(Source: Houston Chronicle April 12, 2013)
HONOLULU - The Hawaiian waters off Oahu's leeward coastline were the deepest blue I had seen. The rich, dense waves gently stroked the sides of the boat and carried us some miles away.
We had set out for a day of snorkeling, but I grew uneasy as we continued traveling to what seemed to be the middle of the ocean.
Looking out into the blue abyss, I tried to muster up my courage to jump in.
I lost the nerve.
But Armin Cullins, the boat's captain and owner of the Wild Side Specialty Tours (sailhawaii.com), didn't judge me. Instead, he offered assurance that I would still get amazing views of the Hawaiian spinner dolphins, which we came to see. My brother, Jon, looked at the water with consternation as well. Nevertheless, he suited up with a life preserver and goggles.
"I guess I have to take one for the team," he said, before reluctantly sliding into the water with the rest of the group.