Snorkeling at St. Thomas

Yellowtail with a Sergeant Major in the background.

This blog post will not be tagged “photography.”  We have a new pocket camera that takes photos underwater, but I haven’t mastered it.  I tried.  I fumbled with the buttons.  I accidentally made a movie — mostly of the sky — and ran out of memory.

Nor would I recommend a cruise-sponsored snorkeling tour for someone who seriously wants to see fish.  People new to the activity splash around and frighten the fish.  Guides legitimately concerned for your safety herd you along in a “school of tourists” with little chance to explore on your own.

Marcia and Wayne

But I had fun at St. Thomas anyway because I was with Wayne and Marcia, and Brendan and Traci.

Wayne retired recently as a sheetmetal worker who put copper roofs on steeples and domes.  Marcia, a nurse almost as old as us, seems enthusiastic about everything and loves to ride motorcycles.

Brendan and Traci from New Zealand were on their honeymoon.  She wore her wedding dress to the first formal dinner and looked lovely.  Everyone in the dining room was taken with her.

Traci and Brendan

They met online.  Brendan was uncertain about seeking a relationship on the Internet, so he called himself Justin Case. Traci didn’t catch on and called him Justin for the first three months they knew each other.  They were new to snorkeling.

My photos aren’t much, but I had a plastic bag with some bread in it and was able to toss pieces in front of Brendan and Traci who were immediately swarmed with fish.

The water was not as clear as the Caribbean often is.  Mostly we saw yellowtail near a wreck.  At one site, we saw lots of turtles, but the camera was out of memory.

It wasn’t a great snorkel, but we enjoyed being there.  It was fun.

Click on photos to enlarge.

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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6 Responses to Snorkeling at St. Thomas

  1. The fish look great, but a picture of Traci in her wedding dress would be even nicer!

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  2. Marjorie Ewell says:

    You have such a way with words, Ray. I felt like I was there. Thank you for sharing

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  3. JohnRH says:

    A for aeffort! Thumbs up. 👍

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  4. Elisa Ruland says:

    That must have been so much fun. And credit to you for learning how to master an underwater camera. Your pics are great!

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