Sunday, January 29, 2006

"The trip to Ana Capa Island" Part 1

It was a trip to remember all the squad was there. The Aldrin, Dump Valve, RX, SuperFly. We rolled out at about seven PM. Stopping briefly at Del Taco to fuel up on some Tacos and of course a few orders of fries. After telling the High School tale of how the Superfly dropped a 35' redwood in front of the dorm. We assembled back in the car for the drive to Ventura where we would board our ship the "Spectre". She is a grand vessel at 85' long with a 19' beam she sports a hot tub on the back deck and several BBQ's on the bow. We arrived at just after 10 pm and boarded the spectre. It was a clear night and the star were out in full force. We noted that not many brave souls had arrived yet and we secured our gear. The Aldrin went below to locate bunks. We assembled our gear and went below to get a head start on some solid sleep. Upon awaking in the am we found that we were not alone anymore. The galley was half full and many people were on the aft deck pull out gear from large bags they had brought on board.
We powered up and headed out to sea. Ana Capa Island was the destination for the trip. The seas were a bit rough on the way out. Mid-Channel the swells died down a bit yet you could see it might pick up at any moment. The next thing you know we were suited up and ready to plunge off the side of the boat into the icy waters. The word Plunge is a literal term for this boats sports a hefty six foot drop from the gate to the water. You have just enough time to think hmmm... I hope I turned on my air... before you hit the water. Dive one we saw many creatures and several fish... (I think many of the fish had the weekend off) . Well, as soon as I get back on the boat I take my gear off and I hear the words..."WHALE", "theres a whale off the port side".
Well, I wanted to jump back in to swim with the big beast of the sea, yet time would not allow for it... To Be Part 2