The Early Years
The Early Years were the mid to late 70's, when I was adjusting
to life outside the rehab center. I'm not sure why I included
these pictures except that I recently collected these from long-time
Here's a news flash.... anything that has wheels will
roll, and anything that is designed to tip (like a wheelchair),
will tip. Therefore, never take a wheelchair out on a raft. But
if you do, make sure you go with very good friends like Bruce
I've always loved boating and exploring. Here I am
with my friend Bruce exploring some Florida mangrove. Bruce and
I ended up traveling in many countries on many types of boats
ranging from dug out canoes to a Chinese Junk.
Sometimes we played a little too hard and weren't
quite careful enough. This picture was taken in the Florida Keys
after the tide came in.
I loved diving off diving boards actually, I
was throne off diving boards.
This was a rather peaceful place..I believe it was
Dolphine Island, off the coast of Alabama.
Here's a cold weather photo of me at Five Islands.
Here's Bruce trying to dig us out of some Guatemala
mud. The truck on the right is a German half-track used by the
Guatemalan fire department. They pulled us out of the mud.
I am embarrassed to say I was one of the culprits
responsible for this bounty taken from the Florida Keys. This
was my first snorkeling experience and I had no knowledge of diving
protocol except what I saw on TV. On TV I saw Jacque Cousteau
collect all sorts of things from the sea; at the time I didn't
realize how terribly wrong that was. When I learned to scuba dive,
I learned from enlightened instructors that it is never acceptable
to take anything from the ocean floor.