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I used a
few vacation days to get some repairs done around the house. I couldn't
be "all housework and no play" so I scheduled myself on a midweek
Peace trip to Anacapa Island.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a boarding ramp at the Peace instead
of the stairs. Boarding ramps are great gear schlepping aids. I love
the ramp on the Great Escape and
now the Peace has one too.
at the Peace late on Wednesday night after the "Dive Animals" trip
had returned from the last lobster hunting trip of the season. What
do lobsters do when lobster season is over? Well.......
to Anacapa Island was a fairly smooth one.
It did take
some motoring around the island to find good diving conditions. Visibility
in some areas looked to be poor. The search gave us a little extra
time to get ready. These were some of my boat mates for the day.
diver confessed to calling in sick for this midweek trip. I see it
more of the employers fault however. If they would just have "sick
days", "vacation days", and "midweek dive days" it would totally clean
up the office book keeping paper work.
Kevin worked throughout the day to find us the best diving on the
island. As usual he did a terrific job at putting us in the best water
available. We dove sites on the backside and on the front side - places
such as Coral Reef and Cat Rock. Visibility was a tolerable 20 feet
or so but the water was cold - about 51 degrees. I only went for macro
shots and there are some of the ones that I came up with during the
course of the day.
her usual magic in the galley. Sometimes her food may get a bad rap
because it is so good that we eat too much of it and gain weight.
It is our own fault. One of the lunch items was a great chicken pasta
casserole in a huge dish surrounded by steamed broccoli. All I had
to do was pull out lots of the broccoli with just a little pasta sauce
and a chunk or two of chicken. I checked when I got home and I didn't
gain so much as a quarter pound
As for the
cold - needless to say we were thankful for the Peace hot tub. Fellow
diver Michelle also introduced me to the "Head Factory" warmers. She
gave one to me with the advice of "put it near your heart". Needless
to say where it ended up. Next time, I'm going to bring two of my
own. (The dive gear is bulky, the hats are ugly, a small thing I can
do to help stay warm, and, beautify the sport).
channel crossing we were treated to a huge pod of dolphins attracted
to a bait ball. I love my digital topside Sony Powershot S2IS, it
does so many things well, but the shutter delay makes moving dolphin
photography a challenge.
to the Peace Crew for a great midweek dive day.