Too good to be prepared

You know, I do a lot of traveling and I’m a pretty smart guy. My cousin Tim travels too and is likewise pretty clever. My friend James not only travels but lived for two months down in the Caribbean. Why is it that none of us thought to check the weather before heading down to Key Largo for a long weekend of diving? I think I came the closest of the three of us. The night before we left it suddenly occurred to me to check and make sure there were no hurricanes down south (lesson learned from a prior trip Tim and I took to the outer banks in which we did not check the weather and ended up walking smack into a hurricane… but that’s a story for another time.)

So we met Thursday afternoon at National Airport. Bags full of gear, we had snorkels and masks and fins and sunscreen. However we did not have warm clothes.

Actually, we all had our winter coats, not exactly what you’d want to take out on a boat where things have a tendency to get wet. And Tim did bring a nice warm looking hoody giving the illusion that he had thought ahead (although I’m sure it was a coincidence – if he was truly thinking ahead, surely he would have brought a second hoody for his dear cousin!).

It was cold! Well, maybe not real cold. Certainly not as cold as back home where the temperatures had dropped into the 40’s.  But this is Florida and my expectations are high.

We had breakfast our first morning at mcdonalds where we loaded up on calories, drank coffee (and mocha!), and discussed being cold. Tim of course had his hoody on. I decided to go to the grocery store on the other side of the parking lot and bought a cheap sweatshirt. James decided to tough it out.

After breakfast we drove a short distance to the dive shop.  Tim went out with Conch Republic for his certification dives a few years ago and we had decided to use them again. We had planned on doing all reef dives on this trip but unfortunately the cold weather had brought winds with it and the dive shop thought it was a little choppy to do these shallower dives.  Instead we hooked up with a group that was doing wreck dives that morning.

The ride out took about an hour.  The two dives weren’t far from each other.  Both were around 100 feet and we were surprised to do two deep dives so close together, this was somewhat contrary to what you learn in class.  However we were all using computers and they approved of the dive plan so we weren’t too concerned.  After the second dive we could feel the chill setting in.  I put my sweatshirt on, Tim had his hoody, and James found a seat on the edge of the boat in the sun.  And we were cold.

By afternoon the waves had calmed down some and we were able to do our reef dives.  Afterwards we did some grocery shopping so we wouldn’t have to have egg mcmuffins every morning and on the advice of our hotel hostess headed out to a local favourite, Chilli Willie’s for dinner.  The prior night we had to drive down to the keys from Miami and didn’t get to bed until 11pm.  As it would turn out, that was the last time I went to bed after 9pm for nearly a week.  Exhausted from the prior days travels and todays diving, we finished dinner and headed back home where we promptly fell asleep.

3 Comments to “Too good to be prepared”

  1. By Tim, December 16, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    Ummm… so you finally get around to the blog entry and… no pictures? c’mon

    • By admin, December 16, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

      Pictures are coming… I didn’t have any day 1 pictures to include. Next entry will have some (hopefully will complete before the expiration of 2010)

  2. By James, December 21, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    Good write-up!

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