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For friends, family and the random search engine visitor. This blog started as an experiment in mobile blogging from my Palm TREO 600 700 Prē HTC Evo, now serving as a simple repository of favorite activities. Expect bad golf, good fishing, great sailing, eating, drinking, adventure travel, occasional politics and anything else I find interesting along the way including, but not limited to, any of the labels listed here...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Back over the bridge and home

It was dark when I crossed the bridge this morning, and it was dark when I returned with my abalone limit this evening.

As I pulled into The City, I was assigned a stop to pick up dinner. In line at Taco Bell on Lombard, a reminder that Halloween is indeed The City's most important holiday.

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Sunset - Pacific Highway

Heading home with 3 ab hitchhikers.

Will fill in later with additional posts since this mornings sunrise shot.

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Après-dive

We lunch on fiendishly good sandwiches at Trinks in Gualala.

I am enjoying "The Russel" (Roast beef, roasted red bell peppers, red onion, mayo and horseradish cheese, served hot). I don't know how it got its name.

After lunch Doug finds the fiends in the kitchen responsible for the sandwich (yes it is Halloween).

A good day to dive

Doug said he wanted to dedicate this dive to Ms. Smith's Schneider Elementary School class in Farmer City, Illinois. They are learning about abalone and following his abalone diving exploits on video.

Conditions were calm and visibility good (~6ft) as Doug forecast.
Not perfect, but pretty darn close.

Gearing up on top of the bluff...

...and climbing down the hill.

It is about an hour past high tide and Doug looks for good entry points in the cove...

... however, he does not walk on water.

In the water...

...we quickly find abs.

We are experimenting with the underwater camera here - two shots of the same abalone hole - one with flash and one not. I think the one without the flash is better, as the flash just lights up the particles in the water. But I'll leave it up to Ms. Smith's class cohorts. I wonder - How many abalone can they count in these pictures? (the pictures can be expanded by clicking on them)

We soon limit out...

video
...and shoot some video clips of abalone diving in these conditions.

Doug on the beach with his catch.

The catch. Doug's are bigger than mine. As an ab diver, I suffer from premature extraction.

Après-dive.

For the benefit of the Ms. Smith's elementary school class -The kids should know that in this picture I am holding a bottle of an anti-inflammatory and nerve soothing medicinal tonic prescribed by a medical practitioner to treat PDSS (Post Dive Stress Syndrome).

Calm Cove

We decide to dive the point.

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Sunrise - Bay Hill Road

Pretty spectacular. More pics later.

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Rolling north

It was a dark and foggy morning on the Golden Gate Bridge...

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Friday, October 30, 2009

This is the end...

... of the abalone season.

One month left.
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: This is the end...
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 18:30:36 -0700
From: MW
To: Zach

Thanks Zach
I'm planning on coming back tomorrow night, but - depending on how I feel - might crash at your place and blow out early Sunday (avoiding the incoming Halloween traffic). I'm figuring this to be the dive when I finally get my trophy 10 inch abalone. Maybe three.

I'm sure we'll have some more shots in November. I'll keep Doug on watch, and tell him I need reports of good conditions even if he can't dive. You need to get your priorities right. BTW - Nice gavel work at the exchange.

Got a new phone (Palm Pre) but had to switch to Sprint Network. Not sure how it'll work up there, but will text on arrival.. - mw



Zach wrote:

No problem Mike. I can't make it...just got off two weeks on the road and getting ready to go on the road for another two weeks...everything should be where you left it! please let me know when you get there and start drinking my beer :)

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Rick wrote:

Mike,

Thanks for the invitation. I tried to rearrange my commitments for tomorrow, but was unsuccessful. Happy hunting and let me know if we are lucky enough to have another opportunity this year.

Rick

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MW wrote:
Zach, Rick,

This is the end of the abalone season - in case you had not noticed. One month left.

Let's review the season, shall we? I have made three carefully planned attempts this year, all of which have met with less than ideal conditions and several washouts. Nevertheless, I have managed to get four abalone marked on my card this year (which I believe - puts me four ahead of your combined total).

For the last month of the season, I have a new idea. The"No Plan" plan. Instead of scheduling a dive in advanced based on tide tables, I've asked my reliable local source to inform me of ideal conditions, with the intent of dropping everything and heading up on a days notice. No sooner did I set this up, when I got my first notification. Ideal conditions are forecast for tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday AM. What say you boys? I am up for a Friday drive (early or late) to target either late Friday or Saturday AM dive - or - a crack of dawn drive on Saturday morning for a mid-morning Saturday dive? - mw
The End
lyrics by Jim Morrison & The Doors

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end

Point Arena, California
Thursday 10/29/09 7:39AM Sunrise
Thursday 10/29/09 8:53AM 5 feet High Tide
Thursday 10/29/09 3:11PM 1.45 feet Low Tide
Thursday 10/29/09 3:59PM Moonrise
Thursday 10/29/09 6:17PM Sunset
Thursday 10/29/09 9:07PM 4.29 feet High Tide
Friday 10/30/09 2:54AM 1.36 feet Low Tide
Friday 10/30/09 4:28AM Moonset
Friday 10/30/09 7:40AM Sunrise
Friday 10/30/09 9:18AM 5.36 feet High Tide
Friday 10/30/09 3:50PM 0.9 feet Low Tide
Friday 10/30/09 4:23PM Moonrise
Friday 10/30/09 6:16PM Sunset
Friday 10/30/09 9:59PM 4.43 feet High Tide
Saturday 10/31/09 3:29AM 1.66 feet Low Tide
Saturday 10/31/09 5:30AM Moonset
Saturday 10/31/09 7:41AM Sunrise
Saturday 10/31/09 9:44AM 5.72 feet High Tide
Saturday 10/31/09 4:28PM 0.36 feet Low Tide
Saturday 10/31/09 4:49PM Moonrise
Saturday 10/31/09 6:15PM Sunset
Saturday 10/31/09 11:48PM 4.54 feet High Tide
Sunday 11/01/09 3:03AM 1.94 feet Low Tide
Sunday 11/01/09 5:36AM Moonset
Sunday 11/01/09 6:42AM Sunrise
Sunday 11/01/09 9:12AM 6.05 feet High Tide
Sunday 11/01/09 4:06PM -0.14 feet Low Tide
Sunday 11/01/09 4:19PM Moonrise
Sunday 11/01/09 5:13PM Sunset
Sunday 11/01/09 10:36PM 4.61 feet High Tide



Doug wrote:

Hey Kids,
Tomorrow and Saturday will be very good dive days... Keep in touch, and enjoy!
Doug

Monday, October 26, 2009

19th hole

MW 103
RE 113

 But I got crushed on skins... Waiting for DH to provide final skins accounting.  Although Don left after 13, we divined he would have shot 92.

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Roy hits it stiff on 18

Wins the hole and the skins.

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Bringing it home on 18

I'm pressing after my sparkling par on 17.

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17th tee

Roy swings a big stick.

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Roy out of jail on 15



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Don's last hole...

.... before leaving to close on his house. Not sure what this is about - he sets up the tee time then bags out on us. Very bad karma.

His 2nd...

3rd...

...and 4th shots on his way to a 6 on the par 3 13th hole.

Heh. Wrong hole to press Roy on the skins. "Instant karma is gonna get'cha."

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Roy out of trap on 12



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Don sinks par putt on 9

The only hole at Crystal that he had yet to par. Crystal relents and offers this parting gift as he heads out of town.

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Don tees off on 6

First of his two tee shots on this hole.
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Roy tees off on 5

I am 4 over after 4. 

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Live blogging Crystal Springs

Don's farewell round. Our supposed fourth - Dan - proved to be unreliable. As usual.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

San Francisco Power Tour with Wes and Susan

Bay Bridge, Embarcadero and Klaus

Tadich Grill for lunch

Haight Ashbury for medicinal supplies

The Castro & the wrong Twin Peaks (and no - I don't understand whether Wes is adopting a defensive or invitational posture).

The right Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks Panorama (click to enlarge)

Milan Trolley on the "F" Line

Lombard "crookedest" Street

Golden Gate Bridge

Tour completed inside three hours (A little long - we got lost in the Haight).

SF Power Tour underway

Friends (and fellow travelers) Wes and Susan are in town. I am taking them on my patented power tour. Will update with higher quality pics later.

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UPDATE: The Tour is linked here

Monday, October 19, 2009

San Diego Airport

I took a connecting flight to save $50. My flight into SFO is delayed 3 hours. I am on my 2nd $10 Guinness with 2 hours to go. Do the math.

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I am not a creature of habit...

...contrary to the representation of a commenter on this blog, I am always willing to break the mold, shatter convention, take the path less traveled and explore new directions.

Instead of the traditional Chicago hot dog from Gold Coast Dogs at Midway, this time I went with an Italian beef from Gold Coast Dogs.

Radical.

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Sigrid has found her place...

If not in the world, at least in the Southwest boarding line.

I am on another flight and have an hour to kill.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ale Allocation Addendum

Some additional Escanaba Pail Ale allocation notes to supplement the Reference Post:


Sean's allocation to the four Rea boys (pictured above) were left at Camp, and are among the 11 bottles stored in the secret wine cellar. Sean also attached an interesting condition to this allocation. If any of these four bottles are not claimed at camp in person by their owner by the end of the 2011 Shag Camp season, ownership of these bottles reverts to a first come first served basis.

The key to the bottle numbering can be found on the allocation spreadsheet.

The Brian and Andrew allocations were handed off to Wendy before the Bear game.

Andrew subsequently received his allocation at an undisclosed location, but ...


...something happened to the bottle in the transition - looks like Brian replaced the hand drawn label with his much more professional looking custom design. Well done Brian.