Sauntering Through Moulinette

23 05 2016

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 ~

So… Today’s dive started out with a bang, or a flush, or a swift, cold current… inside my drysuit. Totally my fault.

After bringing our gear down to the water, Steve, Eric, Jen, and I got into our drysuits, and put the gear IN the water. Jen was with me, when I was bringing my camera down, and as we were chatting, and at our scooters, I asked if she would mind clipping my camera to my stage. I didn’t have my dry gloves on, and I didn’t want to let water into my wrist seals. As I am handing it to her, I swear, I felt like I had hit some kind of frigid electric shock system.

Yes… I had forgotten to completely zip my drysuit zipper. After 10 years of diving dry, I finally did it. I mindlessly walked in, and let the flows of the St. Lawrence River completely soak me. *SRLSY*  I may have actually breached the water, as it dripped down, into my feet. Thank goodness, we were only in water up to our waists… er… up to the bottom of our drysuit zippers. *Dork*

Ok… I hung my head in open zipper shame, as Jen was telling an interested passer-by about my “damp” misfortune. I guess the silver lining is that I didn’t pee myself.

I fixed myself up (closed my zipper), and since the water was 50F’ish, I decided to soldier on. There would be no ridiculing in the locker room, for this girl.

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Ok… tanks on, in the water, went over our plan, gear checks, before we made a compass bearing. Our objective was to find the old Grist Mill, that was covered over, as part of the flooding of the St. Lawrence River. There is significant current in most of this area, so it is either a scooter-dependent dive, or a boat dive (we have no idea what the coordinates are, since we are trying to find it). 🙂

We found some foundations, Old Hwy. 2, a lot of tree stumps, and some remnants of what used to be the town of Moulinette. Always a fascinating place to dive, and to wonder how many people once lived here (311, according to the Historical Society), and lived in a thriving small town.

Remnants of the old town of Moulinette…

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We didn’t end up finding the Grist Mill on this dive, but we sure had a lot of fun looking for it!

As we scootered back, in the shallower water, the sun was shining down, and we could see our reflections in the top of the water. I tried to stop and take a photo, but due to the shallowy’ness (new word), I couldn’t get the shot, after we had stopped. I still tried (unsuccessfully)…

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Bottom Time: 1 Hour, 10 Mins.
Max. Depth: 56′
Water Temp.: 51F (53F, in some places)
Visibility: 25′, and milky

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Once we got out, and I dumped the water out of my drysuit (from my earlier self-inflicted zipper misfortune, ending up with chilly feet) and packed up, we went over to Ault Park, where the Lost Villages Museum sits. It wasn’t open, but we did manage to take some photos of some of the buildings that were moved, before the river flooding. I absolutely love this place, and look forward to going back, once it’s open for the season!

Just a couple of photos…

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Here is a link to the Historical Society web site:

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We finished up the evening, with dinner at the Pizzeria/Restaurant, just west of the park. Their fries and gravy were really delicious. Oh yeah, and the Jello. That was pretty yummy, too. I think it was my first time, having blue jello! 😛 Blue, for what my toes must have been, at the end of the dive. Thank goodness, the water temp wasn’t too bad!

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Feeling Like A Spring Turtle

15 05 2016

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 ~

Ahhhh… Back in the water! The water was a balmy 50F, so I went with the thin liners, today. The dry gloves are still on, but what goes under them are just a little bit thinner!

Steve and I met Jen at the camp grounds, and it was opening weekend. For the season, divers must pay $16.99 + tax/day, to dive there.

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Today, was “Visit The Turtles Day!” This seems to be a breeding ground for them, so we are very careful not to disturb them. We just like to document them, and take photos of them. We saw at least two different species, and will be taking notes of our findings.

As we entered the water, we had some rocks to stand on, but we had to be a little careful, since the crayfish were sunbathing on them (in the water, of course). After gear checks, and going over our plan, we dropped down, where the current was already really moving. We went upstream for a bit, then drifted down, visiting our wonderful hard-shelled friends. There were big ones, little ones, and I took some photos of them.

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This guy came right up, to say hello…

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We even saw a massive muskie, that followed us, for a bit. I passed my camera to Steve, and he got a couple of photos of him. I wish that we had some kind of measuring tool with us, ‘cos he was freakin’ massive! Close to the same length as I am!

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The turtles are always amazing to see, and I love that some of them seem to pose for us!

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Bottom Time: 49 mins.
Max. Depth: 56′
Water Temp.: 50F
Visibility: 45′

We took a few photos of a few other turtles, after our dive (us, that is)…

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It was also the maiden voyage, for my new, custom Halcyon wing!

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Another day of fabulous River Turtle Diving Goodness!!

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