Sep 10, 2007

CASUAL FRIDAY
ROCK ISLANDS, Palau – Sun bakes the turquoise and jade right out of the ocean. We paddle kayaks through a horizon of pure heat.

The cave takes the edge off. We loiter in the cool, reviewing the old schoolyard knowledge: Stalactites cling tight. Stalagmites might grow.

"Who's feeling adventurous? Follow me!" our guide Ron shouts, then dives off a stalagmite nubbin. His boat slingshots into motion, a small Mary Celeste ghost ship.

"Is kayak towing adventurous?" I sass, when he corks upward.

"I meant to unclip the lead," red-faced, he disappears into the dark water.

I follow. Daddy didn't raise no chicken...

"Up here," Ron calls. He's scaled the cave's arch, maybe 20ish feet above the deep channel. "Wanna jump?"

"H#ll yeah!"

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My last cliff plunge was into the Colorado River three years ago. I lost a contact lens, which spiced the remainder of the whitewater rafting trip: lo-fi, 2-D nonstop action!!!

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But Palau is storybook, start to finish. I push into space, streaming downward, then blast into the fishbowl of the Pacific. I surface with full vision and a wild monkey grin.

"How was it?" a voice dopplers across the cave.

"Beats a cubicle any day!"

9 comments:

  1. Great photo. Happy to hear that Palau was a front-to-back success.

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  2. I'd move there if I could.

    And I darn well might...

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  3. Well, if you do move there, I'm definitely coming to visit.

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  4. You're always welcome. Though I'd hate to ponder the airfare from Stockholm...

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  5. Don't worry about me - if need be, I can find myself a Swedish sugar mama.

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  6. But, wait, they're like Pringles. You can not have just one...

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  7. Can't just have one - isn't that Lays?

    In any event, prices for Pringles in southern Sweden are borderline extortion. Better find myself that rich, beautiful Swede fast ...

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  8. I'm not really up on my crisps ... nor should you be, if you're gonna score a Swedish Sugar Mamma!

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