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Here are some photos from recent trip to Florida.Click here HERE

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San Diego, Ca – Big Island, Hi Dive- VIDEO

San Diego, California and Big Island Dive short video.
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Kahalu'u, Big Island, Hawaii

Kahalu’u, Big Island, Hawaii

Manta Ray Night Dive,Big Island-Hawaii “Video”

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Manta Ray Night Dive is rated as one of the top 10 dives in the world.The dives took place off the coast of Kona, right next to the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa . The Manta could be observed from shore at the Keauhou Bay Resort at night. The powerful lights shining on the water from the Keauhou Bay Resort attracted the photoplankton which attracts the Manta Rays.To dive with the Mantas you can use use a commerical dive boat.I entered the water by the Keauhou Bay Resort cliffs.It reguire short swim around the cliffs.For easy exit in the dark,have flashlight on placed on the rock.The divers descend to the bottom of the ocean and hold bright lights to attract the Mantas. The Mantas will came quite close and sometimes touched me.It really is an unbelievable experience and should not be missed.

The Subway (Left Fork of North Creek), Zion NP, Utah- VIDEO!!!

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Left Fork of North Creek, Utah

When we got to  Zion National Park one thing we  knew is that we  wanted to hike the Subway. We didn’t have anything planned but we were lucky right from the start.We got our permits early morning and drove to the Lower Trailhead. We got our gear and we decided to hitchhike to the Wildcat Trailhead. In less than a minute a truck stopped and a middle-aged man offered us a lift. He was from Nevada and he was heading to his cottage near Kolob Reservoir. Our luck gave us an early head start. We didn’t see anybody for the first two miles but then, as we continued though the pools,  we met few groups of people. We actually were surprised by the number of people we saw. We enjoyed the hike greatly however the last part of the hike (below the last rappelling) seemed never ending.

Lake Michigan Dive, Straits of Mackinac and Wells Burt

Lake Michigan Dive. This weekend we went to dive on Lake Michigan to Straits of Mackinac first and to Wells Burt second. It was only about an hour drive by boat from Shedd Aquarium to the Straits of Mackinac. Intentionally sunk in 2003, this 204′ car ferry offers something for every diver. Sitting upright in 82 feet of water , the “Straits” has become Chicago’s premier dive site. I used drysuit for both dives. The water temperature was 47f in 80 feet of water. We spent about 30 min underwater and did some penetration into the Straits of Mackinac. The Wells Burt is only 20 min away and it is sitting in 40 feet of water. This three masted schooner was built in 1873. Though she sank in 1883, she is considered by many to be one of the best shipwrecks in Illinois waters.The hole trip took about 4 hours.
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Wahweep Hoodoos and Horseshoe Bend

After leaving Lower Antelope Canyon we headed to Antelope Point Marina. Not having time on our side we gave up the idea of renting a boat to see Lake Powell and decided to cool off in the water for a couple of hours. We were planning to hike to Wahweep Hoodoos in the afternoon and the sun was still too high in the sky. Hike to the hoodoos is long and it is in full sun.
When we got to the trailhead it was already late afternoon. We knew we’ll be coming back after sunset so we brought our lights with us. The hike was long but easy. The bed of the stream was dry with some muddy patches in few spots. The hike seemed endless. When we took the first shots of the hoodoos the sun was getting down behind the rock formations.

Wahweep Hoodoos


Wahweep Hoodoos

Sometime in between our hikes we stopped by Horseshoe Bend located around two miles south of Page on highway 89. The hike to overlook is about half a mile and there is no access to the river. Bring covered shoes as the sand you walk on gets very hot from the sun.

Horseshoe Bend

Chicago Buckingham Fountain

Chicago Buckingham Fountain: click on the image to see more photos
Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. Dedicated in 1927, it is one of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a rococo wedding cake style and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, it is meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan. It is operated from April to October, with a periodic water show and evening color light show. During the winter, the fountain is decorated with festival lights.