Labor Day dives in San Diego… approximately 2 weeks late.
I decided not to take my GoPro and instead just enjoy the dives. Of course that meant we had epic SoCal visibility and i’m convinced had my buddy not brought along his GoPro we would have seen dolphins, whales and mola mola (cause that is the general rule in diving…bring camera, see nothing…don’t bring camera, epic visibility and tons of sea life).
In spite of a few friends bailing last minute, my friend who owns an awesome 6 pack boat took 2 of us out for the morning. We went to the wreck of the Yukon first and we had it all to ourselves. All the other charter boats were either going elsewhere or lagging behind. We had great vis, nice schools of fish and the 3 of us had a very enjoyable dive. We then visited a cool little rock ledge a little ways away and poked around the rocks looking for cool critters. I did stumble across a pelican box that was either remnant of the sailboat wreck nearby or knocked off a passing charter. I decided it was worth bringing up…you know cause people store their rolexes and valuables in pelican boxes. However, this individual had a different idea of “valuables” and it contained some packaged razor blades and syringes…at least it’s a good thing I got it out of the ocean! Upon returning to dock, a frantic man approached our boat asking if we were divers and if we could help him out with a favor…oh boy! Apparently his dog had knocked his car keys into the water right by where his boat was docked. After a little mumbling and pointing fingers at who would go, I suited up (dock water is gross, wanted to take precautions even though it was only 10’) and jumped in. I really should have poked around a bit more to see what other goodies people had dropped off the dock and failed to retrieve but decided it wouldn’t be nice to keep the poor man waiting and returned his keys. Overall, a fun and exciting day on the water with good friends!!
Tangentially related…I really wish it was financially and realistically feasible to dive on a weekly (or even bi-weekly) basis. I had a pretty busy diving start to the year (Truk Lagoon, Cave Country, Finland) but it has slowed down a lot this summer. I am really hoping that I can fit in a trip down to Florida this fall and maybe possibly an end of season trip to the NC coast. Fall/Winter cave diving is the absolute best because the summer crowds are gone, the weather is perfect for drysuit diving and evening bonfires! One of my Facebook friends posted a gorgeous picture of Little River springs in Florida, one of my all time favorite caves, and I got a little nostalgic. The End :)