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Adventures of an Architect: Episode 1: Scuba Diving

I’m a HUGE fan of having fun!  Luckily for me, there are a lot of things that I have fun doing!  You see, I’m a bit of an “adrenaline junkie” – I love adventurous activities, being outdoors, taking risks… and there’s not much that I am afraid of.  This “just go for it” attitude has allowed me to be a part of a wide range of exciting and unique experiences.  In this blog series I’ll be telling you about some of my favorite adventures and hobbies.  Since you’re taking the time out of your busy day to read the rumblings of yours truly, I hope these blogs can introduce you to something new, get you interested in trying something a little adventurous, or even just spark an idea of your own that leads to you having a great time!  So without further ado…

 Episode 1: Scuba Diving… part 1 

While this seems like the natural starting point for my blogs, it also runs the risk of being really long.  The reason is simple… I. LOVE. SCUBA DIVING.  It’s my absolute favorite activity and I can talk about it at great lengths… but I will try to keep this fairly reasonable.  I’ll start with a question… Have you ever dreamed of flying?  I’m not talking about piloting a fighter jet or commercial airliner – I’m talking about having your feet lift off the ground as you glide effortlessly through the air Superman-style! Of course you have!  As an architect, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up at tall skyscrapers or other homes/buildings and thought to myself, “I wish I could just float up there to get a better look at that detail… or see the view from that executive corner office in NYC.”  “How easy it would be to get from here to there!”  “It would be incredible to sail next to the birds, experiencing exciting new landscapes and beautiful scenery!”  Recently, I discovered the secret to flying was “right under our noses”… literally!  Jump in the water, strap on some scuba gear, and you’ll experience something you never thought possible!

Picture yourself standing on the ground looking up at the bright blue sky and tall buildings.  Now replace the ground with white sand… replace the blue sky with crystal blue turquoise water… and replace the buildings with large rock formations, coral reefs, and kelp forests.  On the surface, a little thing called gravity keeps our feet planted firmly in place. Beneath the surface, however, you’re free to lift off the ground and explore wherever your heart desires.  You can travel from here to there without ever having your feet hit the ground. You can glide in any direction, see playful wildlife you never knew existed, and gaze upon gorgeous scenery that can rival even the most beautiful state parks.  You can do all of that while at the same time accomplishing yet another incredible phenomenon – breathing underwater!  Though it may be a word I use way too often, it describes my favorite hobby perfectly – AWESOME!  Both relaxing and exhilarating, Scuba Diving is something I would absolutely recommend everyone try at least once in their lives – you won’t regret it!

Luckily, one of the largest Freshwater Diving facilities on the East Coast is only 20 minutes from my house… and is where I do most of my diving every summer – Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, PA (www.dutchsprings.com).  It’s a 50 acre lake, with various attractions sunk at different depths for divers to explore (some up to 100’ deep!).  Some of these include: a fire truck, a school bus, small airplanes, and even a large World War 2 helicopter!  The lake is naturally spring-fed, making it really clear!  There are tons of fish in the lake, including large-mouth bass, rainbow trout, and even Koi – some of which can get up to 3 feet long!  I’ll talk more about my trips to Dutch, as well as dive trips to West Palm Beach, Key West, and St. Lucia in a future blog.

Have fun out there,
Nick

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