Well, the last dive is done, and we enter the closing phase of the trip.

The last dive, at Trinity Caves, was just a short ways from the dock where we began the trip, and consisted almost entirely of — you guessed it — a network of caves and swim-throughs. Dr. Noriega decided not to come on this dive, which I feel a little guilty about but I suppose it’s up to him (and I shouldn’t be so egotistical to think it is entirely due to our disagreement), meaning that it was Ramon, Ric and I down into the caverns. While perhaps not a highlight of the trip, the dive was certainly a change of pace, from the earlier sealife-oriented dives to dimly lit and sparsely populated nooks and crannies. We did find a sleeping octopus, however, and Ramon was able to shoot pictures of him to his hearts delight. The three of us ducked in and out of the shallow tunnels, bumping and scraping through but being careful not to be too adventurous in our choice of passageways. I think Ramon, who shares none of my enthusiasm for caves and swim-throughs, got a little tired of it by the end, but as a capstone on the week’s dives I thought it was great! When I get home, I fully intend to check out cave diving and see what kinds of gear, training, and like-minded divers are available.

Some things I’ve discovered on this trip:

  1. I need a soda gun.
  2. I’ve been drinking Diet Coke here like water and it still hasn’t run out. The cost of setting up a fountain of my own might be high, but if this is the standard length one of those syrup boxes lasts, I’ll make up the cost of not having to buy from Albertson’s in short order!

  3. I need underwater audio.
  4. Thinking back, I’m still not sure what my aversion was to the H2O Audio player. Maybe I was so set on an iPod player and so disappointed not to find one, I just got lazy towards the end of the summer’s gear hunt. Regardless of the reason, it’s one of the best parts of my dives now, so iRiver, you’ll be getting a little of my business at long last!

  5. I need Spit.
  6. Divers try any number of methods to try to keep their masks from fogging while underwater. And most can attest to how worthless many of the commercially products like Absolute Clear and 500 PSI are. Spit, one of a couple brands of product the Noriegas brought with them, is not only the best name solution for foggy masks I’ve found on this trip, it has worked every single time I coat the inside of my mask with it. It seems to only reliably last two or so dives, so I’ll need a couple bottles of it, but it doesn’t take much and the bottles hold a heck of a lot (relatively speaking).

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