Last summer, while we were on Block Island, Henry mentioned that he thought a snorkel and mask would be a fun thing to have at the beach and later that afternoon, I saw a cheap set at the grocery store which I added to my cart. It was the best $10 bucks I spent - that day. Let's be honest, the BEST $10 I EVER spent at the Block Island grocery store probably went towards some adult beverage or the ingredients for s'mores.
Henry loved using the snorkel set and eventually, so did Georgia. For Christmas this year, both asked for and received their own pairs. Snorkeling didn't really catch on with little Josephine. There was an incident with a wave and the filling-up of her breathing tube and Josie holds a grudge.
But Henry is persuasive and somehow he got Josie to agree to try snorkeling again - this time in Maine and this time at the Salt Pond Preserve where there are very few sneaky waves whose sole mission in life is to fill her breathing tube.
You'll remember that our first trip to Rachel Carson's Salt Pond Preserve was poorly timed and snorkeling was out of the question. We returned to the pond the next morning and this time! we chose wisely.
The tide was up, the waves were minimal and the Salt Pond was enormous and hopefully filled with crabs, starfish and other wonderful creatures.
And Henry faced them all ..... while Josie stayed on the rocky shore. She put the mask ON and she walked TOWARD the water, but she just couldn't bring herself to go into the ocean while wearing the mask and breathing through a mouth tube. She just wasn't ready.
Henry stayed in the water as long as he could stand the freezing cold temperatures.
He held his Go Pro camera and took a lot of footage of crabs and underwater rocks.
Henry had to come out of the water twice to warm up. The sun wasn't really out and it was chilly in the air but I guess it was warmer outside the water than in.
We watched Henry's footage back at my parents' house and it was amazing to see the world that lives under water. I'm glad we made that second trip.