Bo Bennett died in the summer of 2014 with a copy of my book, THESE PRECIOUS DAYS at his side in the hospital. He died from alcholism. I will always say that the Gulf Stream killed him. Bo was a very close friend of mine since youth. We spent our summers together diving the Pam Beach and Stuart, Florida areas. Bo became the dive master for the Turniffe Island Dive Lodge located on a small island forty miles off the coast of Belieze. When his uncle sold the island it nearly killed him as by that time the ocean had stolen his soul. These are some of the photographs that I took of Bo three years before he died. As it turned out, this was the very last diving and fishing he ever did. After his death his mother thanked me for having taken him on this month long trip down to Big Pine Key where we were the guests of Charlie Chappel. While there we ventured into Key West on one outting and went to Sloppy Joe's Bar. Bo did all he could to land a new girlfriend while we were there.
No Sweat and Lance his grandson going scuba diving together--I taught him to scuba dive when he was 8 years old.
"No Sweat's family has traveled to Eleuthera twelve times over the years always staying a month each time usually renting THE TWIN COVES or BALARA MANOR. A movie called THREE was filmed at The Twin Coves. No Sweat loves this 120 mile long island located in the southern end of the Bahamian chain. While there he discovered 19 ARAWAK burials in a tidal cave, the most Araks ever found. And also at Governor's Harbor while diving he found an actual blue glass Egyptian bead. These are some of the many thousands of pictures that No Sweat took while being there. You can find one of his stories that is posted on the net at THE GLASS WINDOW BRIDGE BY NO SWEAT."
This photo gallery also includes a pic of the grotto in Eleuthera where NS speared and killed a (possibly) world record barracuda that measured 71/2 ft. in length; it happened to be in the process of attacking his daughter, Nancy.
"Every year No Sweat and his family make three or four trips to hike up to Natural Bridge, Kentucky which is not located far from their home. These are photos taken in the fall of 2014 showing NS, Chesteen and their two grandsons, Lance and Bear. That's Chesteen squeezing through an area close to the bridge known as "FAT MAN'S SQUEEZE."
Yesterday, Lance and I drove through the Palm Beach Inlet. We went the full length of the inlet often going nearly 50' deep. I believe Lance at 9 years of age must be the youngest diver that has ever done this. Its still a pretty "hairy" dive even for an experienced adult. Last night as Lance and I were on the couch I asked him about the dive and her said that there was times he thought he was going to drown. Its hard to imagine what must have been going through his head as we swam through some pretty wild stuff. The three photos were taken of us by my son in law just as we were beginning the dive.
The trail that we hiked is called The William O. Douglas Trail. William O. Douglas was a Yale Law School graduate Supreme Court Justice that came down to Kentucky to this very spot 40 years ago. A gang of eager politicians were all going to dam up the gorge, etc. and totally destroy what was there in the name of progress. After William O. Douglas hiked out the upper Gorge he was so impressed with its incredible beauty that he went straight back and told all the other Justices that there was no way in hell was he going to allow anyone to dam up the 15 mile stretch of Red River Gorge. Because of his love of nature and his wisdom and vision, the Gorge survived and is today's Kentucky's showplace for real wilderness, for the primevil. A place you can still go to to know what it was like when the first white men came into the state.
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