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Sunday, October 15, 2006 

Gulf Islands Getaway - Day 1

So I'm back in the hotel room after along day and dinner. Just did a quick pass through the pics, batteries charging, tired and full of pizza.

Doc Kay is snoring up a storm and I have the Dixie Chicks on my headphones drowning him out.

The day went well, despite missing summer by a day. It's been beautiful for the last 2 weeks, sunny, crisp and clear. Of course today it was thick fog, then wind and rain tonight. More of the same for tomorrow. Ah well, typical PNW weather, we're at home in it.

The boat is excellent and Ogden Pt Dive Centre is doing their usual superb job - by far and away one of the best operators and shops in the area. Erin, the owner, knows these waters well and always is easy to solve a problem, or come up with options. And a really nice guy to boot.

The Cape Able is 45' steel re-designed for diving completely, including a ramp entry, huge stern grate and two easy ladders. A bit snug for 12, but no huge problem once we got organized. Full galley, with a small dinette and propane fireplace, but the wheelhouse is where most of us spent the day watching the scenery (ok - gray water) slip by swapping stories. Comfy, cozy and powerful, everything you want around here.

Dive 1 was at Race Point in Portier Pass, quite a nice wall, we were a bit late getting in and fought the current a bit, but no big deal. Covered with all the usual PNW invertebrates from top to bottom.

Dive 2 was to the SE entrance to Active Pass, Grace Point and this one is going in my log for a place to dive even when a good ebb is running, as even with 4-5 knots out in the pass, we were in an eddy and enjoyed little current and lots of small stuff, capped by a whole herd of Puget Sound King Crabs.

Hope to do the King Kong wall at Turn Point thats 300' deep and the wreck of the HMCS McKenzie, an artificial reef destroyer tomorrow.

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