Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sorry we haven't written to the blog lately; we've been underwater and under several dozen feet of solid rock! When we heard our friends from Austin were planning a trip to cave country in Florida, we realized we were so close to the TX/LA state line already that a trip to Marianna would only be about an 8 hour drive. Compared to our recent driving marathon, eight hours just seems like nothing! So we decided overnight to jump in the Jeep and drive to Florida. Our friends already had a place reserved and offered to let us stay with them for the steep price of a 6 pack of cerveza. An offer we couldn't refuse! We left Beaumont on Halloween morning and arrived in Marianna just after sunset. We spent 4 days diving Jackson Blue on the Mill Pond. I worked on increasing my confidence in cavern and cave diving, venturing a little further into the cave with each dive. Flow was down, water visibility was crystal, and the days were sunny and clear. Brian completed his Cavern Diver course, Ian and Chris had a great dive together, and I got to a point where I could relax and check out the millions of fossils in the cave. We never did make it to any of the other caves on the Mill Pond so next time we're out that way there will be plenty more to explore!