DAY SIX – FLIPPER
Granted, not all dolphins are in captivity, well-trained and human friendly, however ours were. They cautioned us about feeding and touching dolphins in the wild and told us all of the goods and bads about this amazing mammalian species.
Anyway, at first I was scared. I mean me in the water with a 300-pound giant smelly fish. How could that be fun?! We first got into our wet suits and life jackets. After our orientation and brief rules, they told us to get in.
I was a little uneasy with the dolphin in the water as I felt like I couldn’t ever see where it was going to come up next. There were eight of us going through the program and they had us (attempt) to float in a straight line. The dolphin (named Aunty) would swim in front of us and we just reached out our hands and pet her.
She felt like a giant rubber tube. She wasn’t slimy or anything gross, just felt like a tube. Her skin was kind of flaky and they said that dolphins shed a layer of skin every two hours.
After we all got used to her, they pulled us out with whomever we came with and did a few of the individual tricks with her. We got to get kisses (lips and cheek) from her, give her a hug, dance with her and feed her. It was spectacular.
At the very end, after everyone had done all of the simple tricks, they had us get out of the water and go in one by one for the finale, THE FOOT PUSH!!!
We got in the water and did the dead man float on our bellies, with our arms out and legs behind us, knees locked. The trainers gave the dolphins the signal and they came up behind us, gently put their noses in the arches of our feet and as they pushed, we rose up in the air.
I was afraid that it would take lots of force, talent, energy, etc and quite honestly, there was nothing to it!! The dolphins were so trained that if you didn’t lock your knees, they would just veer off to the side and wait for you to reset. CT3 and I took lots of pics, and they will be at the bottom of the post!
As we went inside after our swim with the dolphins, we were looking at the DVD and photos taken and wanted to purchase them. There were only so many you could take of each other as you sat in the water together…
We picked out our package and went to the front of the line. The total was $97. We pulled out our “Sea Pass” which has the credit card numbers and everything else on them for the trip. Nope, they didn’t take them there. We pulled out our cash and only had $65. Fine, use a credit/debit card….and didn’t bring them since we had the Sea Pass. Seriously?? After one of the coolest experiences ever, we weren’t able to purchase any of the images from it.
Until Jesus stepped in. Remember that couple that we spotted some cash for on the hot air balloon ride a few weeks ago? Well, today the Lord reminded me that you can never out give Him. We had given the family at the balloon thing $20. The Lord provided someone behind us today to spot us $40.
I was embarrassed and humbled by our lack of preparedness, and the Lords ability to put a kind soul behind us in line for such a time as this. They had overheard CT3’s and my conversation and watched us as we cancelled our sale. The lady stepped in and said she would cover us as she would hate for us to miss the opportunity to capture on film an experience of a lifetime.
It was very kind and generous of the stranger to give us $40 (which once we got back to the ship, we had her room attendant slip back in their room) however, more than that, it is a testimony of who the Lord is and His sweet and trusting nature.
It was also such a confirmation that when He puts something on your heart, to act on it. As that was what He had done with us and giving the other family $20 a mere two weeks ago…now we know why. Ha.
Anyway, we made our purchase, graciously thanked our new best friend and headed to the tender to go back to the ship. We were starving, however zero dollars, we had no other options.
As we walked through the immigration place to get back on the ship, we flashed the guy working our Sea Pass. Immediately we were stopped and asked for ID. Huh?! CT3 and I looked at each other confused and again baffled that everyone and everywhere did not take a Sea Pass as an acceptable form of payment or identification.
Yup, you guessed it. We had no ID on us. So now we were broke and stuck. I briefly told the gentleman that we had no ID, and he sternly reprimanded us to bring one back if we came to the island. We nodded and hurried through, just glad not to cause another commotion.
Post returning to the ship, we grabbed some mula and our drivers licenses and headed back to Nassau to grab lunch. We had seen a Senor Frogs and thought it looked like a fun touristy restaurant.
Let me just give my opinion here and say if you like lots of drinking, loud music, taking shots and coarse dirty jokes, then this is the place for you. After $70 for 2 drinks, a chicken finger basket, a bowl of soup and chicken tacos, I would not recommend it. I will stop talking there as I was irked about the cost of our meal. Tourist attraction or not, ridiculous.
By now it was almost 4 pm and so we headed back to the ship. We met up with all of our friends and played the card game “Battle of the Sexes” (girls won). After rubbing it in a little, it was time to go get ready for dinner.
We were still slightly full from lunch, however that didn’t hinder me from ordering my prime rib, mashed potatoes and asparagus. Dinner concluded and after a few more tricks from our wait staff, we headed out to the “Sound of Music” show room to watch the game show “Love and Marriage.”
Colin and Alden tried to get selected to be on the show, however they chose another couple over them. I think Colin and Alden would have been funnier, but oh well, maybe next cruise.
They asked questions like who is the wildest family member on your wife’s side of the family and where did you go on your first date, etc. The highlight of the evening was the couple who had been married for three days. They asked the men if they were paying attention when their wife got dressed tonight and to share if so, what color undies she had on.
You guessed it. The girl was panty-less and her secret was now out for the entire cruise ship to know. First of all, I normally get dressed in the bathroom so poor CT3 would have been on his own to guess that one. Second, even if I didn’t have any on (which I have never in my life done), I would expect him to lie about it and not share that secret with all 3,300 people on board.
All of us got a kick out of it, however the girl was mortified. I am pretty sure this story will be showing up in some Seventeen magazine like most embarrassing moments story.