I have been obsessed with traveling the world for over 30 years and have gotten some amazing insights. As a diver, I am passionate about the marine environment and conserving its resources. As a mother, I am passionate about the global environment, and preserving it so future generations have a place to call home. I live in the heart of redwood country, in Humboldt County, CA.
Heather Brown

Alor Diaries - How to Lose a Substrobe 150 During a Dive

Alor Diaries - How to Lose a Substrobe 150 During a Dive
hbrown@ogsociety.orgThere is an interview in the upcoming issue of OG in which the person being interviewed is asked, among other things, what has been his most terrifying moment underwater? The person in question, Raymond, has been diving for years and has thousands of logged dives all over the world in all sorts of conditions. His response? A div...
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Alor Diaries - Anemone Country

Alor Diaries - Anemone Country
hbrown@ogsociety.orgWhile we are on the subject of reference points, let's talk about one of my favorites….temperature. As far as diving is concerned, anything less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit is considered cold water diving. My happy spot however is around 83 degrees….as long as I have a full-length 3/5/3. If you thought I was kidding about taking ...
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Alor Diaries - Part 2 - The Dream Turns Into a Nightmare

Alor Diaries - Part 2 - The Dream Turns Into a Nightmare
hbrown@ogsociety.orgMaybe it's my fruit-loopy karma, but I often discover that my own experiences with life's situations tend to differ slightly from other people's. I guess it's my reference point. For example, when I lived in Colorado, it was common for people I knew to drive up to North Dakota for the weekend. Only 5 hours away you could pack Mt...
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Alor Diaries - Part 1 - Finding Kal's Dream

Alor Diaries - Part 1 - Finding Kal's Dream
hbrown@ogsociety.orgLike I said last week, it's funny how you remember things. When I look through the stunning visuals in OG, I often find myself thinking, "That must be a dive that will never be forgotten in the mind of that diver…..what an amazing image." Of course, this thought usually happens as I am looking at breaching humpbacks, or sharks d...
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The Tales of Frank & Francine

The Tales of Frank & Francine
hbrown@ogsociety.orgI want to tell you about Frank. Frank is about six feet long, about 250 pounds and has greyish fur splotched with black. He lives very close to me in the harbor in Eureka, CA. The harbor is his "spot"; all the local fishermen know him on sight because Frank has a cute trick he's learned. Frank knows that where there are boats, t...
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Alor Diaries - "Oh Captain! My Captain!"

Alor Diaries - "Oh Captain! My Captain!"
hbrown@ogsociety.orgIt's funny how you remember things. Among the dozens of things that went wrong with the boat on this trip was a rather "shocking" random electrical current that surged through the boat's electrical system from time to time, with the voltage measuring between 120-400 volts. This was a bit of an issue, although each of us has a di...
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The Alor Diaries

The Alor Diaries
hbrown@ogsociety.org There is an article in the current issue of OG called Alor, Again & Again. This is where Michael AW details some of the more memorable events diving in a very remote part of the Lesser Sundas Archipelago in Indonesia. His latest trip back to Alor was just last summer and he got to travel in style on a very nice boat. In the...
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Looking Into, "The Face of Climate Change"

Looking Into, "The Face of Climate Change"
hbrown@ogsociety.orgI was totally blown away after reading the article Jennifer Hayes wrote in the current issue of OG. For those of you who have not read the article yet, she describes an experience she had recently in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada with a baby harp seal and its mother. What caught my attention and held it was the emotion that...
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A Heartwarming Story Courtesy of the US NAVY

A Heartwarming Story Courtesy of the US NAVY
hbrown@ogsociety.orgHere's an incredibly innovative way to save a critically endangered animal I bet most of us have never thought of!Who has heard of a vaquita? I know I hadn't until last year when I remember running across Sea Sheppard's Operation Milagro in the Sea of Cortez. I immediately pulled up as many pictures of this adorable, and smalles...
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