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Land-Locked Places You Can Scuba Dive March 27, 2017

Posted by Abingdon in General Ramblings.
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Love to scuba dive but don’t have quick access to the sea to make it happen? That’s OK! You might be lucky enough to near one of the few diving locations that are land-locked. That’s right, even those who are land-locked may have the opportunity to enjoy a world under the water. Though it may not be an identical experience to the ocean, you can still enjoy the splendor of aquatic life and scenery.

Below is a list of five of our recommended spots for every kind of diver out there, whether you love unique cave experiences or freshwater lakes we have something that you are sure to put on your scuba to-do list:

Homestead Crater, Midway. Utah – The Crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock. The formation occurred due to melting snow on the Wasatch Mountains soaking deep within the earth. The crater is two miles beneath the earth which keeps the water heated. The hole at the top of the dome lets in sunlight and fresh air while the interior stays heated by the mineral water at a constant range of 90 – 96 degrees Fahrenheit. A favorite amongst the locals, this crater is perfect for a mini tropical escape in a desert locked in dry land.

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Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, N.M. – Blue Hole appears in the midst of the desert like a great blue gem. ( Agua Negra Chiquita) Once known as Blue Lake, it is one of seven sister lakes connected underground by a vast system of water. This is a crown jewel of the surrounding towns, serving as an Oasis amongst the red rock. They offer open water and advanced training for those who want a taste of the sea but can’t get out of their land-lock to get there.

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Summersville Lake, West Virginia – Small town shop with big water offerings. Diving is offered by a cute little shop; they offer diving in the cleanest, clearest lake their side of the Mississippi. Called “The Little Bahamas Of The East” by locals this is where you can go to get away if you’re in this neck of the woods. Located in a woody area you’ll forget where you are if you just take a dive under the mini breaks of this clear lake; The lake was constructed between 1960 and 1966 by the USA Corps of Engineers in order to control flooding. Who knew a flooding precaution could create such a beautiful and unique oasis?

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Bonne Terre Mine, Bonne Terre, MO – Quite possibly the most unique on our list is the submerged mine which allows you to explore an old mine with a ton of history… underwater. Water conditions remain consistent with over 100 foot visibility with incredible sights including: mammoth architecture which is guaranteed year round diving conditions. A full service experience this relaxing dive is for sure going be one for the land-locked bucket list. Located in the rolling hills of the Ozark mountains you’ll be sure to love this retreat.

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Lake Mead, Las Vegas, NV & Mandalay Bay Resort – Love luxe? Then simply take advantage of the luxury of diving in the most famous desert in the country. Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Feed sharks, view 360 degrees of tropical fish and dive in crystal clear water. Their aquarium has over 20,000 animals, making for a truly luxurious tropical experience. Don’t like the outdoors? Well, you’re not technically in them.

If you do wish to actually go outside, however check out lake mead to get away from the chaos of the strip. After you get to Lake Mead Marina, we will set up your equipment, get you situated and whisk you away to any number of areas that are only accessible by boat.

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How Helicopters Save Lives March 16, 2017

Posted by Abingdon in General Ramblings.
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The Heli Expo has come and gone, but it was an incredible experience as per the usual. This is where the global helicopter industry gathers to build professionals, networks, and solutions. Together we celebrate helicopters as a united community of pilots and aviation geeks. The Abingdon Co. had a blast and had fun reconnecting with our flight friends.

Helicopters do more than simply tour you around or serve as a solution to get from point A to point B. They save lives in a big way, the perfect example of this is life flight. Life flight was originally proposed by a woman in the aviation industry in the 1960’s, suggesting that helicopters be used to carry those who are severely injured and don’t have the perceived life-span (or are in a precarious position) to make a trip by ambulance to the hospital.Life Flight began with one helicopter, which was built on early technology and carried all the lifesaving equipment that could fit in a single medical bag. The Life Flight aircraft, all painted red, have an average cruising speed of 150 mph, and have the instrumentation for pilots to zip into weather so soupy they can’t see through it. They can get to you when the odds seem impossible. And this is how life flight saves lives.

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Next, let’s take a look at the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is made of of dauntless individuals that put their lives on the line to save others. Search and rescue is one of the primary functions they preform and it is with the use of helicopters that saving people can happen when out in the ocean. The Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawk is a multi-mission, twin-engine, medium-range helicopter is the standard use helicopter for the coast guard and other military branches due to durability. A commissioned vessel is referred to in the Coast Guard as a “Cutter.” The bravery of those in the Coast Guard is another example of how helicopters save lives.

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