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  • In 2010 I took a television crew down to Mexico to film a series of internet length eco-videos. 100 degree heat and two weeks of filming had sapped our energy. One of my favorite memories is when we spent an afternoon swimming in Yal-Ku Lagoon in Akumal, Mexico to cool off and lift our spirits.

    Walking down the pathway to the lagoon, I heard my crew - Mario, Katie, Samara, and the Kiddo - laughing and jumping into the water off the limestone rocks on the side of the lagoon. Mario had set up a camera and was trying to time it so the camera captured him jumping.

    We all were laughing at his attempts when suddenly it hit me we should count the seconds until the camera clicked. Laughing together, we began counting. 20 seconds until the camera auto-shot the photo. Now we all wanted to be in the jump.

    Dripping wet, we position ourselves and stand barefoot on the sharp rocks as we wait for Mario to line up the shot, push the button, and run back to position as we all began counting, “1 – one thousand, 2 – one thousand, 3 – one thousand, 4 – one thousand, …” When we arrived at eighteen we squatted, nineteen we pushed off, and at twenty we captured the jump mid-air.

    It took fifteen tries. We were all breathing heavy, exhausted, and smiling from ear to ear when we finally captured just the right jump. I love it – you can see fun hanging in mid-air. Afterwards we spent the afternoon swimming in what I can best describe as one of the most amazing natural aquarium’s I have ever seen. Reef fish such as Blue Tang, Stoplight Parrot, Smallmouth Grunt, Sergeant Major, and French Angel’s schooled about our feet as we floated.

    It felt great to be alive in that moment - friends enveloped in nature, immersed in an aquarium and loving each second we shared.
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