BAUE Trip Reports
5/31/2004 Ballbuster aboard Escapade
by Pete Gelbman -- [View this report only]
Susan Bird, John Heimann, Pete Gelbman
15' - 40'
||Double LP104||Deco Tanks:||AL40|
After E3, with rough swell and wind picking up, we ran back to the Bay as fast as
we could. Ride was home was pretty rough, but I only lost my cookies
once - not too bad.
Some of us were up for a second dive, others were too whacked on
dramamine and couldn't be woken up ;-)
John, Susan and I headed down for a liesurely poke around. We followed
the anchor line down, and found it a bit North of the main reef at about
110'. With a max depth of 100' we headed south in search of a bit
shallower stuff. John and Susan foolishly let me navigate. After a short
swim, we found some scattered patches of reef and dense clusters of
Metridium fields and decided to hang out and check out small stuff.
Pretty good vis, I'll say 40' at depth and not much water movement, so
it was pretty relaxing bottom time. Some good size Lings and nice pair
of nudis. After noodling/drifting around for a long time we all kind of
lost track of where we were. I knew we generally had to just head North
a bit to find the anchor line but my compass malfunctioned - no, no
really, it did! Jim had asked us nicely to try to return the line so I
felt guilty and wanted to look for it. After firing me as navigator
Susan took a brief spin in the driver seat but we still couldn't find
the line. After agreeing to shoot a bag, I discovered that I forgot to
put my SMB in my pocket after our first dive - doh! Can you say "gear
checks!!??". I look over at Susan and she's diving in her teaching suit
today and doesn't have pockets let alone a bag! Doh! Hey John - please
tell us you have a bag. What, me? Oh a bag - sure I got one of those.
Some sort of ray breifly swam about 10' below us on ascent, but I didn't
get a chance to see exactly what kind.