You know how sometimes when you need to be calm, you close your eyes and imagine yourself somewhere -- a favourite spot from your past, perhaps -- that brings you peace?
The photo above is that spot for me: my happy place. Specifically, it's right where the woman and her companion are swimming in front of the "Undersea Tobago" boat.
This is the little private cove at Coco Reef Hotel, in Tobago. It's a nice-enough hotel, but really, the best part is this little cove right behind the hotel. It gently slopes to probably a good 20-foot depth, and right near the rocks you see in the picture is pretty great snorkeling, with tons of sea life. When we lived in Trinidad, Marcus, Alex and I would quite frequently take the 15-minute flight over to Tobago for a long weekend and stay there, invariably spending ever day on that beach. We'd snorkel, swim out with Alex and swim back, have lunch at the beach café, and then do it again. Lather, rinse, repeat.
And right in that spot, where the woman is swimming with her companion, is where I used to like to lie on my back and float, without a care in the world.
That's my happy place, man. Every time.
This photo was taken in 2011, when I was visiting with Alex. I really hope we can go back one day.