It's been a terrible month for me ... until this afternoon, had only managed three dives. First I came down with probably the most persistent cold I've had in a decade ... then the region came down with the worst cold it's had in at least that long. So this afternoon ... in a rare break between snowstorms, I decided to stop waiting for a dive buddy willing to brave the elements, and go diving.
I got home from work, packed up my gear, dressed up in my brand new Weezle Extreme undies and booties, and headed down to Redondo. When I got there, I was not just the only diver at the site, I was the only PERSON at the site. I've never seen the place so deserted. No problem finding a parking spot ... they were ALL available.
Now, one nice thing about not having anyone around to talk to ... about 10 minutes after I got there I was headed down to the water ... my little buddy AL tucked under my arm, and my camera locked and loaded. I finned up, kicked out, and dropped down at the usual spot ...
... and sank like a rock!
This was my first dive in the new undies, and I discovered that not only will this stuff keep me warm, it's gonna let me drop 6 or 8 lbs off my weightbelt. I like it already.
Got in a lovely 62-minute dive ... making my way down to the bottle field where I found a tiny octopus or a happy gunnel couple in almost every bottle. Making my way back upslope I found a fair-sized snailfish attached to a piece of kelp.
Oh ... and Claudette ... someone says "hi" ...
When I surfaced, it was dark, windy, and 26 degrees. But I was warm. I could even feel all my toes ... which is a great thing this time of year. The cold weather's got the water temp dropping fast ... it's down to about 48 degrees ... and the next snowstorm's supposed to hit sometime tomorrow afternoon. I'm going to try to sneak in another couple dives before it gets here.
... Bob (Grateful Diver)