We had a slow start this abalone season. No dives and no abalone before the July break. But we are finishing strong in the "second season." On the August opening weekend, Zach and I each took 5 abalone over two days.
Sunday was a high low tide of +3 feet at 10:30 AM. Dive buddy Jeff met me at the cove at 10:00, with his two boys in tow.
It's been a couple years since I'd seen Blaine and Travis. They've grown. Blaine is a young man. I guess that's what happens with kids.
Then and Now
I've switched cameras again. My GoPro 300 took great pics and video, but only lasted 4 dives before the case leaked and destroyed the camera. My previous Olympus Stylus Tough lasted 4 years of hard dives before it succumbed. I've gone back to the Olympus brand with a new Tough TG-860. The Reader will have to suffer through the lower quality video - assuming I ever get around to editing and posting it.
Here a selection of pics and vids (eventually) from a great day in the cove.
... while some abalone sat for formal portraits ...
...and the boys played in the cove and harassed crabs in the tidal pools.
It was a good day to dive (C'mon - you know I was not going to get through an entire abalone post without saying that).
There is some good eatin' in our immediate future.
Nothing tastes better than that first apres-dive brew.
And a good day was had by all.