The dive season is waning down, so I jumped at the chance when I saw one slot open on a late month charter.
I booked a ride on Aquatic Safaris out of
Wilmington for late October. The dive is to
The Hyde and The Markham, which are intact ships sunk in the late 1980s, for
fishing and diving enjoyment, off the coast of North Carolina. (I try and spell out North Carolina because
it is a beautiful and name and comes across so much better than NC)
This will likely be my 99th and 100th dive, so that is kind of big.
It will be my third attempt at diving The Hyde and Markham. The first time I booked and the weather got the best of us, so we never attempted the 20 mile ride. The second time I made it to the
Markham, but the current was bad, and the
visibility was almost zero. I did make it to The Hyde but just felt it up
because the visibility was maybe a foot.
Quite possibly the third time will be a charm and I can get in two nice dives before dry suit season at the quarry.
This will be my first “cattle car” dive trip. There will be 18 divers on board, descending all at once.
Finally, Gigi and I will be able to take the RV to
Southport like the good old days. It has been over a year
since Gigi and I have camped.
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