Sunday, August 21, 2016

Leg 3 of our Trip-Morehead City, North Carolina

We left Chuck's in the early afternoon on Thursday and drove through storms to North Carolina where we met up with some of our diving family from Anchor Bay Scuba.  We got settled into our room and then went with some of the group to the dive shop to register after which we had dinner in town.  We were exhausted and went to our room after dinner for a good night's sleep.

On Friday, some of us went to the aquarium while others went off for museums, shopping, sightseeing, beaches, etc.  I was glad we chose the aquarium, not only is it a nice aquarium but the outside temps were nearly 100* so it was nice to spend time indoors.  We all had a nice lunch on the water afterward.  Many of the gang were meeting up for dinner later in the evening.  Our friends, Mike and Mark arrived for the dive trip around 4.  They were starving so we joined them for an early dinner at a steakhouse not far from the hotel.

Saturday we were up bright and early....well it wasn't too bright at 5 am but you get the idea.  We were on the dive boat and headed to the dive sites by 6 am.  The weather was not great so we stayed closer to shore and dove two wreck sites, The Indira which is a landing craft that was used in Vietnam and then the JJF Tug and Tramp.  I am sharing some video with you.  Unfortunately the visibility was only 10' because of the storms that had come through.

Today, we were again at the boat by 6 am.  We headed out for the U352 that luckily we saw last year with great visibility.  We were anxious to see it again and many of our group were here for the first time just to see this German UBoat that was sunk 36 miles from our shores during WWII. It is a 2 hr. boat ride to the dive site.  When we arrived the current was too strong to allow diving so we boated another 1/2 hr to another WWII wreck.  Unfortunately the boat we were on had a problem that could cause a danger to divers. The dive was aborted and we traveled another 2 1/2 hrs back to shore.  The dive crew was as disappointed as we and we all received a full refund.

This is our second year with Olympus Dive Center in North Carolina.   The crew is wonderful and we have always had great trips.  Our friends, who suffered an apartment fire and lost all their dive equipment, were a little unhappy due to the fact that they were quoted one price for rental gear and then charged much more than that quote, but overall we have been very happy with their service and look forward to visiting again. 

This is only half of our group.  The other half were on another boat and were able to get their dives in.   I don't know how it was for them as they are not yet back but I hope they had a great dive.

And I hope you have a great day...we are off to the pool to meet up with some of the others before dinner.


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