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U.S. DIVE TRAVEL is your gateway to brilliant Pacific & Caribbean vacations -- for snorkelers, scuba divers & folks who love tropical beaches.
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Ahoy mates, meet the PURPLE CAULI-BRERO... ! And that's the answer to an ancient & puzzling question: "What do you get when you cross a violet-colored sombrero with a chunk of cauliflower?"

So, sunseeekers, we give you this luminous purple jellyfish as today's presentational symbol -- just because... it's there, and alive, and beautiful in the summery sun.

Special thanks to ace U/W photog Marri Cross, who first posted this image on G+ via Underwater Wonders. Perfect solar juxta-placement, Marri. Nice work...

Please click on the pic for a slicker wide-angle view, funseekers.

And to all our friends & followers, aloha nui. Ciao, cheers, we dive away the years. -- The U.S. Dive Travel Team
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Photo is: © Copyright 2015-2017 Marri Cross & Underwater Wonders.

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Got those Nitty Gritty City Blues? Consider this simple, powerful remedy... Quench your city blues with an even deeper maritime shade -- Big Blue -- that peaceful place where sky meets sea meets dreams deferred. Our thanks to photog Coco Parisienne of Deutschland, via our friends at Pixabay, for this stellar macro shot of blue sea anemones. Click on the pic for a better view...
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"LIFE'S a BEACH & THEN YOU DIVE."

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Hey folks, meet our buddy Paul R. Bear, the Arctic Stand-up Ironist...

Q. "OK, so how many climate-change deniers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A. Not sure yet. But let's check back, oh, about November 2018..."

"Now, all rhetoric aside -- a little help. Hey guys -- l'il help here...please !"

Our special thanks to the always brilliant Coco Parisienne (of Gemany) for this evocative shot of Paul, who woke up suddenly this morning to find most of his backyard gone. Thanks also to our multi-talented friends at Pixabay. Please click on the pic to enjoy the full tone & texture of Coco's photo.
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A Dedicated Diver's Motto: "I SINK THEREFORE I AM." ™ Please feel free to call us any time for more info: 952-953-4124.

Photo is: © Copyright 2016-2017 Pixabay.

Text is: © Copyright 2017 U.S. Dive Travel Network. All Rights Reserved.

www.live-aboards.com
www.usdivetravel.com
www.dictionaerie.com

"LIFE'S a BEACH & THEN YOU DIVE."

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#DiveResorts #ScubaDivingVacations #ScubaVacations
#Snorkeling #SnorkelingVacations #SnorkelingPackages
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Yup. Life is good. Found my Easter Egg! And all of us on the U.S. Dive Travel Rez Team wish a very HAPPY EASTER to all our friends & followers around the world. Thank you so much for your business, your uplifting comments, your gracious reshares, good humor & support all winter. Now we all get to enjoy Springtime once more...

Sunseekers, time to rock the rays!

Our special thanks to underwater photog Arhnue Tan of Malaysia for this delightful capture of a li'l octopus, who actually thinks he's fooling somebody ;) Click on the pic to see this cool critter in better detail. Make it a great Easter weekend, amigos del mar.

"CARPE MARIA. SEIZE the SEAS. WELCOME DIVERS."

OK, so we all made it through another winter & now it's time to celebrate... There's a wide & wonderful world just waiting to be hiked, biked, dived & climbed. Of tropical travel, amigos, "If You've Got a Dream, Let's Make It Happen."

Now, if Arhnue's photo stirs you to reach for some "Sunny Vitamin Sea," ™ feel free to phone us any time for info & prices -- for snorkeling, diving or sunny beach vacations across the Caribbean & Pacific -- 952-953-4124.

A Dedicated Diver's Motto: "I SINK THEREFORE I AM !"

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www.live-aboards.com
www.usdivetravel.com
www.dictionaerie.com

"LIFE'S a BEACH & THEN YOU DIVE !"

#DiveTravel #DiveVacations #DiveTrips #DiveHolidays
#DiveResorts #ScubaDivingVacations #ScubaVacations
#Snorkeling #SnorkelingVacations #SnorkelingPackages
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#LiveAboardScubaDiving #LiveAboardPackages #Scuba
#ScubaDiving #SkinDiving #TropicalVacationPlanners
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being... Sometimes a beautiful thing need only symbolize itself -- the purity of simply existing -- resplendent, alive and moving well through a tarnished world. This is the essence of a Presentational Symbol. Our culture, the art that feeds it, and our planet all need many more of these -- small gems that confer new life on any viewer who's alert enough, and willing.

Today's presentational symbol was shot by the super-talented photogs at Atlantis - Wonders of the Sea -- as posted recently on G+ by our friend +Martine Faseur. You nailed this pic. Abundant thanks guys, for the perfect lighting, texture and focus of this amazing creature, a drifting monarch of the deep...
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A Dedicated Diver's Motto: "I SINK THEREFORE I AM." ™ Please feel free to call us any time for more info: 952-953-4124.

Photo is: © Copyright 2016-2017 Atlantis - Wonders of the Sea.

Text is: © Copyright 2017 U.S. Dive Travel Network.
www.live-aboards.com
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www.dictionaerie.com

"LIFE'S a BEACH & THEN YOU DIVE."

#DiveTravel #DiveVacations #DiveTrips #DiveHolidays
#DiveResorts #ScubaDivingVacations #ScubaVacations
#Snorkeling #SnorkelingVacations #SnorkelingPackages
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#LiveAboardScubaDiving #LiveAboardPackages #Scuba
#ScubaDiving #SkinDiving #TropicalVacationPlanners
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Things are seldom as they seem in this way-web-driven world... And the only thing that's permanent is change. To wit, we post this riddle for your reading pleasure... "What do alpinists and scuba divers have to do with poetry... or the price of eggs?" Well, here goes, friends...this just in... founders of the longest-running website for tropical adventures have launched a live-wire Literary Journal called The DICTION AERIE -- with a mission to revitalize our mortally wounded Mother Tongue -- (www.dictionaerie.com) -- via cutting-edge poetry and short stories woven tightly as prose poems. On this site today you'll find some riveting new poems to warm your chilly Spring mornings; plus an energetic blog with a new short story in Nuevo Gonzo Mode (http://www.dictionaerie.com/friction-free-diction). It's about how impassioned mountaineers morphed into South Pacific diving guides (go figure!) then later founded one of the most spirited and provocative new Lit-Blogs on the Web. Alongside this story, there are 4 poems by an exciting new writer with chops afire -- Tom Barwell of Toronto (http://www.dictionaerie.com/guest-forum) -- plus 4 new gems by the irrepressible poet/wizard Geoffrey Garwick of Minneapolis (http://www.dictionaerie.com/poetry--lyrics); and a delightful ham-on-wry poem by Melanie Mills -- Master Melder of Mirth + Melancholy -- found on the Psyche-Delicatessen blog (http://www.dictionaerie.com/psyche-delicatessen.) And so sunseekers, funseekers, cynics and saints... enjoy... and Happy Easter, coming soon to a neighborhood near you!

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This photo of a mountaineer rejoicing in warm sunshine at base Camp Susana, about 16,500 ft, in a previously unexplored alpine valley just east of Mt. Chachacomani, nearly 20,000 ft elevation in the Bolivian Andes, is:
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Things are seldom as they seem in this way web-driven world... And the only thing that's permanent is change. To wit, we post this riddle for your reading pleasure... "What do mountaineers and scuba divers have to do with literature... or the price of eggs?" Well, here goes, folks... This just in... founders of the longest-running website for tropical adventures have launched a live-wire Lit Journal called The DICTION AERIE -- with a mission to revitalize our mortally wounded Mother Tongue -- (www.dictionaerie.com). On this site today you'll find an energetic blog with a new short story in Nuevo Gonzo Mode, (http://www.dictionaerie.com/friction-free-diction) about impassioned alpinists who morphed into South Pacific diving guides (go figure!) then later founded one of the most riveting new Lit-Blogs extant. Alongside this story, there are 4 poems by an exciting new writer with chops afire -- Tom Barwell of Toronto (http://www.dictionaerie.com/guest-forum) -- plus 4 new gems by the irrepressible poet/wizard Geoffrey Garwick of Minneapolis (http://www.dictionaerie.com/poetry--lyrics); and a piquant little piece by Melanie Mills of Tennessee, Master of Mirthful Melancholy, published on the Psyche-Delicatessen blog (http://www.dictionaerie.com/psyche-delicatessen.) And so sunseekers, funseekers, cynics and saints... enjoy... and Happy Easter, coming soon to a neighborhood near you!
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U.S. Dive Travel Network & The Diction Aerie. All rights reserved.

Editor of The Diction Aerie waves from the cloud-kissed summit of Mount Chachacomani (19,902 feet) in Bolivia's Cordillera Real' -- the remote Royal Range -- after a first ascent of the elusive Northeast Ridge, with 3 friends .
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Things are seldom as they seem in this wild web-driven world... And the only thing that's permanent is change. To wit, we post this riddle for your reading pleasure... "What do scuba divers have to do with literature... or the price of eggs?" Well, here goes, friends... founders of the longest-running website for tropical adventures have launched a live-wire Lit Journal called The DICTION AERIE -- with a mission to revitalize our mortally wounded Mother Tongue -- (www.dictionaerie.com). On this site today you'll find an energetic blog with a new short story in Nuevo Gonzo Mode, (http://www.dictionaerie.com/friction-free-diction) about impassioned mountaineers who morphed into South Pacific diving guides (go figure!) then later founded one of the most riveting new Lit-Blogs on the Web. Alongside this story, there are 4 poems by an exciting new writer with chops afire -- Tom Barwell of Toronto (http://www.dictionaerie.com/guest-forum) -- plus 4 new gems by the irrepressible poet/wizard Geoffrey Garwick of Minneapolis (http://www.dictionaerie.com/poetry--lyrics); and a cheeky little plum by Melanie Mills of Tennessee on the Psyche-Delicatessen blog (http://www.dictionaerie.com/psyche-delicatessen.) And so sunseekers, funseekers, cynics and saints... enjoy... and Happy Easter, coming soon to a neighborhood near you!
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This photo of a climber inching out onto a knife-edge ridge near Chamonix in France, shot by Simon Steinberger of Germany, was provided courtesy of our friends at Pixabay. Just click on the pic to enjoy the alpine sweep of Simon's shot.

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Friends, it's breath-takingly true -- time does fly when you're having fun. A sudden realization just hit us like a whack from a whale's tail... this week marks the 26th anniversary of U.S. Dive Travel Network & Live-Aboards.com! So why on earth are scuba guides posting a pic of a mountaineer on a knife-edge ridge, high in the heart of alpine country? "Ay, and there's the rub" as Hamlet said.

And there is a method to this madness, folks... because the soul, the origin of U.S. Dive Travel was not inspired by some random Hawaii beach vacation -- but by the scenic magic, warm camaraderie & summit success of an exploratory expedition, led by our founder John Hessburg to uncharted valleys in a remote sector of the Cordillera Real' (Royal Range) of the Bolivian Andes. And that was back in the spring of 1989. From the Andes Mountains came an oceanic vision that propelled us to visit the SoPac & MidPac several dozen times since 1990... go figure!

The back story of how this alpine adventure unfolded in the Andes, & how it inspired start-up of a tropical vacation company (of all things), is told with tongue-in-cheek & TLC in the latest edition of our lit-journal The DICTION AERIE on the Friction-Free Diction blog... http://www.dictionaerie.com/friction-free-diction. Alongside John's short story, we've also published a flurry of new work by our aces on the writing team. We're calling it The Spring Wave.

There are 4 new poems by an exciting new writer we've recently discovered -- Tom Barwell of Toronto (http://www.dictionaerie.com/guest-forum) -- plus another 4 gems by the irrepressible poet/wizard Geoffrey Garwick of Minneapolis (http://www.dictionaerie.com/poetry--lyrics); & a wickedly witty new piece by Melanie Mills on our Psyche-Delicatessen blog (http://www.dictionaerie.com/psyche-delicatessen.)

Over the last 26 years, we've been asked countless times by our friends, followers & loyal clients, "How in the world did a newspaper writer, a mountaineer, ever get immersed so deeply in the dive vacation business?" Well, sunseekers, funseekers & beach baskers -- after all these years the answers are here for your enjoyment (www.dictionaerie.com). If you're a 1st-time visitor, the warmest of welcomes. If you're a lit-blog regular returning for refreshment -- great to see you back again, folks!

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This photo of a climber inching out onto a knife-edge ridge near Chamonix in France, shot by Simon Steinberger of Germany, was provided courtesy of our friends at Pixabay. Vielen Dank, Muchas Gracias, Merci Beaucoup

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Over the course of 26 years we've served more than 24,000 good folks, connecting them with delightful tropical vacation isles & diving yachts in 30 countries all across the Pacific, Caribbean & Indian Ocean. Our esteemed clients are "Scoobies," "Snorkies" & "Sand Spuds" alike (scuba divers, snorkelers or unrepentant beach potatoes) & all are treated with equal time & TLC. Always.

"CARPE MARIA. SEIZE the SEAS. WELCOME DIVERS!"

So why sit & sulk in your sun-hungry city, guys, succumbing to the sog of another rainy spring? Who's calling the shots anyway -- you, or the Dark Lords of Urban Despondency? There's a wide & wonderful world just waiting to be hiked, biked, dived & climbed. Of tropical travel, amigos del mar, "If You've Got a Dream, Let's Make It Happen!"

If you're inspired to reach for some "Sunny Vitamin Sea," ™ please feel free to phone us any time for info & prices -- for snorkeling, diving or sunny beach vacations across the Caribbean & Pacific -- 952-953-4124.

A Dedicated Diver's Motto: "I SINK THEREFORE I AM !"

Text is:
© Copyright U.S. Dive Travel Network & The Diction Aerie All Rights Reserved.
www.live-aboards.com
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"LIFE'S a BEACH & THEN YOU DIVE !"

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#DiveResorts #ScubaDivingVacations #ScubaVacations
#Snorkeling #SnorkelingVacations #SnorkelingPackages
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#LiveAboardScubaDiving #LiveAboardPackages #Scuba
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Like the Beach Boys often sing... "Wooden It Be Nice?" ... to flee the Nitty Grit of City Life & head for a seacoast somewhere? ;) In this the mind-numbing nadir of a North American winter, there's still plenty of hope, sunseekers... So here today, the founder of U.S. Dive Travel, John Hessburg, bids all our loyal readers -- funseekers & beach baskers of all hues, tanned or pale -- Warm Welcome Back to Your Tropical Dream, however long deferred.

Over the course of 26 years we've served more than 24,000 good folks from all around the world, connecting them with delightful tropical vacation isles & diving yachts. Our esteemed clients are "Scoobies," "Snorkies" & "Sand Spuds" alike (scuba divers, snorkelers or boldly unrepentant beach potatoes) & all are treated with equal time & TLC. Always.

This pic, taken by John's adventure buddy for 35 years, Bob "Bonz" Shaw, was midway through a recent hike on San Juan Island's South Beach in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, WA state, USA. Here countless tons of cedar, hemlock, Doug fir & hardwoods have washed ashore over centuries of incessant surf, leaving a magical Boneyard of the Pacific.

"CARPE MARIA. SEIZE the SEAS. WELCOME DIVERS!"

So why sit & sulk in your sun-hungry city, guys, succumbing to the depression of another winter? Who's calling the shots anyway -- you, or the Dark Lords of Urban Despondency? There's a wide & wonderful world just waiting to be hiked, biked, dived & climbed. Of tropical travel, amigos del mar, "If You've Got a Dream, Let's Make It Happen!"

Now, if Bonzo's photo stirs you to reach for some "Sunny Vitamin Sea," ™ feel free to phone us any time for info & prices -- for snorkeling, diving or sunny beach vacations across the Caribbean & Pacific -- 952-953-4124.

A Dedicated Diver's Motto: "I SINK THEREFORE I AM !"

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© Copyright U.S. Dive Travel Network & The Diction Aerie All Rights Reserved.
www.live-aboards.com
www.usdivetravel.com
www.dictionaerie.com

"LIFE'S a BEACH & THEN YOU DIVE !"

#DiveTravel #DiveVacations #DiveTrips #DiveHolidays
#DiveResorts #ScubaDivingVacations #ScubaVacations
#Snorkeling #SnorkelingVacations #SnorkelingPackages
#LiveAboards #LiveAboardDiving #LiveAboardVacations 
#LiveAboardScubaDiving #LiveAboardPackages #Scuba
#ScubaDiving #SkinDiving #TropicalVacationPlanners
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