We rolled into Two Harbors with 6 kids aboard the boat.
We pre-booked all kinds of activities, one being Scuba Diving. Uncertified, half day, dive-off-the-beach tours are available with a Certified instructor. Be sure to take advantage of the multi person rates.
Wife got the kids all dialed in, we climbed onto our dingy and headed for the dive shack. Wife stayed aboard the boat.
"Who's their dive instructor" I asked the wife as we departed.
"The really cute guy" She yelled back standing on the swim step.
We tied up the dingy and made the short walk to the dive shop at the base of the Pier.
Three girls work the Dive Shop desk, and they usually have about 6 to 9 different instructors available.
"What instructor are they booked with" one of the desk girls asked me. "My wife said the really cute guy" I told her.
"That's Brandon" the girl quickly replied in a millisecond.
Brandon soon appeared an he and one of the desk girls got the kids all suited and geared up.
All the kids we take ocean boating have the really super thin, super stretchy wet suits,, but the Dive Shop had the kids put on the old school style instead.
After instruction, the instructor walked the kids over to the West Wall beach and their half day of Scuba diving began.
West Wall Beach view from the hiking trail:
Fourth of July Cove Beach view from the trail.
I departed the shop and took a bucket of water up the trail towards Cat Harbor to water a Palm I planted on the day RD's baby was born.
Don't get worked up, I got the locally nursed Palm sapling from one of the local island Conservancy girls and it was all cool with them. They ask folks not to bring in outside vegetation of any kind.
Trail to Cat Harbor:
You may see anything from the Island Fox to Buffalo along the trail.
Yeah, the Buffalo are supposed to be in a fenced area,, but a few still rome free.
I keep my distance because their is always that one idiot that has to toss them a lit cigarette, or throw something at them and they go ape s#it and charge.
After watering the Palm, I headed back to the Reef outdoor bar and hung out with Blake the bartender.
The Reef bartenders all have about a 4 second attention span.
It's rumored that Blake is the son of Doug Bombard, the founder of the Harbor Reef Bar and restaurant,, but that's pure rumor, I've never checked into it further.
Blake is one of those outstanding kids ya meet. He lusts to be a fire fighter, and usually spends his winters in Arizona in a fire service kinda job.
Bar-tending at the Reef has to be one of THE highest paying/tipping gigs in all of bardom.
It's who ya know and who ya blow to get these positions.
The bartenders are all excellent and fast. No matter how crowded, they get everyone served quick.
The kids finished their Scuba Diving lesson, showered, and met me at the Reef bar for lunch.
They said the diving was excellent, we for sure got our moneys worth.
I walked back to the dive shop and tipped Brandon and the girl that assisted the kids.
A band set up at the Bar, they started to play mid afternoon,, the kids all jumped up and danced.
Regular Two Harbors boaters started to arrive, and it seems I know most of them purely because Drunks make friends easy.
USC fan drunks even quicker and easier.
We were invited aboard one couples new Nordic Tug for dinner that evening.
"Their's 8 of us total" I told them.
"No Sweat, we loved to have you all over to eat."
Several kinds of these Tug shaped pleasure craft are built, the Nordic tug, the American Tug,, and I forget the names of others.
The Captain is an Orange County Urologist, his wife a nurse and were they ever super people.
Die hard USC fans that love to hold sports court at the bar.
My wife had been sweating me having bladder cancer,, and he talked me into having the very tricky test for it.
They stick a test tube down your weiner for the test BTW.
It was painless, and all ok.
Next morning we woke,, and set out for Zip Lining in Avalon, but that's another thread for another time.