Green Manelishi R Michael Small

This content was in a website that was allowed to expire in the past, but I decided Jul 2012 to incorporate it into a subdomain of the .COM site. I updated the content so it is germane to events since the original writing, and I reduced the volume of content, but (except for allowing navigation to both of my sites) I chose to NOT change the format; hence the difference between these pages and the main site.

As a wee lad of much younger than 10 years of age I wanted to learn to dive, and in pursuit of underwater adventure I bought a "Calypso" mask. I forgot what I had done with the mask but a few years ago my Mom found it, minus the strap, in a stored box of my childhood belongings. The mask now rests on a bookshelf.

Because I was small for my age, and remained so for much of my childhood, my parents made me wait to take dive lessons until I became large enough to carry the dive gear. When I was 15 years old my parents relented and my buddy for the certification course was my father. Thanks Dad.

The two closest dive sites to my home are Nubble Light and the Piscataqua River. For those unfamiliar with either one, "the Nubble" is a lighthouse located at Cape Neddick, York, ME and it is one of the most photographed sites in the world. The Piscataqua River is the (contested) border between Maine and New Hampshire. It's also one of the fastest currents in the world during the tide run so diving is limited to a brief window during the slowest current between high and low tide. With the Nubble so close, my diving in the river is typically limited to recovering lobster traps for a friend. My gallery contains a few pictures of the Nubble and the Piscataqua.
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