As if this vacation hasn't been enough of a wild adventure already, two days ago Mike and I decided to spice things up by going coast steering. Never heard of it? That's because there aren't many places in the world where one can participate. Another honeymoon gift from friends (thanks Allie and Tyler!), we were uncertain of our fate on this expedition until we got to the Algarve and met Nelson. Nelson is a native Lagos-ian Portuguese man, and he owns a bad ass company called Coastline Algarve. In addition to offering paddle boarding and cliff walking, Nelson also does coast steering - a combination of cliff climbing, swimming, and jumping off said cliffs into the ocean. And it. Was. Awesome.
There were 8 of us out for the adventure, plus Nelson made 9. He was super knowledgeable about the area and topography of the cliffs and depths of the ocean, which made me feel really comfortable even though I was jumping off the very rocks I had avoided walking too closely to when we visited Cape Sagres earlier in the day (okay, maybe not quite that high). After Nelson briefed us on our equipment, we got dressed and were ready to go.
UPDATE: I heard people couldn't see the video content, so I have embedded it here for your viewing pleasure.
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When we finally got dressed and going, I realized the true purpose of neoprene. Recently a staple on many fashion runways due to its body-hugging properties, neoprene's original use is for insulation. And thank goodness - the water in Portugal looks inviting, but dipping a toe in will prove otherwise.
Unfortunately all the other footage from this epic afternoon is on our GoPro and the wifi at our hotel is spotty, but I will definitely upload videos once we get home because the clips we have are pretty hilarious, mostly since I scream like a child before jumping every time. It was such a rush though, and we had yet another great day exploring this beautiful country. Check out some photos below of Cape Sagres, where Christopher Columbus was trained before heading off to find India (who can guess what he found instead?)