Sunday, June 22, 2008

Jersey Shore Beach Walk and SCUBA!

Here are some horseshoe crabs I saw on a recent beach walk in NJ. They are so cool and docile! Their prehistoric look gives away the fact that they've been on Earth for something like 500 million years!

I've been super busy lately...I'm in the process of getting SCUBA certified! I have to complete four open water dives after I complete my pool work and written tests. I'll probably do my dives in the Shark River, which is thankfully named for the fossilized shark teeth found there.
Now that I'm learning to dive, I keep daydreaming about all of the places I'd like to go to. I just read an article about diving near the Maya Reef off the coast of the Yucatan in Mexico. It sounds so cool! Apparently it's the second largest reef after The Great Barrier Reef of Australia (where I'm hopefully going next summer). The Yucatan also has Mayan ruins like Tulum, right on the beach. Thanks to The Urban Vegan's posts about Playa del Carmen, I know it's definitely possible to eat well as a vegan traveling in the Yucatan. I'm definitely looking into it!
On a different note, I have delicious vegan ice cream reviews coming soon...


Bianca said...

Cute little crabs! Good luck on the certification!

Theresa said...

Good luck with your scuba certs! If I can do it, I'm pretty sure anyone can. Unfortunately, it was too cold to do any diving on the trip we just went on, but I must go again soon!

Libby said...

Have fun with your diving! The Riviera Maya is a great place for scuba diving, and the Great Barrier Reef is just incredible. If you come to Playa del Carmen, you might also check out this other blog entry about eating vegetarian in Playa del Carmen and this list of vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Enjoy!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Those horseshoe crabs are so cool. I love how you mentioned how long they've been around (I"m a geologist and therefore a sucker for that kind of thing)

And how cool about getting scuba certified! I've never done it, but when my husband and I were on St John last year it was very popular. (and easy to eat vegan there too)

Can't wait to see some ice cream!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Ooh I LOVE the Jersey Shore!!!

Bring on the ice cream!

Urban Vegan said...

Awww..I love horseshoe crabs. They look like little living helmets. Where in NJ are you?

And you will love the yucatan. Just learn those essential phrases in Spanish. You will have no prob being vegan in Playa.

I see you love snorkeling. (So do I!) Make sure you go to Puerto Morelos. But then again--there's Cozumel!

Oh, and I'm all on board your ice cream review. There are so many amazing options. My new fave is Trader Joe's vanilla soy ice cream with mango sorbet. Heaven.