The 23rd of March felt like the busiest day I think I’ve ever known at Rich Coast and it unhelpfully coincided with my birthday. From 7am when I met our driver Carlos and Maurin to open up shop for some early Discover Scuba Divers until we had washed the gear from the night dive at 8:30pm I hardly had time to reflect that I was one more year into my thirties. Which isn’t a bad thing at all really.
It was also the first night dive I co-ordinated at Rich Coast and Tom and I went along as deck hands in the dark conditions to help our captain, Jose. So instead of feeling like I was at work I decided to pretend I was on my own sunset birthday cruise. Maybe this is what it means to be in your 30’s? Working instead of parting and then consciously denying the fact by pretending work IS the party. On a scale of 1 to depressing I would have to say it definitely makes an appearance!
Which ever way you look at it we set off from the shop at 5:30 and arrived at Tortuga at 6:15. The wind has been picking up in the afternoon and so there were a few cheeky but manageable waves; hence the blur on some of the photo’s on our Facebook page! We had dolphins riding the wake in the sunset and they conveniently seemed to disappear every time I’d lined my camera up to take a photo. Still it was very nice of them to put in an appearance for my birthday.
At the site the divers descended into clouds of luminous plankton that create a magical glittering affect in the water and I waited for the next 50 minutes star gazing to the back drop of Jose’s reggae music. I mean there are worse ways to spend your birthday I guess!
The divers came back with camera’s full of nocturnal aquatic animal shots and there was just enough time after this long day to enjoy a beer in Coconuts bar.