Friday, June 15, 2007

Scuba and Chocolate: Together at Last

When two of my favorite things, scuba and chocolate, collide; life is good. Last night I met up with Todd and our friend Dave to go for a dive. Dave is a chocolatier, and an amazing one at that. If you evern find yourself in Rhode Island, Dave's shop is on Main Street in East Greenwich. You cannot leave the state without stopping in, it's SO worth it.

Diving with Dave is always great, not only for the company underwater, but for the chocolate afterward. Dave never shows up to a site empty handed, and he's been known to bring chocolate covered cherries for Todd, and either turtles or chocolate covered strawberries for me.

Todd and Dave met at the site earlier than when I could get off of work. They were already in the water when I arrived, so I hung out and waited for them. Then they got out, I geared up and they swapped to fresh tanks and we all went in again.

Dave and I are both not so great at navigating underwater. Though I think I am worse at it than Dave is, because I am simply unable to swim in a straight line. I watch my compass like a hawk, and still end up pulling to the left or the right. Todd had stayed behind because he had a cramp in his leg, so I went with Dave. My excitement got the better of me, because apparently I was swimming very fast. (Must be all that jogging strengthening my legs!) I was leading, and took us on a heading that was dead south, while Dave was trying to catch me and turn us west. Then I turned us dead west (where we had originally wanted to go, but I kept pulling us to the south due to my inability to swim a straight line.) Todd was watching our dive flag wander all over the surface, and laughed at our goofy navigating.

Then I got cold. I think the water temp was somewhere in the 60's. By then we were headed north, which was kind of on our way back to the start. Even though my navigation was all over the place, and I got cold, it still was a fun dive. We saw a ray, loads of little bitty fish, I saw a lobster, and 2 blue crabs.

Then we got out, and ate more chocolate. We went down to about 35 feet, and stayed in the water for maybe 30-40 minutes. I am hoping that we can make this a weekly Thursday night dive date.

This weekend we'll hopefully be moving aboard the boat for the summer. I will also run a 5K on Saturday morning that will benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank. Hopefully we'll get out for a sail some time over the weekend as well.

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Blogger Jen said...

That sounds like a fun time diving!! Seriously, what's better than chocolate after a dive? Especially chocolate covered strawberries? Nothing!

Good luck on your 5K!!!

June 15, 2007 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Augs Casa said...

What a wonderful evening. it sounds so cool. I've been to the east coast a lot back in the day. I'll have to visit this chocolate store. I'm all for chocolate fruit.

Your blog is fast becoming my favorite. I hope you do well on your run this weekend and I look forward to your after weekend post.

June 15, 2007 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

How fun! I want to learn to dive even though I don't live around water.

June 15, 2007 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger BJ Knapp said...

Jen, Amen! I mistakenly thought that Cheez-its were the perfect post dive food. Nope, it's chocolate covered strawberries.

Augs, thank you for the compliment, I do appreciate it.

Carrie, when you and your man go on your honeymoon, see if you can look into getting resort certified. This way you can try diving without having to take a whole class. You won't regret it.

June 17, 2007 at 7:42 PM  

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