Tuesday, October 7, 2008

19th Century Wreck Discovered

It's always exciting when recreational scuba divers discover a wreck, and today divers announced that they had successfully reached "The Portland" off the coast of Massachusetts this summer. For more, click on the title of the post!

Congratulations Bob Foster, David Faye and team!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Presidente Intercontintental

Quick post about this fantastic hotel. Naturally, it's amazing that there's a dive shop and dock steps from the room - that goes without saying. But there are plenty of dive-friendly hotels that focus entirely on the diving and don't bother with the other details. When planning this trip, I wanted a bit of luxury with my diving adventures, and I found it. It's not uptight luxury though. Everything is perfectly laid-back and casual, but the staff are incredibly well-trained in service and the restaurants and additional features are exceptional. The pyramid above is a playground for the iguanas that have taken up residency on this gorgeous beach. I love that they have their own little Mayan temple.
My favorite food so far is pictured here - iced tea and Panuchos - shredded grilled chicken, lettuce, avocado on corn tortillas stuffed with black beans. Amazing, and relatively healthy. The restaurant has breathtaking views of the ocean, a great happy hour with 2 for 1 drinks, and fantastic food! There's something for everyone - Mexican food, American food, pizza, salads. It is a little more expensive than I anticipated - lunch is coming in around $35 - $40 without cocktails. Water is kind of absurd at $5 per bottle, and $3.50 for iced tea with no refills. But, they have expenses and we seem to be practically the only ones in the hotel, so I'm not complaining.
I also had an incredible massage on the beach under a thatched roof that I arranged through the Spa. This spa is really nice, and just small and quaint enough to fit nicely with the overall vibe of the hotel. The most important thing is that it's clean and offers a nice variety of services by trained professionals. The brochure mentions yoga and pilates, but when I asked about this, the receptionist explained that the "lady left town" for a while, and also, that it wasn't "real" pilates but something similar. I thought that was kind of hysterical. The one thing about this laid back island is that you have to be flexible. Fortunately, I'm so relaxed here that I feel very able to go with the flow.
And how could you not be relaxed having almost an entire hotel (and a 4 1/2 star one at that!) to yourself!!

I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who loves a little taste of the finer things mixed in with their diving. It strikes just the right balance between easy casual and luxury service and accommodation. It's unpretentious yet impressive. And what a view!

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Divelog: Palancar Gardens / Chankanaab Reef

Today was a SCUBA dream! Our first dive day in Cozumel, and it was fantastic! Palancar Caves, followed by Chankanaab Reef. A great way to begin over a week of diving one of the world's best locations.

I have to back up a bit and explain that after trying on my Mares BCD, I exchanged it for a SeaQuest Libra travel BCD. The Mares looked great, but I could tell it would chafe my neck. So today I broke in the new SeaQuest Libra BCD. It has back inflation with integrated weights. Before today, I've always rented my BC -so I was excited to see if this improved the dive.

This morning we didn't have to wake up at 6 am to wolf down coffee and breakfast and lug our gear to a car and drive to a dock. Instead, we walked right out of the hotel room onto the beach at 7 am, had a leisurely breakfast on the water, and walked about 25 feet to the dive boat in time for an 8:15 departure. Scuba Du - the onsite diveshop at the Presidente Intercontinental - was fantastic. The dive masters are extremely professional yet easy-going. It's no wonder they have a top PADI rating. On our boat, we had divemasters Sarah (who spoke French, English, and Spanish!) and Giovanni (our divemaster who was simply the best I've had the pleasure of diving with). They helped us set up our gear quickly and correctly and had every detail covered.

Palancar Gardens was our first destination, and it was gorgeous. Incredible coral formations, grouper, sea turtles, and a nice current that made finning almost completely unnecessary on the entire dive. Both of today's dives were drift dives as Cozumel is famous for its currents. It was a multi-level dive: we started around 40 and went as far as 80 ft. deep. The water was as warm and as clear as I've ever seen. I wore a 2 mil. shorty wetsuit and I was perfectly comfortable.

Two particular details to mention: (1) I was under-weighted - I only brought 8 lbs. and I needed 10. I struggled with buoyancy most of the dive and kept floating upwards. It became a real problem when I tried to do a 3 minute safety stop toward the end, and simply couldn't stay down. I don't know if it was the air expanding in my tank or the back inflation, but combined with the fact that I was underweighted, I didn't manage more than a minute at most. Fortunately, no harm done. (2) I kept getting stung by tiny jellyfish. Nothing serious, but they felt like pinpricks. Gloves are strictly prohibited in the area (as I discovered when putting them on), and naturally the jellyfish went straight for my hands. The stings didn't leave any marks, and I didn't feel them at all once I surfaced.

Once we surfaced, I realized that the back-flotation meant that it was far easier to lay on my back horizontally than to try to bob up and down in a vertical position where I had to keep treading water to stay upright.

On our second dive, we headed over to Chankanaab Reef after a brief surface interval when the dive crew brought us fresh cantaloupe and bananas. The Reef was gorgeous, although it was not as spectacular as the Palencar Gardens. Still, there were incredible colors, coral, grouper, and we even saw a massive Barracuda just hanging out. While we were down, a brief rainstorm passed over us. We could see the raindrops on the surface, but the visibility was still remarkably good. What a great way to ride out a little rain! This time, my weight was correct and I had gotten used to the back flotation to the point where my buoyancy was clearly much better. The currents were strong, but staying with the group was easy. Properly weighted, I was able to do a 3 minute safety stop with no problem.

A short boat ride to the dock at the hotel, and we were back in time for a nice lunch and a nap in the sunshine. We met a couple of nice divers - Jeff and Julie from Houston - which is always a plus.

The photos (taken yesterday) with this post are of the restaurant and Scuba Du - right on the beach, steps from each other and the hotel room. I can't imagine anything easier.

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Bienvenidos everyone! I am officially on vacation, and I have stumbled into paradise. If you have read this month's Scuba Diving magazine you've seen incredible photos of Cozumel, and that's exactly where I am as I write this. Keep checking our blog over the next couple of weeks as I'll be posting all about my adventures in this incredible place.

I arrived yesterday, and I haven't done any diving yet. Therefore, the first round of photos will be on the surface. I bought a new digital camera for this vacation. I ordered it on Zappos.com, and it arrived in plenty of time. However, I ordered the housing on Amazon marketplace two weeks ago and the seller didn't bother to ship it until the day before I left. So a friend will be sending it to me as soon as it arrives. Fingers crossed!

Getting here was very easy. We booked the whole thing through Expedia.com. We flew Continental Airlines and connected in Houston. Apparently you can fly to Cancun and take a ferry over to Cozumel, but now that airlines are offering flights directly to the island, flying seems like the way to go. I have to say that flying economy in Continental was actually more pleasant than some experiences I've had flying first class on other airlines. The flight crew was really pleasant, the connection was easy, and the seats were comfortable. I was really surprised, and it got our trip off to a great start. Also, the Mexican customs agents were very nice and friendly. No problems there at all.

Tip: We booked a taxi from the airport to the hotel through Expedia and had vouchers. We were supposed to meet a guy in a yellow shirt when we arrived. He was waiting for us, but we were stuck in a hot passenger van with 9 other people who weren't going to our hotel. From the little Spanish I speak, I heard him basically auction off our vouchers to the lowest bidder. A small bunch of drivers with vans were calling out numbers, "Cuarenta!" "Treinta!" and the one who took us shouted, "Veintesiete!" We could barely fit into the van, and someone had to sit on the arm rest. When we tried to ask for a different van, the man in the yellow shirt acted like there was nothing he could do. But it was 7 minutes to the hotel, so no real problems. Next time - cab.

The hotel is the Presidente Intercontinental, and it's gorgeous. There's also a dive shop - Scuba Du - onsite right on the beach! Apparently the hotel had a renovation not long ago, and the furniture, the bathrooms, and the flat screen tv are fantastic. They tried to upgrade us to a beachfront room for free, but we wanted a great view from a higher floor, so we stayed with what we'd originally booked - an Ocean Suite. The hotel is practically empty!!! It's unbelievable. There are a couple of great restaurants, a gorgeous spa, and one mile of private beach in paradise. The temperature is in the low 90's with a beautiful breeze and the water is crystal clear. I have no idea why this place isn't crawling with people, but fortunately, it's not. However, it is crawling with Iguanas. They're amazing creatures, and this guy was sweet enough to let me take a photo.

I will be posting frequently, and I'll try to break it up by topic. I will do my first dive tomorrow - Palencar Gardens. Also, I'm taking a trip over to the Yucutan peninsula to visit some Mayan pyramids and to dive in some cenotes. Please feel free to weigh in and share any tips about Cozumel or ask any questions if you want me to investigate something.

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Saturday, August 9, 2008

O Dark Thirty

Hello everyone,

I'm up and at 'em this morning, ready to get in the water. I'll be going to Cozumel in a couple weeks. To prepare for many diving adventures, I've decided to do a refresher course with Eco Dive Center. I took classes with them in early 2005 when I first got certified, and they're great. Even though I feel pretty good in the water, I have a new BC, and there are a couple of general safety things I want to go over because, thankfully, I've never had to put much of the safety training to use. So hopefully later today I'll have a few funny photos of me in a giant swimming pool in full gear. I'm now just trying to decide whether to wear a shorty or a full suit. Even though it's just a pool, if you're in it long enough, it can get cold!

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

"You Caught Me Kissing"

For those of you that think Scuba adds romance to your life, you're not alone! I just found a sweet review of a book I'd love to get my hands on and settle down for a good read. Doesn't this look like the perfect beach read?

Click on the link to read the simple, but touching, review about this book. To give you the highlights:

For more than fifty years, Dorothy Bridges wrote a love poem to television's SEA HUNT star Lloyd Bridges every Valentine's Day. For this Valentine's Day 2005, she published the book "You Caught Me Kissing: A Love Story" (© Copyright 2005, ibooks, distributed by Simon & Schuster).

The book is the story of the romantic saga of this legendary Scuba Diving Hollywood couple told through vignettes written by Beau, Cindy, and Jeff Bridges. Loaded with family photos and Dorothy's poems, the book is a tribute to their life-long romance.

If you see this book in a store, or any other great beach/plane read, let us know!

Hugs and fishes,

Monday, August 4, 2008

Blackberries Instead of Bar

Well, we survived the Bar, despite the earthquake! I just wanted to say thanks for all the well-wishes and support :)

I haven't gotten back in the water yet, but I did get a chance to go pick wild blackberries - YUM!

We should be back in action in about a week - give us some time to feel human again :)

Hugs and fishes,

Monday, July 28, 2008

Bar Exam and Mares BC

Good morning! Over the next three days, Kari, Traci, Zee and I will be taking the California bar exam. As soon as this is behind us, I'm heading off to Cozumel to go diving, and I have just purchased this Mares BC. As you can see, it's great for travel because it folds up into the size of a handbag, and it even has a handle so you can carry it easily. It's full back inflation, and I've never used one like it before. People say it takes some getting used to - so I ask you - have you ever used a back inflation BC? Have you ever gone diving in Cozumel? Any dive site recommendations?  

Hope all is well wherever in the world you are today, and please wish us luck!

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

scuba skivvies

The end is near...less than two weeks away from the CA bar!

I found these fabulous boxers for the man who loves scuba and wants everyone to know.

Check 'em out at: http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/MensBrowse/Men_Feature_Assortment/NewArrivals/boxers/PRDOVR~94536/94536.jsp

hugs & fishes,

***bonus - you can have them monogrammed!***

Saturday, July 12, 2008

My vacation: COZUMEL?

Hi Everybody!

I am looking to book at dive vacation after the bar exam is over, and I've been considering a few different destinations. I am seriously leaning toward Cozumel, although the Cayman Islands is a close second. I have also considered Fiji, but it may be too expensive. If anyone has any experiences of Cozumel they want to share, please leave a comment! I look forward to your thoughts.

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Stay Focused

Quick post for today, then I'm off to study.

I read an article (click above for link) about a non-profit organization that offers SCUBA certification for people with disabilities, and I wanted to share it here. An excerpt:

"Inspired by his older brother, Bobby Muller, a paraplegic Marine Corps combat veteran from the Vietnam War, for whom diving represents freedom from his wheelchair, Roger incorporated Stay-Focused in January 2003. In addition to becoming PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) certified, Stay-Focused divers participate in workshops, sample parasailing and riding wave runners, and enjoy recreational outings on Grand Cayman."

The non-profit's website is :

Have a great day!
Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Friday, July 4, 2008


Long time no see!  We have been very busy studying for the upcoming California Bar Exam which we're taking at the end of the month, so we haven't had much time for posting.  However, I was able to get away for a couple of hours to attend the SCUBA SHOW in Long Beach a couple of weekends back!  

Apart from the fact that the Convention Center was also rented out by Jehovah's Witnesses on that particular day, the Scuba Show was fun.  Nothing against Jehovah's Witnesses or anything, but they had rented out the entire Convention Center's parking structure and made Scuba Show visitors find alternate parking. The bathroom lines were also very long!  If you were there, you know what I'm talking about.  Next year, Scuba Show planners, please try to pick a day when there aren't thousands of people from different groups competing for parking spaces and toilets!  

However, once we were in, Christina and I had a great time running around the booths and checking out all the gear.  I was particularly impressed with Mares new women's line.  Also, a company is now offering full face masks with integrated communication systems.  The regulator is also integrated into the mask, so you don't have to clear the mask the traditional way.  How do you feel about communicating under water?  I have to say, I enjoy the peace and quiet down there!  

I really miss posting and reading your comments, and I look forward to this study mania coming to a close.  I'm trying to book a dive vacation for the end of August, so all suggestions are welcome!!  Hope everyone is well!

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Sunday, June 22, 2008

i need a wife

TwoTank friends, family, & lovers -

I am going crazy with bar studying, although I may have been there before. But that is a post for another day with more time to "dive" into my neuroses, ha ha ha. That's just it, there cannot possibly be enough time in the next 5 weeks to get everything done & continue to sleep & exercise.

Basically, I need a wife. I don't mean a liberated post-feminist wife, I need the perfect 1950's housewife who will clean my apartment, do the laundry, iron my sheets, make my lunch, & have a hot, healthy dinner on the table every night...in addition to running any errands that may need to be completed.

Here are some photos of my high-school friend on her scuba trip off of Catalina Island. Enjoy!

Hugs and fishes, Traci

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Shipwreck Discovered

Two men have claimed to have discovered a very old shipwreck - the HMS Ontario, a British 22 gun warship that was lost in 1780 during the American Revolution. The men, Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville, have not disclosed the location, but have spent $100,000 on equipment and 3 years searching for this "holy grail" of shipwrecks. The ship was lost when a sudden gale swallowed it. Lost for over 200 years and now it has been discovered. Brilliant. Approximately 5000 shipwrecks have been discovered in the Great Lakes.

The men have explained that the ship is still considered a war grave (120 souls were aboard when it sank) and belongs to the British government. When I first learned of the HMS Ontario, it reminded me of our first year exam in Real Property because we had a similar fact pattern- interesting to analyze who might have a rightful claim to anything aboard the ship. Click on the title of the post to read more and see a grainy photo of the shipwreck.

Sorry we haven't posted in a long time. The bar preparation is intense! However, we're all trudging along and looking forward to an August dive trip and more time to post!

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Friday, May 30, 2008

Keeping Time

The title of this post links to an article about a new Rolex watch that can be used while diving. It's called the Rolex SeaDweller Deep Sea, and it looks amazing. It got me thinking - first, I need a watch. It's one of the mandatory pieces of gear that divers must wear on all dives. I have been naughty, though, and I admit I haven't really worn one lo these many scuba years. I have a nice watch, but I think I need a cheap and cheerful one that I won't worry about at depth. Am I wrong?

According to this article, the Rolex Sea Dweller deep sea is waterproof up to 12,800 feet! This is truly a beautiful watch. However, I'm curious - what kind of watch do you wear when diving? Are dive computers replacing dive watches? Is the money better spent on a dive computer, a dive watch, or does a diver need both these days?

I haven't invested in a dive computer yet because I always just count on my buddy or the dive master since my only experience is with groups of divers. However, I'm definitely going to get my own before my next dive trip. So feel free to post away about what kind of dive computer and/or watch you recommend.

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Monday, May 26, 2008

SCUBA is not a crime!

It's been far too long since our last post, but as you can imagine, graduation festivities and bar preparation has left us each with almost no time! However, I had to post this as soon as I saw it. According to the story:

"A Tofino man was recently sentenced in Port Alberni provincial court to 60 days in jail for unlawfully possessing scuba diving equipment contrary to a prohibition order. Gilgamesh Derick Palm also received an additional two year snorkeling and scuba diving prohibition, after pleading guilty to contravening an Order of Prohibition made under Section 79.6 of the Fisheries Act.
Convicted for the second time for possessing northern abalone in 2001, Palm was handed an eight year Order of Prohibition, which prohibited him from engaging in snorkeling or scuba diving activities. However, fishery officers determined in March 2008 that he was in contravention of the order, as he was in possession of scuba diving equipment. Because of conservation concerns, abalone fisheries have been closed in BC since December 1990. Northern abalone was declared a threatened species under the Species at Risk Act in 1999. Killing, harming, harassing, capturing or taking abalone is prohibited under SARA, which aims to prevent endangered and threatened wildlife from becoming extinct or lost from the wild, and to help in the recovery of these species. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a press release that one of the largest threats to northern abalone survival is the continued unauthorized harvest, and surveys of northern abalone, including areas accessible only to remote communities, show no sign of recovery."

Sounds like he needs a good lawyer! Too bad we're still studying for the bar. Who knew a person could be on SCUBA probation??

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Monday, May 12, 2008

One Month Anniversary!

Hi everybody! It's been exactly one month since we first debuted our blog, and so many of our new friends have given us a fantastic welcome to the online SCUBA community. To thank you for all your kind comments and for dropping by so often, I thought I'd give you an underwater hug. Have a great day.

Hugs and fishes,
Jenni Mo

P.S. We graduate from law school on Friday!

Ice Diving in the White Sea

I ran across this story in the Wall St. Journal online, and it's incredible! Mark Schoofs wrote the piece and is the diver. The video is truly breathtaking. And the White Sea Center has two captive Beluga whales that played with the divers.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"But the cold harbors danger. Valves can freeze, either blasting a diver with free-flowing air or shutting off the air supply altogether. Every air tank for ice diving has two valves, not the standard one for warm-water diving, and the mouthpiece valve has a freeze-resistant design. Even so, I encountered an emergency. I wore a vest that inflated and deflated to control buoyancy, and a valve on it froze open, ballooning the vest and sending me straight up. I was pinned against the ice, unable to swim freely, with the air in my tank rapidly flowing out. The safety of the terrestrial world was less than a foot away but walled off by impenetrable ice.

This is the second danger of ice diving: To ascend to the surface, one must return to the ice hole. Out of air and wearing close to 100 pounds of gear, even 25 yards underwater can be a long, even lethal distance. Each diver is secured to a rope connected to two other people: a buddy in the water and a tender on the surface. My buddy saw my trouble and gave the emergency signal: Four yanks of the rope, and our tender hauled us in. We skated along the ice's underside, a sensation so fun and beautiful that I forgot the danger. Up on top, our tender doused the valve with hot water from a thermos, and we resumed our dive."

Click on the title of the post to read the entire piece.

Hope everyone is well. We're done with finals and gearing up for graduation on Friday!

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Above and Below

Sunrise on Maui. At the Grand Wailea, they have beach dives right off the hotel. One of the things I love about diving in Hawaii is that waking up at the crack of dawn isn't so difficult thanks to the time change. (For me it's 3 hours behind). I'm happy to get up and go diving first thing in the morning. This is what it looks like above the water and below the water on the same day.

Let's all wish the girls good luck on their exams. I'm finished now, but they still have a few to go!

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Monday, May 5, 2008

Diver ESP

Everyone has one - a story about how you just got a little "feeling" that you should or shouldn't do something.  I am a big fan of listening to my intuition.  My story involves Miami, Florida in March 2007.  I flew to Miami, and we were booked to go on a dive - the U.S.S. Spiegel Grove - in the Keys.  I went to dinner at a wonderful seafood restaurant the night before, and it was great - until I started throwing up in the middle of the night.  I didn't get much rest, and I woke up with a bad feeling (besides just throwing up).  I had a really terrible sense of doom, but I wanted to do this dive.  After all, I had traveled all this way and I wasn't going to get another chance during that trip.  
If you've ever been to the Speigel Grove, you know that it's a huge war ship, and portions of it are in over 120 feet of water.  I've done deep dives, but I'm a little more psychologically comfortable at 80 feet max.  However, I had seen magnificent photos of the ship, and I couldn't wait to take my own so I was willing to - ahem - take the plunge.  (Did I just say that?)
Anyway,  I went to the dive shop.  The weather was awful - gray, gloomy, rainy.  But, again, I had traveled so far, and rain doesn't really affect diving once you're under.  Plus, the boat was taking divers.  If the boat goes, why shouldn't I?  Again, terrible sense of doom.  That plus the bad seafood the night before plus the terrible weather made me do something I had never done before - cancel a dive.  The shop was kind enough to refund my money.  I moped around the rest of the day, wondering if I had made the right call.  The next day, I picked up my newspaper outside my hotel room and discovered that three divers died on the Speigel Grove on the dive I was scheduled to do at the time I was scheduled to do it.  They had apparently penetrated the wreck without tying a line, bringing extra air canisters, or having a guide.  One of them made it back, but three of them got lost inside the ship.  They had to send down an extraction team the following day.  It was awful.  I don't know if I would have penetrated the wreck or not because I tend to be a pretty cautious diver.  However, these guys were experienced and certified - probably more experienced than me.  I'm really sorry for those divers and their families.  
The reason I bring it up is because I think it's really critical to listen to your intuition with SCUBA.  It's also critical to respect your buddy's feelings about a dive, too, and to never pressure your buddy.  Do you have any stories of DIVER ESP?
Hugs and Fishes,
Jenny Mo

Sunday, May 4, 2008

SCUBA's Good For You!

The Guardian just ran a story about the health benefits of SCUBA v. Swimming.  You can read the entire story on Guardian's website by clicking the title of this post, but here are some highlights:

Swimming:  Increases appetite.   Swimmers gained an avg. of 5 lbs. when put on a 3 month program for weight loss.  Oops. 

SCUBA:  Swimming with fins is like water-based weight training, firming the thighs!  Weight loss?  Excellent - Someone weighing 70kg burns 13 calories a minute, putting a 45 minute dive at 585 burned calories!!  (For those of us Americans  - 70 kg is 154 pounds).  That is the equivalent of a Carl's Jr. Famous Big Star Hamburger (580 Calories), or 2 Glazed Chocolate Crullers from Dunkin Donuts (560 calories) or 5 Heineken beers (550).  Wow!  

Both are good for lung capacity.  Swimming is better for an upper body workout.  As you all know, we don't really do much with our arms at depth.    
The last time I burned 585 pounds in 45 minutes, I was on a treadmill listening to terrible techno music, sweating like crazy, and thinking there had to be a better way.  Well there is!!

Personally, I eat very healthy and I don't drink - especially before a dive (or even the night before).  No wonder divers look great in a wetsuit!  We're working hard out there!

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo 

Friday, May 2, 2008

Scuba Camp?

What do you guys think about this one? A live aboard scuba camp for teens... interesting!

Check it out here:

April Fav Blogs

April was a blast! Here are the five most popular posts from April (as measured in comments). We had fun, hope you did too :)

First of all, you guys loved Jenny's Mo's first official underwater post:

Also, "Feeding Frenzy" was a hit with the web crowd:

"Feeding Frenzy" was not to be outdone by "TwoTone Tan Lines"

Both with four comments. Moving into the three comments category, we had the very, very sad event of a shark attack in San Diego. Thanks to the community for helping us honor this gentleman in his untimely death:

We had some fun advice from Jenny Mo and web friends about proper mask clearing. I've not been diving in the ocean yet, so I can only "picture" what you guys are talking about. However, it seems like you all did an amazing job describing what I should do once I get certified! If you missed it, check it out here:

We also have one more post that was the most "fun" for us... we love making connections online and we really found some great scuba friends in the midst of my ode to Traci's love of mermaids!

As you can tell, we are all nearing the end of finals, but we are still pretty school focused so the blogging has been hit or miss. Soon after finals, Z and I will be getting certified so that will be fun and funny all at the same time :) We have our fingers crossed that we will be taking an all girls dive trip before the summer is out, but we will keep you posted! Any ideas? We need to go somewhere that is a long weekend away from the US.

If you have a favorite friend on TwoTank you can get the posts by author as follows:

Jenny Mo: http://twotank.blogspot.com/search/label/Jenny%20Mo
Traci: http://twotank.blogspot.com/search/label/Traci
Z (who has been studying A LOT): http://twotank.blogspot.com/search/label/Z
Me (Kari): http://twotank.blogspot.com/search/label/Kari

Hugs and Fishes,

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Three Down - One to Go!

I just finished a final that was so confusing and hard that I cannot describe it other than as my worst school nightmare for three hours in slow-mo. Yeah, honey, THREE hours of nothing but essay - corporate law no less. So, that was the end of my third final. I have one more next week.

After that I will be a free woman! I might paint my face blue :) As a celebration, I am taking the rest of the night off from thinking and going to dinner with some old friends from home. I think there are few things on the planet as wonderful as old friends that know you so well, it's almost hard to keep the conversation going because you already know EVERTHING about each other. I love that. So, hats off to old friends and being (almost) done with finals!

Hugs and fishes,

P.S. Once I'm done with finals I get to start my SCUBA certification... so excited! I've even started calling / e-mailing local shops for price quotes. Don't worry, I blog all the action :)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Nudist Vacations?

Oh, boy.  Where do I begin?  The New York Times Travel Section has a story this week, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem," exposing the growing trend of nudist travel.  Apparently there are all-nude luxury resorts from Mexico to the Caribbean.  This growth industry  is estimated at $440,000,000 last year.  There's even an all-nude Hawaiian cruise scheduled for 2010.  And - get this - they are referring to a such trip as a "nakation." 

There is absolutely no way I would ever do this.  Yes, I'm modest.  But even more importantly, I really don't want to see other nude people frolicking on a cruise ship or lunching by the pool or playing volleyball / water polo or whatever (like in this photo).  However, I think I've figured out why this is becoming popular.  Who wants to go through all the hassle of bringing luggage to an airport these days?  With the nudist vacation, lost luggage is a thing of the past!  Besides, is being nude for a week really that much more embarrassing than having a full body scan at your local airport security checkpoint?   Probably not, unless you're taking a trip with your parents or your boss.  The main problem I foresee is managing to fit a sufficient amount of sunscreen into those Ziplock bags they make you use now.  Click on the title of the post to read the full article in the NYT.

So today's discussion - would you go / have you ever gone on a "nakation?"

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

TwoTone: SCUBA Tan Lines

Fellow Blogger Maldives Live commented on the post "Loosen Up," saying that the mask mark is not as bad as the scuba tan. I'm inclined to agree, so I'm posting a photo of what can happen when you leave the bottom half of your wetsuit on and unzip the top half and scrunch it down on the boat ride home! As you can see, top half - fabulous, bronze goddess tan. Bottom half? Dita Von Teese. Note to self: Always take wetsuit completely off after the last dive.
Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Yo Quiero Scuba Dive

Cruel and unusual or just funny?  You be the judge.  Click on the title of the post for more info.

Hugs and Fishes,
Jenny Mo

Loosen Up!

I tend to wear my mask a little too tight when I'm diving. It always seems like the tighter it is, the more it will keep the water out. However, that's not the case! If it fits correctly, it forms a seal, especially at depth with the pressure. I also tend to clear my mask too often because I always think I'll be able to rid it of those few little drops at the bottom. This, too, is a bad habit and I'm pretty sure that when my mask flooded the last time, I was broken of that bad habit. As you can see from the photo (8 hours after my dive) I still have lines on my face from the mask.

For those of you who may be new to diving, here's a bit of mask clearing 101. Why would you ever clear a mask? You might want to deliberately get some water in your mask, or "flood" it, when you're on a dive if you happen to fog up. Or, you may get some water in your mask accidentally and want to get rid of it. Here's how: All you have to do is look up to the surface, take a breath through your regulator, and blow out through your nose as you gently push the top of the mask, tilting it and lifting the seal from the bottom away from your face. The air from your nose completely clears it. The most important thing is to make sure you're looking to the surface at all times so that water doesn't fill it back up as you're clearing it. This is one of the things you'll learn in your certification course, and you should definitely always take a certification course before you dive.

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Divers Have Been Rescued

As we posted two days ago, 8 divers were missing in Taiwan. Psychosolodiver (http://psychosolodiver.com/) commented about the rescue today and gave us a link - the 8 missing divers in Taiwan have been rescued after 40 hours! This is such wonderful news, and an answer to our prayers. Click on the title of this post to read the full story from The China Post.
Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

Monday, April 28, 2008

Northern California Diving for Abalone

So there seems to be more to do in Silicon Valley than just conquer the tech world and tour vineyards. It's ABALONE season! I don't exactly know what this means, but if you click on the link above, it will take you to a story in the Mercury News (Silicon Valley's Daily Planet) that will more than adequately inform you of all things abalone.

Apparently, these things are a delicacy. There are a lot of restrictions like - you can't use scuba gear! You have to just free dive (that's diver speak for just holding your breath and going to the bottom until you need to come up for air - I don't see the point, but I guess these Abalone people are into it). And get this! Standard visibility is just 5-6 feet! So basically, you can't see anything, you have no tank or reg or any way to breathe, and temperatures can be in the upper 40s! (That's Fahrenheit - 4 degrees Celsius!) You also need particular gear (including a mollusk scraper) and a sport fishing license. You're only allowed 3 per day or 24 per year, and there's a black market for these little sea critters of up to $100 per abalone. It's also pretty risky because they have to rescue about 50 people per season.

Has anyone ever done this who wants to weigh in? I love diving, but I'm not going through this for shellfish. Also, their numbers are dwindling. Here's a pretty good report on the ecological issues regarding abaolone:

www.werc.usgs.gov/ coastal/abalone.html

Thanks to that website (U.S. Gov) for the photo as well! Very educational. Also, thanks to my marine biology professor in college because I still remember that mollusks have radial symmetry (and I think they're gastropods, too!).

Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo


One final exam down, one to go.  Kari, Traci, and I all took the same exam today, and what a beast!  So to take our minds off of it, I'm including a photo of me in a shorty wet suit.  I have to say, it's not the most attractive look.  There's something sleek and catlike about the full wetsuit.  The shorty wetsuit looks more like you're a superhero with a bad dry cleaner.  However, O'Neill wetsuits are the best ones I've tried.  They fit well, and they hold up year after year. I have two wetsuits and they're both O'Neill - I have a 5 mil full suit and this 3 mil shorty.  I don't have a drysuit yet.
The good thing about the shorty is that it's a lot easier to get in and out of.  It's also light and a little more comfortable.  I just don't feel quite as spectacular in it though.  How many wetsuits do you own?  Any favorites?  And lastly - would you ever wear a rental wetsuit?  I wouldn't! Not after I learned that people don't always bother to use the "head" on a dive boat.  
Hugs and fishes,
Jenny Mo

8 Divers Missing in China

Eight vacationers went missing on a SCUBA trip to the popular dive destination on the coastal tip of Taiwan at Chihsingyen (Seven Star Rock).  Six men and two women were last seen around noon two days ago, and search and rescue teams have been unable to find them.  Strong currents may have swept them further out to sea.  Click on the title of this post to read the full story.

Thoughts, hopes, and prayers for a safe return. 

Jenny Mo

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Countries That Have Visited (thanks for the love)

Thus far, we've met new friends and rad divers who've stopped by TwoTank from the following countries (in order of most hits): USA, Canada, Russian Federation, Guam, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Finland, Argentina, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Northern Marina Islands, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and France. WOW! It's been fun "chatting" with you online and admiring your scuba shots. The next best thing would be to have you show us the best dive sites in all those amazing places. That's the beauty of the web - we can live the adventure with each other! Keep diving, shooting (pictures), and sharing :)

Procrastination Station

Ladies & Gentleman,

Do you have rituals? Activities which are performed every day/week/month at a certain hour regardless of time/weather/responsibilities?

Every Sunday, I enter the lives of others by viewing secrets here: http://postsecret.blogspot.com/
I think it makes me a better person. It is also reassuring that I alone do not harbor mean thoughts. I have sent in several secrets but none, thus far, have been published on the web, booooooooo. The secrets change every week, so I save the ones that I think are particularly sad or touching...my favorites are posted here!

In less than 15 hours, I will be taking a Community Property exam & yet I just took 20 minutes to peruse the anonymous secrets of people I will never meet. Welcome to my procrastination station. Happy studying,

Friday, April 25, 2008

Traci - Who Loves You?

For Traci and Her Love of Mermaids...
Check out the new Annie Leibovitz pics staged as if underwater! For source information, click here:
Hugs and fishes, Kari

Suspected Great White Shark Attack (San Diego)

CNN is reporting the tragic news of a likely great white shark attack that resulted in the death of a 66-year old man.

A 66-year-old man died early Friday after being attacked by what authorities suspect was a great white shark off the southern California coast. Dave Martin, a retired veterinarian, was pronounced dead shortly after the incident, which occurred about 7 a.m. (10 a.m. ET) at Solana Beach, California. Martin was in a group of nine swimmers "when he was bitten across both thighs by what is believed to be a great white shark," according to a statement issued by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. "Some of the other swimmers looked back to see the victim up out of the water flailing, and (he) was pulled back under the water. He came up screaming and was helped to shore by four of the swimmers."

Continue reading article here:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Final Exams

We haven't posted in a while because we're all studying for final exams, but I thought I'd post a quick note saying hello and wishing everyone well.
Hugs and Fishes,
Jenny Mo

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Around The World In A Day


The proper way to read the title of this post, is by simultaneously gyrating your hips & singing the same line in Ricki Martin's song, Shake Your Bon Bon. If you don't know what I am talking about, click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu9iUD47Fkc and fast forward to second 28! I promise you the very act of my suggested moves will improve your day immensely.

Like any crazy person, I love to travel to far-off locals with barely an itinerary in sight. Okay, I always start out OCD but then I realize sometimes more fun is had without concrete plans. Of course, one can never travel without a good book. If you need a suspenseful, funny novel with tons of scuba diving mishaps check out Olivia Joules & the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding. While the book will never win any literature achievement awards, it's entertaining none the less.

My trips have been relatively short & mostly focused on one region... but how great would it be to travel around the world? One can imagine an adventure filled with scuba diving in every conceivable country & filling one's passport with exotic stamps along the way! Let me introduce you to my friend Angela, who I've known since sixth grade, and her husband, Fritz. Last year, they decided to get away from it all & travel around the world, literally. Fritz maintains a blog (which I obsessively check) spotlighting the highlights of their trip. I am super jealous of this amazing expedition & all of the spectacular places they have visited. Honestly, it's the journey of a lifetime! You can travel along with them too http://www.travelrats.blogspot.com/

Enough rambling

Friday, April 18, 2008


The thing is - I love sharks - but I don't want to be anywhere near a hungry one. I mean it! They might not want to eat me, but hey, even I sometimes eat stuff I don't want when I'm hungry. Stuart's Cove is one of the most famous dive shops - especially for shark diving in the Bahamas. They take the divers out to the feeding spot and explain that the divers must keep their limbs tucked close to their bodies at all times because a shark could mistake an arm for some chum (AARRGH!). Anyway, they descend, kneel at the bottom, and a guy comes down with a box full of chum, and when everyone's ready they open the box and are suddenly surrounded by 40+ sharks! I'm glad it was fun, but I'm seriously in no rush to experience this. Has anyone else done it?

It's FRIDAY! Our first week on the web is coming to a conclusion, and thanks so much for giving us such a warm welcome. I have to be honest about today's photo - I was nowhere in the vicinity. Instead, I was lying in the sun at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas in these really cool cabanas that have plasma tvs, mini bars, private bathrooms, and you can even get a massage. My friend went on the dive, took the picture, and told me all about it. I was a tiny bit jealous, but not enough to jump in with that lot!

Hugs and Fishes!
Jenny Mo

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Biggest Fish Ever

Who ordered the grouper?

Hugs and BIG fishes,
Jenny Mo