We decided to go back on shore. The ride to Atlantis was $4 per head. The Aquarium was free after 6 PM – a way to get in visitors to the casinos. Atlantis is probably the best themed resort I have seen. Yes, there is Paris, New York-New York, Ceasars, etc at Las Vegas, but the opulence is hard to miss at Atlantis. The Aquarium itself is phenomenal to say the least. The Royal Towers hall is truly spectacular with its dome, pillars and the paintings. One hour was too short but enough to get a whiff of the place.
The Sensation had a breakfast for late-risers, very appropriate for us. We had to be at the Plaza lounge at 11:45 PM and had no plans whatsoever before then. After breakfast, we again strolled to the top of the ship for some air and waded through the huge photo galleria. At the lounge, we were the only two of the 200 or so there to have taken to para sailing. After a round of applause for the brave souls, we dis-embarked the ship. The guide was curt and giving out orders how to fill the form and watch the video. He was hard to follow. Two others had joined us. Soon we were onto a transport boat. Rama couldn’t join us despite being told she could for a fee; the Sargent wasn’t very accommodating. Anyway, the boat took us to more clear waters and another small speed boat stopped by. Once on this boat, we put on the life jackets and the boat captain helped me and Vikas get onto the harness. The harness is at the bottom of the para-sail – it is literally a belt on which you sit and strap yourself to safety. Two could go up at a time. Soon the captain released the umbilical cord that tied us to the boat and we were getting away from it higher and higher into the air. Within a minute we were about 150 feet in the air. I could see the dark blue waters all around below. The air was cool and we got onto a draft once or twice. Initially I was gripping the suspending ropes and thought I couldn’t hold it any longer as my arms were getting strained. Then I realized I could just lean back and let it easy on my arms. That made the rest of the time enjoyable. Para-sailing is no where close to an extreme roller coaster ride – there are no sudden twists and turns. Soon it was all over with the captain pulling the cord back. He briefly splashed our feet into the waters and we were soon back on the boat. The 7 minute promise seemed much shorter, but I would do para-sailing again. Para-gliding is something I want to try next. I had given the camera to Rama as she was to be the observer on the boat – bummer she couldn’t come along. I have no photos of us on this thrill ride.
I took about 25 shots of the pigeons. I had to remove the polarizer as it was rendering the images darker. Once removed, the white of the bird shows off better30-Dec-2011 16:10, Canon Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, 10.0, 300.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200