Escape The Winter Trip 2020: Day 8

This morning, we said goodbye to the Week 1 crew who headed back to the Central PA arctic tundra this morning and then we did a quick thankfulness check for being able to spend another week in paradise.

With weather options like this, it’s pretty damn easy to pick Bonaire!

Then, we decided it was time to DIVE! After a quick check for our tanks, we loaded the truck and headed south.

Checking for any of our tanks that had been returned to the dive shop at the end of Week 1.

Let me make a note here. You may have noticed that pictures of underwater critters and coralscapes have seemed to be disappearing in these posts the longer our time in Bonaire goes along. That would be thanks to Josh honing his underwater-bubble-ring-making skill mastery. See evidence below.

It’s really fun to play with, but more Josh makes bubble rings, the more tiny bubbles collect and cover the lens of the GoPro, clouding it’s ability to record anything. The good news is two-fold: Josh is now a master at making underwater-bubble-rings AND the photos of underwater life will soon return to our blog posts, thanks to some new equipment! Stay patient and stay tuned…you’re going to LOVE it!

The initial plan for the day was to dive the Hilma Hooker and see if we could find the geocache that’s supposedly 90ish feet underwater at the wreck. The plan was solid, but, moments into the dive, I found that I wasn’t able to clear my left ear past 40 feet. Try as I might, it just wasn’t happening. We abandoned our plans to venture to the sand bed, and, instead, did a shallower dive at the site.

We headed back to the resort for some lunch and I opted to stay out of the water for the rest of the day to try to give my left ear a rest and get back at it the next day. In the meantime, the guys decided to make two dives at 18th Palm. On their second dive at 18th Palm, they were lucky enough to see the nurse shark again (second day in a row!) and an octopus that was using it’s tentacles to build it’s door closed while they watched.

Nurse shark at 18th Palm. Photo Credit: JBDives
Another beautiful Bonaire day comes to an end…

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