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The adventures of Fe & Chris

Diving, exploring and relaxing in Utila

Before all the Hurricane Felix commotion we had embarked on diving instruction to gain our PADI Open Water certification. We’d spent two days learning and practising in shallow water, when we were ready to jump into the deep water the dive shop had to be shut up and packed away so we have had a couple of days to explore the island and relax (and eat the the food we’d bought to weather out the storm).

This morning we tried to walk to a bay on the north of this island, yet failed - we ended up in a mosquito ridden mangrove swamp and were forced to retreat. We are starting to learn that Utila is not an island for walking.

This afternoon we read our dive books and watched hummingbirds from the veranda - a rather beautiful species called a Green-breasted Mango frequents the feeder outside our room.

We start diving again tomorrow morning. We are in a class of two - just Fe and I - which is great. Our instructor is a terribly nice chap called Dick. You don’t meet many people called Dick these days.


  Keir wrote @ September 6th, 2007 at 1:12 am

Roger is the other missing name. Come on you bunch who are into the procreation larky! Quit these dull common Freya (incidentally I have now met 3 of them and all are under 5) and start on the good old uns that now have double meanings. I mean when did you last meet a Senga.

Well I have just bought myself a present that I may be willing to share with the lovely Fe. The waterproof housing for my camera. Does to 40m and I have to say that to date my snorkling has not quite got me that deep. I did however blow up the last disposable one I had by going to over 4m (I don’t know but that is what it said on the box)

Do I get a prize for having 3 comments in a row? Or only once I have 4?

  Stewart wrote @ September 6th, 2007 at 2:40 am

Hi both

Intrigued by your exploits to learn to dive - do keep me posted - never had a hurricane interupt the learning process myself! Now back at my desk after having had a great 3 weeks away. The diving in Sharm was it’s usual high quality, tho’ missed out on the Tigers (again!). Is there a chance of whale sharks where you are - they tend to be rather seasonal, but are worth tracking down if you have the time.

have fun on your dive exploits, you lucky people!


  Chris’s Mum & Dad wrote @ September 6th, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Keir - did you not know that Senga is a Scottish name - and that it is Agnes spelt backwards? We know a Freya who is now about 23!

We have been away at a conference, so knew nothing about hurricane Felix, therefore we were not at all concerned! In retrospect, glad it avoided your island!

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