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Diving for Lobster for Fun

On this hot day in July, a friend of mine asked me to take her 12-year-old son, Joe, free diving.  I had already made plans with Peter, the grumpiest old fisherman in the neighborhood; so after an equipment  upgrade and a pep talk about the ornery captain who we were accompanying, we were on our way. Before we even left the dock, Peter, our 66 year old captain, was griping about the sand on Joe’s fins which were making a mess of his old and worn New England fishing boat.  As we steamed to a fish tank-like dive spot, Joe’s eyes were sparkling with excitement even as the captain continued to find issues with not only Joe, but it seemed every other vessel on the water. It was not long before we dropped anchor and prepared to enter the water.  

We were all kids again, just some with more experience than others.  Peter loved showing Joe tricks he’d learned over the years, like how to spear a fish without ruining the filet or how to pull a New England lobster out of a cave with one breath.  The video below shows Joe swimming in the red suit and Peter diving down and grabbing the lobster with its claws out in full defense mode from a dug out cave.  I know you’re wondering why he released it – well in Massachusetts we release the bugs that are twice the size of the gauge used for measurement so they can reproduce.

One thing I brought back from this trip that is at the core of Zest for Life is that you should share the fun!

Water Slides in Water Country

This weekend we had a last hurrah for summer and decided to go on the water slides in Water Country, New Hampshire. Our favorite water slide, the Black Hole, looked like something out of Star Wars while inside the slide. As you could hear, it was thrilling, scream-worthy, and definitely refreshing. Water Slides in Water Country never cease to excite.
Just another great thing about New Hampshire.

This, by the way, is our web developer Karen!

Diver Down Flag Tapestry Picnic

Last night we had a post-swim feast atop the Diver Down Flag Tapestry. Lobster, corn on the cob, potato chips, and fruit was just what we needed after a rigorous day of diving and beach fun.

Diver Down Flag Tapestry Tablecloth

Our Diver Down Flag Tapestry being used as a tablecloth for last night’s lobster dinner.

This is what I love about the dive flag tapestry. You can fly it on the boat while you’re on the ocean, and then you can throw it on a table as authentically nautical decor.

Diver Down Flag Tapestry Tablecloth

And what’s super great is that it’s machine-washable, so the next time you fly it, it’ll be looking good as new, even after feasting on it.

To top off the evening, the clouds decided to be extra beautiful as the sun was setting. We can’t wait for the next dive day.

Diver Down Flag Tapestry Sunset Dinner

Check out the Diver Down Flag Tapestry right here at Zest for Life.