Drifting out of the fog and onto the median
a thin woman draped in a red blanket,
wearing baby blue tights,
eyeliner and mascara running in black streaks down her face.
Lost looking, dazed, she crosses the street,
circles slowly in place in a gas station.
The light turns green, I pull away, craning my head
to catch one last glimpse
of her simply standing there.
A sign on a beauty shop next to a liquor store
boasts 100% natural Indian hair
and I wonder about an Indian woman
who shaved her head, perhaps her daughter’s head,
standing in a marketplace, a kitchen, maybe a field,
fresh white scalps and deep brown skin.
Awakened to hints of smoke and morning stirrings-
the clinking of pots, water pouring, coffee being prepared,
cypress branches drooping beneath an overcast sky.
I stretch, expand lungs,
greeting the morning light
from my bed on the forest floor.
Exiting the water after a one hour shore dive, I’m halfway back in when I hear a boat approaching. Turning around and treading water, an over 30′ boat comes tearing through the kelp beds that I was spearing in only 10 minutes ago. That could’ve been bad.
Time for a dive flag and float. I’m really impressed with the Banks Board, but it’s essentially a $200 boogey board float. So rigged this up:
I glued in some threaded PVC for the flag mount, zip tied a cargo net on, and connected my catch bag. I flipped the leash plug so the rope is on the bottom and connected a clamp to the leash for a kelp clip. I haven’t been anywhere that I couldn’t use a kelp clip as an anchor so I’m not worried about carrying a weight just yet. It holds all of my gear for the approach and I’ve rigged a set of backpack straps for climbing/long walks.
I like the added security of having this as a float, especially when going solo. At least I’ll have a sort of “home base” in the event of cramping, tiring, etc.
And I have a flag so I don’t get run over.