Breathing underwater…..

Had an off the cuff two tank dive today…….. showed up at the dive shop a little before 9:00, loaded gear and headed out to Bachelor Beach. Although the weather was perfect, there was a very strong unexplainable surge, creating very large waves crashing into the shore. We (dive master and I) discussed it and decided to go ahead and make the dive. Awesome, awesome water~! First time underwater since we’ve been here and it did not disappoint~! I know I’ve said it before, but these pictures just do not do justice to how absolutely blue and beautiful that water is. Wow~ Dive master was very patient with me as I got weights situated, masked cleared, ears cleared and generally settled into the dive and looked around before starting. Saw some new coral that I’ve never seen before. A beautiful green. Dive master told me the name of it, but I have long since forgot it. Sadly, it’s true beauty did not come out in the pictures. The new filter that I ordered for my camera, does not fit…. Dammit Emmit~! Got to see trunk fish, flounders, a couple of huge tarpons. Just a very good dive that seemed like it only lasted a couple of minutes, even though we were down there for almost 50 minutes.

Finished up that dive, loaded everything up in the truck and headed for another beach, aptly named Some Place Special beach. Waited our appropriate time, put on our gear and headed back into the water. More beautiful water, more beautiful fish and more beautiful coral. I’m either going to have to find a good filter for my camera [that fits], or get a better camera.

Came home, washed the salt off, chatted with a Daughter and Grand kids, had a drink and watched the resident bird population doing their thing. Had a new bird show up. Looks like a cross between a pigeon and a dove.  Very unique marking around the eyes. I was starving and my Queen said she wanted a steak, so we ran down the road to Joes….. meal wasn’t as good as last time, but still passable and neither of us had to cook. Got treated to a nice rainbow as we got there as well. A damn fine day if I do say so.

Nou buste mijn knoppen

Bachelor Beach in the morning
Lil Ole me  🙂
On the move

French Angel fish
French Angel fish

Hawksbill turtle
Hawksbill turtle
Balloon fish
Balloon fish
Sand diver fish
French Angel fish
another French Angel fish


Elk Horn coral
Brain coral on a pier piling
Still don’t know their name

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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

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