Clayton Clean-Up Dive!

6 05 2013

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 ~

Since we haven’t been to the US side of the River much, Steve and I decided to join some of the gang, and go down for the Clayton Dive Club clean-up dive! We arrived at the Port Dover Antique Boat Museum at around 9am, registered with the dive club, unloaded our gear… and went diving for garbage!

I caught Bob with his camera!

Lisa and Skip!

Steve, C-Mal, and Damian… Bad Boyz, Bad Boyz, What ya gonna do?

There were quite a few people joining in on the fun, and we were all concentrating on the area around the long dock. When Steve and I descended, we were greeting with quite a bit of silt, which was kind of fun, as we made our way around the dock. We managed to pick up quite a lot of garbage, including bottles, cans, pieces of metal, socks, potato sacks, plastic, and we almost got some of the metal that was embedded into the ground, but even with both of us pulling on it, we couldn’t get it out. There were a couple of shopping carts, too. We didn’t have a very long dive, but it was still fun to pitch in, and do our part to clean up!

Bottom Time: 41 mins.
Max. Depth: 7′
Water Temp.: 50F
Visibility: 0′ to 2′

I was really impressed, how the city joined in to really help the clean-up. There were some crew along the dock, pulling up any items that any of us found, putting them into wheel barrels, rolling over to a front end loader, and then putting it into a large dump truck. The town had also put together sandwiches, drinks, and the mayor even made probably the best choco chip cookies I have ever tasted!

Partial group shot!

From there, we made our way to Bob’s Hideaway, and Patty’s Place, which was also a lot of fun. Lots of laughter and Goodness! Thank you, Bob and C-Mal!

Dinner was at the Cedar Point Market, arranged by Bob. What an awesome place!

The outside tables were all done up for us, and even had masks, water guns, and snorkels laid out, for decoration.

We had a procession line to get our food, and everyone took most excellent care of us!

Bob, taking a group shot!

From there, we made a pit stop, where there were a couple of bevvies, some skee ball, and watched a bit of the hockey game!

Then… back to the homestead, where there was sausage and S’mores. Not together, of course!

Yet another excellent adventure, with the wonderful people of Clayton! We’ll be back!

SOS Daryaw Mooring Moving Day!

6 05 2013

Sunday, May 5th, 2013 ~

We stayed in Cape Vincent Saturday night (thanks to Bob and Chris), then made our way back over the border, for Sunday morning charter. We were climbing aboard Tom Scott’s boat (Under Where? Charters), and were going to help moving the new mooring block on the Daryaw.

We all met in the parking lot, discussed the plan, and loaded up. Each team had a job to do, and almost everything went according to plan. 😉

Captain Ryan, at the helm.

There were 6 of us with scooters, so first, we had to locate the block (Steve’s and my job). Once we found it, Steve blew a bag to the surface, and we showed Team 2 where it was. Team 3 shot up a bag from the old mooring, so that Tom could tie the boat into it, while we worked with the mooring block. Another team attached the shackles to it, then some mighty big lift bags, and we were off to the races.

The boat was able to move the block within 10′ of the intended spot. Not bad, teams!

Bottom Time: 55 mins.
Max. Depth: 93′
Water Temp.: 46F

Some pics from the day!

After all of the teams surfaced, and all of the bags were picked up, we headed back to shore.

You can see the size of the lift bags, here…

My favourite dive buddy, and I. Thanks for a great day, Tom! 🙂