Wednesday, May 14, 2008

This is the sacred temple at Ulu Watu at sunset. What a beautiful place! To get down to the surf break, which is considered one of the best in the world, you walk down a long staircase, almost into a cave like area. If the tide is low, you can creep through the rocks to a little beach. While down there, we saw a young woman with one arm, putting on her shirt, getting ready to brave the waves. Perhaps you know her story...I guess 4 years ago, at the age of 13, she got her arm bitten off in a shark attack while surfing in California. This courageous young lady got back in the water and has become one of the best female surfers in the world. It makes my heart well up with emotion, just writing about it right now...the amazing perseverance of the human condition...what a true inspiration! We sat a top a cliff, watching her paddle out into waves, in humbled awe. A good reality check and change in perspective.

Here I am snorkeling with the sea monster (that's what my amiga called herself when she saw this photo!) off the Gili Islands. We saw sea turtles, which are happily abundant here...too bad the coral wasn't as healthy. It was the 1st time I had seen sea turtles while snorkeling...they are so magnificent! One was munching on something on the shallow sea bottom, so I swam down to take a closer look. He looked at me and we kind of floated up to the surface staring at each other. It was one of those moments that time simply stopped and the magic of Life was the only vibration. Thank goodness for sea turtles!
Until next time...XOXO, Kelly O

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