January 4, 2018
I shared many parts of my Christmas vacation in Mexico in my last post, but I saved the best for last: Scuba diving in cenotes! And I have gorgeous photos to prove it.
Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is full of underground rivers that wind through limestone caverns. You can access these rivers at places where the ceiling of the caverns collapsed. These access points, called cenotes (pronounced ‘sin-oh-tays’) are all over the Yucatan, and look like flooded sinkholes. Some are Read the rest of this entry »
September 17, 2013
I went scuba diving again on Saturday! Keep reading – there are some awesome photographs…and a video! Just to get things started, here’s me (on the right) and my buddy Mikael, roughly 50 feet under the surface:
There were a total of three dives, and the third one was a doozy. Strong currents, and waves that were rocking the boat back and forth. Mikael and I started started our descent, and about 12 or 15 feet down, I exhaled, and that’s when my mask started filling up with blood. Uh oh.
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August 1, 2013
Guess what came in the mail today? My official PADI open water scuba diver certification card!
Speaking of scuba, I got a wonderful present in my email inbox the other day. My friend Skylar, who I met through the scuba class, sent along Read the rest of this entry »
July 16, 2013
I’m in the process of getting my scuba certification! Scuba diving has always looked exciting to me. I got to try it once, as a kid. My uncle Philip, who has been diving for decades, once brought over a couple scuba tanks when I was about 10 or so, and my brother and I went diving for a few minutes in our backyard pool. There wasn’t much to see, but it was a totally cool experience to be able to breathe underwater.
As an extremely heavy adult, scuba diving was one of those things that I had written off as something that just wasn’t possible. Now that I’ve lost around 160 pounds, it’s very much possible, and I started to get the itch a couple years ago, when I saw my sister Laura scuba diving in some awesome underwater caverns in Mexico. I snorkeled in them (see the cool pics here), but it wasn’t the same. You can only get so deep on one breath, and you can only stay under for so long, but with a scuba tank, you have so much more freedom to explore.
I don’t know why I waited a year and a half after that trip to start the certification process. The kicker is that I totally have a scuba hook-up: my friend Stu is a scuba instructor who teaches a course every couple months or so with an outfit called PCH Scuba. Over the weekend, I started Stu’s class. Read the rest of this entry »