Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Western Sambos

Spencer, Jim and I took REBOOT to the Western Sambos reef yesterday for a snorkling trip. We left Garrison Bight at about 8 AM. We motored the entire way as winds were light to nonexistant. We arrived in late morning which was perfect for the sun to light the water and the reef. The Sambos are just south of Boca Chica Key on the south side of the Hawk Channel.
We made two trips from the boat to the reef with a rest break in between. We had a nice time and saw some pretty fish and coral. Unfortunately this area is one that has seen quite a bit of damage so a "Blue Planet" experience will have to wait for a different location.
We made lunch in bright sunshine and 80 degree temperatures but as we headed back the clouds came in followed by thick fog. By the time we made it back to the mooring field visibility was down to under 100 feet. We got tied up safely and the fog lifted enough for Jim to get back to his boat. We went over later for a great dinner. We left early as the wind was starting to rise.
This morning we are seeing winds gusting to 30 knots and waves at 1 to 2 feet so our plan to go downtown will have to wait.

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