aI shouldnat have put the snake Iad captured into the pocket of my Toughskins blue jeans.aA From the first line of his volume, Back on Bonaire: Rediscovering Diveras Paradise as a Father, writer Andrew Jalbert paints a picture of chasing adventure, even as a child. He writes, aAs is so often the suit with the dreams we had when we were young, most are slowly eroded away by period, circumstance, or reason until their remnants are so faint, we donat seriously consider chasing after them anymore.a Not so for Jalbert, who a still itching for adventure as a young adult a decided to study archaeology and begin scuba training.
It was his involvement in scuba diving that resulted him to the island of Bonaire. With its protected nearshore reef system, gem-clear seas, and sweeping preservation attempts, Bonaire has earned the title it boasts on its license plates: Diveras Paradise. For Jalbert, who first visited in the early 1990 s, there was a draw to the island that was hard to shake. He returned regularly over the next twenty-five years in a variety of capacities: as a scuba teacher, a dive guide, a sun-starved vacationer, and a novelist/ photographer. What he hadnat expected at 43 years old, however, was to return as a new father.
Part biography, proportion guidebook to Bonaire, and part insight into fatherhood, Jalbert expertly weaves together historical facts, household anecdotes, underwater exploration, and a good dose of humor. The book isnat just for divers, or parents, or travelers. Itas for people who enjoy learning about the experiences of others, and seeing the world through their eyes. By the time youave finished’ Back on Bonaire’ thereas a good chance youall have booked a flight, packed a pouch, and already ordered a slice of pizza at Captain Donas. One thing is for sure, you would have thoroughly enjoyed Andrew Jalbertas narrative and will be eager to write your own. As Women Divers Hall of Fame member and conservation author Dee Scarr writes, aJalbert uses the same terms all the rest of us do, but he sets them together in entertaining( and even painlessly educational) ways.A Give yourself some time when you beginA his volume, because once you read the first line you wonat want to set it down.a
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