diver.net

Trip Report and Photos: Diving with Ross O. September 24, 2006


AquaFlite Custom Wetsuits, Dive Skins, and Dive Parkas


[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ California Scuba Diving BBS ] [ FAQ ]

Posted by Elaine on October 03, 2006 at 00:16:18:

Trip Report and Photos

Diving with Ross O. - September 24, 2006

The Radio Tower, Hawthorne's Reef, and The Wreck of the Dominator

On the last Sunday in September, Ross, Dave, Mike, Mike (Mike x 2) and myself loaded all of our gear on the Orion and set off into the San Pedro Channel to eliminate all traces of "dry gill". "Dry Gill" is that horrible affliction with symptoms including - but not limited to - irritability, crabbiness, fatigue, general feeling of unrest, quarrelsomeness with friends, coworkers, and "significant others", and, an impending sense of inability to show up at work unless you get an entire quality day of time underwater. Friends, co-workers, spouses, etc. who are familiar with this illness can be recognized by preceding any interactions with you by a simple question "have you been out diving lately". If the answer is "yes" - you can see them relax immediately, if the answer is "no" - they seem to shrink and slink off in the other direction before you even notice that they have disappeared..

Our first health rejuvenating destination was a site that Ross calls the Radio Tower. It is called the Radio Tower because it looks a lot like an old radio tower that somehow ended up on its side in the ocean. Visibility at the Radio Tower wasn't very good, but it didn't matter, it was wet and soothing with pretty things to look at. Ross even found an old bottle that had become a home to a variety of critters including some nudi's..

Radio Tower, Photo by Elaine Jobin Radio Tower, Photo by Elaine Jobin David Smith at the Radio Tower, Photo by Elaine Jobin Ross Overstreet at the Radio Tower, Photo by Elaine Jobin Radio Tower, Photo by Elaine Jobin David Smith at the Radio Tower, Photo by Elaine Jobin Radio Tower, Photo by Elaine Jobin Ross Overstreet at the Radio Tower, Photo by Elaine Jobin

Starting to feel better, we next headed over to what has become my favorite reef - Hawthorne's. Hawthorne's isn't too far from Old Marineland so I decided to spend this dive checking out the nudibranchs. There were lots of them, everywhere.

Spanish Shawl, Flabellina iodinea, , Photo by Elaine Jobin Cadlina limbaughorum, Limbaugh's Cadlina, Photo by Elaine Jobin Triopha catalinae, Clown Nudibranch, Photo by Elaine Jobin Anisodoris nobilis, Sea Lemon, Photo by Elaine Jobin Diaulula sandiegensis, San Diego Dorid, Photo by Elaine Jobin Spanish Shawl, Flabellina iodinea, Photo by Elaine Jobin

We made our last stop at a shallower site, The Wreck of the Dominator. Visibility here was good at around 30 feet but the surge was quite strong at times. The close to shore location of this wreck virtually assures that it is pounded by waves in storms - it is remarkable how much of it is still intact.

Ross Overstreet on the Dominator wreck, Photo by Elaine Jobin David Smith on the Dominator wreck, Photo by Elaine Jobin Dominator wreck, Photo by Elaine Jobin Dominator wreck, Photo by Elaine Jobin Dominator wreck, Photo by Elaine Jobin Ross Overstreet at the Dominator wreck, Photo by Elaine Jobin

The excellent visibility made finding the Orion easy at the end of the dive.

Our dive mobile, The Orion, Photo by Elaine Jobin

When we returned to the dock and unpacked our stuff, we realized how much we had packed onto the boat that day. Not once had the Orion complained. Clearly, this boat was made to cure "dry gill".

Mark, Dave, Ross, and Mark 09-24-06

Until next time........



Follow Ups:


Name:
E-Mail:
Subject:
Message:
Optional Link URL:
Optional Link Title:
Optional Image URL:
Post Background Color: White     Black
Post Area Page Width: Normal   Full
You must type in the
scrambled text key to
the right.
This is required to
help prevent spam bots
from flooding this BBS.
capcha
Text Key:

      


diver.net