Whales, Dolphins & Diving [Oh My~!]

Up earlier than I wanted this morning to prepare my tired old butt for a day of diving. Up, awake, gear gathered, a hamburger for breakfast in lieu of what I probably should have had – but hey– it works. The island ‘kids‘ came by to gather me and my gear up – as next door neighbors had requested to borrow my truck for something. We got loaded up and was off like a herd of turtles for mid-island and the Salt River Marina and some diving. Got there – got loaded on the boat and just about to take off when one of the divers realized they were missing a really important piece of gear….. a little bit of chatter and everyone quickly agreed to wait while he ran back to his house to get needed gear. I would never mention the name of someone who does something so obviously rookie…… but let’s just suffice to say he had to drive ALL the way back to the West end of the island and up to the mountain top to fetch needed gear…… it only took him an hour and 15 minutes or so — and all the rest of us, being the kind hearted souls we are ….. never said a word about it when he got back. LOL…..   🙂 Finally under way….. and boy howdy were we rewarded with our patience….. a very rarely ever dived dive site was slated for our first dive. There is a multitude of things that have to come together to do this dive site – and it happened this morning. OOhRahhh~!  The site is named Vertigo…. way to complicated to go into here, right now, but suffice to say it is a coveted dive site by most divers on the island. More on it when I need something to rattle on about. We did a ‘hot’ unload (another story to tell when I need material to write about) and into the site……. awesome, awesome, awesome…… definitely did not disappoint. There is not a lot of sea life or topography on this site – but still a righteous dive site in of its own. Safely back on board, we motored toward our next dive site…. when we all hear the unmistakable call of WHALES~! I grabbed my phone and scrambled out onto the nose of the boat just in time to see a giant ‘back’ arch and slide beneath the waves. Couldn’t get a picture…. Dammit Emmit~!

Moored up to the next dive site – I got in the water early to get some exit shots off of the boat, when I heard DOLPHINS~! As I turned to look – they were headed almost straight at us~! I no longer cared about exit shots, the dive master or anything else – I took off as fast as my tired old legs would propel me toward the dolphins. They finally dropped below the water – and so did I. My camera was set for surface pictures, so about the time I made eye contact with them – I was desperately trying to get my camera into underwater mode. While I didn’t panic, per se, I probably wasn’t too far from it. The pod of Dolphins slowed very briefly as they went by and I did manage to squeeze off a couple of pictures before they were out of site. [going a little long here]…… The rest of the dive was pretty lackluster compared to that – but OMG – what a great day diving~! Lots more to rattle on about – but am calling it here for the sake of brevity…. hope you enjoy the pictures from today.

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

P2040015 <===”Going over the edge” video

DOLPHINS~!!!!!

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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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