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Published: 12-May-2014

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- "OK, Jschool, if you're comfortable, we'll go exploring."

Strapped in with a five-point harness, and crammed into a space hardly bigger than me, I was comfortable, actually, and so off we went. Down, toward the edge of darkness.

It was a gorgeous Thursday earlier this month, and I was sitting in the rear seat in the DeepFlight SuperFalcon, a two-person submersible designed to "fly" the world's oceans. In front was Graham Hawkes, a sixty-something bespectacled, besweatered Englishman with gray streaks in his dark hair. Hawkes is the SuperFalcon's lead designer, and the founder of DeepFlight, one of the world's foremost creators of submersibles. For the purposes of radio communications during our ride, deep into one of the most famous lakes on Earth, my nickname would be "Jschool." Hawkes was "Grey Hawk."


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