Campbell River ththth Invasion!

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Hello awesome divers!
I hope y'all are having a fantastic long weekend! :taco: :partyman: :luv:

The Thursday crew (Gdog, Scubie Doo, StphnMartin, Vjw, sharkb8, yellow eye and ScubaJess) went up to Campbell River last weekend for some fun Canadian dive away missions. It was a really fun trip with soooo much colorful diving. Earl at Abyssal Dive Charters is the best!!! :luv: :partydance: :partydance: :eric: I got to do 9 dives and eat at our favorite Indian Restaurant the Spice Hut :burntchef: πŸ˜‹ twice so it was a great success! :partyman: :burntchef: :luv: :pirate: :eric: :calvin:

Also our hotel the Campbell River Lodge was really awesome. :eric: It is right next to the river and we saw so many jumping salmon 🐟🐟🐟. Also we had really nice sea lions, seals, Humpback whale and orca sightings from the dive boat. It was magical πŸ˜»πŸ³πŸ‹πŸ³πŸ³πŸ‹πŸ³πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ³πŸ‹ :eek: :luv:


Getting in and out of Canada was very easy. You need to show a negative PCR covid test and your vaccine card. Then fill in the ArriveCAN app and just zip on in. There was no wait on either side for us. The only snag is the ferries to Vancouver Island are very full so best to book in advance if you can.πŸ₯³πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ’–πŸ––πŸ€ΏπŸŸπŸ™πŸ­πŸ¦πŸ“ΈπŸ€©

Here are a few of my snaps! :popcorn: I hope we can go back again soon. I've missed Canada so much!πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ€—

Shore dive:
Argonaut Wharf
Boat dives :
Seymour Narrows
Argonaut Wharf
Steep Island
April Point Wall
Copper Cliffs
The Gully
Grouse Island
Row and Be Dammed

Happy Diving!!! :joshsmith: :luv: :partydance:
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The Spice Hut is so delicious! It was Gdogs first time getting Indian food. I think he liked it :)
The Spice Hut is so delicious! It was Gdogs first time getting Indian food. I think he liked it :)
View from our hotel
View from our hotel
Eric and Earl the best skipper in town
Eric and Earl the best skipper in town
Gdog was so happy!!! His first dive trip to Vancouver Island
Gdog was so happy!!! His first dive trip to Vancouver Island
Hang out after the dives
Hang out after the dives
Happy divers
Happy divers
Argonaut Wharf by shore
Argonaut Wharf by shore
More of the crew
More of the crew
I delivered the morning coffee, and enjoyed the lovely view
I delivered the morning coffee, and enjoyed the lovely view
Earl and Ivan our deck hand
Earl and Ivan our deck hand
Me and Val <3
Me and Val <3
Eiko Jones the local awesome salmon diver showed us around the river
Eiko Jones the local awesome salmon diver showed us around the river
More happy divers
More happy divers
Cheers
Cheers
Chiton convention at Seymour Narrows
Chiton convention at Seymour Narrows
Tiny super cute Baby Puget sound king crab at April Point Wall
Tiny super cute Baby Puget sound king crab at April Point Wall
Super tiny baby brittle star at the gully
Super tiny baby brittle star at the gully
Hernit crab on a walk about at Seymour Narrows
Hernit crab on a walk about at Seymour Narrows
Pretty in pink
Pretty in pink
Mosshead Warbonnet frolicking in the strawberry Anemones
Mosshead Warbonnet frolicking in the strawberry Anemones
Purple ring topsnail at Copper Cliffs
Purple ring topsnail at Copper Cliffs
Campbell River has every shade of pink! It's so beautiful!!!
Campbell River has every shade of pink! It's so beautiful!!!
Live Long And Prosper!!!

Stay Warm underwater with the Weezle Extreme Plus undergarment! Please let me know if you would like to order one or have any questions. :luv: :partydance: :eric: :taco:
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Gdog!!! In the Dive adventure along with Miller the camera Guru... That is a drive trip with the N W best talents . Thanks for the report Jess!!!
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Thanks for sharing your story - and all the pictures!
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Lucky divers !
Thanks for posting pictures for us who are still too scared to cross the border ! :)
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That was an awesome trip!

I got two keepers. Both from Seymour Narrows. The rest of the sites weren't as wide-angle friendly. I tried macro at the end of the trip but I didn't have a lot of luck (my fault, not the dive sites :) )
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Looking forward to seeing the rest of the crew's pics! Can't wait to go again!
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Awesome shots Jess!!!! Love all of them. That was such a fun time.

Erik, that 2nd shot is $$$$. Maybe next time you’ll get more keepers if you don’t try to shoot wide angle in a steep island tube worm poop storm :neener:
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What an fabulous trip!!! :joshsmith: Love your shots above and below the water, SJ!! And, YE love the purple and pinks of the wall and the currently kelp above! :calvin:
Highlights for me were seeing breaching whales the closest I’ve ever seen (will share footage), such vibrant walls full of life (and tube worm poop), and hanging out with dive buddies! :grouphug:
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Finally got some time to go thru my shots...Here are some of the better ones.
Opalescent Nudibranch.jpg
Beautiful Anenome Colors.jpg
Juvenile Puget Sound King Crab.jpg
Clown Nudibranch over Strawberry Anenomes.jpg
Red Anenomes.jpg
Juvenile Mosshead Warbonnet.jpg
Ocotopus Hiding Behind Strawberry Anenomes.jpg
Strawberry Anenome.jpg
Leopard Dorid in Orange Anenomes.jpg
White Anenomies.jpg
Puget Sound King Crab Face.jpg
Flabellina Nudibranch.jpg

The colors were amazing. A long overdue trip, with great dive buddies.

Abyssal Charters.jpg
Eric and Jess.jpg
Eric Napping.jpg
And to finish the trip off in style....
Dessert.jpg
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Nice job George! Great diving with you! Pics 8 and 11 are particularly cool!

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Sweet snaps Gdog!!!! So cool you saw an octo. What dive was that? Was so fun diving with you!!! β€οΈπŸ––πŸ€ΏπŸ™
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ScubaJess wrote: ↑Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:29 pm Sweet snaps Gdog!!!! So cool you saw an octo. What dive was that? Was so fun diving with you!!! β€οΈπŸ––πŸ€ΏπŸ™
I think that was on April Point..not sure tho
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Great shots Gdog!! The colors were so amazing there!! So glad we got to go and looking forward to the next trip! :joshsmith:
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Great shots and fantastic trip everyone. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the trip.

Have a great weekend y'all! Peace.

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Very cool Jesse!

I especially like the hooded nudibranch, the tube dwelling anemone eater and the colorful scalyhead sculpin scene! So cool!

Great diving with you, and hope we can go again soon.
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Amazing pics Jesse! I agree that Hooded nudie and tube dwelling snaps are my 2 favs but love them all. I hope we can go back again soon πŸ₯³πŸ’–πŸ˜»πŸ‘½πŸ€ΏπŸ™πŸŸπŸŸπŸŸπŸ“Έβ˜•πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
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YellowEye wrote:Very cool Jesse!

I especially like the hooded nudibranch, the tube dwelling anemone eater and the colorful scalyhead sculpin scene! So cool!

Great diving with you, and hope we can go again soon.
Thanks Eric. The giant nudibranch was the dive my suit and strobe flooded. So got some different lighting.


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ScubaJess wrote:Amazing pics Jesse! I agree that Hooded nudie and tube dwelling snaps are my 2 favs but love them all. I hope we can go back again soon ImageImageImageImage🀿ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
Thank you Jess! Was a great trip :)


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Wow, awesome shots Scubie and Gdog! Not even going to try and pick favorites. That was such a fantastic trip.
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Hey Ross!!!!! Where are your snaps? πŸ€©πŸ‘‰πŸ“ΈπŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚
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I finally got through a folder of pictures from the first day, and since Jess is impatient I guess I can post a few :neener:

The first dive at Seymour Narrows was pretty awesome. My TG-6 prefers macro but my brain was overwhelmed by the colors and wide angle possibilities so I had a really hard time focusing on picture taking. The funniest part for me was being surrounded by a sea of color and clear water but somehow I spotted a skeleton shrimp and took my best photo of the dive :nutty:

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After some whale watching we did a second dive under the Argonaught Wharf, which is pretty famous for wide angle photos of the pilings and lots of octos on the bottom. I did my own thing and took a bunch of pictures of slugs instead :taco:

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After that we ate some food and went to Steep Island. The current was still a little swirly when we dropped down on the worms, and the visibility dropped due to a massive cloud of worm poop. I followed Jess down below the overhang but she kept scaring candy stripe shrimp away so I had to ditch her and make friends with a few more before she could send them into hiding.

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The second day of diving was really good also and I got a few cool shots of baby king crab, but I haven't had a chance to really look at them yet. Hopefully I will have a few more to post in a week or two.
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Great job Ross! So much candy! So much color! Oh my!
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Nice job Ross! Thanks for posting! Sooo jealous of your candy stripe shrimp snaps 😍πŸ₯³πŸ˜‚πŸ“ΈπŸ¦πŸ­πŸ¦πŸ­πŸ’™ also the skeleton shrimp is awesome :luv: :partydance: :eek:
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Wow, great shots Jessie and Ross! Very cool.
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Gdog wrote:Wow, great shots Jessie and Ross! Very cool.
Okay jeorge!


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Lol. Jeseee
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