Monday, June 27, 2011

Scuba diving and Wrigley's Memorial

Me in my wet suit.

So I went scuba diving for the first time.  I did it for two reasons, first because I have always wanted to it.  Second because there was a geocache in the water 40 ft down.  I went in the Jacques Yves Cousteau Dive Park with the instructor Shannon first thing in the morning at 0800.  A bit chilly but apparently time with good visibility.  I was having some trouble with equalizing my ears.  But with hand signals, lots of swallowing, yawn like movements, and plugging nose and blowing I finally got down there.  We saw so much stuff.  Visibility was 20ft.  I of course don't know the names of half of the fish we saw but I saw a small octopus that we held and inked all over us, sea cucumber, a shark egg case, shells with living creatures in them, lots of golden trouts defending their eggs, and of course the cache that I was looking for (which was the plaque placed in honor of Jacques by the California diving community in 1997, I had to report what was written on it).  We went for a 42 minutes.  It was starting to get cold even with the super duper wet-suit I had on, I can see how people dye of hypothermia so fast when stranded at sea.  Any way, when we got out I couldn't hear very well, in fact the whole rest of the day my own voice sounded like I had my hands over my ears.  It was really irritating.  

Wrigley Memorial

Next was getting a bike again and taking a ride to Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens.  The memorial itself had some interesting structures and the gardens a bunch of interesting cacti.  But I was most happy about the trail that lead away from the people to some awesome views of the bay.  

Avalon Bay

An interesting/comical thing about Avalon is that everyone had golf carts.  They ranged from regular white  carts to pimped out carts to delivery carts.  I managed to catch a few of the interesting ones.

Papa John's delivery

Tow Cart (there is a tow hook on the back)

Mini Trucks

Mini Cars

Pimped out cart


There were also mini van carts with car seats and such, FedEx delivery carts, lawn care carts, plain regular white carts, limo carts, station wagon carts, and many more.  One even had a portable garden on the back of it.


Life 102 said...

ooo excellent! You went scuba diving! Sounds fun and exciting... no shark though huh? Probably a good thing. Excellent pictures as always, thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Nice! I'm headed to the coast next week myself. No scuba diving but maybe a little snorkeling. Thanks for posting again! Good to know you are still living la vida loca! ;-)