03-29-2009, 11:01 PM
GUEF, Tech1, Tech2, Cave1, Cave2
Join Date: Jun 2008
3/28/2009 Montana by Kevin Dow
by Kevin Dow -- [View in Reports Page]
|Bottom Team:||Kevin Dow, Karl Haywood|
|Scooter:||X-scooter||Burn Time:|| |
|Max Depth:||156FSW||Avg Depth:||81FSW|
|Bottom Time:||0:49||Total Time:|| |
|Bottom Gases:||21/35||Deco Gases:||EAN50 |
|Backgas Config:||Double HP100||Deco Tanks:||AL80 |
|Driving down the weather was doing interesting things. I couldn't get my normal peak at conditions on the way down due to the fact that fog had completely socked in around the hotel by the sea. Strangely enough, as soon as we got to Monterey, the fog completely disappeared. Monastery look "interesting" with some big sets rolling through every once in a while.|
After waiting in line for a bit (I think people have finally figured out the new opening time at Pt. Lobos) we rolled into the parking lot and took a peak who as around. As it turns out there were quite a few people there taking advantage of the good conditions. Don and Elissa were taking a class, Matt and Clinton rolled in soon after and Susanne and her friend joined the party just a bit later.
As I forgot the float, I got the duty of being the human buoy, while Karl got to lug the gear into the water. We soon got our gear sorted out and headed on out. As the cove didn't look like it had great visibility we elected surface scoot for a bit before dropping down at the mouth of the cove.
Conditions weren't bad but nothing incredible. We passed by our old friends Worm Patch and Hole-in-the-Wall and continued on out to the end of Beto's Reef before jumping off to Montanna. And the visibility kept getting better and better... and better... and better. Until, once we reached Montana we could look up and see wave's dancing on the surface.
Right away at Montana I saw a nice Tritonia festiva. Karl lead us through the crack to the north east side of the reef which was interesting as every time I have been at that site before we always circle around it. The crack is actually quite a bit larger than I had realized. Once on the other side, I saw a nice Cabazon just hanging out on a rock at northern side. We continued circling the reef clockwise and checked out the Gorgonian farm.
Soon after I spotted a nicely sized Flabellina iodinea and stopped to admire him for a bit. It might be the season for them or something, as they were covering the eastern side of Montana like they are having a convention or something. On the eastern side, the current picked up a bit and just blew us along the reef before depositing us on the southern most tip. As there wasn't much time left on the clock, we got the scooters out and went over to do a brief flyby of Mini Montanna before turning the dive.
We came back in and passed by Crossroads. I made sure to point out the encrusted line that is out there. The sponges seem to have completely taken over and made the line their home.
After passing by Q-tip we did our bottle switch on Granite point wall and continued on into the cove. I made an attempt to find the cave, but had no luck so eventually we jumped back accross middle reef and ended out dive at the Worm Patch.
At the ramp, Clinton and Matt had already completed their dive, and they must have heard my mental communications as they jumped down to help take gear off us. Suzanne and crew came in a short time later. After comparing notes we all agreed that it was especially cold in the water today.