Back To Kingston

25 05 2009

Friday, May 15th, 2009 ~

I spent a couple of hours packing the car, and managed to fit three 18 ah Gavins in my little, two door Honda. I had to do some arranging, but managed to get them in there. I was thankful for the end caps we have, that’s for sure! 

I fit two in the trunk, with end caps on, as the back ends wouldn’t clear my trunk…

There are actually two tubes; one on either side of the trunk, with a tub in the middle, and my 4th Elements to the left…

 

Since I couldn’t fit the back ends in, I placed them on top of their crates, so that the clutches wouldn’t touch the seats. I strapped them in, on each side of the back seat…

 

That left room for mine, riding shotgun…

 

Thank goodness Steve still had my tanks in Kingston, but I did have my other gear, that did fit in the car.

I arrived in the evening, grabbed a sub, and brought the guys some beverages. They had one more day left of the first ever, Canadian GUE ITC, and were working hard.

 

Saturday, May 17th, 2009 ~

We all got up early and headed over to Timmy’s, for some breakfast. I think Alan was getting a bit sick of the Bagel BELTs…lol…

We all headed over to the shop. The guys went to the classroom, and I waited for friends to arrive, to go out on their zodiac. Although… the weather wasn’t cooperating, and the waters were really rough. I thought that it would be a good decision for me to opt out of the lake diving today. My tummy doesn’t deal with that very well…. Apparently, the others did try to get out on the lake, but were unable to, and headed to the river.

I ended up being a dive shop bum for the morning, then headed out to Centeen Park, with James P., for a leisurely scooter out to the Gaskin. He hadn’t been on the wreck in a while, and I never mind doing the Gaskin. What was even funnier, is that we met up with the zodiac crew on the wreck! “Fancy meeting you guys here!” We exchanged hellos, and carried on our way. We had a fun dive, then went to get James some Fish ‘n’ Chips.

Bottom Time ~ 40 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 67′
Water Temp. ~ 50
Vis. ~ 25′

We then headed back to Kingston, where we met the gang for dinner. Well.. James had dessert! The fellas had had a great ITC, and finished the first hurdle.

Congratulations Steve, Guy, Alan, and Corey!

Then a bunch of us went back to the cabin for some stories and bevies.

 

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 ~

Guy had left the night before, to catch a plane, so it was just Steve, Alan, and I at the cabin. The boys had a well-deserved sleep in. It had been a long week.

We got up, headed to the shop, and saw that the charters weren’t going out today. The weather was way too stinky. We packed everything up, and went to Cora’s for breakfast. I’ve heard of this place for years, but had never actually eaten there. This was my first time, and what a breakfast!!! I had to share it with Steve and Alan…

 

After stuffing our bellies, we decided to go to Centeen Park again, and take Alan for a run out to the channel, so we headed out to Brockville.

We geared up, and in we went. We scootered along the wall, and got to the drop off point. Alan found some line to play with, then we headed down, into the channel. Hmm… drift, you say? I guess the current didn’t get the invite to the dive today, as it was pretty non-existant. We tooled around a bit, then headed back toward the Gaskin, where we did some swim throughs and played around the wreck. We got back near shore, and played a little more, with the scooters, then headed in. I think Alan might have enjoyed it… as did we. :o)

Bottom Time ~ 71 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 96′
Water Temp. ~ 50
Vis. ~ 40′

Alan…

 

Steve…

 

Self Portrait…

 

It was really great to finally meet Guy and Alan, and I look forward to many more dives with them, in the near future!





Mooring Day ~ Part Two

13 05 2009

Sunday, May 10th, 2009 ~ 

 

It was Mother’s Day, and I made sure that I called my mum on the way over to the shop. Steve had left a few minutes earlier than I did, as he was starting his ITC this morning, and wanted to get Timmy’s first. Jen wasn’t far behind me… literally… I think we just missed each other, passing in the hallway. We weren’t sure if the boats were going to go out, as the weather wasn’t looking too promising, and the internet told us that there would be possible storms later on, and high winds. 

 

My first thought was that I should probably stay off the boats today, as my tummy really doesn’t like the waves out on the lake. Of course, I thought about it for a while, hemmed and hawed, and without alot of persuasion from Anne and Oren, I loaded up the boat, geared up, and off we went. 

The winds are coming from the North! That’s a good thing! The waves won’t be bad!

We were going to attempt to raise the moorings on the Cornwall, the Glendora, and possibly a third, depending on the weather. Myself, Jen, James Y., Sean, and Nancy boarded  Sorobon once again. Oren and John were aboard Seadeucer. 

James Y. aka Vinnie…

 

Jen and Sean…

 

Nancy…

 

Anne even braided my hair for me…

 

All was well on the ride out, and Anne brought us to the numbers for the Cornwall. Anne said, “Now!” to throw out the shot line, and Sean tossed it in. My tummy was beginning to turn a bit, so I geared up and got in. The waves were really moving now, so the quicker I got in, the better. Once I was in, I was a happy camper. I made my way over to the shot line, where Jen met me shortly after. Instead of descending right away, we waited for Sean to come over, so that they wouldn’t lose sight of the shot line, with the waves rockin’ like they were. Once he was there, we set off.

There was “word on the lake” that this line was a bit entangled, so Jen and I figured we’d check it out before the boys came down to throw it up. Once we got down, once again, we were right at the wreck. Way to go Anne and Sean!!!

(That was for you CMaul)!

We saw the mooring line on the opposite side of the wreck, and made our way over to it. We followed it along, checked it as we went along, and once at the bottom chain, saw that it didn’t look to be in bad shape at all. The boys would be fine.

Since neither of us had done this wreck before, Jen and I decided to take a little tour down the middle of it. We came upon one of the paddle wheels, that was still intact, but fallen over, as well as the intact boilers. We decided to go check on James and Sean, and headed back toward the line. We met them half way, where they gave us the “ok” and carried on with their dive.

As Jen and I made our way to the line, we saw the line that the guys had successfully sent up, and although it was a bit jerky with the water movement, all looked fine and dandy. We continued around to where the shot line was, and it was clear that Jen and I both had the same thought. We noticed how close it had moved toward the wreck, and thought we should move it a bit, so that it didn’t get entangled in the wreck, as it was pulled up. We made our way to it, and Jen moved it over a bit.

Ok… let’s go home…

We went back over to where the line was…

Um.. yeah… it WAS here about 2 minutes ago…

The first thought through my head was that the boat was moored to it, and they were drifting…away. Jen and I looked at each other, and knew that we both weren’t seeing things. It really wasn’t there! Lol…

James and Sean were now on the scene as well, so the four of us headed back over to the shot line, where we ascended, and blew a bag.

When we surfaced… yup… no boat… lol… It didn’t take them long to get back to us though. Anne was going to bring in the shot line, and realized that it wasn’t there. She then realized that the numbers were off, so she immediately headed over to us, where we had a bit of a chuckle, and got back on board. It was a bit “rock and roll” with the waves, but we all got up safely. At least they were able to pull up the entire line, so it can be fixed and replaced.

“I swear there was a line there!”

I guess we can’t chalk that one up to David Copperfield. I don’t think he was in town on Sunday.

Bottom Time ~ 32 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 74′
Water Temp. ~ 42
Vis. ~ 40′

Once we had a debrief and a good chuckle, we headed over to the Glendora.

My tummy had not been too bad until this point, but with the bumping and grinding, I think I went instantly green. Jen said that I was a mix between grey and green. I really wanted to get back in the water, but couldn’t even bring myself to gear up. Argh… stoopid seasick.. pft… At least I didn’t give in to it… this time.

Jen was going to go in with Nancy, but they were not in the water long.

Once the boys came back on board, we headed back to the dock, with me in the fetal position, the entire trip back.

 

I did take a picture of James’ iPhone, where he had marked where we were…

 

I was able to sit up a few minutes before reaching NTD, and Jen noticed that the colour had returned to my face. They were all placing bets on how quickly I would kiss firm ground. 😉

Once back, we unloaded our gear, met the rest of the gang, then went to grab some grub. My tummy was still a bit funny, so I took most of my dinner to go!

Despite my churning tummy, the twisting waves, and the rocky weather, it was amazing to get back to Kingtson, for the diving, as well as hanging out with good friends. I can’t wait to get back out next weekend!





Mooring Day ~ Part One

13 05 2009

Saturday, May 9th, 2009 ~ 

 

Steve and I packed up both of our vehicles, and headed for the mighty Ktown, to help out with Mooring Day! We arrived on Friday night, met some of the gang for dinner, then headed to our hotel. Jen was in the room beside us. 

 

Saturday morning, we headed to Northern Tech Diver, and it seemed that Steve and I took the long way… so we got there after Jen did. We loaded up the boat, then headed out to the City Of Sheboygan, to raise the mooring. It was pretty grey outside, and the weather was supposed to get a bit nasty in the afternoon, so we were on a mission! Myself, Steve, Jen B., James P., James F., Oren, and Kevin L. were all aboard, with Captain Annie at the helm.

Anne…


  

The City of Sheboygan is pretty far out, so we had to get to this one early, before the weather turned. There were rumours of some bad weather coming in the afternoon.  

Kevin L. and James F. letting us loose…

 

James Y. and Sean came out in the little boat…

 

Once we arrived at the City Of Sheboygan numbers, Captain Annie lined up, and Jen threw in the shot line. Since I tend to get a little seasick, I got in the water as soon as I could. We gathered around the shot line, descending a bit, and did our bubble checks before going into the blue yonder. When we got down… BINGO!! We were right alongside the wreck. Nice one, Anne!! Steve and Oren sent up the line, and we had an amazing tour around the wreck. What amazing visibility too! This one has always been one of my favourites, and due to my upset tummy, the lake needs to be pretty flat for me to get to it. The lake can turn pretty quickly too.

I did notice that the mooring block had created a bigger crater in its resting spot, since I saw it last year. The hole seems to be getting quite a bit wider.

We ascended, and hopped back on the boat. We were all smiles, except for Jen, who had had a bit of a glove leak… doh…

 

Although,  she still had a wicked dive, with her new 130s and 21w light.

Bottom Time ~ 35 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 96′
Water Temp. ~ 43
Visibility ~ 60′

Steve and Kevin L., hooking and bringing in the shot line…

 

The weather started to turn a bit. It started to really rain, as opposed to the light sprinkling we started out with. Hmm… do we carry on or head in? Doh… that was lightening… Holy crap… that one was close. Yep, we’re heading in. It would still take us about 30 minutes to get back. At one point, we all huddled in the Captain’s quarters, although I’m not sure how safe we were in a metal boat, with tanks for lightening rods. Perhaps it would hit the ladder first?

 

The weather let up a bit, and we had a visitor on our tail…

 

Captain Harold and Seadeucer with their new radar…

 

Harold stopped for a hello, then headed off again. The rain was on and off, as was the thunder and lightening.

We passed by one of the islands, and although the picture doesn’t show how cool it looked, here it is anyway…

 

Jen and I…

 

When we arrived back at the dock, we unloaded and went for some grub.

After lunch, Anne and Harold wanted to go for a splash too. The sun had come out a bit, so Steve, Jen, and I said we’d guard the boat. What better way to get over seasickness, than to just do it…. uh… right…

Anne took Sorobon over to the Munson, as it is pretty close, and sheltered by the bay.

 

James P. and Oren were also along for a splash. It would have been great to jump in, but I didn’t mind being boat guard. On the way out, there were a couple of Sea Doos playing in our wake…

 

James and Harold gearing up. I think they were doing a dance…

 

Anne, about to roll back…

 

While they were gone, we found ways to amuse ourselves…

Steve…

 

Me…

 

Jen, on the look out!

 

Here they come!

Anne…

 

Harold…

 

James…

 

Oren and Jen…

 

On the way back in, I did feel a bit crappy, but I was able to keep my tummy in check.

Rainbow shot…

 

When we got back in, the dock was a-rockin’, so Harold tied the dock and the boats down…

 

Monster from the deep!

 

Although we only got one wreck moored, we still had a ton of fun, and the other boat did get the Douglas and the Frontenac moored.

James Y. back at home base, playin’ a tune…

 

We gathered up and headed to the Rose and Crown, where we discussed the day’s adventures and planned for tomorrow’s.

Stay tuned for Part Two!





Another Diving Weekend ~ Day 3

3 05 2009

April 24th – April 26th, 2009 ~

Day 3

Steve moved some gas around in the tanks, we loaded the van up again, and headed down to Rockport, to meet Greg for another dive. When we arrived, Greg was ready and waiting for us. We geared up, and Jeff was going to tag along with us, to throw up the mooring on the Kinghorn. He was going to bring his “Torpedo” scooter with him, and was going to be diving open circuit with us too! Greg was also bringing his camera along, for some pictures.

 

Jeff gave us a debriefing of his scooter, as it has stuck on in the past. He showed us where the second “shut off” was, in case we needed to use it. 😛 We got in the water, and dropped down to about 10 feet, where we gathered up and did our checks. Time to go!

Steve and Greg started off, and I waited for Jeff. Jeff hit the trigger, and away we went. Once we got to the wreck, Jeff went up with the line, and met his brother in law on the boat. The three of us then continued on, tied off the scooters, and Greg took some shots. We decided to check out the inside, where Greg got some more pictures, and we posed with the “this rocks!” signal. Once out, we headed back to the scooters, and made our way back to the dock.

We surfaced, and all had smiles on our faces.

Bottom Time ~ 57 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 92′
Water Temp. ~ 44
Vis. ~ 30′

It was great to get in the water with Greg again. He’s a great dive buddy, and alot of fun to hang out with. Thanks for playing with us, Greg! We are looking forward to you coming back to see us in August!

Greg’s camera…

 

Steve and Greg…

 

Greg and I…

 

Here is a link to Greg’s report on the day too

 

Here is another link to his pictures from our underwater adventures.

 





Another Diving Weekend ~ Day 2

1 05 2009

April 24th – April 26th, 2009 ~

 Day 2

Today was an unofficial DIR Ontario day! Steve, Francois, and I went down to Centeen Park, where we met up with Greg, Jay, Oren, Kevin, and Jeremy for our favourite scooter dive. The water is warming up a bit, but it still wouldn’t be as long of a dive as we normally do in the summer.  

We brought our gear down to the entrance and geared up.

 

As we geared up, we saw another couple of friends, going for a swim…

Scott W.  and Eric B….

 

Frankie also distributed a few scooter end caps…

 

Greg, analyzing gas…

 

Jay, Oren, and Steve…

 

Greg…

 

Frankie…

 

Kevin and Jeremy…

 

Once we got in the water, we did our checks, and formed our teams. There were eight of us, so we’d have to pay a bit extra attention to detail on remaining together. We dropped down to 15′, gathered ourselves, did bubble checks, and headed out.

Our plan was to scooter out into the channel, see what we could find, then drift back onto the Gaskin. This is one of my favourite dives, and could do it just about every weekend. We don’t seem to see many of the same things twice, and we always end up back on the Gaskin.

We headed out, stopping a couple of times, to keep together, and dropped down to the channel. Ok! Time to drift!

Umm… wait a second… Where’s the current? We hovered there for a couple of minutes, but the current forgot to show up. Huh… odd. The current does vary out here, but there is usually enough in the channel for a nice drift back to the Gaskin. Apparently, not today! We decided to hit the triggers again, and zig zagged around, having a bit of fun.

Of course, we did end up back at the Gaskin, and had some more fun, with all of us zipping around the wreck. It was time to turn the dive, and we headed back in.

Bottom Time ~ 68 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 80′
Water Temp. ~ 43
Vis. ~ 30 – 50′

We pulled the gear out, then headed for a bite to eat, to share our adventure and debrief!

 

From left to right:
Jay Roy, Francois Tremblay, Jeremy Jones, Oren Levstein, Kevin Ripley, Steve Blanchard, Chantelle Blanchard, Greg Mossfeldt…

 

Gotta love the new stickers… (plug for Mark Em at Dive Signs)!! 😛

Stay tuned for Day 3!