|By Kelly Hirsh on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 3:54 pm:|
Travel - New Orleans to Curacao via American Airlines with no problems. ALM to Bonaire was running about 1.5 hours late so we caught an earlier plane (can you follow that ??). Arrived Bonaire early by schedule and bags made it too. (NOTE - If you take a flight you are not scheduled to arrive on, make sure ALM changes your arrival on their computers or it will show you did not arrive and will automatically cancel your return reservation. If this happens go to the ALM office downtown, they will usually send a message to the main office re-instating your reservation).
|By Alan & Joan Zale on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 5:35 pm:|
Very nice trip report. We can relate to the Curacao to Miami connection. It's always an adventure, we too have been very lucky with it, once American held the flight for us because it was so tight, handed the pilot a Dutch Chocolate bar to thank him for waiting!!!
|By mary pequinot on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 5:40 pm:|
This is good stuff. We're leaving Sunday, April 22, and diving with Bon Bini (I'm doing my open water certification dives with them). Tell me more about the jellyfish and "little critters", if you would.
|By mary pequinot on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 5:41 pm:|
When I say I get nervous, let me make it very clear it's only when we go down. If we get delayed a day...a week...a lifetime.... :)
|By Cheryl Ferguson on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 5:42 pm:|
Interesting trip report Kelly. What are warty jellyfish - was a photo posted? If so... where?? Do they 'visit' every year at this time?
|By Kelly Hirsh on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 5:55 pm:|
Mary/Cheryl - The warty jellyfish (I believe a cousin to the sea wasp) has a dome head 1-3 inches that leads down to a flowery (or warty)skirt. They are marked with a bright purple square on the crown and approx. 8 tenacles. As to visiting, jellyfish are always presents however I have been told they are more prevailent during certains phases of the moon. I can no longer locate the picture which is a shame cause it was a great shot. The rest of the little critters I was referring to are krill and other larvae that are so abundant in Bonaire waters they cut down on the visibilty.
|By Jack Chalk on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 6:18 pm:|
Hey Kelly, did you get my message about the night dive on the reefcam tonight? Jason, Walt, myself and a bunch of others will be leaving the dock at 7:00pm and should be at the cam around 7:20 or 7:30pm Eastern Time.
|By Cheryl Ferguson on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 7:25 pm:|
What an awesome looking jellyfish - I don't think I want to encounter one though! Thanks for the great photo Jack!
|By Kelly Hirsh on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 10:51 pm:|
Jack, caught your message and the show. Really wish we could have joined you.
|By Gail Currie on Thursday, April 19, 2001 - 5:12 pm:|
Great report - hey Mary don't use up all the ocean before we get down there Looking forward to meeting you at the BBQ on the 29th.
|By mary pequinot on Thursday, April 19, 2001 - 5:28 pm:|
I can't promise anything-I'm doing my checkout dives for certification! Looking forward as well-it should be a blast!
|By Fiona Rattray on Thursday, April 19, 2001 - 5:58 pm:|
Great report Kelly! Where is RecTek Scuba NV? Are they on the web coz I can't find them listed
|By Lorraine Meadows on Thursday, April 19, 2001 - 6:25 pm:|
Happy to hear you has a great time! Loved your report,Kelly !!
|By Hazel Scharosch on Thursday, April 19, 2001 - 6:58 pm:|
Ditto for me, Kelly! We enjoyed seeing you on the cams as well. Glad you had such a great time!
|By Kelly Hirsh on Thursday, April 19, 2001 - 8:10 pm:|
Thank you all very kindly. I am sitting here with a sinus infection wishing I was planning another nite dive and knowing my next dive will be the Gulf of Mexico (sigh). Oh well, there are some good dives and really great people over in Panama City Beach too.
|By Virginia L. Stokes on Thursday, April 19, 2001 - 10:57 pm:|
Thanks for the trip report, Kelly! And please, no whining about diving in your own "backyard" (grinning) - many of the rest of us on the board will gang up on you since we have no choice but to get on an airplane, luggage filled with dive gear and not much else, to get back in the salt water.
|By Kelly Hirsh on Thursday, April 19, 2001 - 11:14 pm:|
Hey !!! I am a guy, I am supposed to whine.
|By Niki Harris on Friday, April 20, 2001 - 1:50 am:|
Kelly, (chiming in here) thanks for the report and the entertainment. Seems you could hardly have had a better time, and in good company! Sorry you had to go back to regular life... Still counting down the weeks myself...
|By Kelly Hirsh on Friday, April 20, 2001 - 8:28 am:|
Hi Niki, hang in there, I left plenty of diving and sunshine for y'all.
|By Linda Epstein on Friday, April 20, 2001 - 1:53 pm:|
Sorry Kelly, some of us don't have enough insulation and need that 2mil hooded vest! At least it kept whatever was biting me from biting my ears! Not to worry, the "sting" only lasts a few minutes. Could somebody PUH-LEEZE send the poor guy some antibiotics before he gets me sick!!!
|By Michelle Ryan on Saturday, April 21, 2001 - 7:23 pm:|
Hey, Kelly! Great to meet you and Linda! Just got in, checking email and the like.
|By Kelly Hirsh on Sunday, April 22, 2001 - 9:07 am:|
Hi Michelle, same here for us. Hope you guyz had as much fun as we did.
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Monday, April 23, 2001 - 9:30 am:|
And we enjoyed meeting your Linda and you as well, Kelly! Looking forward to your next visit to our little slice of paradise :-)
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