Today we docked at Cozumel, Mexico. Of all of the sight seeing and activities available, the Dolphin Push, Pull & Swim with Manatee Interaction was an adventure I couldn’t resist. I met the tour group soon after we docked and headed to Chankanaab Park. The dolphins are such happy creatures, I felt it was contagious. We were standing on a platform in the water while the dolphin, named Titiche, swam by so we could pet him. Then he swam by with his belly up for belly rubs. I kept laughing at how interactive the dolphin was. It was very obvious he liked the attention and praise. After the initial acquaintance it was time to take the relationship to the next level. I shook hands with the dolphin while he stood up out of the water, then tapped his nose. Now we bonded and I got a kiss on the check from him and even got a smooch on the lips. Fresh guy for a salt water creature. Now for the push and pull part of the adventure. I swam out in the water and held on to a boogy board, next thing I felt was a push on my foot and Titiche was pushing me on the board with his snout. Very fun! One more time I swam out in the water and this time the dolphin came up on his belly offering me his fins like hands and pulled me back. It was as if I was holding on to aero bars on my bike. Another fun ride. After saying farewell to Titiche we headed to another pier and onto another platform in the water. Next a manatee swam by and allowed us to pet him. Another interesting creature who stays under water most of the time since manatees are only able to see under water. All in all in was a fabulous experience and my new under water camera came in handy.
Before returning to the ship, I found a nice beach in the park and was able to snorkel a bit. I captured several good pictures of the beautiful fish. After that I caught a few sun rays and took in the surroundings while reclining on a beach chair. The water is so clear and reflects the blue sky in a breathtaking view. Once I returned to the ship I met up with my friend who went scuba diving and out we went to help the local economy. After a few nice purchases we are back on the ship and I will run three miles shortly.
Tomorrow we are at sea and return to Florida Saturday morning. Time has flown by as fast as the zip line experience, but what an experience it is. This week I have been seizing the day, each day and moment at a time. I still have more time to enjoy vacation, and that I will do. First this afternoon my run and then dinner. Of course a stop in the casino too. My friend has been hinting about hitting the hot tub before bed, and what a night cap that will be.