Kristen dreams of whales often. She has for as long as she can remember.
So when we went scuba diving for the very first time five years ago, she looked at me calmly and very honestly proclaimed, "This is the best thing I've ever done." I don't know this for sure, but I'm guessing she said this because it got her step closer to being able to swim with whales. She has also been fascinated with photography since she was little. Yesterday, right when we had surfaced after our first dive with our underwater camera gear, she immediately spurted out, "That was the most fun I've ever had!" Again, I can't be certain but I have a feeling that it has something to do with making her dreams and passions collide.
What has surprised me over the past couple of years is that our dreams and passions have become mashed together in a wildly fantastic vision of what our life can be together. Yesterday was the first step in what is sure to be a crazy ride.
After spending a ridiculous amount of time of pouring sweat in our little workshop, our camera systems were ready to be immersed in the ocean. We guessed. We took the minute walk from our apartment to the shore and did our first two dives with our new gear in crystal clear, Caribbean water. Seeing as we have no idea what we're doing, I'm sure you'll give us some grace...
In stark contrast to the beauty we were seeing under the surface, a fire broke out on the island and burned over the past couple of days. 200,000 barrels of oil caught fire at the Bonaire Petroleum Corporations refinery due to a lightning storm. The smoke pillar soared above the island and the huge flames could be seen from our window.
Even with the fires of Mount Doom raging, Bonaire is still lovely.
Life is good.