Like going into space (diving point lobos)

today we made the first of what might be a few pilgrimages to dive in Whalers Cove buy anastrozole ukAnastrozole generic cost where to buy diflucanprice of diflucan at walmart at the Point Lobos State Reserve.

Basically lets just say that diving is a huge mission, made a bigger mission by knowing there were a few extra practical hurdles to get over: making sure we could all get gear, have a reservation and make it to various locations with enough time.

we are going where we were very much not designed to go and there is a lot to make sure you’ve got straight and ready to make your self safe. One of my friends put it really well, only thing more complicated than this is going into space! Without all your gear and a lot of patience and focus you just can’t do it. It’s also an alien world filled with strange and amazing creatures. Today i feel really lucky to have been going on this mission with the folks I was.

It was a first of many things for many of us. Most important, for all of us it was our first time diving in the cold waters of northern california. For me it was the first time diving in cold water and with no dive master familiar with the terrain. i’m super greatfull to my comrade who took on leading the way and keeping our bearing, it was alot of work and responsibility and he did an amazing job.

So if you’ve never seen the kelp forests I’m gonna use some random flickr photos and internet shots to give you an idea of the alien world we were exploring and some of the creatures we saw. we had no camera’s and describing them would be really hard without some pictures.

So we made our way down south, grabbed gear and headed out to whalers cove. Visibility was intensely low when we hit the water and the kelp forest was thick and pretty spooky in the gloom as we swam out over the surface. Once we dropped down though things got alot clearer and some of the big safety concerns about keeping track of folks in the murky forest eased.

We spent our first dive swimming through the reef along the cannery point wall. We saw some great jellyfish including a few egg yolk jellies. Lots of starfish, green sea anemone’s and a super rich bed of life, crusting the rocks.

I particularly noticed these tube anenome’s though they are very drab, i just love their little heads. I had some fun interactions with what I think was a canary rockfish who seemed to think there was no reason to run from me (he’s protected from fishing so that might help). We also saw lots of these great rock looking gumbook chiton prednisone 50 mg cost Prednisone natural alternative . We barely could stay down for half an hour and we booted around alot of territory in that time, checking things out. There were lots of other fauna down there but we didn’t see that many fish in this area. For the techies out there we dove to 60 feet to start but spent probly 80% of the dive around 40 feet moving in the reef.

For our second dive we struck out across the forest for the Granite Point Wall and managed to catch the edge of it. There was more heavy surge out this way, making the going a little more troubling by the wall but along the way we saw a doxycycline to buy in uk buy zyban cheap zyban order online cost of zoloft100mg of zoloft for anxiety order doxycycline online uk great big sunflower starfish, lots of the same and different critters including some bigger fish and a group of these red anenome can you buy stromectol over the counterStromectol 3 mg tablets .

Among the fish was at least one big ling cod and lots of large fish i’m not familiar with hiding in the rocks of the wall. Also spotted lots of sea cucumbers xenical price philippinesxenical tablets price and at least a few of what i think were these sponges. We cruised the wall for awhile until it seemed to get too ruff and we were too high (you get caught in the surf if you get too high and can get dashed on the rocks) so we headed back over the open sand back to the middle reef and rolled up and over it. The roll over the open sand gave me a little fright from loosing my bearing and finding myself deeper than expected but we were totally on course and soon found our way back up and over middle reef into the sand channel to surface. This romp we stayed down for about 35 minutes and probly could have stretched it but honestly I was exhausted!

There’s alot more gear involved in protecting you from the cold so getting geared up is a lot more uncomfortable and strenuous then I’m used to and I haven’t been in the water at all since my trip to Honduras last fall. If we go again it’s gonna be a few weeks of laps in the pool to try to get my cardio up a bit so i don’t burn through so much air as fast. The whole swim back from the second run I was just rolled up on my back when i could trying to make the swim as easy as possible. The water was cold but the wetsuits we had were really worth the effort and kept us pretty warm. I got a big mouth of sea water the first time out which always turns my stomach so there was that usual sense of sea sickness and the general discomfort of being in higher pressures. But all that seems to disappear when you drop down and there you are floating eye to eye with this big yellow fish, looking at you with his big round eyes likes like you are the strangest, most totally un-seaworthy thing ever.

There are a few other tales to tell but I think that’s all your getting out of me in print.

One Response to “Like going into space (diving point lobos)”

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    harsfa Says:

    Wooo – 60′ is pretty deep! When I did my PADI Advanced (okay, it was about 18 years ago) one of the things we learned about was ‘deep diving’, and we had to go down to 60 feet. Good for you!