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Becoming a PADI Rescue Diver

In an unexpected turn of events, I’ve been working on my Rescue Diver course! I was planning to get it done this summer with Mark, but that was looking less and less likely as we’re pretty limited with him getting only one day off per week. So we had decided to focus on completing my Advanced…

Follow Your Stupid Travel Dreams: My Trip to Seven Magic Mountains thumbnail

I write to you today from Boracay, where I’ve traveled to a different country to spend the week dressing up like a mermaid, to tell you about a time I flew to the desert to see some painted rocks. Seven Magic Mountains has been on my radar since it first went up in the Ivanpah Valley…

What’s Keeping You Out of the Ocean? Debunking Diving Myths thumbnail

My name is Alexandra Baackes, and I’m addicted to the ocean. When I’m not in the water, I’m daydreaming about how to get there. As a PADI AmbassaDiver, one of my favorite ways to explore the water is on scuba, eye to eye with the magical creatures and landscapes of the deep. However, my recent reader…

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This post is brought to you by Marriott Rewards Credit Card from Chase. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Alex in Wanderland. . I, I reluctantly admit, am not special. Science says so. Actually, I didn’t really need science to tell me that. The whole point of this ‘lil ol blog — other…

Sunrise at Tikal

Stepping off the bus that I’d called home for the past ten hours, I stopped for a moment to stretch and reflect on my coast-to-coast journey. A few days before, I’d played in the black sand of a beach on the Southwest coast of Guatemala. After stops in both Antigua and Guatemala City, I hopped the…

Getting Wrecked! Diving the Bermuda Triangle thumbnail

Note: I’m temporarily jumping out of my chronological Central America trip coverage to tell you about my very last stop en route back to New York: Bermuda! We’ll jump back into Guatemala soon. . The Bermuda Triangle. For sailors, pilots, and general seafarers, the thought of the mysterious region inspires pure dread. For divers, especially those…

Months 41 and 42

Note: Yup, I’m a little behind posting roundups. After the next one, however, we should be all caught up. Sorry for any confusion my lazy posting has caused! From Halloween to my birthday to Thanksgiving to Christmas, this was a period of big celebrations! And big heapings of time spent with some very special people. Over…

Diving Santorini

“So what did you think of the diving in Santorini?” A message from a blogging friend blinked on my screen. “Because I didn’t want to tell you this beforehand, but it was probably my least favorite dive of all times.” “Um, we go tomorrow,” I replied, and tried to keep my spirits high. Diving in the…

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