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Old 09-21-2012, 01:20 PM   #256
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Yep. There are actually a couple of chambers here in S. Florida. If you get the bends, they put you in a chamber bring you back to pressure and slowly let "come up" to surface atmosphere. Luckily it is easily avoidable and cases are now rare. Third Geek Fact: Diving Tables that divers use to understand time and pressure underwater to prevent the bends were developed by the US Navy. Basically they told them to go at depth and see how long they could stay down before feeling the symptoms when they came up.
Pretty scary... But I know we have performed a lot of experiments, that sound crazy now...
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:08 PM   #257
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I say, that child of yours just becomes more beautiful by the day. What is she majoring in? Did you tell her no male is good enough for her???

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Old 09-22-2012, 05:58 PM   #258
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What an awesome update!! OMG. That pic of the nurse shark is really cool. Love all of the diving pics and the resort is really beautiful. My oldest has decided that he wants to go to Hawaii for his senior trip also. At least i have a little to plan and save for it. (He's in sixth grade right now).
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:23 PM   #259
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We were talking to one member of our group about the dive last night and she made a very true statement. Something along the lines of, if aliens came to the site they would think we were worshiping our gods, sitting in a circle of light just to observe these creatures. Made sense to me.
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Took more pics but I think there are enough underwater pics for one TR. Really enjoyed diving here and it was more than worth the detour. Beautiful water.
I don't think anyone's getting tired of the diving pics yet!

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Warning: Dive Geek Talk. Once you dive, you build up nitrogen in your body. If you dive deep enough and come up too quickly, you get what they call the bends. It was first discovered while digging the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. The nitrogen in your system forms bubbles that expand on rapid ascent and creates pains in your joints and other areas of your body. In other words, it can mess you up. The same on the surface with going to high altitudes or flying in a plane. So, once we were done diving, we were relegated to staying on the surface and not going up into the mountains. We needed to “bleed” the nitrogen off before we could get on the plane.
Interesting. I wouldn't have thought about that in regard to the plane.

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The Royal Kona is a very nice resort. Great staff, nice accommodations and overall a good experience.
Looks like a great place. Unfortunately, as I do my research I'm finding that most of these places won't allow a family of 5 in one room.

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Up next: Flight back to Oahu and Welcome Home. AKA: I didn’t know I owned a place in HAWAII!
Can't wait to see it!
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:33 PM   #260
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Loving your report. We recently got back from a week in the Big Island and a week in Kauai.

Our snorkle/dive with the Mantas was a highlight of not only the trip but of my life!

Looking forward to more as we are coming to Oahu in December - my hubby won a 4 night trip to Waikiki and then we added on 6 nights at Aulani on our points!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:53 AM   #261
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Sorry I have neglected the report. Was a bit under the weather for the last week + and wasn't up to continuing the TR. Nothing serious but spent a lot of time laid out. Celebrating getting back to normal by going to the Keys with a friend this weekend. Not sure if I am going to dive or not. Once I get back I will post more often.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:56 AM   #262
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Hope you feel better soon.

Somehow missed the last update. Definitely not tired of the dive pictures. Everything looked beautiful.

Glad the Pirate Princess is having fun
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Hope you feel better and enjoy your trip.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:54 PM   #264
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Hope you are feeling better and can continue your report soon.

I have to add that I have read (and enjoyed) your trip reports over the years and can't believe your daughter is already in college. My oldest is hitting the magical 15.5 over the weekend and can't wait to get his temps on Monday. I keep asking myself "where did the time go?" but no one is answering. The real problem is that I still feel like I did when we took him on his first trip to WDW (the day after I quit my job to become a stay-at-home-mom)...so who is that 6'2" young man looking down at me?

Thanks for sharing the great pics and stories of the wonderful trip the 2 of you were able to take. I was there in '95 (on company dime to obtain an insurance certification - plus a few days vacation/PTO) and I also remember the "blue blue" color of the ocean and the brown dryness of the landscape. Seems like yesterday (yikes - I am getting old!!)

Sorry, too much sharing...carry on when you can
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Your dive pictures are just beautiful. I love the night pictures with the Mantas. I'm sure it was breathtaking.

I decided to give birth in August, so I am finally getting caught up. Reading TR was not a priority when I had a free minute. I, for one, am thankful your report is tortoise paced - I can manage to catch up and stay up with the pace now!

I cannot wait to see your Aulani pictures.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:06 PM   #266
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We did see this guy hanging out to be weighed.

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Our last sunset at Kona
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Really enjoyed listening to the waves at night. Very relaxing. Told a staff member at the front desk and she said that some people don't like ocean views. Scared of typhoons or something.
I lived in Japan for awhile. Sendai. Students were forever saying to me "oh no Lisa it's not the earthquakes that we fear the most. A typhoon will hit one day."

I had no clue - at that time - in my youth - what that *really* meant.

Sighing. Loudly. Sad.

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Thank you. She is enjoying her experience at school. Last weekend a few of her new girlfriends went to NYC just to look around and go to tea. Sure the tea idea was hers. A couple of pics from that trip.










Loved them. I just ADORE NYC. I used to be someone who could care less about money or lotteries. But I would want to win for one reason: to live in Manhattan.

I laughed at your THANK YOU. As I was being both sarcastic and teasing about your money and it's grand disappearance up the east coast.

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No he isn't and don't encourage him. So I forgot when my vacation started once. OK, twice.


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Actually diving gives you a freeing feeling. If you are balanced properly you are weightless and free of the pull of gravity. It is so peaceful down there. Especially at night. Some feel claustrophobic with the mask and regulator. Fun hobby for me.
Oh Lord - maybe I should stop my hands from typing here. I LOVE the water. And I spend a lot of my time under the water.

But there is something about that mask - and feeling trapped - that I could never do it. I don't know why.

And here's the ridiculous. Are you ready? I saw this movie once. I have no clue what is was called. 70s. Elaine from The Graduate. And her husband - Katherine Ross and Sam _______. Anyway in this campy made for TV movie. People were being killed off. This woman was - oh Elliott is his last name - so this woman was swimming and someone pushed this button and a clear glass slowly slid over the pool as she was under water. THAT is worse than any blood and guts horror to me.

Yes I DID just say I can't scuba dive because of some obscure 70s movie.

Anyway it's sad. Laughing.

This summer I was jumping waves at Fire Island and jumping off a ten foot pier on day trip to Collingwood (Georgian Bay - Lake Huron). So . I don't get it.

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I would be cordial and compassionate here .......

But I can't.

Stop being so bloody irritating and finish up this sucker.

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