Koh Laoliang, Thailand

December 18, 2011 · Posted in rock climbing, travel · Comment 

As part of our trip to Thailand, we stayed on a small island for 3 full days. They had rock climbing, snorkeling, kayaking and lots of relaxation. We did a lot of rock climbing in the afternoons since it was too hot to climb during the day. Probably the most memorable part of the trip.

Koh Laoliang, Thailand

The river to take us out to the island

The river to take us out to the island

 

On the island, we did some rock climbing. That's me at the top

On the island, we did some rock climbing. That's me at the top

A little better view

A little better view

I'm near the tree line, center top.

I'm near the tree line, center top.

 

View of our beach as we leave for a snorkeling trip

View of our beach as we leave for a snorkeling trip

Side of our island

Side of our island

 

 

 

 

Our island is on the left. We're going to explore the island on the right

Our island is on the left. We're going to explore the island on the right

 

 

Humans on the second island

Humans on the second island

 

Our boat

Our boat

 

 

Random dog on the island

Random dog on the island

Our island in the distance

Our island in the distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These fish formed a dark cloud just under the water near the shore.

These fish formed a dark cloud just under the water near the shore.

Sunrise

Sunrise

 

 

Sunrise on the island

Sunrise on the island

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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