My bags aren’t packed, not ready to go.
I’m standing here beside the dock
I hate to wave to you and say goodbye
But the dawn is here, it’s time to go
Its Valentine’s Day. Time to celebrate with one of Dean Martins’s favorite songs, slightly modified for this dive trip.
See the valve with the black shiny thing, that’s an O-ring (O-ring)
Put your Reg on the tank and make sure it’s all tight, save an O-ring (O-ring)
You can swim you can glide but you’d rather dive on the coral (coral) Continue reading→
Another day of diving in the books. Today we dove Horseshoe and Cedar Pass.
As usual, our group is on the boat at 5 minutes until 8:00 AM ready for our 8 o’clock departure. We hang around a couple of more minutes to see if anyone else is coming. If you are on our dive boat 8 o’clock means be on the boat by 5 til 8. We head back to the pier at the dive shop to pick up more divers, they load up and away we go, only to turn around a few hundred yards into our trip to pick up 1 last, late diver. She gets on board and we are heading to Horseshoe for dive #1 of the day.
Great swim throughs at Horseshoe, a bit of current, few turtles, and 1 turtle that came down from the surface straight at me. Really cool video and pics, if I would have had my camera. But lucky our friend Doug Lord has the video. Continue reading→
As divers and visitors to Mexico, we like to respect and observe the local customs. The siesta is one of the easiest customs to respect.
Waking up twice a day, that’s the way it works for some of in Paradise. Whether a siesta in a hammock on the beach, or in a lounge chair by the pool, or in the cool comfort of your bed back in your room.
Your dive day in Cozumel starts by waking up maybe around 6ish in the morning. This initial wake up may not always be a full-blown wide awake. You gather your dive gear and trudge down to breakfast for your first meal of the day. Next, we take out gear down to the dock to await the dive boat. Continue reading→
Do the winter blues have you feeling blah? Are you ready for some sun, sand, water, and fun? Well… Have you ever tried SCUBA Diving? I can’t promise the sun and the sand, but we can help you with the water and fun! How? Oh gosh, I’m so glad you asked, it makes my job easier!
Welcome to 2020. We are 8 days into the New Year and it’s already been an interesting one. But today, let’s focus on the annual New Year’s Day dive. This dive signifies the new year. It helps ensure we start the new year off correctly.
So this year we started the morning with 11 divers and 19 bystanders (on land). Kind of like 1-1-19 (the date) but it’s the wrong year. I kept hoping someone would quickly come, but by the end, we had 16 divers and 19 on land. The weather wasn’t bad for this time of year. The high came in at 54˚F. The wind was a bit chilly, but that’s pretty decent. If you remember back to 2018 we had windchills right around 0˚F. We called that year off and brought it in at the shop with food.
For the most part, we’ll let the photos do the talking. But yes, every once in a while there will be words. Enjoy!
This morning taking the little to school, she asked what I was going to blog about today. I told her I wasn’t sure. So, she proceeded to write today’s blog post:
It is cold outside. That means that winter is coming. Thanksgiving and Christmas too. You need to make sure that you dress properly. Also, you need to get ready for the cold weather. Cold weather brings snow. Snow is fun.
So, there you have it, folks, winter is coming. And apparently, in the eyes of a 5-year-old, winter is fun, I think.
I alternately wanted to title this blog post… “Daddy, are you done yet? Daddy, are you done diving yet?”
If you weren’t with us on Sunday down at Beaver Lake, I have one question for you… Why not? We had a load of fun as you might be able to tell from the alternate blog post title. I so wish this blog editor allowed for emoji’s because I want to ask this question… who wants to know what’s up the alternate title. Then I want to add the raised hand emoji. But alas, that’s not an option. Oh well.
I think you can safely say we have WAY toooooooo much fun when we’re all together. Someone may slip and fall, someone may get their camera commandeered, and better yet, someone might be yelled at by their son. You just never know what to expect around this bunch.
So alternate title story… Shawn Doty participated in the underwater pumpkin carving portion of the day. Then he and another diver were going back out to get the dive flags. His little boy kept asking, “Daddy, are you done yet?” “Daddy, are you done diving yet?” Over and over between those 2 dives. It was hilarious! See, this is why I ask why you weren’t down there with us for this fun event! Continue reading→
Chili cook-off a judge’s point of view.
As a cook whenever I cook chili, a roast, or whatever meal I decide to cook, I cook it the way I want it. That is the way I eat it. If I don’t like it I won’t eat it. As a judge for Newton County Christmas for Kids chili cook-off, I don’t get to make the chili. I get to sample your chili. The chili that you make the way you like. The last few years of the chili cook-off we’ve had some delicious, delicious chili and one batch of chili that dissolved our cups, interesting. Continue reading→
In the past, you’ve probably seen this photo…