Life Goal Complete – US Coast Guard Bibb: Wreck Dive

August 19, 2009 · Posted in goals, photos, scuba, videos · 7 Comments 

After learning to scuba dive, I put diving the Bibb on my list of things to do in my life. The U.S.C.G.C. Bibb was the ship my grandfather served on in the Pacific theater during World War 2. I was very young when I learned that the Bibb was sunk off the coast of Florida as an artificial reef. It never occurred to me that I would ever get to see it in person. I had heard a number of stories about the Bibb and was told that during its service in WWII, it was the ship that carried the Admiral of the fleet since the Bibb, being a Coast Guard ship, was one of the smallest of the U.S. Navy fleet.

I brought one of my camera so I got some photos and video of the experience.

A Little Visual History

The United States Coast Guard has a page on the history of the Bibb with a bunch of photos of its early history, so be sure to check that out. Below are some photos my aunt sent me.

Bibb-April-1943
Bibb1944

The picture above actually has my grandfather in it. He’s standing on the deck of the ship looking at the camera, to the left of another sailor in white, just to the left of the deck gun that’s in the center of the photograph. It’s hard to see in the photo of this size, but it’s him.

Bibb-January-1945

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Budapest Skating

March 2, 2009 · Posted in europe, hungary, videos · Comment 

For as long as I’ve lived in Budapest, I never got to go skating near City Park. So when I returned this past December and January, we went on New Years Day and it was an absolute blast. In the background is Vajdahunyad Castle and you can see Heroes’ Square from the rink as well. We went with Laszlo, Gabor, and our friend Tea who’s from Nice, France (where we later ended up staying and skiing for a few days later on).

Check out the collision that Tea sets Laszlo up for about a 1/4 from the beginning:

 

 

Discover Scuba

March 2, 2009 · Posted in scuba, videos · 1 Comment 

We had an excellent showing again at Discover Scuba. Unfortunately this is the last one of the semester, so if you missed it, you’ll have to sign up for a full course or wait until next semester.

One of the guys brought his TransPac harness with dual side mounted tanks and let us try it out. When Steve got it, the first thing he tried to do was swim under the bridge to the deep end of the pool. Scott, whose TransPac it was, was wearing a club BCD and took it off so that he himself could fit under the bridge. Can you tell these guys are cave divers? Enjoy the video below:

Slovak Skiing (Video)

February 22, 2009 · Posted in europe, personal, videos · Comment 

This video isn’t as exciting as the scuba videos, but I ran out of those, so until I get to go diving again (probably in a week or two) enjoy the hills of Slovakia in the short video below: