I arrived at the Florida Sea Base around 4pm Saturday; 1, 231 in 24.5 hours including all fuel and bio stops, one 60 minute nap and one two hour nap. Would you like to know what will wake you up after only 2 hours of sleep when you are totally exhausted? 24°!!! I was wearing tennis shoes, regular socks, sweat pants, a t-shirt and a jacket plus I had a light blanket pulled over me as I slept in the passenger’s seat of the GMC (to avoid the steering wheel and pedals). I was in an incredibly deep sleep when I felt like was being forced awake. I checked my phone and the local temperature was 24. Time to crank up the heater and drive another 660 miles.
The GMC did well rolling the odometer past 240,000 miles along the way. I ran her at 65 mph the whole way and averaged a little over 16 mpg. Not bad for a mature 3/4 ton heavy duty truck.
Everything looked okay with the boat upon first glance. (It is always a relief to see the water line above the water while walking down the dock.) Richard Goldman was hard at work following a dive boat prep list Captain Awesome Costa had emailed the previous day. Alex Bergstedt was preparing forms and the classroom. Captain Kari Dahlquist was around somewhere doing something constructive, I’m sure.
CADRE BRIEFING #1
Rich, Alex, Kari, Brenda Mallory and I had our first cadre meeting of the 11th annual Divemaster Academy. All potential issues have now been resolved. No worries. Ha!
Following our meeting (across the street at Habano’s), I retired straight away. All was good for about an hour. Then the wind shifted and/or picked up just enough from the west to make the rudder (which is housed under the captain’s berth) to start banging. [At 9pm, the Long Key Buoy was reporting the wind was from 350° (just barely west of due north) gusting to 15 knots. The forecast showed the wind should have been from the NNE. It’s amazing how much difference 20° of variation can make to your sanity.] It was not horrible, just enough to wake me from a dead sleep and prevent future sleep without a resolution. My fix was somewhat embarrassing to look at but it worked.
A little cool, but over all, very nice:
The water temperature at Molasses Reef was in the 72 to 76 degree range yesterday.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind around 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Northeast wind around 10 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 74. East wind around 10 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. East wind around 10 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 77.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 67.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 77.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 67.
Friday: Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Friday Night: Isolated showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Saturday: Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
I am going back to bed to TRY to be a little lazy this morning but I have a lot to do (including grocery shopping) so lazy won’t last long. I think I am going to enjoy being the worker bee instead of the queen. What? That ain’t right. A wrangler instead of the foreman? Anyway, you know what I mean.
Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Scuba Director – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™