Adventure Time (Personal Narrative)

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  • Topic: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys, Moray eel
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  • Published : June 15, 2011
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Zooming down Highway One; shades on, sunroof open, sun beating down, the breeze blowing through my hair. I look to my right and grin at my mom, with Miami in the rearview mirror we’re ready for our adventure through the Florida Keys to begin. The everglade terrain, swampy green pools with gnarly mangrove roots disappearing under the surface, mesmerizes me. The only thing separating the swampy environment from the highway is a chain link fence and a strip of grass. I keep my eyes glued to the window endlessly searching, trying to spot my first alligator. “Do you think the fence is there to keep the alligators off the road?” I ask my mom. “I suppose it’s there to keep any wild animal from getting to the highway, “ she responds. We continue chatting as we approach our destination. First stop: Kermit’s Key Lime shop; home to everything key lime. There was key lime peanut brittle, barbeque sauce, honey, cookies, taffy, tea, chip dip, fudge, hot sauce, salsa, and strangely even key lime oil. Mom and I get two slices of pie to eat on the road. Best key lime pie ever, creamy and tart, yellow in color with a thick, buttery graham cracker crust. Next stop: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park where we go straight to the dive center to check in for our 11:15 dive trip. Fast-forward 45 minutes… I love riding in boats, cutting through the brilliant blue surface sending up a sea mist that allows you to breathe in the ocean, and of course the way the wind whips my hair dry, giving it crazy volume from all the salt in it. I love the feeling of the boat rocking and jumping as it hits the waves of another vessel, though I wouldn’t want to try and walk during it. As we approach the dive spot I start getting ready. I zip up my wetsuit and take a seat in front of my tank. I buckle on my flippers and weight belt and proceed to strap on my vest. After a quick check to make sure oxygen is flowing I put on my mask and make my way to the back of the boat. I always feel strange...
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