The area across from my house is the perfect snorkel place in August. The water is calm and warm and the water is crystal clear.
The dark spots you see in this picture are lava rocks, some just barely under the surface
I have tried snorkeling here twice in the last six years. The first time I ended up hyperventilating and rushing back to shore. The second time went a little better and I managed to stay out for fifteen minutes. Until I looked up and saw that my companions were too far away. I panicked and rushed back to shore again. I have not been in this water for almost four years now.
My neighbor, the recently married Carlos, asked me recently if I would like to go snorkeling with him. I politely thanked him and explained my fear. He did not laugh, as I expected. Instead, with all sincerity and looking me right in the eyes, he said, "I will protect you!" I told him that if we can get six people to all go at the same time, I would try it again. I have my fingers crossed that he can't find that many people!
The below picture is directly across from my front porch. The little beach you see is where the turtles have been coming to lay their eggs. Always a joy to behold. Even if it is too dark to really see any great detail. It is enough to know that they are there.
I have taken seriously some of the advice given to me recently in the Comments section. I am determined to get out of the house at least once per day. Over the next two days, we are going to take a little trip to the beaches downtown and see what has been happening there.