This will be Natalie and Olivia's first time snorkeling with the Manatees (outside the womb...lol!) They have practiced at White Star Quarry this summer to make sure they can snorkel. They were fish (not that we expected much different!)! They have taken swim lessons for years, and swim amazingly! They just had to get the hang of breathing through a snorkel, using fins, and wearing a mask. It took a bit, and thankfully Daddy is an instructor, and has the patience of a saint, but they eventually had the hang of it.
The picture above is of Natalie (left) and Olivia (right) trying on their gear to make sure they hadn't outgrown anything in the past couple of months! In a few short days, we will begin our trek to Crystal River to enjoy interacting with these gentle giants! We are driving from Michigan to Crystal River......fortunately, most of the trip will be during the night while the girls are sleeping!
As our trip goes along, I will post updates and more pictures. They girls are getting dSLRs for Christmas (we got 2 first generation Canon rebels at an AMAZING deal) so they will be able to record the trip from their point of view also!