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Agriculture, skepticism, politics
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Agriculture, skepticism, politics

Jamaica Tuesday

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We woke about 6:30, refreshed and ready to go. We found some breakfast and killed a little time until the orientation tour. The off-and-on rain, which unfortunately became a recurring theme for our vacation, limited our activities. We ate lunch and visited the gift shop, then took advantage of the water sports kayaking and Aqua-Cycle before playing beach volleyball in the afternoon.

Based on a tip from another couple playing volleyball, we signed up for the night snorkeling trip. It was perhaps one of the most enjoyable parts of our vacation. We went out in a boat with four or five other couples a few hundred yards off the island and on the reef. The water depth varied from 6′ to about 15′, and we saw a wide variety of sea life, from a sting ray to a puffer fish to a pipe fish, among others. We spent about 45 minutes in the water; the boat didn’t start for a while so we got a little extra time while the tour guide struggled to come around to pick us up.

We were exhausted when we got back to the pier, and staying awake through dinner at the Verandah was a struggle. We went to the main stage for the house band playing reggae, but we didn’t last very long. We turned in early for the second night.


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Aaron Traffas farms near Sharon, Kansas. When he's not farming, he works for Purple Wave. A 2017 nominee for Songwriter of the Year at the Rocky Mountain CMAs, Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest release, 2023's Real Small Town, can be found at iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Aaron served as president of the Kansas Auctioneers Association in 2017 and on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees from 2009 through 2013. An active contract bid caller, he has advanced to the finals in multiple state auctioneer contests.

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