Anything goes on Throwback Thursday and in the dead of winter, even down here in Sarasota, is a great time to think about the ocean, especially scuba diving. Meet two of my most favorite dive buddies, Kayce Baker and Bob Rose.
Years ago I was headed on a trip and needed a dive buddy. Somebody suggested I talk to Bob. I knew him from seeing him at a few conventions, but had never really spent any time really talking to him. Well, that first trip to Bonaire launched a friendship that's been going non-stop for probably fifteen years or more. Somewhere along the line Kayce got her certification and it's been one adventure after another, often with the three of us.
The image above was taken on trip to Honduras to swim with whale sharks. I think it's from 2007 or early 2008. As with a lot of dive trips, you meet the same people on the way out as you did in the airport upon arrival. Well, on this trip, we were the only ones to see any of these enormous. but docile, critters. All the other groups got skunked!
I found this image from Bob in my files. It's never been cleaned up, so apologies for the quality, but it's proof that we got what we came for, along with a whole lot of fun and memory-making moments.
Within the first five years of getting certified I logged in over 300 dives. I was hooked, but it wasn't just the diving, but the friendships that created every experience.
We probably had a group of about twenty-five people and with any given trip we could always get 10-14 of them on board. Every trip was amazing, even the ones that didn't always live up to expectations still had some incredible laughs and further solidified some great friendships.
Like every Throwback Thursday, my point is the same...capture those images. There are few things more fun than looking back on those priceless moments, made tangible through our images!
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