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Drone Drama and Wrapping 20

Drone Drama and Wrapping 20

SwimVacation’s promotional video is great, but getting a little dated.  I’ve had this vision for a new one that involves an aerial shot high above some dramatic cliffs, panning across clifftop foliage, then revealing a crystal blue sea far below,…

Midnight Laughs and Splashes

Midnight Laughs and Splashes

We traded our early morning swim for Eggs Benedict and a slightly later 3 mile swim from Peter Island to Norman Island. We had our full flotilla in force: The Promenade, guest Craig in a Kayak, Deckhand Bob in the…

Images

Images

We woke up this morning in Salt Bay to bright sun, blue blue skies, blue blue water. There are a couple of things that have come out of SwimVacation that I never expected.  The first is returning guests. I imagined…

Swell Day

Swell Day

SwimVacation guide Dave Barra thinks big. For fun, he swims 20 or 30 miles in lake or sea. He’s often coming up with ideas for big swims during our week, and he and I often have lengthy negotiations about what…

aw, barracuda

aw, barracuda

7 swimmers and 4 guides jumped off the stern of the Promenade for our morning swim. There’s a great stretch of reef here, between Little and Great harbors. It’s along the Drake Channel, so few if any boats have ever…

24 minutes minutes to spare

24 minutes minutes to spare

After another cancelled flight and a couple more chances to practice my Spanish, we’re sitting in the basement of the San Juan airport, hoping to finally catch the short flight to Tortola. It’s cold and damp. We find a sunbeam…

The Commute

The Commute

        This morning, while flying from Boston to Newark, NJ en route to San Juan en route to Tortola, I looked out the window and saw a massive river, a beautiful valley, and some tell-tale bridges and…

Bodrum to Kas

Bodrum to Kas

Today started so well: Wake up on a yacht in the mediterranean with Turkish breakfast #1 (cheese, bread, spreads, coffee and tea), then a swim in gin-clear water over a great little reef, then Turkish breakfast #2, a cheesy and…

Bolero

Bolero

Sunday We’ve changed our itinerary here several times, but we finally put the rest of the trip together this morning. What did we do before Airbnb, trip advisor, iphones, amex travel, chase rewards, and google? On our way to meet…

Hospitality and Amphorae

Hospitality and Amphorae

Just like all of our other SwimVacation locations, Bodrum is on Island time. A slow pace, a late start, a nap, a late finish. Island time is great when you’re on vacation, but we are scouting a vacation. So we…