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  •  Lovely. (2+ / 0-)
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    OceanDiver, Polly Syllabic

    Sailing and diving the San Juans again, seeing what the sea might feed me, is what I often dream of. Then, of course, I remember the smell of warmed wetsuits, and the pain of line-burned hands, the never-quite-dry bedding at night….

    Thank you for the diary, and for the memories it stirred.

    "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

    by CitizenJoe on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 07:35:38 AM PST

    •  Dreams and memories keep it alive. (0+ / 0-)

      Those are pretty vivid. Wetsuit in these waters? Yikes. After one day with a 7 ml and hypothermia I got myself a drysuit for diving around here. Hung it up a few years ago. Just too cold under water. Glad I dived these waters when I did tho.

      •  I dove the San Juans before dry suits-- (0+ / 0-)

        --came along, and for some time after some of my dive buddies had adopted them, too.
        Cold? Yes.
        One dive buddy and I made a New Year's Day tradition of diving Hood Canal's Octopus Hole; summer water in Hood Canal is pretty warm, but by winter, it seems about the same as that in the San Juans or up in the strait.
        A couple of years, the water seemed warm, after suiting up in blowing, freezing rain.
        Fun times.

        "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

        by CitizenJoe on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 07:03:11 AM PST

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        •  Just saw yr response, thanks for your story (0+ / 0-)

          I don't dive around here either anymore. Too heavy, that's a downside to dry suits.

          The diving in winter is actually better than in summer, visibility. Temp is irrelevant.

          Octopus. Nuff said :)

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