Nothing New

Tonight not much has happened besides my dive master class getting underway. While I was thinking about something to blog about, I saw Surrounded by Imbeciles post about the categories that are listed on the side of the blog page. Since the creative juices are not flowing tonight, I am going to follow this and see what the first thing I can come up with might happen to be.

101 in 1001 – I really need to update this more often.

Adventure – I am flying back to Nashville on Thursday. Airports are always interesting.

Adventure Across America – Part II will begin at the end of October.

Beach – I have not been in two weeks. Pathetic.

Books – Currently reading some more Hemingway

Concerts – Old Crow Medicine Show on Saturday!

Dogs – Abbie is snoring

Dreams – Had another dream about clowns last night

Family – Seeing them at the end of this week!

Fashion – Pretty pumped about my new shoes, Blu Kicks.

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Fiji – Soon close!

Fishing – Hemingway’s books also talks about fly fishing

Food – Can’t wait until sushi

History – Talked about maritime history in dive master class tonight

Kayaking – Need to go

Movies –  Haven’t been since Top Gun 3D

Museums – Tattoo exhibit possibility

Music – Daft Punk

Nashville – Thursday

Pictures – Sent the shark one to my grandpa

Quotes –  The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

San Diego – Amazing

Savannah – Not so much

SCAD – No more school

Scuba – Master Diver!

Sea Life – Shark Week is soon

Shopping – This will be happening in Nashville

Spiritual – I am

Sports – Fall means football in the South

Technology – I am loving my new computer

The South – I miss it

Travel – Everyone should do it

Uncategorized – This post

 

Celebrating America’s Birthday

As we all know, American had her birthday a few days ago. It is one of my favorite holidays, so naturally I needed plans. Thankfully something fell into place, and it involved going diving. Big surprise right? I completed another speciality for PADI, Peak Performance Buoyancy. It’s just a little important…

The instructor was great. There were only two of us in the class, which makes it go by faster. After the three dives we got some Mexican food. Irony. We had our last dive and I went off to go jet skiing, more like tubing with a friend. Grilled some burgers and hot dogs, and then set off to Ocean Beach to watch the fireworks. We paddled out on surfboards to the do not cross red buoy and waited for the fireworks to go off. That’s right, I watched the fireworks sitting on a surfboard in the Pacific Ocean. WHAT?!

While I do not have many pictures from the day because I spent it mostly under or in the ocean… I have two. Hopefully I will see the ones that the guys took from diving. Who knows! I should really start to being my GoPro more…

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Fiesta Island. There is a horse. Random.

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USA selfie.

It was a great day. One of the best and it is right up there with spending the best day in Canada three years ago.

I also managed to lose my flip flops after the fireworks during the marsh mellow fight on the beach. Talk about insane!

Side note, tomorrow is the day for sharks! Blue and hopefully mako sharks!

I AM SO EXCITED.

Sunny San Diego

 

The sun is always shining here in San Diego. Fact.

The morning brings in all the moisture from the bay referred to as gloom and something else. Tomorrow starts the gloom June.

The first week involved going to Target just about everyday and an adventure in Ikea. I was not too impressed and too much stuff to put together. No thank you.

I went up to Cardiff By the Sea to head to the Patagonia store so I could pick up my brothers graduation gift. It is mostly Patagonia surfing essentials. Gorgeous area though.

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This is Pipes Beach. Big breaks as a swell moved in that week. The surfer dudes were in heaven.

I ventured out to Fashion Valley Mall. HUGE. Expensive. Bad for my bank account.

I cooked my first meal in my studio, salmon.

I was hoping to go all seafood and no white or red meat, but I soon learned that seafood is very expensive out here.

Same with gas, $5.00 a galloon.

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View from the pool deck of my building. Not too bad.

Every Saturday they have the Farmers Market two blocks over from my building. It is huge and there are all kinds of things there. Seafood, to meat, to veggies and fruit. It is all so yummy. I stocked up my freezer with some fresh meat from a local organic farm.

After that I drove up to La Jolla to check it out. Traffic galore. Gorgeous. Expensive cars, massive houses, nice cars, pretty people.

The next day I met up with some of my cousins on my Dads side of the family that live out here. They took me out to dinner in Seaport Village.

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Cousins!

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Also had a nice view of the naval base across the way.

The next day, Memorial Day, I went back to La Jolla for some kelp diving, but that is another post.

I also remembered that my birthday is tomorrow. 25. Lordy.

Under the Sea

I mentioned in my last post about my trip to Key Largo, FL over New Years with my brother. He has been busy with finishing medical school and interviewing for residency programs all over  the US. I had my nice 6 week break from grad school, and once I got cleared to dive again we decided that maybe we should take a little trip.

So that is what we did. We headed down there after some travel issues due to the crazy winter storms that were occurring. The weather was warm the next day when we woke up and sunny! Such a nice change from the cold weather Nashville had been having. Friday was a day that was dedicated to diving. My brother and I are already certified with PADI as open water divers, and now we stared working our way to advanced open water diver. This means you can do deeper dives, and just see more things. We went with Pirate Island Divers located in Key Largo. I highly recommend them as they are amazing! We did two dives that day, both of them being shallow, around 30 feet. The first dive was at a reef and it was fish ID. Nothing too exciting, but we were getting the feel of things again. The second dive was at another reef and was all about controlling yourself underwater and doing a hover, something I needed to work on! It was a great day. We left for an early dinner at Wahoo’s in Islamorada. We feasted on some great oysters and amazing key lime pie!

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The next day was a full day of diving! We arrived at the shop at 7:30 to leave the dock at 8. The first dive that we would be doing was a deep dive, and it also included a wreck! Needless to say I was very excited about it. It was a rough ride out to the stop as the waves were very active. We got all situated and entered the water from the bow of the boat and used the ascent line to head down to the Wreck of the Spiegel Grove. We were right around 100 feet underwater. It was amazing. In 2002, this 510 foot Navy ship was sunk. In 2005, Hurricane Dennis turned the ship upright from its previous position on the starboard side. The ship spent 12 years in the James River. In June 2001, it was towed to undergo a cleaning process and then was relocated to Key Largo. On May 17, 2002, the ship unexpectadly sank. From 1956 to its decommissioning in 1989, this ship helped enforce America’s Cold War strategy of containment, which called for rushing troops and equipment to help support friendly governments.

The flag still flies, just underwater

The flag still flies, just underwater

The second dive site was another wreck, but was not as deep. This was the Wreck of the Benwood. This dive site is located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It is 285 feet long. This sailed a crew of 38 with 12 rifles and one four inch gun. The actual sinking occurred in 1942, but it has been said that it might not have happened as well. One account says that it was torpedoed during WWII by a German sub off of the Florida Keys. The captain sailed her in search of shallow waters, but was hit again, by a passing ship, the Robert C. Tuttle. A second account claims that the two ships collied. Rumors of German U-boats in the area required her to travel blacked out. The Tuttle was also blacked out. After the Benwood sank, her bow was destroyed to avoid navigation issues and her hull was used for bombing practice. The remains of the bow now lie in 25 feet of water.

Jake and I

Jake and I

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Benwood

We ate at a nice little place that I cannot remember the name of, but the view was gorgeous.

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The next two days we did not dive due to the weather and sea conditions. We wondered around the Keys  ate a lot of seafood and all around had a great 4 days. I’ll leave you with some pictures!

Lunch at Robbie's

Lunch at Robbie’s

 

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Hello October

Where is fall? I miss it like crazy!

This past weekend was spent cleaning up Butter Bean Beach on Skidaway Island State Park. Or maybe it was across the river from it. I am not sure.

There was so much trash. It was disgusting and I just honestly could not believe it. I will show you the good pictures from the day.

Dead animal, crab, bottle and pretty sunset

Okay, so that is my only picture. Oh well.

In other news I ruptured my ear drum. Don’t even ask how. I am a klutz. Now I have to make a very important choice. Do I want to continue to scuba dive and take a very great risk on losing my hearing if it were to happen again, or say to heck with it.

I will be doing some very hard thinking and praying, but I will mostly likely follow my gut. Hearing is very important.

At least I won’t have to worry about spending money to maintain my expensive hobby!

I am hoping to have to pretty cool pictures of Tybee Island Lighthouse tomorrow after I do my condition report!

Happy October y’all!

 

Protecting the Waters of the World

This past Saturday, I attended the Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival. I really did not know what to expect, but the event being free helped out a bit! I went to the event with two of my friends here in Savannah. Yes, that is right people I am meeting other people! High five! After a tasty little lunch we headed over to the Trustees theater. We made a pit stop so I could buy a book called My Father, the Captain by Jean-Michel-Cousteau, the son of the great Jacques Cousteau. I was just a little bit excited to be meeting such a great person who has done so much for the waters of the world.

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We met Mr. Cousteau. Very nice man. He would be an awesome person to work for! So if you are reading this, remember me down the road.

Emily and I!

Eric and I!

The films were very short, but very interesting. The evening session started at 7 with Jean-Michel introducing each of his film clips.

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary put on this event. It is about 20 miles from Savannah and a great diving spot. I have this on my to do list now. I learned so many different things from this festival.

One thing I took away is this: We must protect our oceans. We must protect them for the future of the fish and little tiny organisms that make it work. We must protect it for human enjoyment and recreation. The amount of trash and debris that is showing up on some marine sanctuary beaches is horrible and disgusting. Clean up after yourselves. Don’t take animals from their natural habitat. Now would be a good time to remember all those things we learned in middle school science. Everything has a reaction, and messing with the oceans and bodies of water will cause a huge one.

Okay, enough of my rant today! Make it a great one!

 

Six Months In

I cannot believe I have been in Savannah for almost six months. Time has flown by. It is still weird. Work is over. School starts back in one month, and I know what I’ll be doing with my GA spot. I have learned some things in these six months.

1. Some like it hot, but Savannah loves it hotter.
2. There is a plus to living very close to the beach
3. Meeting people, it’s hard.
4. The dating selection is bad
5. It’s a good thing I don’t look like I go to SCAD (or so I am told)
6. I have accepted things that have happened in my life.
7. I still miss Nashville like crazy
8. Crime and drug free neighborhoods, they don’t mean anything
9. It is normal to see 15 people in handcuffs
10. Being approached for money is a normal occurrence
11. Always have change on you. Pennies do not count
12. Any kind of hobby that involved getting out on the water is expensive.
13. Stray cats are all over the place. They are also mean.
14. Hipsters are everywhere.
15. Make sure to read the tide signs when at Hilton Head
16. Do not speed on the Thunderbolt Bridge
17. Always have a raincoat or umbrella. Summer showers happen almost everyday
18. Palmetto bugs are the “good” cockroaches
19. Spiders like to live in grills.
20. Electric bills are a pain.

I am sure I’ll learn more in the next six months. I am very excited to head home in a few days and see friends and family, and also go on my little vacation!