Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Towards the end of the trail, I noticed some movement along one side and it turned out to be a turtle. It has been while since I have actually seen one in the wild and I stood and watched him for a bit.
I also shot some video of him.
There was also a pretty good panaramic view.
Monday, April 13, 2009
We stayed at the Bay Cove Inn (http://www.baycovemotel.com/). It was decent and definately worth checking out for the price. The rooms were basic but clean and there were grills and we had free use of kayaks. The grills came in very handy because we were able to cook our own dinners instead of eating out. It was cheaper and at this point in my travels, I will be happy if I dont eat at a restaraunt for a few months.
The boat pulled out and headed out to Elbow Reef. As we got farther out to sea, the waves grew progressively worse. They were around 2-4 feet with the occasional wave cresting at 5+feet. By the time we got to the site of our first dive, a girl on the boat threw up all over herself. She was no older than 14 and I felt bad for a second but then I had to get away from it. I cannot be around people who are throwing up. By the time we ended the second dive, 4 out of the 11 passengers on the boat had thrown up and were in verying stages of sea sickness. (I am very proud to report that I was NOT one of the 4 who got sick).
These little fish followed me around everywhere like the expected to be fed. They were so close that I tried to poke them on several occasions but they were too quick for me.
Overall, Friday was a long but good day of diving. We did four dives and by the end of the 4th dive I was tired and cold and needed to get out of my wet swimsuit. We also took a pretty good beating with the waves. Our reff dives were only down to about 30 feet at most and so the wave action and current are very strong. It was tiring to fight that all day.
In a word the dive was amazing. The wreck lies in 130 feet of water but most of the superstructure can be reached at 60-90 feet. We dropped down the morring line and as soon as we got past the thermocline, a huge ship came into view. I was almost breathless.
All in all a truly fantastic trip. I am already thinking about when I can dive the Spiegel Grove again.
I would also like to recommend the dive outfit we went with, Silent World. They were great and their website is here: http://www.silentworldkeylargo.com/
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Yesterday I was in Jacksonville and had nothing to do so I went to go see a movie. There really aren't too many on right now, but I finally decided upon the movie "Adventureland." http://www.adventurelandthefilm.com/
The movie was quite average but it was the people in the theater with me that make the story.
I went to go see a 9:55 showing and I had settled in to my seat when a family walked in sometime around 9:50. I normally do not pay too much attention to people in the theater but Then this family walked in. There were the parents and then 5 children ranging in ages from late teens to probably 5 or 6. My first thought was that it was really late to have a young child out and then I also thought how innapropriate it was to have this kid up late at night and in an R-rated movie.
So far these parents had two strikes against them and I just put them among the ranks of bad parents I see every time I go to Wal-Mart. (I could easily write a post about bad parenting at Wal-Mart.... maybe that will be upcoming).
The commercials and previews started and this family would no shut up. The mom and dad were about five seats apart from each other and kept making comments back and forth to each other. They had a comment about EVERY commercial. When A coke commercial came up the dad kept commenting about the hidden coke bottle shapes. He would point and then say, "See honey... do you see the coke bottles!?" I held back the desire to yell at them to shut up.
Then this commercial came on. I think its a dumb ad campaign and never pay attention until tonight. Fast forward to video to around the 1:20 mark and then watch.
Right as the part in the commercial happens when the little boy accidentally kicks the ball out in front of the Humvee, the dad suddenly leans forward and in a raised voice says, "Shoot him! Shoot him before he grows up to be a terrorist!"
I almost lost it right then. Are there really people who think like this in our country? Apparently, yes.
This guy sat there with his young children and was yelling at the soldier in the ad to shoot a boy not much older then this guy's. Unblievable.
I really was just simply speechless for the next 20 minutes. It is events like this that really make me lose some of my faith in humanity.