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Perfect Weekend Morning Exploring the Boulders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh6KP78JZ-0

No great discoveries here, just a perfect weekend morning exploring a field of submerged boulders, summer 2014. Water clarity was great. Water temp wasn’t too bad, but the wetsuit definitely kept me in longer. Shallow freediving in 8-15 feet of water, maybe a little deeper towards the end.

Mr. Nice: Running for Mayor Again?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl3gANmt9Vc

Perennial candidate Mr. Nice at Duluth’s Red Herring Lounge on Oct. 12, hosting “There Will Certainly Be Sangria – Sunday Sermon,” shortly after Mayor Don Ness announced he will decline to run again.

Exploring Up Chester Creek with Balancing Antics and Goofery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=800LYxLj0SQ

My continuing playful love affair with Duluth’s Chester Creek.

French River Swim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTOTUYupE_8

A swim in the French River, Summer 2014.

Ghosts of the French River

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kWo5mbyPGg

This summer Erin Renee and I released a video trilogy of a collaboration at the French River. Here is the final, fourth installment, a coda if you will, just in time for Halloween.

Agate Hunter 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a73dHeHH_b4

Footage from July or August. I tried to edit out the fart noise @ 1:00 but gave up. It is air escaping from the camera pole I swear.

Part one here.

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Found Atlantean Artifact

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3JjX69IA-w

Found Anthropological Artifacts from a Summer Beach Culture of Leisure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-4izE9azZw

What strange, rock-skipping culture of leisure inhabits these Duluthian shorelines in the Lake Superior summers? This is a brief survey of structures and artifacts discovered in my anthropological investigations of 2013-2014.

Freediving for Agates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9VZ_whAKeM

August of this summer. This beach slopes off sharply just past the surf to like a 45 degree angle, so swimming out in a succession of dives quickly takes you deeper. Max in this video 15 feet? Not far from shore at all, undisclosed location. The dolphin-y noise @ 19 secs is air escaping from the camera pole. The mechanical drone in the background is an ore boat a couple/few miles away in the shipping lanes, which can also be heard in the first couple minutes of my recent vid Diving Among the Boulders and What I Found There.

Quick Change

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBbjTjR6OOQ

A la 1970s Wonder Woman.

Diving the Breakwater Wall Ruins, 9/6/14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gF8CNHx3Eo

Duluth’s outer harbor, between the Vietnam Memorial and the red buoy, hides the submerged ruins of a hundred-plus-year-old wall (essentially stacked wooden cribbing filled with rocks) that predates the lift bridge and the canal. This is what they used to park ships behind for safe harbor — before its destruction in a gale. Been waiting to return here since last summer, finally got my window. Tried early in the day but the water was too cold. So I spent the day on Park Point beach, then hit it on my way back — water had warmed several degrees. Sun was going down so I had to act quickly. Similar imagery may be seen in my video of last year, “Freediving the Ruins of Duluth’s Outer Harbor.”

This current video represents going farther from shore (maybe halfway to the buoy?), and deeper than before (up to 15 feet or so as opposed to ~10). Next year maybe I will dive the buoy chain to the bottom (30 feet). It would have been nice to do this series of dives when I was fresher earlier in the day with more direct overhead sunlight (the water was clearer too), but it was simply too cold. By the time I got to it, I had walked several miles, was hungry, and had been given a beer and a couple slugs of wine (don’t ask). So I wasn’t as hardcore as I wanted to be — had to swim out far, then deep too, without benefit of a raft or anything, so I was pooped and not willing to risk any further depth. Next time!

Diving Among the Boulders and What I Found There

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrQibiicQSI

A series of dives one afternoon exploring a field of boulders.

Mystery Solved.

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It was Chester Creek Spider-Man.

(photo album here of this hero in his natural habitat)

Rollin’ 218

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA1BXShU-h0

Been sitting on this waiting for summer to peak for its release, but that never happened obvs.

Corkscrew Dive

Corkscrewed down 20 feet underwater to do a barrel roll over a field of boulders I like to explore, then spiraled back topside. Not a long dive (around 30 secs at normal speed), just a fun one with a glimpse of one of Lake Superior’s Atlantean grottos. Pretty sure the bubble that pops out @ 43 secs came out of my right ear as I pinched my nose and equalized the pressure in my skull. Water clarity perfect on this Sunday morning dive in MY church.