Mani/Pedi’s and Diving

Got up bright and early to make a 2 tank dive this morning out in Frederiksted. As it turned out, it wasn’t where I thought it we were going – but it was a chance to get wet and look at fun stuff underwater. My Queen and Rachael came along to drop me off so they could have the truck while I was out bobbing around in the Caribbean. They had breakfast at Polly’s while I gathered up my gear and headed for the boat. There were 4 other divers besides me and the boat was much more crowded than I cared for, but it was a friendly bunch and we weren’t traveling very far to the ‘new’ dive sites. Pulled up to the first dive location – called locally as Armageddon. Back in [I think] 1989~ish Hurricane Hugo decimated the cruise ship pier…..when they cleaned up the mess, they took it to this location and sank it which eventually turned into a gorgeous reef and dive location. My buddy and I were the first in the water and quickly to 60′ to start the dive. We wasn’t there a couple of minutes until I spotted a shark. A small black tip reef shark~!! Hot Dang~! this was going to be an awesome dive. Ton’s of fish and as we got down around 90′ – more sharks~! Wound up with 3 of them swimming around, not paying a lot of mind to us. I got some pictures and a couple of videos. I know the ‘good’ video will be too big to get on here but the other one might make it. (it didn’t)  🙁   So you’ll have to go to FB to see the videos. Lots of fun pictures for you for the next day or so. Finally finished up out dive and popped up next to the boat, climbed aboard and waited for the others. They boarded and we moved off to the second dive location. It was called Sugar Mill reef….. called that because there is a big sugar milled located just off of the location on the island. After the appropriate surface interval (about 45 minutes) we geared up and was back in the water. A new experience for this dive…… a current. A strong current. A very strong current. I have dove in currents before, but nothing like this one…… wow. The dive was mostly mediocre compared to the previous dive – but there was one shark and some nice fish life. Heading back to the boat, the Dive Master slightly miscalculated our return and we wound up much farther from the boat than we should have……. and had to surface swim back….. in that current… Let’s just say I have my cardio in for the month~! Oh my goodness. My legs still have a lot of power and endurance in them – but this took pretty much everything I had to get back……. wowser……

My bride and Rachael came and picked me up when they were finished with their Mani/Pedi’s…… we stopped by Blues for some adult refreshment and a bite to eat. Rachael had the triple threat burger and polished it off in short order. My bride and I had the smoked egg salad sammich. If you’ve never had smoke egg salad…. I highly recommend it~!  Past my word limit… so I will stop here and put up pictures…. too many for one posting so will be putting them up for the next several days….. I have another 2 tank dive tomorrow…. one of them being a night dive…… not sure how I feel about that yet…… should be interesting to say the least~~~  😉

Good night Ya’ll —– Thankx for stopping in~!

Black tipped reef shark.
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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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