Dragons of Tarkir Additions to some Decks

Ojutai's Command

Ojutai's Command

Ojutai’s Command

Those who follow Magic: The Gathering know that the new expansion set Dragons of Tarkir shipped last week. Personally I was excited to get my grubby little paws on this set because it promised a lot of dragons. Honestly, who doesn’t like a lot of dragons?

So I got my hands on a box and had an enjoyable evening opening packs and reading cards, looking at art and enjoying the scent of new magic cards. I noticed that the flavor text for Pacifism got changed, which is a real shame because I found the previous flavor text pretty funny.

The dragons are beautiful, each and every one spectacular and they have great powers too. I pulled so many amazing dragons that I’m seriously considering a 5 color singleton deck. Gotta play them all!

I have to say that even the commons are really good in this set. I was quite surprised by how good some of the commons are. I really, really wanted to get a white common named Resupply into one of my decks.

The following are the cards that did make it into decks and the decks they made it into.

Rakdos:
Out: Mardu Shadowspear
Sudden Spoiling
Alesha Who Smiles At Death
In: Arrow Storm
Kolaghan’s Command
Tail Slash

Azorious:
Out: Lore Seekers Stone
Noble Stand
In:
Contradict
Ojutai’s Command

Dimir:
Out: Ojutai Soul of Winter
Steel Hellkite

In: Resupply
Tapestry of the Ages

Tapestry of the Ages

Tapestry of the Ages

Orizhov:
Closed

I just couldn’t get anything into the Orizhov deck.

Dragons of Tarkir is a fantastic set. I’m sure there are more surprises in store than I’ve seen so far. K.

Snorkeling on Maui: Our Last Day in Hawaii

Teralani 2
Teralani 2

Teralani 2

On our fourth and final day on the gorgeous island of Maui in Hawaii we decided to book a snorkeling excursion. Susan, our friendly island expert redeemed herself from the Road Less Travelled to Hana by suggesting Teralani Charters for our day trip to snorkel. If you are in Hawaii I highly recommend them for snorkeling excursions or whale watching. The entire day was simply delightful and the crew of the Teralani 2 was instrumental in making the experience amazing.

IMG_4816I confess I was a little anxious about snorkeling. Despite being a fairly accomplished swimmer, I have a fear of drowning and I also worried about getting caught in a current and getting swept out to sea. But I was also excited to push myself outside of my comfort zone and try something new. I didn’t want to get home and regret missed opportunities.

The Teralani cruise we chartered included a continental breakfast and bar-b-q lunch (with the ever present Mai Tais among other drinks). So it was a good deal for the money. It started at 9:30 and went until 2:30 and included whale watching on the way out to the reef and back from the reef.

Sea Turtles

Sea Turtles

The crew of the Teralani 2, which was our particular catamaran, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They even had prescription goggles for those of us who need prescription lenses to see. They went over a quick tutorial on how to use the equipment and how to snorkel and they wisely didn’t serve any alcohol until after our snorkeling was over and we were on the way back.

Once kitted out I got into the water and after a few moments of anxiety, learning to trust the equipment and breath with my face fully submerged using the mouth piece, I was able to become fully immersed in the wonders of the reef.

The water was crystal clear to the bottom, which was as far down as 50 feet in some places. I saw two kinds of sea turtles, including one humongous green sea turtle. There were parrotfish and triggerfish and schools of fish I couldn’t identify. I wish I knew the names of some of the gorgeous fish I saw. There were corals too. I even saw fire coral. With my ears in the water I could still hear the sacred melody of whale song too.

whales

whales

Then after I followed behind a turtle I saw, circling far below me over the white sand bottom, two white tipped sharks. I couldn’t believe it. I watched them in awe for a few minutes and then, because I am slow and potentially shaped like food in the eyes of a shark, I swam away. Our spotter, Eric, also saw them and he spoke with a couple of divers from another boat who said that the big one was 5 foot and the smaller one around 3 foot in length.

I cannot tell you how glad I am that I went on that snorkeling excursion. I’m glad that I didn’t give in to my fears and I’m glad that I pushed myself to do something I had never considered doing until it was suggested to me. I swam with sharks and turtles; there were eels and even a puffer fish.

More Whales

More Whales

On the way back the captain went out of his way to give us plenty of opportunities to see whales and even some ocean going turtles swimming along. In spite of slathering up with sunscreen and reapplying it, I got righteous sunburn on the cruise but it was worth it. In the end I’m glad to say that I regret nothing about this trip. K

Mama and baby whales

Mama and baby whales

Whale Tale

Whale Tale