my account is now abandoned. I may get around to uploading them again here at some point -- Steve

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