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10/6/08 5:25 P

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It's funny, Sallye... A lot of people tell me that. I kinda feel like I'm being followed. Lol But I sure don't mind. :o)

Yeah, that must've been one heck of an adjustment returning to the real world after over 5 weeks and 84 dives in CZM! It's the kind of scenario that makes me fantasize about junking the job, selling the house, grabbing the wife, and just moving down there! Of course there's that irritating issue of how we'd support ourselves... which is why it remains a fantasy. At least for now...

I'd love to see the U/W videos when you put them up. Please keep us posted!

Happy Monday,

Chris

Edited by: WALKOFFWIN at: 10/6/2008 (17:23)
"The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. -- Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,248
10/6/08 10:36 A

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84 dives IN 5 WEEKS Sallye! Now that is obscene! emoticon Aw man girl! You like to rub it in! emoticon

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10/4/08 12:06 P

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Hi Chris, Mich and KJ!
I have been blurking a lot lately, Chris, so I have gotten to know you a bit. Belated welcome... Being back at work and real life has been awfully time consuming. Seems like I get home, read a bit, answer a few emails, and it's bedtime.

That was just over 5 weeks in CZM. It started out innocently enough, as a 2 wk trip, but another trip fell through, and my hosts kept making me deals I couldn't refuse, so I just didn't leave. Had way too much fun, did 84 dives - the longest of which was 2 hrs 26 min. I haven't done the time u/w math, but I am sure the hour total is obscene. And if it'd been anyone but me, I would be jealous, too!

Of course, I am jealous of your week in August! I truly miss my friends there - and of course the pellucid water, the nitrogen loading, the palapa, the food, the cerveza... Ah - I am going to make myself crazy if I keep it up!
I snuck in a day of (cold green)diving and a long weekend to Boynton Beach, FL in mid-Aug with friends I love there, too, but it's just NOT THE SAME!!!

Glad you liked the photos. My photo coach (in Boynton) was pleased with them. I need to get more up on my flickr acct, but the time thing hits there, too. Arg! Got some u/w videos that turned out far better than I had any right to expect. Need to do the youtube thing, as well.

Anyhow - hanging at a buddy's place this weekend, and we're headed to the square for a street fest thingie, so I'd better quit babbling and finish emails.

Good weekend, to all!
Sal

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. -Andre Gide

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10/3/08 3:45 P

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Hey Sallye! I don't believe we've spoken before. Actually, it's taken me until now to get over my extreme jealousy after Mich told me that you spent a MONTH in Cozumel!!! Just kidding! (well, sort of) Nah, I'm very happy for ya! You may have read that my wife and I spent a week there in mid August. We had a fantastic time and it was extremely hard to come home. Next trip is gonna be two weeks and that's all there is to it!

I looked at your photos and really enjoyed them.

Have a great weekend!

Chris

"The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. -- Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,248
10/3/08 12:38 P

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I second that TG that you are ok too KJ! Crap! the dm training sounds wicked! You can compare notes with Cdndiver. He is also a dm.

Happy to see you Sallye! I knew that your ears must have been ringing from all the talk on Cozumel!

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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10/3/08 10:56 A

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Hiya KJAN, I did put up the cenote photos on my page. They're nothing great, but still give some sense of what it was like.

I know what ya mean about the emphasis on buoyancy. They wouldn't let us in the cenotes until we did a check out dive to prove we had complete buoyancy control, which makes perfect sense because the limestone formations in the cenotes break easily if they take a hit.

Cavern diving? Hey, anything's possible. In my case, it would be major progress to just go wreck diving regularly up here in New England again, like I used to before I got so fat and out of shape. I'm really looking forward to lots of local diving next season.

Sorry about Galveston, but TG that you're OK!

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10/2/08 9:57 P

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haha awesome! well i'm not quite done with my dm yet, but the hardest part has honestly been the ditch and don type scenario (where you jump into the pool's deep end, air off, holding---HOLDING all your gear and then procede to turn your air on and put on alllll your equipment, every thing, mask, fins, weight belt, bc, everything on underwater before you surface and then tread water w/all gear for like 5 minutes, bc deflated)

its insane, but worth it, i'm still working on it. at some point you just realize its mental, but yea its crazy. flower gardens is awesome, some of the best diving i've ever done (i've only been to the stetson bank part)

on the stetson bank trip though, my buddy and i went to the drop off (around 90ft)once we were done collecting data, and saw 3 sharks hunting just over that drop off. bar none, probably the coolest thing i've ever seen. that being said, i guess just make sure ur an advanced diver or higher with quite a few dives to tackle the flower gardens. currents cant get pretty narly down there, but again TOTALLY worth it

hope that helped :)

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10/2/08 8:54 P

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Hi KJ!
Yep, I'm a Cozumel freak - and an honorary Cozumeleno. (Need the tilde over the n!) Did the cenotes, too last summer. Recommend both without reservation! Have a few pix from there in my gallery.

What was the most challenging thing in dive master training? I'm planning to do it next summer - in Cozumel - go figure.
Want to do the Flower Gardens, but I've not had the chance.

Welcome to the boat. We'll see you in the lounge!
Sallye

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. -Andre Gide

Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

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10/2/08 7:57 P

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hah, yea diving in less than ideal climates i think can only make you a better diver. my place was fine, i'm on the second floor and had very little mold and slight damage, not bad at all. cavern diving is def. a different type of diving. i though i was kindof claustrophobic from them at first, but once you kind of push yourself past that, it just turns into "wow this is a really beautiful/weird situation i'm diving in!" lol

montreal! man i bet thats cold!!!

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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,248
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That's really too bad about Ike getting you out of your home. Was there much damage to your place? Thankfully you have your parents place you can stay at. Cozumel is great! The diving is mainly all drift and the reefs are spectacular. We stayed further from town with no rental so we did not get to town alot but another member Pelagicsal was there over a month this summer and she knows Cozumel like the back of her hand. Anything you need to know she can tell you. The people are great, there are plenty of good restaurants. The cruise ships stop off in town so there are days where the town is swarming with people.

I am impressed with your dive qualifications. You did alot in such a short time. I don't know if I would want to do cavern diving in a closed environment! I think I would get to claustrophobic.

Sounds like your local diving is challenging too. I live in Montreal and we dive in One thousand Islands! Wicked current, wreck diving mainly,and drift & low vis. Some site are quite challenging but as my instructor said if you can dive here you can dive anywhere.




“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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10/2/08 4:27 P

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i'm glad you got a chance to see those caves then! those are supposed to be some of the most beautiful underwater caves in the world, veryyy jealous! lol and yes, please put up some pictures, i'd love to see them!

lol, my dad and i went to the YMCA today, WEIRRD, i'm trying to get him to think about his health (i think it might be easier if i learned nuclear physics) anyways, yea its skill intensive, but after you learn to dive that way, its seems you become such a better diver over all. the number one thing my prof taught me was buoancy. buoancy, buoancy, buoancy! he was concerned about us hurting the caves so we were taught how to hover in tight spaces with or without flow (like current in a cave).

if you enjoyed the cenote diving you should def. get your cavern training! it opens up so many more diving possibilities!

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thanks! :) wow cozumel! i bet that was beautiful! i was living in galveston,....but thanks to ike, i've been living with my parents for the last few weeks in houston and will probably be here a bit longer. as far as local diving goes, i've been to blue lagoon which is up in huntsville, mansfied dam park in austin, and twin lakes up hwy 6 about an hour drive from galveston. for my scientific diving/cavern course we dove in offatts bayou in galveston, NOT SOMETHING I WOULD RECOMEND!!! lol its great for training because the vis is litterally about 6 inches to a max of 2 ft., the year i was certified with that, we dove in feb in the bayou and it was 54*F!! Stetson bank, part of the flower garden system is the best "local" diving i've found around here, but i think trips run between 3-500$ for a 2-4 day live aboard. i've only been to the stetson bank and was lucky enough to go on a research trip with NOAA, so my trip was covered. :)
tell me more about cozumel! what all did you see, topside too?

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Hi KJ, so happy you made it over here! You did do alot with your diving! Good for you! I do not have my rescue yet! Hopefully next summer! I was in Cozumel twice and still did not get to the cenotes.
Where in Texas are you? Any local diving?


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We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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10/2/08 3:39 P

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Yeah, the Cenotes we dived are on the the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, not too far from Cozumel. (I had to google Yucatan to get the spelling right) It was kind of a happy accident that we went Cenote diving, because we went down there to do the usual Caribbean reef diving, but an off shore storm made conditions too rough for the dive boats to go out. So we found another way to go diving, that we probably wouldn't have tried, without that storm, and I'm really glad we had the experience. I'll put some pix on my page from that trip, if ya wanna see 'em.

It's funny, just yesterday I was talking to a guy I met at the YMCA who has extensive experience cave diving in FLA. As I'm sure you know, it's very skill intensive, and extremely dangerous, even for the very experienced. But hey, keep on livin' your dream!

Edited by: WALKOFFWIN at: 10/2/2008 (15:37)
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10/2/08 3:22 P

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oh wow thats awesome!! my prof that acutally taught me cavern diving does a lot of research on the cenotes in mexico, around the yukatan (sp?) i'll try to get working on that group trip! lol
i love cavern diving! i'm thinking about someday getting my full cave certification, but yea, its amazing how many directions you can go with diving :)
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Welcome to the team! Those are some impressive diving creds ya got there... Makes me feel like a laggard at just a Rescue Diver Cert, with 20 years of experience and over 180 dives logged. You covered a lot of ground since 2005! Congratulations!

Cavern diver, huh? In 2005 my wife and I went down to Mexico and did Cenote diving, with the halocline and all the cool stalactites and stalagmites. It was a very interesting feeling to think OK, not only am I underwater, but I'm now underground as well. It was a really cool experience! There was even one place where we were able to surface inside a partially flooded cavern, and with our dive lights, see bats hanging from the ceiling. That was different...

Group trip? I vote that you organize one! Lol

Chris

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hey ya'll!
i'm fairly new to spark people, but i've been diving since 2005 (not all that long). I've got my dive master cert., scientific diver cert., cavern diver, and i'm finishing up my dive master right now :)
diving is my all time favorite thing to do, but i've only been to florida, flower gardens, and bermuda other than the random training lakes in tx :p

bermuda was a lucky trip for me, i just graduated with a b.s. in marine biology and last summer i was able to help a grad student for 2 months with her project in bermuda... so yea, i got to go diving all summer,... and got school credit!! woo hoo!

anyhoo... just wanted to say hi and kinda wondering if yall do group trips ever or anything :)

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