|Annual God's Pocket Early Report|
Posted by Max Bottomtime on May 02, 2018 at 16:13:00:|
Merry and I travel to British Columbia each Summer to dive in the beautiful Browning Pass. During the past two trips the plankton bloom got progressively heavier. Merry suggested we try for an April trip when conditions might be better. Was she ever right! Visibility was over sixty feet at most sites. Even the bay at God’s Pocket was incredibly clear. I was able to convince the others in our group to forego an afternoon boat dive so we could make a rare daytime dip in the bay. It was amazing to be able to see the layout of the bottom bathed in sunlight. We made a couple of night dives as well and enjoyed knowing where we were during the dive. We were having such a great time when Richard Salas, our group organizer said there were two spots open for the following week. Quickly doing the math we jumped at the chance to stay at God’s Pocket for another week without having to fly and haul gear.
Our first week was cold and rainy but incredibly clear underwater. Water temperatures ranged from 46° to 48°. The Sun came out for week two, warming our bodies but bringing in plankton and a soup of jellies, salps and By-the-Wind Sailors by the hundreds. Despite the lower visibility, diving this part of the World is better than anywhere we have ever been. Richard signed us up for the Galapagos Islands in 2020. From what I’ve seen in nature films it may compare favorably with God’s Pocket.
Bill and Annie have built God’s Pocket into one of the best dive destinations in the world. They will be retiring at the end of July. There are a couple of offers on the table for the resort and it looks as if our August trip will still be on under new management. Special thanks to Bill and Annie for all your years of hard work, long hours and joy you have shared. You have enriched the lives of many.
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