It’s been days since I last opened my computer – I guess that’s a sign of a good vacation! I am generating a backlog of posts – certainly not how I wanted to end the year. I am slowly working my way through my holiday vacation. First was the cookie extravaganza with the cousins.
Next was Dad’s and my semi-annual Christmas Eve dive.
We went to Sund Rock in Hoodsport (deep in the rain forest – it’s no wonder that the Twilight vampires live here).
It was Dad’s job to get all the gear together. Fortunately, there was a very convenient bench for us to set up all of our stuff.
It was my job to look cute. Pretty hard to do when you are wearing a snow suit underneath a dry suit. (The dry suit is a must for any diver in the Pacific Northwest – the average water temp is about 40 degrees!)
And down we went. I always get a little nervous going descending into the cold, watery darkness if I haven’t dove in a while – but then you start to see the unbelievable sea-life and you forget that you are underneath 70 feet of water and breathing air out of a tank.
We immediately encountered these two.
And lots of fish (some even hanging with the sea stars).
And the odd-looking sea anemones. I find it hard to believe that these are animals. It really is a completely other world down there.
Aside from one panic-stricken moment when I started to ascend feet-first, it was a pretty great dive. Nothing flashy like warmer waters – but nevertheless pretty cool and full of diversity. Definitely worth being in the cold, dark water.
And thanks Pacific Northwest, for never ceasing to amaze me.