What You Don’t Know

At this time of year, many people who live in the colder regions are getting tired of winter and wishing for a break from the harsh weather. The television bombards us with ads for warm-weather holidays. I had decided to stay home this winter and not bother with escaping to go south, but after weeks of grayness and cold temperatures, I felt my resolve weakening.

I wouldn’t give in to it though. Instead, I’ve been digging through my photos to reminisce and relive some warm holiday times. Maybe that will be enough for me. Time will tell.

While crazy Canadians jump into icy waters on New Year’s Day for the annual Polar Bear Swim, I found a photo of myself going for a January swim too, but much farther south. Here I’m enjoying the comfortably warm waters  near Tenacatita on Mexico’s west coast. My biggest worry is that creature floating nearby. Too small to be a shark, and it’s not attacking me, but where is its mother? But I think it was only a harmless piece of seaweed.

Will that creature attack me?

Will that creature attack me?

Near the bottom I saw a fish who wasn’t very afraid of me. I studied him and although I couldn’t place it, I had the feeling it was the face of someone I’d met before. Doesn’t he look almost human?

Have we met?

Have we met?

I don't know what kind of fish he was, but he was quite cute.

I don’t know what kind of fish he was, but he was quite cute.

After so much fun snorkeling and having survived all my imagined shark attacks, we  left this rather rocky beach in Tenacatita. It was a bit late in the day so we decided to come back another time to enjoy the sandy beach that was just around the corner. A short ride  on the chicken bus took us from Melaque to the lovely sandy beach of La Manzanilla (not to be confused with Manzanillo).

Here we walked along the sidewalk, following other tourists to stare at whatever they were staring at. Do you see it there in the water?

Just the head is showing. Surely the fence between us will protect me?

Just the head is showing. Surely the fence between us will protect me? Oops! Isn’t that the fence, fallen into the water?

The first photo really doesn’t do it justice, so we went a bit farther where, just around the corner, the “safety” fence disappeared and anyone foolish enough to go close could take any photos they dared to capture.

Hard to judge the size but two lengths of my body would fit inside this guy easily.

Hard to judge the size but two lengths of my body would fit inside this guy easily.

A close up was needed to appreciate the croc's smile.

A close up was needed to appreciate the croc’s smile.

This was all very interesting as we wandered by the caiman lagoons to the gorgeous, sandy beach.

Miles of sand

Miles of sand

Beach restaurants to pass the time with a snack and a beverage.

Beach restaurants to pass the time with a snack and a beverage.

Then someone had to spoil it all by informing me that the caiman don’t always stay in the lagoons. It’s only a hundred yards or so to the salt water and they do spend time there once in a while, especially if they know that there’s a Canadian delicacy  splashing around, waiting to be eaten.

And I wondered why I had even given sharks a second thought yesterday when I was snorkeling a stone’s throw away from these lizard guys. For sure, ignorance is bliss.

32 thoughts on “What You Don’t Know

  1. That big croc was dreaming of an imported treat from the far north!
    I really liked your underwater photos. I did a lot of diving along the coast of North Carolina and always wished that I had a camera for underwater photos.

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  2. That was a Pentax Optio W20. Nothing really fancy but a great beginner camera. I hope to get a better camera very soon. It should also take underwater pictures. I think underwater photos are so much fun – a whole new world to explore.

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    • We get used to it on the coast, but that doesn’t mean we don’t crave that warm sunshine. Even cool sunshine is a treat sometimes. It’s a good time for daydreaming about those warm sunny southern days.

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  3. CAIMAN!!! YIKES!! Ahhhhhh for the warm water…….it’s 18 degrees here, yesterday 7 degrees early a.m. Off to visit Melvin and the horses this afternoon……..I will be dressed like an eskimo for sure! Thanks for the warm-up though…..it did make me feel warmer, if only for a moment 🙂

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    • 18 degrees would be wonderful – that was my first thought, and then I realized you must mean Fahrenheit. Okay. Not so wonderful. But hopefully you have clear skies. That always lifts the spirits.

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      • Pretty gray today……but, we’re kind of glad that it’s cold and that the snow has stayed….we need it to kill off the “virus’s” that have been making everyone sick…and it will help with allergies next year too.

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      • I think we need some of that cold here too, not just the wet drippy stuff. I was really sick over Christmas (unusual for me). It’s a bad bug going around this year. Feeling fine now. Bring on the cold to kill the bugs. Hope that can be achieved in 24 hours (haha).

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  4. When I grew up in Chicago, I remember hating winter after Christmas. I thought it needed to go away once the holiday was over. This is the only time of year I’m happy to live in Florida. If you ever make it here when you come south, give me a jingle. Cool photos under the sea. BTW, that fish looked like he thought you looked familiar too. Heh.

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    • Yes, the sandy beach at La Manzanilla probably had some, but not so much the one at Tenacatita – too rocky, I think. But you never know – in Baja I saw stingrays in the rocky beach areas too.

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  5. Great post with beautiful photos. In Finland charter flights to warm beaches are popular in winter, as well in summer. In winter the Mediterranean area is not warm enough, so people are generally speaking flying to the Canary Island in Spain, Caribbean areas and Far East.

    In Finland some people swim among ices in lakes thru all the winter. Too cold for me which loves warm.

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  6. Thanks for taking us with you on your amazing water adventure. It is very hard to reflect on such vivid memories as it will make your resistance for a summer holiday much harder. Hang in there! I agree the picture of the first fish did remind me of someone I knew, lol 🙂

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