Gliding beauty out of the darkened abyss

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
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Flag of Thailand  , Phangnga,
Monday, January 18, 2010

sorry about the silence guys but i have been busier then a one legged man in an ass kicking contest over here.  in the last 17 days i have had exactly 6 hours off of work and although i love diving quite a bit, that is a bit extreme even for me.  the diving has been amazing as the couple of photos and clips i shall post on this blog will affirm but my body is just tired and a little worn down from the constant pace of things over here.  the good news is that my bank roll is steadily growing so this will be the first year that i am not absolutely dead broke upon the end of my "season" here in thailand.  i highly doubt that i will be returning to alaska this year but i'm not sure exactly what i'm going to be doing so i'm entering a stage of uncertainty which is a bit nerve wracking but can be exciting as well.  its about time i broke out of my rut no matter how awesome my rut may appear to other people from the outside.

i am without a girlfriend still mostly because there just isnt time for the whole dating thing.  i still talk to IM on the phone here and there but i dont see that being resolved any time soon lol.  i'm just trucking through life and enjoying it the to the best of my ability and whatever is missing now will certainly appear when the time is right so i'm not too worried about too much at all.

i will relate one awesome dive story because i have the video of this and will be loading it on here so everyone can see.  we had been doing a sunset dive at an island called ko bon and this is where the manta rays hang out and sure enough we had one come by and check us out.  for those of you who have never seen a manta you just cant comprehend how big these damn things are....majestic but very big.  so anyway, at the end of the dive we do a safety stop which is just floating in 5 meters of water for 5 minutes to let the nitrogen off gas but now its almost completely dark and we are just floating out in the open water with no visual reference of any kind and as i glance over to my left i see this giant fucking manta ray coming right at me out of the dark.  about 5 meters across and completely harmless but enough for me to almost fudge my wetsuit at first glance.  absolutely beauitful and amazing!!
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Aunt Sara on

Awesome photos Neal!

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