Diving on Joe’s Tug (with Video)

For the past few days, I’ve fallen into a routine of diving one day and playing tennis the next. I’ll get to the diving in a bit.

First, an update on my long-lost wife. She is still with family in Ohio. Her father, Don, is not progressing very well after his colon surgery. There is still no end in sight for how long she will be gone. If she is not here within a week or so, it looks like I may be single-handing Beatitude to Miami with a couple of stops in between. More details to come on that later.

In the meantime, I’m hanging out in Key West. This past Sunday, I attended St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a church founded by a group of Bahamian “high-church” Anglican immigrants back in the 1870’s. It was my most enjoyable worship experience so far on the island. I’ll probably pay a return visit this Sunday.

St. Peter's with a Simple Interior

St. Peter’s with a Simple Interior

Sunday, I also celebrated my 56th Birthday. After church, I hung out with “Wilson” and treated myself to a delectable meal, consisting of snapper, rice, and veggies, at Seven Fish. I highly recommend this place for a nice meal (not cheap, but… Hey! I was celebrating surviving another year.)

Hanging out with "Wilson" on my Birthday

Hanging out with “Wilson” on my Birthday

Unpretentious but Divine - Seven Fish Restaurant

Unpretentious but Divine – Seven Fish Restaurant

Santiago's Bodega - Another wonderful, reasonably priced dining establishment in Key West.   They do tapas very well!  I've paid them a visit twice over the last week.

Santiago’s Bodega – Another wonderful, reasonably priced dining establishment in Key West. They do tapas very well! I’ve paid them a visit twice over the last week.

Prepared by Chef Barry for Captain Barry.  Grilled Wahoo with sun-dried tomatoes and a rum butter sauce.

Prepared by Chef Barry for Captain Barry. Grilled Wahoo with sun-dried tomatoes and a rum butter sauce.

I was once an avid (and not horrible) tennis player. I was MVP of my college tennis team at age 34 (Wilkes University). But that was many years ago, and I haven’t lifted a racquet in two or three years. Boy, am I sore after playing twice this week. Bayview Park has several public courts and a pro shop, and is a pretty good place to pick up a match. I thought I would die when I played singles the first day, but my doubles match this morning was much more manageable.

Bayview Park Tennis Facility.  A Rainbow appeared out of the blue this morning.

Bayview Park Tennis Facility. A Rainbow appeared out of the blue this morning.

Today, I replaced the broken screen on our iMac 27″ computer. It took a tumble when we were assaulted by some uncomfortable seas a few months ago. The glass screen shattered. I ordered a replacement screen from Amazon. To my delight, after just ten minutes or so, I had replaced the old with the new. It looks great!

Our old, shattered iMac 27" glass screen held together with duct tape.

Our old, shattered iMac 27″ glass screen held together with duct tape.

Good as new!

Good as new!

Now, finally to diving. Have I mentioned how I love diving? It is magical swimming with the fish and other sea creatures. It is something everyone should experience. I dove yesterday on Joe’s Tug, and then a dive on an outer reef, called “The Eye of the Needle.” The reef has this name because of a swim through at the edge of one of the bars (and, yes, I had to swim through the eye of the needle).

Joe’s Tug sits in 65 feet of water a few miles of Key West. Actually, it is not a tug, but a 75 foot long shrimp boat. It originally sank in 1986, but was raised and cleaned to be used as an artificial reef in Miami. The night before it was set to be towed to Miami, a group of locals surreptitiously towed the boat out of Key West. It is not known what the intentions of this group were, but it sank in 65 feet of water not far from Key West. In 1998, Hurricane Georges picked her up and broke her in half. You’ll see the bow of the ship early in the video. You’ll also see lots of up close video of reef fish, including a parrot fish, a trunk fish, and a couple of beautiful angel fish. One of the coolest things on this dive was the visitation of three dolphins. I’m told this is a pretty rare experience to see dolphins on a dive. They swam by at a depth of about fifty feet. Although the encounter was brief and at a distance (about 30-40 feet away), it was wonderful. I hope you enjoy it.

4 thoughts on “Diving on Joe’s Tug (with Video)

    • Thanks, Cynthia! I am blessed beyond measure… but this is just a scratch on the surface. Most of my blessings are of the spiritual kind. 🙂

  1. I painted with Lisa Stevens yesterday and told her about your posts. I told Cindy and she says she has hooked Lisa up with you so she can follow you. So sorry about Cindy’s Dad. Will be praying for them both.

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