Diving the Rhone
"Wednesday December 3, 1997"
After breakfast, Gwen and I took SHOUT (the dinghy) and got a mooring to dive the Rhone.
She wanted to get there early before all the tour boats took the moorings.
After we left, Bob and Don took TACKLESS II over to a mooring and snorkeled the Rhone.
We both saw turtles in difference places
Since the Rhone wreck lies on a reef in 20-80 feet of water either diving or snorkeling is a option. Some things, like the huge propellor can really be better seen by the snorkeler from the perspective high above it.
We came back aboard, and had more juice after going from the mooring to anchor off Salt Island. Here we had lunch and got the film together.
We sailed toward Sopers - Don saw his fender, but when we tried to pick it up, it was attached to something, so we let it go. Was sort of like a MOB drill (Man OverBoard).
Got to Sopers and picked up a buoy. Took SHOUT to shore and I bought a T-shirt for my son-in-law and some jewelry. Then took a Tortola tour with the Long Bay taxi. The driver's name was Carlton. We dropped a couple off at Frenchman's and then the skipper of DONNYBROOK to Customs and then another couple to Prospect Reef. Then we continued through Road Town and went up and ran along the top of the island. We stopped at Skytop (?) restaurant and I went up on the observation deck. I took this opportunity to change film. Went up the backside (Carlton was having a hard time with smoke coming out of the engine - probably something leaking on the manifold), We came down by Carrot Bay, Apple Bay and then on to Long Bay before we turned back to go to the Jolly Roger.
We had dinner there. Bob had swordfish and shrimp, Gwen and Don had tuna and I had red snapper with papaya sauce. All very good although Gwen and Don said their tuna was overcooked. The cook (a friend of theirs) ran out of propane. Watched snowboarding on ESPN while we ate. I had chocolate mousse and Bob had Key Lime pie. Gwen had the key lime pie too, but she thought it was too tart. I also had a virgin strawberry daiquiri.
To bed early
Last day. I got up and took photos in the morning light. Put on a bathing suit and went out on deck. Don showed me his computer (CD based) chart/navigation program. He wanted to know how much I spent on goods that I was bringing back with me to the USVI. I said $200-$250 but on further review, I find that it was a little more than $160.00. I did a little snorkeling but the viz is not too good.
Dropped the mooring (after Don complained about partiers on the next boat) and motored out near Maho Bay while Don and Bob discussed electrical stuff. My panaramic camera sounds sick Went through the book and IDed the creatures that we have seen.
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