Swashbuckling Scuba Diver

Errol Flynn, the legendary Hollywood swordsman (pun intended) was also an early skin and scuba diver.  By the time I discovered Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s first book, “The Silent World,” in the early 50s, Flynn had already been spearfishing for years, and had recently taken up scuba diving.  In his autobiography, “My Wicked, Wicked Ways,” he recounted … Read more

ZACATON: The Tragic Death of Sheck Exley

Zacaton is the deepest of five ceynotes located on a large ranch, El Rancho Asufrosa, in northeastern Mexico. It was “discovered” by Jim Bowden and Ann Kristovich on a reconnaissance trip made at the end of two weeks of exploration and surveying in the Nacimiento Santa Clara, a cave system at the base of the … Read more

Filming Navy Subs and Zen Meditation In the Deep

One of the first things that I learned as part of my military officer training was “Do not, under any circumstances, volunteer for anything”. This was especially true in January 1971 at the height of the Vietnam war. But, through a rather circuitous route of give and take between the army and navy, a short … Read more