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Day three on the island, day two of diving, and it definitely doesn't feel like a Monday. I think I need a DOXA with a "Day" feature, since the relaxed days...just seem to melt together. On second thought, maybe not....the rhythm of the island is all you really need. No worries man...no worries.:)

Today's diving took us to Lighthouse Wall and Maggie's Maze. Lighthouse Wall is exactly what it says it is...a wall dive, right off the shore from the East End lighthouse. The dive started out on top of the reef, at around 60ft. We then dropped into a swim-through, and began navigating toward open waters.

"TMahaun" and "MTJO", negotiating a narrow passage


Along the way, you never know what you'll see. This guy was hanging out, probably as intrigued with us, as we were with him.:)


After winding our way through the coral, we found ourselves suspended in deep, blue space....100ft down on the wall.


For me, it's the swim-throughs that l always find breath-taking, and the main reason I love Cayman so much. It gives you the feel of cave diving, but with all the life and beauty of the sea. They're truly amazing.|>

As with all dives, they're over before you're ready, so it was time to climb aboard the Easter Skies, and motor over to Maggie's Maze.


Maggie's maze is another site that's exactly reflected in it's name. A beautiful labyrinth of coral, that's home to a myriad of interesting residents. Here's one of them now.:)


In addition to it's interesting inhabitants, this site is much shallower, so you really get to slow down, enjoy the bottom time, and explore the many passages.

Here "JCLevoy" makes his way through "the maze".....but where's "TheMrs"?


OMG!! She's stuck in a big blue box.:-d:-d:-d


Anyways........the TUSA said it was time to go, but there was still plenty of excitement left in store. See, tonight is "Landmark Night", the night we venture West in search of treasure....DOXA treasure.:)

For those just joining the party, Landmark Jewelers was the first and only DOXA authorized dealer in the Caribbean. We had a great time with their team last year, so when they received word that the Searaiders were back in town, they really rolled out the red carpet. In addition to keeping the store open for us "after hours", they lavishly provided beer, champagne, and a nice assortment of door prizes(Thanks Bonita!!:-!).

The real star of the evening was meeting Hugh Treadwell, the man responsible for bringing DOXA to the Caribbean. He took time out of his busy evening, to meet the Searaider team and share a DOXA story or two.

Here, Doc and Hugh discuss something out of Pete's rare, preview copy of the DOXA book. It's always proudly on display.|>


Now about those door prizes.....the Levoys are definitely feeling the "luck of the islands"...or is it the luck of Pete's "Irishstar"? I'm not really sure.:-d:-d



With the night in full-swing, I was wondering if anyone was going to score a new DOXA.:think: Now I had just pulled the trigger on my TUSA, days before the trip, so that put me out of the money...uh, I mean running;-). Still, that left 11 more Searaiders to pick up my slack. After grabbing one more glass of champagne, I checked back at the DOXA case, only to find "MTJO" sizing the prize.:-!


Man this guy works fast, but I can't say that I blame him. If I had just snagged the last, brand new COSC Milshark in the world, I'd be strapping that baby on too. Nice score man.:-!

As the minutes ticked by, we were having an absolute blast with the Landmark crew, and what a night it was. Total damage done...1 COSC Milshark, 1 COSC Sharkhunter(right on John:-!), a beautiful ring for Mrs. SubK(we know we have to keep her happy;-)) and I believe Mrs. Levoy picked up a few nice pieces of jewelry herself(ain't pay-back grand:-d)

After a nice dinner upstairs at Breezes, it was time to trek back East. Back to Compass Point, to make ready for tomorrow. So what would tomorrow bring? Well, if anything like today, more awesome adventures, more awesome food with some really awesome people. I truly can't wait.:)
 

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What a great story-line. Keep it coming Ty, I feel as if I am back on the island.

BTW, love this pic. How did you get him to say "ahhhhh"??

 

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What a great story-line. Keep it coming Ty, I feel as if I am back on the island.

BTW, love this pic. How did you get him to say "ahhhhh"??

He's got a "cleaner" shrimp in his mouth.:)
 

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Hi guys, nice to see pictures from your Caymans trip, looks like it's a cool trip. :-!

One of these days I'll have to time a Caymans trip at the same time (or join you on a Searaider adventure ;-) ). I've not long got back from Sipadan, Borneo. I ended up with a bad ear infection while diving which cost me the last 3 days diving of my trip, and I'm still trying to get over now. Mind you, what diving I did was very good, with lots of critters to see. I'll try and get a few pictures posted as soon as I get time to go through them.

The evening event looked way cool, wish I'd been there for that.

I like the way you guys have put your patches on your wet suits, I didn't think of that. How have you fixed them, glue or stiched?
 

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Hi guys, nice to see pictures from your Caymans trip, looks like it's a cool trip. :-!

One of these days I'll have to time a Caymans trip at the same time (or join you on a Searaider adventure ;-) ). I've not long got back from Sipadan, Borneo. I ended up with a bad ear infection while diving which cost me the last 3 days diving of my trip, and I'm still trying to get over now. Mind you, what diving I did was very good, with lots of critters to see. I'll try and get a few pictures posted as soon as I get time to go through them.

The evening event looked way cool, wish I'd been there for that.

I like the way you guys have put your patches on your wet suits, I didn't think of that. How have you fixed them, glue or stiched?
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I would love it if you could post some of your pictures of your recent trip to Borneo. I always look forward to your superb underwater photos. We will be patiently waiting. Sorry to hear about your ear infection. :-:)-:)-(

As far as the patches, mine is affixed by stitching (aren't mother-in-laws great) but several of the other guys have theirs glued. Ty could tell you the best stuff for the gluing. As I recall, there were a couple trial-and-errors used between several of the different guys there on the trip.

Hope your ear feels better soon|>
 

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Awesome pics...really makes me want to get the gear out and hit the water...unfortunately winter has struck Nova Scotia with a vengeance.
 

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Greg,
I would love it if you could post some of your pictures of your recent trip to Borneo. I always look forward to your superb underwater photos. We will be patiently waiting. Sorry to hear about your ear infection. :-:)-:)-(

As far as the patches, mine is affixed by stitching (aren't mother-in-laws great) but several of the other guys have theirs glued. Ty could tell you the best stuff for the gluing. As I recall, there were a couple trial-and-errors used between several of the different guys there on the trip.

Hope your ear feels better soon|>
Thanks Jason.
 

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Those cleaning stations are just great. Most often, I just swim right by them...........but the Missus is quick to slow me down and keep me looking at the fine details of the sea.:-!
Quack-quack....:-d
 

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Hi guys, nice to see pictures from your Caymans trip, looks like it's a cool trip. :-!

One of these days I'll have to time a Caymans trip at the same time (or join you on a Searaider adventure ;-) ). I've not long got back from Sipadan, Borneo. I ended up with a bad ear infection while diving which cost me the last 3 days diving of my trip, and I'm still trying to get over now. Mind you, what diving I did was very good, with lots of critters to see. I'll try and get a few pictures posted as soon as I get time to go through them.

The evening event looked way cool, wish I'd been there for that.

I like the way you guys have put your patches on your wet suits, I didn't think of that. How have you fixed them, glue or stiched?
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Thanks, and take care of that ear. If there's anything that can wreck your diving career, it's ear problems.

Regarding the patches, I recommend sewing them on. You can glue them, but you have to remove the glossy, "iron-on" backing on the patch. Otherwise, the adhesive has nothing to grip on, and the patch will eventually peel off. If you do want to go the glue-on route, use "SealCement, wetsuit contact adhesive. "AquaSeal" won't give you the results you're looking for.
 

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Great stuff again Ty, looking forward to part IV :-!.
 

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Jason was over tonight and showed me the pics of your trip....very nice. Sounds and looks like everyone had a great time. I need to check back here more often so I don't miss the pics and great people that make this forum what it is. Ahh, and Greg's pics from Sipadan are just beautiful. I love seeing dive pics.
 

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Speaking of returning, wasn't there a Part IV on the way? ;-)
 

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^^ Ty is out of town right now, so his internet checking abilities are limited. I am sure that it will be on its way shortly...........
 

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^^ Ty is out of town right now, so his internet checking abilities are limited. I am sure that it will be on its way shortly...........
Well...I figured everybody had already moved on, and Searaider 2008 was yesterday's news.:-d Glad you guys want to see more.:)

Jason's right....I was out of town since before Thanksgiving, until about an hour ago. I only had my iPhone with me, so I was limited with what I could do regarding the forum.

Anyway, Part IV is about 90% complete and has been since two days after I posted Part III. I just had a bunch of things land at once, and didn't have the time to wrap it up. We'll see if I can get it posted in the next few days.

Maybe the delay worked out for the best. I'm betting you guys up North are probably snowed in by now, and wouldn't mind a little "Caribbean escape"(if only virtually) to warm your soul a bit.:)

Stand by....................
 
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