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Imageeric4home
Feb 18, 2010 8:28 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
Brother Jamie, Our youngest son and father of JR. Would rather Knee Board.

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The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imageeric4home
Feb 18, 2010 8:41 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
JR thinks he is ready for the knee board but this last summer all he could talk his parents into was a little tubing. Yep, just tie a rope from the back of the boat to an inner tube and drag that kid around the river. Notice the "No Fear" on the knee board that pretty much sums up all my children and grandchildren when it comes to water activities. Thank goodness that my children also have a good sense of water safety to go along with the "no Fear" attitude. They are teaching that to their children also. Holly

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The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 18, 2010 9:12 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Jens children Lily and Lucas are very comfortable in the water. Here is Lily getting introduced to the ocean. Unc Josh was pretty worn out by the end of the day.

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Life is Great! Holly
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ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 18, 2010 9:54 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
About the time Jen and Josh graduated from High School we started to make a few lifestyle changes. Our small barn was getting emptier. Now with mostly horses we found ourselves with a couple of ponies that were too small for anyone to ride. With no Grandchildren expected anytime soon the decision was made to find new homes for them where they would be loved by a new group of young children. Ric's horse a very old and sweet mare died of old age that year and we were left with just two rideable horses. My palomino and Jen's jumper. Jen quickly found that with her college classes she just didn't have the time for her horse and my allergies that had been getting progressively worse became a real issue. An hour in the barn caring for the horses would produce a serious asthma attack. The decision was made to find homes for all the horses. After 18 years of looking out my kitchen window and watching them play in our small pasture. With a life centered around the lifestyle of horse ownership it wasn't an easy decision. As a 4H leader I had many friends in the equine world and we easily found very good homes for our beloved horses. Within two years my life was now open to new experiences. The time and $$ that had gone into the horses was now available for something different. Travel.............
Great Abaco, Bahama.

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ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 18, 2010 10:16 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
In my 40's with only one other flight under my belt. I hopped a plane with Ric and a couple of long time friends. Water as I knew it was going to take on new meaning. Caribbean Blue. Love at first sight just flying over the ocean watching the change from deep water dark blue to the beautiful hues of Caribbean Blue. We stayed on Great Abaco for a week. We rented a boat for 3 days and Ric did a wonderful job taking us from small island to small island. Exploring all the little islands around Abaco.

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Feb 18, 2010 10:31 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
There was fishing like Ric never experienced, dolphin encounters of the personal kind and snorkeling. I saw underwater fields of sea anemones and big red star fish. I could see turtles laying on the sea floor a hundred feet below me.
French Angel fish.

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ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 18, 2010 10:42 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
I grabbed my fins and mask and walked up over the hill to the waters edge. Out I swam and then down I would go as far as my lungs would let me. I saw a moray eel and conch. They told me I could collect conch as long as they were large enough to have a fluted edge to their shells. I came back with one. We cooked it in the shell and Ric ate the conch. I polished up the shell. It still sits on a shelf in my living room.
Queen Trigger Fish

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Imagestormyla
Feb 18, 2010 10:42 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Holly, I'm enjoying every word of your saga.
Imagesheryl
Feb 20, 2010 11:16 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Fabulous pictures, Holly and all.... I am a water person wannabe. I spent many hours on the beaches of Lk Michigan and an ocean whenever I could get near one.
Imagestormyla
Feb 20, 2010 12:06 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Sheryl, The other night Holly said that when she starts talking about water, the words just come pouring out. Big Grin
ImageRoses_R_Red
Feb 20, 2010 2:14 PM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
In my younger days we'd go to Turks and Caicos where they have that wonderful reef. It's a great place to scuba because of it. I remember that all the cruise lines wanted to pay the officials there to get rid of some of the reef so that the ships could come in. As far as I remember, they refused. The Island was still fairly untouched even though there was one all inclusive resort on it. Most of the remainder were luxurious condos a great golf course and some really gourmet restaurants. The avid scuba divers usually stayed in this one unique place that looked very overly casual!! They were really beach bums and divers. We got around by scooter. There was no shopping and barely a food market. The water was the most vivid turquoise that I've ever seen. The place was quiet and secluded. At dinner time we needed to dress according to the codes and walk thru little jungle like shortcut paths that lead from one place to another. I found it to be a really special place. There were several islands to travel between daily. We stayed at Providenciales (Provo) and took our trips from there.
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 20, 2010 2:37 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Grand Turk was my first trip alone where I went just to dive with a group of other divers. Before that I would take a vacation with Ric and friends and do a couple of dives maybe two or three in a week. This trip was an entirely different experience we dove 3 times a day and it was all I had to do eat, sleep and dive.
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Imagestormyla
Feb 20, 2010 4:50 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
These are just wonderful memories. I've never tried scuba diving. I'm just too darned boyant. I love snorkeling.

Holly, Isn't it wonderful to go on a vacation by yourself that is purely hobby dedicated?

I can't wait to hear more of your story Thumbs up
Imageeric4home
Feb 20, 2010 10:19 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
Don't worry about being bouant Stormy that is what the weight belts are for. I have to go though my pic but I have more stories.
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imagedixiegalpa
Feb 21, 2010 7:03 AM CST
Name: Debbie S
Central PA
Hitting lots of milestones this yea
Love that pic of Jamie. Holly:) He's soo handsome:) Guess I'm pretty biased though,huh? Love this thread!
mama of a 7yr old Wolf Scout.
wife of wonderful hubby of 9 yrs:)
Secretary of Pack Committee 284
Asst Den Leader,PTO mama,SAHM
Imageeric4home
Feb 21, 2010 8:04 AM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
I have more stories to tell just waiting on getting the old pics scaned so I can post some of them.
Dixiegalpa is my DIL wife to Jamie and mother to Fearless JR. She would also like to try scuba diving and one of these days she will. Deb do you have any good pics of Jamie with his kayak? You are welcome to post whatever water shots you have and It might be nice to get a few stories from Jamie. I came across some pic from his first snorkel trip in the keys. I will be posting pic from the shark encounter sometime later, too. Maybe he would like to talk about how his mother tried to feed him to the sharks. Rolling my eyes.
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imagedixiegalpa
Feb 21, 2010 9:01 AM CST
Name: Debbie S
Central PA
Hitting lots of milestones this yea
LOL...yeah, I'll be working on moving things from the old comp to this one over the next few weeks...so as soon as I can I will. I know I have tons of pics to share from our Myrtle Beach Vaca:) My lil water baby model:) LOL. I will see what I have kayak wise...but most of the times he went out with it...I wasn't with him...too cold! BRRRR...shivers*** But I should have some canoe pics...river pics etc:)
mama of a 7yr old Wolf Scout.
wife of wonderful hubby of 9 yrs:)
Secretary of Pack Committee 284
Asst Den Leader,PTO mama,SAHM
Imagesheryl
Feb 22, 2010 5:09 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
"... words come pouring out...." Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 22, 2010 10:11 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
LOL Sheryl I didn't even notice that, till you pointed it out. :rolleyes:
Lets see where was I, Ok back in the Bahamas. So we spent a week fantasizing about selling everything we owned and buying an island. There was one for sale in the local paper when we were there. We figured if both Ric and I and our friends sold everything we owned we might have enough for a down payment ... or not. Big Grin
Back to real life, then our friends took another trip to Grand Bahama and they called us and said "Hey do you want to go half's on a Timeshare"? It was then that my water experience moved down to a deeper level. Certified Scuba Diver. Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. SCUBA
Parrot Fish

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ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 22, 2010 10:38 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
I had always been interested in Scuba but living in Pa with a limited income did not lend it's self to the type of diving I wanted to do. No cold dark quarries for me I wanted warm water, coral reefs and tropical fish. It was just within my grasp. I decided that if I only got to go diving a couple of times on a once a year trip that was enough for me. So I signed up for classes with the local dive shop. My daughter Jen was attending the local community college at the time and she needed an elective for Phys Ed. So she joined me as the certification class fit the college credit she needed. My friend and co-owner of the coveted Bahama Timeshare also signed up but she took her classroom work and pool training closer to her home. The first time you put on a mask and regulator is quite an experience you are underwater and breathing and your mind is telling you that you can't do what you are doing. Who knew that swimming around in a pool that at the deepest was 10ft could be so exciting. So after passing the classwork and pool training, poor dear Jen went to the cold dark quarry to get her open water certfication dives completed and she was now a Certified Scuba Diver and a couple of college credits closer to a degree. On the other hand friend J and I had our local instructors sign off and with our paper work in hand headed to the Bahamas to do our open water cert dives.
Holly

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