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In the mid- to late 1960s, when my family went on any kind of road trip, my sister, brothers and I piled into the back of our 1965 Ford Country Squire station wagon. We’d play I Spy, count out-of-state license plates, and squabble over space.
Who knew what lay ahead on the highway, but there was always the chance that we’d be treated to something special. As our staff compiled this issue’s Readers Choice Awards — the results start on page 46 — I realized that the tingling anticipation I felt as a kid just before a road trip is the same excitement we divers have as we begin a dive vacation. The possibilities for what we might see are endless, spooling out underwater like landmarks along a highway — an unexpected hammerhead shark materializing out of the blue (page 52), the mystical beauty of a cenote (page 64) or a heart-pounding encounter with an alligator (page 70). Thanks to all of you who took the time to take our annual survey and recall your experiences. Some of your picks brought back fond memories of dives we’ve also made, and some inspired us to add to our dream lists. For those of you planning your next dive vacation, we hope the feature sparks your imagination and captures the joy of taking a trip to someplace special.
Ready to roll: Wuest (at right) with her brother and sister.