Diving – a great way to start a day~!

Up again a smidge earlier than I wanted this morning- but for one of my favorite causes – I was going diving this morning~! I got all my gear organized and then made me a small breakfast – floating and kicking around in the water burns a lot more energy than what you would think~~ I loaded up my gear and was gone a little bit before 08:00 – going to dive with a new dive shop I’ve never dove with before. Cane Bay Dive shop – located out of Salt River which is about 10 minutes from our house. I showed up entirely too early (but remember — if you’re 10 minutes early, you’re on time – if you’re ‘on time’ – you’re late)  😉  I filled out all the standard paperwork and boarded the boat. Dive Master (J.T. was a personable young man) introduced himself and before long we were under way. I didn’t care much for the Captain – but it was just a personal thing and nothing to do with the way he piloted the boat.  Arrived at our first dive site after a 25 minute cruise – got our briefing and was soon sinking beneath the waves. Visibility sucked~! Only way to put it…. 30′ at best – but we made our way to just past 100′ deep and was rewarded with lots of sea life and finally some sharks~! ‘Vis’ (as divers use – short for visibility) cleaned up a little bit – not enough for decent pictures, but I did manage one nice video of the shark encounter. Caribbean reef sharks. There were 3 of them, but I only got 1 on video. It was enough though…!  🙂  Also managed a couple of really good shots of a Hawksbill turtle. I had to hide behind some coral and wait until she got to me – but I got the shot~! The dive finally over, we re-boarded the boat and headed to a dive site I was hoping for, but turned out the ‘Vis’ was even worse there – so we headed back to a different location chose by the Captain. As it turns out he made a good call – as ‘Vis’ improved dramatically at this site. Lots of life and a Nurse shark who let me get all up in her face for a picture~!! Rest of the dive was un-remarkable – but enjoyable. After we were back in port – the dive shop offered me a package deal for ‘locals’ at a price I could not pass up and I am now signed up for 10 more dives with this shop –!! Woo-Hoo me~!!

Around 12:30ish…. back at the condo, gear cleaned and showered, I watched a little bit of Judge Judy (she looks like an idiot with that new hair do) before meeting up with Dave, Liz and Becky at Corner Paradise for some Mexican pizza. I have been bragging about that pizza enough – they wanted to try it. It tastes NOTHING like pizza – but it sure is good~! We ate, drank and laughed until about 20:00 when we figured we’d best head back to our respective abodes. Somewhere during the course of the evening, our plans went from hiking Goat Mountain, to me helping move somebody on Saturday morning……. HMMmm….. collusion ?? 😉 Doubt it – but glad to help. LOTS & LOTS of pictures for you. I will continue to put them up until I run out.  They may not go along with the story being written – but I hope you enjoy them anyway~!

Good Night Ya’ll * * * * * * * * * * Thankx for stopping in~!

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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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