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My relationship with Social Media - Monday Ramblings

Social media has consumed our lives and it is a huge part of my life but I wanted to address some pros and cons and my overall views on social media.

Social media has allowed me to keep in touch (even if it is just for major life updates) with so many long distant friends. It is a great way to share major milestone (new baby, wedding pictures, finishing a big race, getting a new job or moving cross country).

Facebook - I used to LOVE Facebook, would upload pictures and status updates frequently but I find myself only contributing on rare occasions and spending less and less time on it. My current issue is that it is 90% sharing stupid viral videos and articles that just clutter it up. I have far and away the most “friends” on Facebook but i’m losing interest and seeing less and less value in it as a social media platform. 

Tumblr - Home of my little blog. I don’t have a huge following on Tumblr and I don’t get a ton of hits per day but i’m ok with that. Sure, i’d love to have more influence but I love it for a place to document my life and express my opinion. I don’t have to stress about scheduled posts or brainstorming topics. I discuss what I want, when I want and it is a perfect platform to just write, to express emotion and to communicate to my family and friends. I also like the community aspect and their web building templates are great for html novices like me. 

Twitter - I still don’t “get” twitter - I don’t think in 140 character phrases and I don’t find much point in jotting down my every thought and whim to my followers. However, It’s a great way to connect and meet other people. It can be overwhelming at times and I know there are apps to organize everything but I haven’t invested the time into figuring that out. Twitter is great for up to the minute breaking news (before polished press releases can be drafted) which I find to be its biggest perk. 

Instagram - I love Instagram which is mainly because I love photography and I am a visual person. It’s simple, it’s streamlined and frankly I like looking at pretty pictures (the filters are nice too). I share important stuff and stupid stuff but it’s a nice easy way to document my random happenings. I post almost all of my workout related activities on there, not because i’m trying to gloat or rub it in but because seeing other peoples run photos helps keep me motivated and I want to pass along the inspiration and at the same time it acts as an a method of accountability. I have a handful of fitness buddies that are my main audience, we encourage each other and motivate each other to keep training and keep pushing – whatever our goals might be.

From a totally different aspect, social media has provided me with some pretty awesome marketing opportunities through the Scuba Diver Girls. I have traveled to Finland and the Bahamas, to trade shows and photo shoots. I’ve had input on product design, marketing launches, and color choices. I’ve given feedback and written reviews and it has been so much fun. Operating one of these top ranking social media marketing companies is hard work. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to build a fan base, develop content, and recruit sponsorships. So then the question is, what is the benefit?

Of course, from a readers perspective the number of times I have read a good review or seen a picture of someone wearing some gadget or decked out in a specific brand or raving about this super awesome place they traveled, it sinks in and occasionally I respond by whipping out my credit card. There is a fine line between the in your face, “i’m trying to promote this product because the company is paying me” to the “hey, look at me, i’m having a great time here, oh and by the way i’m wearing this watch while doing this activity”. You have to be subtle while at the same time actually promoting the product. I love a good product review, one that is honest, give a few cons (because no item is perfect) and from a person who has actually used the product more than just once before writing the review. It’s is an art form that I would love to perfect.

However, not all marketing it trying to sell stuff, there is another side, the non-monetary, informational, content creation side of social media marketing. A Facebook page can act as an informational site to educate people and spread awareness about a topic. Sure there are likely some sponsorships involved but if done correctly they can interact seamlessly with the sites overall purpose and do not come across as a “hey, this company paid me to say that I like it so hey buy this”. For example, this photo received 7,800 likes on Facebook (i’m the one in the middle with the green mask on).

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Not only is it a bad ass photo but it helps spread awareness for Tiger Sharks as well as marketing for Ocean Technologies Systems (the full face diving mask). People saw it, interacted with it and it hopefully had an impact on a small fraction of those 7.8K people. The companies that I interact with all have an overall purpose of promoting a healthy ocean, conservation, animal rights, saving sharks, reducing pollution as well as empowering women (cause that never hurts). Sure they might be trying to sway you towards a certain resort that is great for diving a well protected reef or using a certain brand of gear that supports them or buying a certain type of underwater housing for your camera. The dual purpose is often necessary to keep these sites operating, to pay for content creation, site monitoring and server fees.

So where do all the “mommy bloggers” and “baby blogs” and “running blogs” fit into all of this? That’s a good point, I would love for my blog to become a resource for people, to educate people on issues that I am passionate about and to promote brands that I personally love and use daily (and not just ones that people pay me to promote cause that hasn’t happened yet). Honestly, I think there are way too many pointless blogs out there, people who ramble on endlessly and devote hours of time discussing a topic that is seemingly pointless. It’s all freedom of speech and more power to someone who wants to use a blog for whatever reason they want, I just only read a certain niche of blogs that I get valuable information, inspiration or personal entertainment from. I follow people on twitter and Instagram that inspire me and that keep me informed of cool tips/tricks/gear/suggestions. I’ve been on a super fitness kick and I follow a lot of people casually but I don’t make it my job to stalk their blogs and read every single word they post cause I have a job and a life and I really want to find a balance.

The problem is, social media has consumed my life and I need to find a better balance. I love it and I find it extremely useful but I find that I am missing out on real life things as a result. I want to schedule a total social media break, be it one day, one weekend or one week - where I won’t check instagram/twitter/tumblr/facebook and try and reset my normal. All too often I find that I get fidgety if I don’t see what the world is up to. I lay in bed at night and check Instagram one more time to see if anyone else liked my stupid photo of my dinner. I can’t sit down and watch a movie without checking my computer or phone the whole time – i’m literally addicted to multi-tasking and I don’t have a healthy relationship with social media right now.  I haven’t set a date for this detox but i’ll probably pair it with some sort of real life vacation. Stay tuned!



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Tuesday Rambling

I’ve had some serious blogger-block recently mixed with not really enough time to sit down and type any thoughts out. So, i’ll give you a bullet point run down of life high lights. 

- Officially training for a sub-2:00 half marathon attempt and so far it is going well. I’ll have to knock 16 mins off my current PR and it’ll be a fight but i’m going for it. The heat and humidity is brutal and this is the first time I have legit trained for something over the summer so it’s been an interesting adjustment to winter training. Race is the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon on Sept. 14th. 

- Michael and I celebrated our 12 year date-iversary this month, still like him, will likely keep him around ;) 

- Caitlin and Zach came up to DC over 4th of July and we had a super fun weekend of running, BBQing and fireworking. 

- Kristen, Tim and Will are moving to NY and are planning to swing by DC later this month. I’m super pumped as it’s been way too long since I’ve gotten my nephew snuggle fix (though rumor is that big boys don’t like baby snuggle anymore). 

Yup, that’s about it folks. Sleep, work, run, sleep, work, Barre, work followed by bing watching Game of Thrones and Scandal on the weekends. We’ve been busy but nothing too terribly exciting, hoping to get a legit beach vacation on the schedule for later this summer. 

If you want to keep up with my day-to-day happenings I post of Instagram WAY more than here but will definitely try and keep this blog more up to date!

- Julie



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Why join “The Flock”

Oiselle is a women’s athletic apparel company that I’ve been fawning over for the last year. They have a team of elite runners as well as everyday runners that they sponsor. I heard from a little birdie on the team (pun intended) that they were planning to open up some more spots but in a different fashion than they have in the past. No selection process but rather a limited membership to a run club. A ran the numbers, as anyone who has to justify the credit card balance to their spouse every month, and I decided it was ultimately worth it. Then I thought, hell, I’ve spent $100 on far stupider things (insert any random scuba gadget here) so joining a run club (of sorts) seemed like money well spent. Not to mention, I think the benefits will definitely make it worthwhile. 

I found my running buddy Courtney through Oiselle and for that reason alone, I support their company. Their randies (technical fabric underwear) were the final puzzle piece to my pre-marathon anti-chafe training experiment. Their flock of elite and everyday runners flood my social media every morning with motivation, and keep me excited to lace up my shoes. Sure, I like fun colors and matching outfits and wicking fabric but more than that I like a company with good customer service that is run by a bunch of smart beautiful ladies. Some people might give Oiselle a hard time but as a female runner I stand behind a brand that is honest with its customers and that strives to empower women.

A bird sitting on a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking because its trust in not on the branch but on its wings.
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Why join “The Flock”

Oiselle is a women’s athletic apparel company that I’ve been fawning over for the last year. They have a team of elite runners as well as everyday runners that they sponsor. I heard from a little birdie on the team (pun intended) that they were planning to open up some more spots but in a different fashion than they have in the past. No selection process but rather a limited membership to a run club. A ran the numbers, as anyone who has to justify the credit card balance to their spouse every month, and I decided it was ultimately worth it. Then I thought, hell, I’ve spent $100 on far stupider things (insert any random scuba gadget here) so joining a run club (of sorts) seemed like money well spent. Not to mention, I think the benefits will definitely make it worthwhile.

I found my running buddy Courtney through Oiselle and for that reason alone, I support their company. Their randies (technical fabric underwear) were the final puzzle piece to my pre-marathon anti-chafe training experiment. Their flock of elite and everyday runners flood my social media every morning with motivation, and keep me excited to lace up my shoes. Sure, I like fun colors and matching outfits and wicking fabric but more than that I like a company with good customer service that is run by a bunch of smart beautiful ladies. Some people might give Oiselle a hard time but as a female runner I stand behind a brand that is honest with its customers and that strives to empower women.

A bird sitting on a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking because its trust in not on the branch but on its wings.
-unknown

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Dear William Hudson

One year ago you entered the world and forever changed all of our lives. I know you have brought so much joy to your mom and dad but boy, oh boy have your Aunt Julie and Uncle Michael had a blast watching you grow up!

I have been super lucky to see you on a very regular basis in spite of our 2000 mile separation. In fact I have seen you 11/12 months this last year…crazy! 

There were a lot of races and you were a trooper through all of them. You were there (in utero) to cheer me on through my first half marathon and then you were there in person to give me a high five during my first full marathon.

Your mom has taken you on so many adventures in the past 365 days, none of which you will ever remember, but we have the pictures as proof blackmail. 

July - I changed my flight (since you came 2 weeks early) and flew to El Paso to bond with you for a week. 

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August - I met up with you and your mom for the Great Grandparent tour where you visited all of your grandparents and great grandparents in one awesome week. 

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September - You donned your first track suit and helped cheer on me and Caitlin for the Navy Air Force Half and attended your first MLB game!

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October - We helped celebrate Caitlin and Zach’s marriage by tearing it up on the dance floor together. 

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December - Another race and another track suit for our #1 fan. We also celebrated an early Christmas and your baptism!

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January - RTB weekend in Richmond, you and your pal Austin survived a whole weekend surrounded by 8 girls. 

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February - Your Uncle Michael and I came to visit you in Texas. We lugged your through a cavern and your mom and I survived a killer marathon/training run. 

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March - You donned your 3rd track suit and cheered us on for the Shamrock Marathon (and chewed on a plastic necklace). 

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April - I booked a surprise weekend flight down to NC to spend Easter with everyone and we took some glamour shots

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May - You spent your first night without your mom while we all ran across Cape Cod

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June - You made an impromptu trip to the east coast and got to visit Williamsburg (another race to cheer for) and Jamestown. 

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July - TBD but I assume you’ll be making a trip through DC on your route to your new home in New York. 

It’s been a blast buddy, can’t wait to see what this next year holds!

XO,

Aunt JuJu (or whatever you want to call me as long as you say my name before Uncle Michael’s)



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My first track workout
In all my race training I have somehow avoided the somewhat dreaded track workout. Mainly because there isn’t a track nearby that is open and easy to get to so I just opt for local roads. I don’t know what my next big goal is but for the time being I am keeping Courtney company for her planned training runs. Yesterday she had 6 x 800s at @ 4:10 pace (90 sec rest) planned and we were meeting up with Nevie at a track up in Maryland. 
I haven’t run laps on a track in ages (and I generally despise races that end on tracks however they are growing on me) so I was pretty nervous going into this workout. Thankfully the pace felt pretty good, well at least for the first 400, second 400 was a bit more painful. I tried to control my breathing, slower breathes and keep a consistent pace. The thing I like most about the track is the fixed distances. Coming around to our starting point after lap 1 was a nice, ‘half way there’ marker and then after the next half lap I knew I just had a half a lap left (~1 more minute of running) which always seemed hard totally doable. The intervals ticked by and I actually found myself enjoying the speed while cruising on the inside lane. I felt fast, even though we almost got lapped by some speedy HS guys. 
I was never on track or cross country so my experience with HS track work consisted of the timed mile which I inevitably run/walked. It was nice to change my perception of the track. I’m excited and nervous for future track workouts…it’s a different type of running and training and they are a great way to mix it up compared to running my same neighborhood route all the time. 
1/2 mile warmup then 4:05, 4:14, 4:10, 4:08, 4:11, 4:09. 

My first track workout

In all my race training I have somehow avoided the somewhat dreaded track workout. Mainly because there isn’t a track nearby that is open and easy to get to so I just opt for local roads. I don’t know what my next big goal is but for the time being I am keeping Courtney company for her planned training runs. Yesterday she had 6 x 800s at @ 4:10 pace (90 sec rest) planned and we were meeting up with Nevie at a track up in Maryland. 

I haven’t run laps on a track in ages (and I generally despise races that end on tracks however they are growing on me) so I was pretty nervous going into this workout. Thankfully the pace felt pretty good, well at least for the first 400, second 400 was a bit more painful. I tried to control my breathing, slower breathes and keep a consistent pace. The thing I like most about the track is the fixed distances. Coming around to our starting point after lap 1 was a nice, ‘half way there’ marker and then after the next half lap I knew I just had a half a lap left (~1 more minute of running) which always seemed hard totally doable. The intervals ticked by and I actually found myself enjoying the speed while cruising on the inside lane. I felt fast, even though we almost got lapped by some speedy HS guys. 

I was never on track or cross country so my experience with HS track work consisted of the timed mile which I inevitably run/walked. It was nice to change my perception of the track. I’m excited and nervous for future track workouts…it’s a different type of running and training and they are a great way to mix it up compared to running my same neighborhood route all the time. 

1/2 mile warmup then 4:05, 4:14, 4:10, 4:08, 4:11, 4:09. 

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Dad, this year you became a grandfather and you jumped into the role with the such vigor. I could tell you were equally terrified and exhilarated which I can only imagine is the same feeling you had when your first born was placed in your arms (though i’m sure twins was an equal rush of emotions but just a little more terrifying!). You and mom have gone above and beyond as grandparents and it’s been a pleasure to watch. 

You always have faith in me and although you had your doubts about my marathon goal (as did I) you supported me fully and were there to cheer me on to the finish line. The marathon is just one giant analogy for just about everything I attempt in my life and I love that you support me in all my crazy adventures. I know I terrify you by going cave diving but you know how much I love it so you do the only thing you can, support me and have faith that I know what i’m getting myself into (most of the time). 

Happy Father’s Day!

XOXO

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Lawyers Have Heart 10K

I pretty much stopped actively training for anything since Ragnar (not that I really trained for Ragnar either, just tried to coast off marathon training) and I am thoroughly enjoy the freedom. I am just now accepting missed runs and not stressing over getting X many runs in a week. However, I still had two 10Ks and a Half marathon on the schedule post-Ragnar that I had to get through. At the Capitol Hill Classic 10K I tried to race and push myself and got a PR in the process, though it was a lot tougher than I anticipated. The Run for the Dream Half was part race mentality part just survive 13.1 miles.

So I went into this race with a very open mind. Throw in a late evening of dinner and drinking with friends + a 5:30 alarm and I knew this was not going to be a push it kind of race. I set out to run for fun, not stress about pace and take the occasional walking break if I wanted to. I’m honestly quite shocked with my time since it felt like I was going much slower. The course was much better than I remembered from last year, seemed there was more shade and not quite as hot. The first half felt like a slight downhill but then when I made the turn back (it was out-and-back) it seemed to be mainly flat/downhill again - love that! My watch was also reading 0.2 miles short (GPS kicked in late since we started under a bridge) so I was pleasantly surprised by each mile marker. On the back half my right calf kept cramping up, likely dehydration, so I took it slow. 

Overall time of 1:03:58 for a 10:15 min/mile average pace. I am very happy with my time and enjoyed running it just to run it. Even if i’m not actively training I enjoy having races on the calendar, pinning bibs on and spending a weekend morning out running with friends. 



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After a storm comes a calm.

- Matthew Henry

While in Florida diving the other weekend, we got hit with the inevitable Florida thunderstorms. Following a wonderful day of diving, Jordan and I pulled off the side of the road to take some photos of the most magnificent sunset.

The clouds were electric and it was simply serene. 

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Run for the Dream race recap

Let’s start this race recap back in 2011 when I first started running. My sister had suggested we run a Half Marathon and I thought, sure, sounds great but I can barely run a quarter mile without getting winded at the time. So we started running together and slowly but surely we were getting better. A few weeks into our training, my ankle was really bothering me and I thought I was just doing it wrong. I would still run but after a run or two ended in shooting pain and tears I decided…maybe I should go see an orthopedist. Sure enough, x-rays and a MRI later I had a stress fracture in my tibia. I was sidelined for 6-weeks in a boot. I was super bummed but took the requisite rest and then started back up nice and slow doing the couch-to-5K program. I got about half way through the program before it was time for our “big race”. Kristen had managed to get through the half training and this was her first official half marathon! We all went up to support her and Michael, Tim and I ran the 8K on Saturday and Kristen ran the half on Sunday. I was very disciplined and run/walked the race with an average pace of 12 mi/mile and finished in just under 1 hour. This was officially the START of my running, or at least running injury free. It was a rocky start and I cannot say it was love at first step but it was the beginning. 

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2012 we were back again for the Run for the Dream but this time Kristen and Michael were in the throws of marathon training and the two of them did the Half Marathon while Tim and I ran the 8K again. By this time I had started CrossFit and was trying to run more regularly and came in with a much better time of 52:31 for a 10:33min/mile pace (an over 8 minute PR from the year prior). 

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2013 we missed this race due to a friends wedding and were a bit bummed since it was becoming a tradition. We subbed in the Marine Corp Historic Half in May instead. 

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2014 rolls around and we are all spread out between TX and DC and decide to forgo the race this year due to a busy Spring schedule. However, one of our Ragnar teammates (and coworker of Michaels) wanted to run the race to get a Half PR so we decided to make the short 2.5hr drive down to spend a quick weekend in Williamsburg. I’d never run the half marathon and so this was my chance! Our teammate then had a work trip pop up so it was just Michael and I left to run the race. Kristen ended up being able to tag along for the weekend due to some last minute travel plans to the east coast! Unfortunately, strollers weren’t allowed to race and there was no back-up nephew-sitting plan so Kristen and Will were our super duper cheer squad and helped run the last few in with us. 

So now that you know the back story, how did the race itself go…

I purposefully (although not entirely successfully) went into this race without any goals. I haven’t really done any proper training since the marathon (2.5 months ago!) and was able to coast on that through Ragnar. Aside from Ragnar, I hadn’t run more than 8 miles since the marathon and most of my runs were in the 3-5 mile range. I had been working on increasing speed but only for short distances. I struggled a bit in the Capitol Hill Classic 10K the other weekend so wasn’t going into this half with any grand goals of a PR. Michael agreed to run it with me (a solid 2-2.5 minutes slower than his normal pace) and I thought, maybe, just maybe, if the stars align I could PR. I shouldn’t have even thought that because then I had high hopes when really all I wanted to do was run this race and enjoy the weekend. Run-cation as I was calling it, enjoy Williamsburg and don’t make a big deal out of the race. 

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Miles 1-6: Slow start due to the crowd but was maintaining a nice 10:05-10:10 average pace. If I could keep this up, I could definitely PR (stop it Julie, it is way too early in the race to get your hopes up). The 2:15 pacer was this adorable man in his 60’s and we were sticking with him which was a huge confidence boost!

Mile 1-6 splits: 10:15, 10:12, 10:01, 10:02, 10:13, 10:10

6.5-7: Legs felt great, heart/lungs did not and I took my first walking break which I knew was a bad sign. I threw my arms over my head to open up my lungs and slow my heart rate. I loved having Michael there to keep me going but at the same time felt like I was letting him down (which is so stupid to even think). He wanted to push me to a PR and here I was walking. I wanted to run the whole thing without stopping but I could feel the dizzy/light headed feeling creeping in and I knew that my body needed a break. 

Mile 7 split: 10:39

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8-12: We pushed on and there were definitely a few more walking breaks. The back half of the course had some nice little hills that slowed me down a bit as well. We met up with Kristen just shortly before mile 9 and I was so over this race by then. I wanted to hop in the stroller with Will and just cruise back to the car. Unfortunately, that plan got vetoed and so I chugged along. 

Mile 8-12 splits: 11:27, 10:47, 11:27, 11:59, 11:25

12-13.1: They changed up the route this year (I think for the better) but we were entering the same area that the half has finished the first two years. I saw all the spots I used to camp out waiting for Kristen and Michael to round the corner to the finish and I definitely had a “you are f-ing running it this time” moment which I think it the only thing that got me through the last mile. I generally hate races that end on tracks and this one makes you go almost a full lap around which feels like FOREVER when you are finishing a half marathon. Though, for a race that had very few spectators (in comparison) the crowd at the end in the stadium was much appreciated. As a throwback to Ragnar, I was counting the people I passed in that final lap…4 kills (though 2 made a final push at the end and likely crossed around the same time). 

Mile 12-Finish: 11:07, 2:22

Official time of 2:22:07 (10:50 min/mile pace). Overall, I’m happy about the race, the course was beautiful and it was fun to run with Michael (and Kristen and Will). Definitely not the strong race I would have like but happy to have Half Marathon #6 in the books! Suunto watch official time is 2:22:12 for 13.27 miles for an average pace of 10:42.

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Had a blast cave diving this weekend with my buddy Jordan. We had planned to dive Ginnie Springs before we realized it was the redneck equivalent to Spring Break in Panama…no joke. So, we quickly detoured and drove farther south to Manatee Springs State Park. With the river level so high there are very few springs left that are diveable and with Ginnie out of the running, we were stuck with Manatee all weekend. Although initially bummed that we would be making practically the same dive over and over again, I feel like I noticed something new each time. It is a unique cave and I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time getting acquainted with it. Not to mention, the park amenities are pretty spot on - working bathrooms (i.e. not port-o-potties), showers (including one right when you hop out of the water), picnic tables, and a rockin’ concession stand with fresh BBQ, Ribs and fixins!
One particularly noteable event was when two very nice folks branched off from their park church outreach Sunday service that was going on (complete with Bango playing and singing) and asked if we minded if they said a prayer with us. With our drysuits on and dripping with sweat we bowed our heads while these complete strangers said the sweetest little prayer for our safe return. Something to the effect of “We wish them safe passage into one of Your creations and we ask that you look after them during their dive this morning and we pray for their safe return”. They were extremely supportive of our diving and it was just a very touching gesture!
I’m hoping to make a short GoPro video montage from the dives later this week so stay tuned!

Had a blast cave diving this weekend with my buddy Jordan. We had planned to dive Ginnie Springs before we realized it was the redneck equivalent to Spring Break in Panama…no joke. So, we quickly detoured and drove farther south to Manatee Springs State Park. With the river level so high there are very few springs left that are diveable and with Ginnie out of the running, we were stuck with Manatee all weekend. Although initially bummed that we would be making practically the same dive over and over again, I feel like I noticed something new each time. It is a unique cave and I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time getting acquainted with it. Not to mention, the park amenities are pretty spot on - working bathrooms (i.e. not port-o-potties), showers (including one right when you hop out of the water), picnic tables, and a rockin’ concession stand with fresh BBQ, Ribs and fixins!

One particularly noteable event was when two very nice folks branched off from their park church outreach Sunday service that was going on (complete with Bango playing and singing) and asked if we minded if they said a prayer with us. With our drysuits on and dripping with sweat we bowed our heads while these complete strangers said the sweetest little prayer for our safe return. Something to the effect of “We wish them safe passage into one of Your creations and we ask that you look after them during their dive this morning and we pray for their safe return”. They were extremely supportive of our diving and it was just a very touching gesture!

I’m hoping to make a short GoPro video montage from the dives later this week so stay tuned!

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Cave Country Bound!!

I’m headed down to FL this weekend for some MUCH needed diving! It’s been a long winter and i’m super excited to dust off my gear!

Most of the caves have flooded which is where the rives get high enough to reverse the flow of the springs. River water in caves = undiveable. However, there are a few springs that pump out enough water that they are typically immune to high rain fall - Ginnie Springs being the most popular. 

I only have a handful of dives in this system so i’m super excited to explore it some more of it and while the flow is down (usually it is a fight against the current/flow to get into it). 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everyone!!



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