Snorkeling with Dolphins & Turtles

We were very excited to try out our new underwater action camera while vacationing in Maui. What an incredible experience we had.

Before we left on the boat, our youngest was talking about seeing Dolphins. I told her there was a good chance we would not be seeing any Dolphins and was totally proven wrong. About 1o minutes into our boat ride we ran across a pod of dolphins. Honestly, it was one of the most amazing experiences. There seemed to be a hundred dolphins swimming right along our boat. The boat captain slowed the boat and let us sit right next to the dolphins. We put our camera into the water even though we could not see what we were filming.  To our surprise, when we got home and watched the video you could actually hear the dolphins communicating with each other, which you can see in a shorter video here. 

From the boat we could see dolphins jumping out of the water and one even came out and twirled.  It was amazing, a once in a life time for sure.

What an incredible experience to witness these beautiful animals in the wild.  To top it off, later while snorkeling we had a turtle swim right up next to us and breathe, that was amazing too. We hope you enjoy our video on our YouTube channel.

Round-trip tickets from Europe to San Francisco for under $200

If you are flexible with your holiday planning and destinations you can find some amazing airline deals. Recently my brother introduced us to an email service that emails you incredible airline deals. Sometimes the fares are mistake fares but more than often they are 24-hour promotions.

We had no intentions in flying to the United States this year but when we received an email for flights from Europe to San Franciso for $195 round trip, it was too good to pass up.  The website with the incredible deals is called Scott’s cheap flights.   For a minimal subscription fee, you can receive weekly deals throughout the world.


We also like to use  Skyscanner as it allows you to search any date going to every location, which is convenient.  But if you are up for anything and willing to be flexible, we can highly recommend checking out  Scott’s cheap flights. 


Airlines usually offer a limited amount of seats at discount prices and they get snatched up fast.  Some are last minute deals and you need to be flexible with the dates.

JMT & Mt Whitney

About to embark on the JMT

The trek is underwayHiking the John Muir Trail has been high on the list for years. So when the opportunity arose, the planning began.  This trek is the result of months and months of planning.  Menus were made, exercise regimes executed, equipment accounted for, dymoxin taken, permits secured and tickets bookedThe guys have 211 miles (340 km) to hike from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney, hiking around 10,000 feet in altitude the whole wayWOW, that’s exhausting just thinking about it. I am so proud of Jay for executing his dreams. 

1st Ascent -hiking Mt Whitney

Before there was the JMT there was Mt Whitney. With the completion of the JMT, this will be Jays’s 3rd time summiting Mt. Whitney, which in itself isn’t an easy task. Hiking MT Whitney is so popular there is a lottery to get a permit.

2nd Ascent- J & I hiking Mt. Whitney (no making fun of the outfit, it was FREEZING)

The 2nd time around I got to join in with the guys on the hike.  For me, hiking Whitney was the most strenuous task I’ve ever completed. I’ve run marathons and still think the 22 mile hike, with an elevation gain of 6400 feet, has a marathon beat. I think our hike was especially hard because wanted to summit before the sunrise (which we did) but this meant we had to start hiking at midnight. That was crazy in itself!

I still can’t believe that when they complete over 200 miles hiking they will have to finish climbing Mt. Whitney at 14,497 ft  (highest point in the lower 48). But what a better way to finish such a feat, with a view like no other.  I am beyond excited to hear about their experience when they are finished. Good luck guys!