One tank dive~~

Got up and ready for a scheduled one tank dive for today……… moseyed over to the dive shop (literally a couple of doors down from us)…… They already had my gear loaded in the truck, so I jumped in and off we went. Our dive location today is called the Salt Pier dive, because we were diving beneath and through the legs of the large pier used to load barges of salt   (Pictures on a previous blog). Again, sinking into that amazing crystal clear blue water……. it is mind bending….. you almost cannot believe what your eyes are seeing……. I wish there was someway to convey that to you all if you’ve never seen it.  Like a Vulcan mind-meld or something…… my limited vocabulary will never be able to do it justice in words. As we worked our way out to the main pier, the large legs of the pier started coming in site. Amazing. I hate to keep using the same phrase – but it almost looks like another world….. and soooo many fish.

I’m getting ahead of myself though….. this dive started out with 2 new ‘must sees’… first were 2 squids~!! Sadly, they were moving fast enough, that they were long out of range before I could get my camera up for a shot….. not very big, but most definitely squids~!!!  Didn’t get much past them and my Dive Master motioned toward a small fern coral. She was obviously excited about what she was pointing to~! Once I got a glimpse of it – I became equally excited. My first Octopus~!!! I spun my camera around and set it to what I hoped was ‘video’ and tried moving in for the shot. There was a pretty good surge going in that area, so I didn’t get to stay in one place very long – but got what turned out to be a fairly decent video. Sadly this PoS web site won’t let me load anything bigger than a picture – so you’ll have to go to Face Book to watch the video. I just learned today how to pull a picture out of a video – so at least I can get a picture of it on here. Dive continued out one of the branches off of the pier – where I hit my half way point of air and turned around heading back for our exit point. Dive Master once again started pointing feverishly, and while it took me an extra minute, finally found another Octopus hiding in under a rock….. What a great, great dive~!

Came back and loaded up my Queen and we headed into the big city in search of a Liquor store. Through some trial and error, finally found it. Store was closed for lunch, so we found a nice little Bistro and set down for some lunch of our own. Angie had a BLT and I had a sammich called a super sub… both very tasty~! Washed mine down with a cold Heineken and Angie had a Rum Punch. We split a wonderfully delicious piece of apple crumb pie with avocado ice cream ( I thought the ice cream was wonderful – Angie didn’t care for it) – and washed it down with a Mudslide. Settled up our tab, took a ‘tourist’ stroll of the main street looking in all the shops (finding postcards for Grandkids) and then headed back to the Liquor store to replenish our stock of our beloved Crown Royal.

Dang….. did it again, rattling on about the day. I’ll stop here and let you look at pictures. I’d give anything if each and everyone of you get to live at least one day like the day we had today……

Sweet dreams~~~~

Spotted Moray Eel

Octopus~!

Trunk Fish

Below the Salt Pier
Stove Pipe sponge
Below the Salt Pier
Stove Pipe Sponge
Name unknown…….Sponge
Bar Jack

Salt Pier from below
French Angel Fish
Queen Angel Fish
Porcupine Fish
He’s hiding under the rock

Octopus

Moi
French Angel Fish
Salt Pier

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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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