Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

My second skin diving video – softypapa adventures

The west coast of North America is home to enormous kelp “forests” which can easily be seen from land, appearing like a giant, dark mat on the surface of the sea. From below, these communities of algae appear like a true woods, with long strands of macrocystis pyrifera kelp rising from the murky depths like slender, waving tree trunks. The giant kelp community is typically chock full of sea life, such as the ever-curious spotted calico bass, the funny-looking (at least the males look funny) buck-toothed sheep head, darling schools of opaleye, and the California state fish, the almost iridescent orange garibaldi. In deeper water, at the edge of the forest, you may encounter intimidating schools of long (up to six feet) barracuda which slowly circle a diver to glare at us with curious intimidation, showing off such rows of teeth as might make a tyrannosaur blush. And if you are very lucky you may occasionally see a fast moving school of elusive white sea bass or even that rarest of fish, the giant sea bass which can grow to over 500 pounds. Rays, skates, halibut and leopard sharks patrol the bottom of the kelp forest while seals, sea lions, dolphin and occasionally whales monitor the sea lanes and mid-depths. While it’s quite easy for the free diver (no SCUBA) to “fly” through such forests on a deep lungful of air, coming back to the surface in the middle of the forest may leave you with a new head ornament to wear for a few seconds until you are ready to take in another deep lungful of air to descend again into the blue-grey depths.


My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of the experience of life with me. I’m available on social media at the links below and can be reached via email at dinnerbytheriver@gmail.com.

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The Path of WildnessThe Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
A beast’s track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination

The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don’t bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.

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