Blackbeard’s 2013 by Troop 10

My eldest son put together the presentation for the Troop.  Great Job Jeremy!!!

Special Thanks to everyone who contributed!!!

  • Spencer & Steve
  • Greg, Tim & Sean
  • Ben & Brian
  • Todd & Kyle
  • Hunter & Harrison
  • Brandon!!
  • Chris & John
  • Cameron & Rob
  • Jeremy, Sean, Rob
  • Nick  & Chris
  • Maurice!!!

I can’t wait to go back.  Everyone on our Crew made this trip worth remembering!!!!!

Thanks to the crew too!!! on the Pirate’s Lady.  Nate, Byron, Sam, Wenis, & Carlos!!!

 

This was SUCH a wonderful trip.  I truly can’t wait to plan something new, sometime soon.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: 1 Shot 2 ways

I love the perspective you get from changing your depth and vantage

More scenes from The Pirate’s Lady.  The photo is taken looking towards the stern of the boat near sundown.  The fishing poles are ready for trawling.

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Need some Lime with that Coconut

After exploring Iguana Island in the Exuma’s, several scouts brought coconuts back to the boat.  Between the shells and the coconuts, they were extremely proud of their haul.

Sometime after dinner, the shenanigans started.  First, secure an extra butter knife from the serving area.  Second get caught by an observant adult and making scouts return said knife.  Third, “borrow” larger knife from main galley.  Fourth, return knife and bring back chef to help crack the coconut.

Nothing tastes as good as fresh coconut milk and eating the tender meat!!

Mission accomplished.

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Vacation (maybe work) Hangover

Definition Hangover:       hang·o·ver  (hngvr) n.

1. Unpleasant physical effects following the heavy use of alcohol.
2. A letdown, as after a period of excitement.
Most normally, anytime we talk about “hangovers” we are talking about the negative affects of the night before’s revelry.  Vacation hangovers follow the 2nd definition more closely.  Coming home from a terrific vacation is always a let down.  Getting reengaged with work is extremely difficult.
My best antidote for Vacation Hangover? either 1) plan a new vacation 2) spend lots of time sifting through photo’s trying to decide which sunset night you miss most (well all of them!!!)
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Scary Plane – Bahama’s

as promised . . .

Before every dive, Sam gives her dive briefings.  Day 2 put us at Scary Plane.

Sam - Dive Master

We were anchored next to a crashed, 80’s era, drug plane.  Story goes, that the pilots were in the process of getting help (read caught), so they quickly dropped to a low altitude and dumped their cargo. When they were pulling back up, a wing clipped the water surface, the plane cartwheeled and found a watery grave.

The general location of the plane was noted, but in the wild open big blue, it is hard to pin point wreck sites.  Several previous crew members spent months looking for the site and when they founded it they recorded the GPS coordinates.  Now Blackbeard’s uses the site as one of their novice dive sites.  On one side of our anchorage, there is nothing but grassy bottom.  Go 10 degrees off the bow and you get Scary Plane.

Just like normal teenagers, the Scouts were most interested in what type of drugs were lost and if there were still any dead body parts stuck in the plane.  Sam, not skipping a beat, declared that the drugs were “the bad kind and that all body parts not originally picked up by the coast guard were already eaten by the local inhabitants.”  Go Sam!!

All us open water trainee’s completed our certification at this site!  Go Team!

For all you geeks that want the stats . . . Depth 20 feet;  bottom time 31 minutes; Water Temperature 79 deg

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Nassau starts the Adventure

I have been working to organize my pictures and thoughts of our Blackbeard’s Scuba trip.  Off the map and onto the water, The Bahama’s are quite large.  Our Captain, Nate, said that if we were going to visit each Island, it would probably take minimum of 3 weeks!  That is quite remarkable once you think about how long it took to motor from one island/cay to another.

Our Trip centered around only a small part of the Exuma Cay’s.  The entire Exumas chain are an archipelago of about 365 cays (small islands) beginning about 35 miles South East of Nassau.  I found this map online that gives the view of most of our trip on the Pirate’s Lady.

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Arrival Nassau

After clearing immigration and customs (no, we don’t have any tobacco, alcohol or drugs thank you), Our group took a chartered shuttle from the airport to the marina. All of us piled into one shuttle and the luggage was tossed into a shabby /rusty hollowed out minivan. We zoomed down the left side of narrow streets towards the center of town.

Nassau was still decked out with bunting and banners celebrating their 40th year as a country.  Small compound residences were tucked behind white washed walls.  The tree foliage was much lower to the ground than I had imagined.  While there were some large flowering trees, most of the plants seemed more scrub like in nature.  They dotted the road side, low and gangly to the ground.

As we got to the main center of town, through the tiny streets, you could see the large Cruise ships at the main docks.  These massive structures towered above Nassau’s colorful buildings.  Shops selling shirts, shells and rum cakes lined the streets with bars and restaurants promising the best (and cheapest) conch fritters and drinks available. Bahama’s finest, decked out in snappy uniforms & white pith hats, chatted up the local ladies as they directed traffic around the congested corners of Bay Street.

After getting settled onto our boat, Pirate’s Lady, we left the dock and headed out to sea.  The sun was setting to the west of us.  You can see the large bridge that goes from Nassau to Paradise Island (where Atlantis Hotel is).  Hotels, condo’s and mansions lined the water-way as we headed out to sea.

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There is a bit of wind a chop as we left port.  Our goal for the evening was to get across and anchor in the lee of Highbourne Cay for the night.  It took about 4 hours to make it across the distance. We got settled for the night about 10pm at night.

More tomorrow from Highbourne Cay!

Shell Haul

Rules of the road.  You CAN NOT SCUBA and pick up things off the bottom.  PERIOD.  DO NOT PASS GO. Perhaps go to Jail.  So leave them on the bottom.

Sooooooo, if you do want to shell, you actually need to free dive.  One breath.  Fins.  Kick. Equalize ears.  Go down further.  GRAB shell.  Surface fast.  BREATH O2!!!!!!

If you do bring the shells home.  Put into a solution of water and bleach in the sink.  Takes care of all of the STINK.

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PS.  shells stink until you clean them.

 

 

Blackbeard’s Cruises

Hard to believe that a year’s preparation is now done.  Just last August, Team Day responded that all four of us would do the Blackbeard’s scuba trip with Troop 10.  Beyond shelling some ducats, this meant, scheduling vacation time, getting pool certified, finding gear that fit Big Tree, doing online training, etc etc etc.

Below is a photo of our last morning in Nassau on Pirate’s Lady.  We had such a wonderful time.  I can’t wait to share all our pictures with you over the coming weeks.

ImageA special thanks to our crew.  Captain Nate.  First Mate Byron, Machinist/Engineer Carlos, Dive Master Sam, and last but certainly not least Wenis, the greatest goddess of a cook the Bahama’s has ever seen.

Our Troop 10 Family was also terrific.  So proud of everyone!!!  Well Done All in deed.  Cameron, Rob, Chris, Nick, Rob, Jeremy, Sean, Todd, Kyle, Greg, Sean, Tim, Brandon, Harrison, Hunter, Brian, Ben, Steve, Spencer, John, Chris, and our Dive Master Maurice.

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