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What a find this weekend!  Don’t you love it when you find something cool that’s practically in your backyard!?

JP and I were going to check out Blowing Rocks Preserve, but when I called my brother – C1 – to see if he and the fam wanted to join, he suggested Coral Cove Park instead.  Just south of Blowing Rocks (and north of the Jupiter Inlet), Coral Cove Park is a two-acre artificial reef and a great place to get our snorkel on!  The reef started practically at the shoreline; ankle-deep and you’re already stepping on reef.  The water clarity was pretty good, and the fish were everywhere.  Parrot fish, puffer fish, sea urchins…the scenery was great!

Have I mentioned today how awesome our underwater camera is?!  Check out the underwater video we got along with some other pics on our Flickr page 🙂

Thanks for the recommendation, C1!!

I heart weekends.  Who doesn’t?

Last weekend, we headed to the West Coast for a wedding in Palm Harbor, FL.  While we were there, we got to check out Honeymoon Island, and it was a great state park.

This weekend, my brother & sister celebrated their anniversary!

We also got to enjoy a summer favorite – snorkling!  Did I mention how much I love my underwater camera?!  There’s a small reef directly behind the Breakers Hotel on Palm Beach, and it was filled with little fish 🙂

What’s a weekend without some good food.  The Kona Grill in City Place has “reverse happy hour” – and it rocks!  This definitely counted as our “free” day on the diet 😉

Buh-bye.  That’s exactly what one town is saying to bottled water.  Residents of Bundanoon, New South Wales, voted to ban the sale of bottled water in their town. 

It was the second blow to Australia’s beverage industry in one day: Hours earlier, the New South Wales state premier banned all state departments and agencies from buying bottled water, calling it a waste of money and natural resources.

“We’re hoping it will act as a catalyst to people’s memories to remember the days when we did not have bottled water,” he said. “What is ‘Evian‘ spelled backwards? ‘Naive.'”

I hate buying water.  I am a sucker for a bottled beverage, true that.  Why do they have to put the little cooler of tasty beverages right by the check out lane!?  But, water?  Even if I want water, I won’t buy it – instead I’ll opt to purchase a tea or soda.  

In any event, a neat victory Down Under.  And I hope it sends a message to the bottled water industry – and hopefully to other parts of the world!  Read the entire article here.

I received more than one email the other day telling me – APPLY FOR THIS JOB.  In an effort to save their billion dollar (18 billion to be exact) tourism industry, Australia is offering the “best job in the world” – island caretaker.  They had me at “island.”  Where’s my application? 

The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars) and includes free airfares from the winner’s home country to Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland‘s state government announced on Tuesday.

In return, the “island caretaker” will be expected to stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of “a few minor tasks” — and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

The successful applicant, who will stay rent-free in a three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be a good swimmer, excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

Perhaps we should throw it all (back) in the bag and head back Down Under.  With a three-bedroom pad, I’m sure someone will come visit us….right?!  Maybe.  What an awesome deal. 

I urge everyone to apply 🙂  At the very least, put “visit Australia” on your to-do list.  Read the entire article on this incredible job here.

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