Thursday, January 27, 2022

The Purposeful Adventurer: The Illustrated memoir "Don't Blow Yourself Up"


Click on cover to order Don't Blow Yourself Up

"The Purposeful Adventurer" part of the new memoir Don't Blow Yourself Up covers Homer Hickam's adventures underseas including his diving on the World War II U-boats U-352 and U-85 discovered off North Carolina's Outer Banks. His primary dive companion on many of these dives was Army Captain Dave Todd.

Diver Dave Todd inspects the U-352 tower. I had placed our scooter in the open hatch after exhausting its batteries

Diver Dave Todd inspects the hold of a World War II torpedoed freighter

Conning tower of the U-85 off Cape Hatteras

Homer Hickam and Dave Todd with scuba gear to dive World War II U-boats and other wrecks

Divers Dave Todd and Homer Hickam

Homer's other diving adventures carried him to Isla de Guanaja in Honduras. His main companion for these dives was his girlfriend Linda Terry (LT). his good buddy Carl Spurlock often went along.

Neysa Holland, Carl Spurlock, Homer Hickam, Linda Terry (LT) treasure hunting on Guanaja

Casa Sobre del Mar, our home away from home in Guanaja. It was built and owned by Ivey Garrett. Sadly, it was destroyed by Hurricane Mitch.

A long climb but worth it - the waterfall in Guanaja

Carl Spurlock, Linda Terry (LT), and Homer Hickam at the UAT

Linda took this shot of Homer Hickam looking up at black coral while visiting the Cochinos in Honduras

The slate used during Homer Hickam's emergency decompression in Guanaja

The back of the slate used during the emergency decompression

A view of Homer Hickam's beach on Guanaja, Honduras.

Our wonderful divemaster in Guanaja - Gilbert Wood