Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America, and certainly the Florida Sea Base would not exist without volunteers.  You are an amazing lot.

I received this comment from Tim Gaffron in the Minneapolis area:

Hi Steve!
Thanks for the shout-out in your posting! Yes, it’s been extremely cold for the last couple of weeks, and tough to drag oneself out from under the warm covers. They actually cancelled a lot of schools yesterday due to below zero highs and wind chill factors in the -30 to -40 range. (What’s wind chill?  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/windchill.shtml )

Snowing and windy today, with blizzard warnings out for the southern half of the state… it’s good to be you in the Keys!

Warm up is in sight as we are supposed to get to +15 or so on Sunday when we have a Crew ski trip scheduled. Yay!

Cursing my Norwegian ancestors for settling here…
Take care!

I also meet Steve Everett from Pennsylvania last week.  He was attending a conference at Sea Base.  He is an regular reader of the blog, and like most of the BSA volunteers I have meet over the years, he is VERY dedicated to our cause and willing to share ideas on how we can improve.  “Continuous improvement” pursued relentlessly at the Florida Sea Base.  Sometimes we strike out and have to try again.  But occasionally we hit a home run and, more often than not, there was a volunteer coaching us up to the plate.

Steve and Leah Martin and their band of volunteers have returned after missing last winter due to the construction of the new scuba training facility.  For years, several volunteers have donated a month or more to improving the facilities at the Florida Sea Base during the winter months.  I am VERY pleased that they are back.


A new group of conference attendees started arriving yesterday, a day ahead of schedule.  Their conference doesn’t start until after dinner today.  Food Services Administrator Captain Rae Murphy said this is a repeat of last week’s conference.


The trailer and pickup are loaded and I plan to ease out of here very early Monday morning.  If all goes well I will beat rush hour in Miami.  The toll roads in Florida are expense but expedient.  With four axles the toll more than doubles and the expediency becomes too pricey.  The alternate route is to drive to Miami, then due west to Naples and north along the Gulf Coast.  This adds about an hour of drive time due reduces the toll expense significantly.  Besides, I haven’t gone that way in several years and the change of scenery will be nice.


There is a good chance that I will be leaving in the rain.  We have a 30% chance of rain today, increasing to 40% tonight and tomorrow.


I should have a tail wind as I cut across the state and with 8,000 pounds in tow any help is a blessing.


I do not expect to post again until Thursday or later.  I appreciate your patience and your loyalty to this blog.  Hopefully I will have something worth sharing.

Capt. Steve Willis
FSB Scuba Director – RETIRED
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

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