|Trip Report and Photos: My Favorite Trip of the Summer!|
Posted by Elaine on August 26, 2007 at 20:25:59:|
Trip Report and Photos
My Favorite Day of Summer
4th of July on the Great Escape
Story and Photos © Elaine Jobin, may not be reproduced in part or whole without advanced written permission
Summer, "officially" ends next weekend. It came and passed in the blink of an eye. In thinking about what I did with my "summer vacation" (I don't get one, that ended when I graduated the last time, but in my mind I still do) the dive trip that was most memorable was the July 4th open boat on the Great Escape.
This trip is remembered as my "favorite day of summer 2007"
The first memorable sight of the day was the fireworks barge in the San Pedro harbor. This is the one that would be providing the show later in the evening at Long Beach. It was the first time that I've seen a fireworks barge up close.
A fleet of dolphins accompanied us on part of our trip across the channel. When we arrived at Catalina, it looked calm and peaceful - anything but "4th of July". What a great get away.
I met a lot of divers that day and saw some old friends too.
The 4th at Catalina was calm and peaceful, just nice. The kelp
The most activity I saw were the occasional passing divers. The
The last dive provided an old sunken sailboat to explore. It had been there so long it was covered in kelp.
We returned to Long Beach to prepare for the second part of the
I was given one of the most important jobs on the boat. The Great Escape was low on beer. There was less than one hour to find an open store with a good supply of beer for sale. I went with crew member Steve on this important mission. Yes, we saved the day!
As darkness approached we were on our way to the Long Beach Harbor. We had one of the best locations for viewing fireworks. The evening was so nice I heard several say it was the best 4th of July they had had in years. It was the way it is "supposed" to be.
Thanks Capt. Tim, and crew, for one of the best 4th of July's I've had since I was a kid. The summer has been too short and this is one of my best memories!
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