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Dive trip

Monday, June 24, 2013

So, I stepped on the scale this morning. All my vacation gain is behind me! I am right where I was before I left. Now I can head in the correct direction again! It is getting nicer at home too since my sister is doing well with her weight watchers and has lost just over 20 pounds she is starting to follow her plan tighter and starting to use less butter when she cooks so eating at home is getting easier again.

So, I touched on the diving trip a little. I will go in to it a little more now. We got down there on Thursday evening and I immediately had to go find a wetsuit. I had made arrangements to borrow one from a friend since I didnít want to spend the money while still losing weight. I goofed up and said friend went on vacation without me getting the suit. So, I went and bought one. I bought it a little small so hopefully I wonít have that expense for awhile.

Friday we dove for megaladon shark teeth. Didnít find any shark teeth, but found an prehistoric manatee bone fragment that is my daughterís suvenior. She is a manatee nut. I also found many sand dollars.

Saturday we did a beach dive which I learned is a lot of work. Carrying the gear down and gearing up in the sand isnít all that fun. But I did learn it is easier to gear up in the parking lot then just walk on in. It was braile diving at it finest though. Braile diving is where you canít see much but just kind of feel yourself along. Lol It wasnít too bad when we got out past the surf zone and had a good time and saw some coral formations.

Sunday was bagged due to some car issues. I had a power window stop working so we got that taken care of and hung out at the beach.

Monday was a couple boat dives in deeper water. We temporarily misplaced my sonís certification card though so he couldnít dive. But we dove on a tugboat and some bridge rubble. Saw a goliath grouper and a few small tropical fish and the biggest conch I have ever seen. So then my son and I started thinking about the trip home. I decided to investigate any potential dive sites along the route home and if we found the card we would leave about dinner and drive to somewhere and maybe dive first thing Tuesday since our tanks were full. Then continue the drive home. So, found a freshwater spring in northern Florida and we got one last dive in on the way home. Plus he got to experience the crystal clear water in those springs.

So the first is my son and I, the second is me underwater and the third is a view in the spring. So it was a great trip and we had a blast. Now, I can't wait to dive on the cruise in August!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DAWNSJOURNEY 6/25/2013 12:34PM

    That is so awesome .. That looks like fun. We didn't dive but had a wonderful time in Florida too :)

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TXTOAD9970 6/24/2013 5:34PM

    I am so envious! I would love to learn to scuba dive. My husband and I went to Cancun several years ago and did a resort dive. I fell in love! It is so peaceful under water. Once you get used to the breathing, it really isn't all that difficult.

It looks like you had a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy your cruise!

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BILL60 6/24/2013 3:36PM

    Boy, it sounds like you had fun.

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SAABSTORY 6/24/2013 3:17PM

    The big thing is that weighing less means I can carry less weight to keep me under water. But, overall it means that I can do all the stuff easier simply because I am in better shape. So, the work isn't as hard as it would have been 6 months ago. Although once under its all easy. :)

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REALLY_ROBIN 6/24/2013 2:47PM

  Wow, what an awesome trip. And what great pictures! You guys will have these memories for a long time. I bet it was a whole lot easier diving with weighing less, too! Great Job!

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