crazy

Here a shark, there a shark, everywhere a shark shark.

On a glorious Tuesday, March 16th, while in Cape Town South Africa we traveled two hours away to do some great white shark cage diving. What is this you say? Get in a cage with great white sharks. Are you kidding me? Well, we are serious and had a BLAST doing it. We took a 15 minute incredibly rocky boat ride out to where the sharks were.

Boarding the boat!

The ride felt like a roller-coaster at times--I was holding on for dear life.

After suiting up in a 7mm inch thick wet-suit (the water was a nice 11.5 C)--you get some fashion forward goggles and they let you crawl into a cage that sits on the side of the boat. WARNING: THIS PICTURE OF KATE MIGHT BE THE HOTTEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN!

(HAHAHAHA!)

Five people get in at a time and they throw bait over your head and around the boat to lure in these huge creatures of the sea.

Technically, I think we (the humans) were the bait--but the sharks liked to play with those Tuna fish heads.

When they see a shark coming, they tell you to get ready and then they scream "DOWN, DOWN!" and you hold your breath, grab a red bar on the inside of the cage and pull yourself down to get a close look at the sharks.

An interesting thing happened while Kate was in the cage--the shark tried to join them inside the cage--he was a bit feisty and slammed his body into the cage. It was crazy. All five of us backed up as far as we could and then all came to the surface screaming laughing.

There he is--trying to get in. WOW!

Screaming & laughing at how close the shark came!

The whole trip was such a fun experience--getting to see the sharks in their natural environment was amazing. It was like shark week --only 100 times better. Haha! Here are some more pictures from the day! -j&k-

Yup. That happened.

On the back of our disposable camera. Anyone else think this is funny?

The water was pretty clear.

The camera freaked out during this pic...it was supposed to be showing the awesome wetsuit look.

Jody, shark-fin-April, Jason & Kate!

Crazy is as crazy does.

I've (kate) been feeling a little crazy the last couple days. Not crazy bad...not crazy good. Just crazy. So I...found a poem on the internets about craziness...

Aptly called...

"Craziness"

Uncertainty lies on the path ahead Many events I don’t want to deal with Are sure to question my fearless resolve My heart I know will be wrenched many times

I may lose my faith and lose my way Submitting myself to certain torture Mountains loom ominously in my way With signs of “death to those who enter”

I gasp for breath just thinking about it Sweat beads down my face as I look on How drunk was I to choose such a path? What madness possessed me to go this way?

Why am I not relaxing on the couch Sitting safe and sound in my ignorance? I sure feel like claiming insanity From purposely subjecting myself to this

But my reason, my ‘why,’ yanks me off the ground It drags me by the arm and throws me out the door Purpose makes me feel crazy at times But it keeps me going when I don’t want to

–Jason Westlake

Some Things You Should Know

1. Jill slipped down a muddy hill today carrying her guitar.2. Jet lag will screw you up. No matter what time you go to sleep 2:30am comes and you are wide awake. 3. Traveling abroad is awesome. But there is nothing better than coming back to your homeland :) 4. Didn't think it was possible to OD on Starbucks. 5. Met a few people around the world that said "I love your blog!" That was awesome. 6. Kate almost died in a golf cart related incident on an actual golf course yesterday. She was not driving. The cart did a 540. 7. Excited that summer is nearly here. 8. Glad you guys are liking the pics of us back in the day. Yay. That's all for now. -j&k-