On August 28th, a number of HSD members went to Trinidad for diving and a BBQ lunch. The ocean was calm, with visibility of 5’ to 8’ in the harbor and 10’ to 12’ further out. Several divers dove with tanks while others free dove for abalone (none found) or fish. Brandi provided us with a freshly speared Lingcod filet for the BBQ along with the Brats furnished by the club.
The July 2nd Crawdad Dive in sunny Blue Lake started at the Potters’ house with a delicious blueberry pancake breakfast. A total of 13 people (6 divers) showed up at the Mad River for the Humboldt County version of a “bug” dive. The visibility was 10-15’ and there was a moderate current running, with 14 crawdads brought to shore for measuring. Jim Davis was the winner with a monster 4 ½” crawdad. Ron Queen’s best was 3 3/8” with Cliff VanCott bringing in the most with 6 and a best of 3 ¼”. Steve Sipma managed to bring in a claw. As we didn’t catch enough to even make a snack, all of the crawdads were released back into the river. (Photos by: Dave White Carol Davis and Mary VanCott)
Coastal Cleanup Dive at Whiskeytown Lake
September 25th and 26th
A report from Cliff:
Whiskeytown was a lot of fun. Friday we hiked up to Whiskeytown Falls and ate a couple of racks of Cliffy ribs at Ron and Donna’s estate. Saturday was the dive at the Marina. We got bags-o-trash and some interesting ‘stuff’. Of course, when you talk with Ron you’ll hear some got sick… but then you know how choppy and rough those protected coves can get when it’s clear, sunny calm and 85 degrees on a fantastic late summer evening! Brandon and I made a second dive at the “Curtain” (the cool water separator at the east end of the reservoir) and it was a GREAT dive. Easy access, 40 foot vis, lots of fish, and the curtain as a unique point of interest. We found a sunken boat, followed the old 299 highway past old road signs until it disappeared below the rocks for the new road and fed some HUGE bass some of the crawdads we picked from under the rocks. I highly recommend the dive and would gladly take a group over there for another dive. (Perhaps next year as part of the cleanup again?) We ended the day with a BBQ on Saturday night with all in attendance, and had the extra attraction of viewing Jupiter and her four moons thru Ron’s spotting scope. Really a once in a life thing.
Anyway, it was one of those events that actually worked out well and all had fun. Brandon brought his wife and family, the Queens hosted it all at their palatial 5th wheel (Mary and I are now looking in earnest!) and a lot of fun was had by all. (… and I may NEVER sleep on an air mattress in a tent on a sloped hill ever again!)
The annual club BBQ was held on August 21 at the White’s
Unfortunately the ocean didn’t cooperate for the South Jetty dive and the fog made the club BBQ a little chilly, but the food and company were both good.
Baked Salmon Recipe from the club BBQ
Parmesan Baked Salmon
preheat oven to 400 degrees
May be prepared ahead and refrigerated before baking
1/2- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp dill weed
line cookie sheet with foil, spray with Pam
lemon juice, drizzle some lemon juice on the cookie sheet
place one large salmon filet (skinless) on cookie sheet
top with mayo/cheese mixture
Sprinkle with Ritz Crackers (about 20 crackers rolled to fine crumbs)
Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes (don’t over bake)
Slant Bridge Dive
The “Treasure” dive at Slant Bridge was enjoyed by all that attended. Divers hunted for Abalone shells and a golf ball (two were found) that were redeemable for dive related gifts. The water temp was in the 60’s, the visibility was good, and the sun came out about the time we got in the water. Thanks to Patricia Terry for organizing the dive.
President Ron has canceled the Ab Grab scheduled for this coming Saturday. There are gale warnings posted for mid-week and the ocean condition forecast for Saturday is 4-6 ft wind waves and a 12 ft swell.
We will reschedule at the May meeting.
The abalone dive for Saturday April 10, 2010 has been rescheduled to Saturday April 24, 2010 due to bad weather.
During November a group of 14 HSD members and friends went to Cozumel, Mexico. The diving was excellent. The weather was good, except for a one day break in the diving while Hurricane Ida passed by the island. The group stayed at Scuba Club Cozumel, an all inclusive dive resort. During much of our stay, we had our own dive boat and divemaster and could pick the sites we wanted to dive.
Photos by Donna Queen, Dave and Donna White, Denis and Julie Potter.
During the same time, Denis and Julie Potter spent a week in Fiji aboard the Nai’a live-aboard dive boat. They report that the diving was excellent. They also enjoyed some time in Australia with their daughter and her family.