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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Sand in My Pants is a travel memoir written by Sue Webb. The author and her husband decided that they would take up scuba diving, and they did in a big way. At the time they obtained their certifications, they were living in the Portland, Oregon environs, so they had lots of diving opportunities both in the immediate vicinity and further up in the Pacific Northwest. Balancing those relatively chilly dives were their traveling adventures in search of warm water, reefs and colorful displays underneath the waves. Their travels took them literally across the globe: to Fiji, Australia, the Caribbean, Micronesia, the Florida Keys, and down the Pacific Coast to Baja California. Along with the dives, there were miles of beaches, hiking trails and muddy roads to explore, and a multitude of friendly faces who welcomed the two explorers on their travels.
I knew I wanted to read Sue Webb's travel memoir, Sand in My Pants, when I saw it. I'm just getting into snorkeling and wild swimming, and am finding swimming with the fishes both exhilarating and addictive. Webb's stories of crystal blue waters and colorful reefs held me enthralled for hours. Her storytelling is filled with excitement, curiosity, and a determination not to take things too seriously, and the places she describes are marvelous. I kept making notes to myself of travel destinations I'd like to visit and beaches to explore. The author and her husband accomplished a prodigious amount of diving and exploring in the twenty-year period covered in this travel memoir and, for the most part, it seems they picked all the right places - even if a few didn't quite turn out as expected. I had a grand time reading Sand in My Pants, and I highly recommend it to both armchair explorers and those who love water sports.