5:00 am wake up - birds. lots of birds. lots of very, very loud birds. 5:30 am birds finally shut up.
6:00 am wake up - turkeys. lots of loud, loud turkeys only in our yard.
Yea, this will take some time to get used to if I want to ever sleep in after night shifts.
Anyway, morning 1 was quite the welcome to Hawaii. Coming in the afternoon and going to bed at a decent time helped with jet lag, so I was up bright and early the next morning to free dive with dolphins. They asked if I would feel up to it the night before or if I'd be too tired, but come on - who is too tired to swim with dolphins in the wild.
I wasn't really sure what to expect at all, but it was magnificent. 150 + spinner dolphins leaping out of the water and through the air. We all jumped in the ocean and joined the fun, and I've seriously have never seen an animal have so much fun in my life. They dart passed you and it's very hard at first to not get tunnel vision..you see one dolphin and want to follow it, forgetting there are about fifty more coming behind you or under you or 2 inches away from you. By the second and third time in, I started to get a hang of it, looking in all directions, so I got some pretty close and amazing encounters with the beautiful animals. I was asked the day before I left for Hawaii if I've ever seen a baby dolphin - the answer is now yes. I saw three adorable baby dolphins swimming next to their mamas.
Taking pictures of these fast creatures was nearly impossible and I definitely need some practice, but here are a few..
just missed the spin..damn camera
here's a video link to what they look like actually spinning..
a bit long so go to about 2:53 minutes
the big island..my new home <3