Campbell River Isn't Just for Salmon Fishing
On the weekend of October 7th, eleven Marker Buoy divers took the long trek up to Campbell River to eat at Mike and Darlene Richmond's new lodge. That's right, we just came for the food; the world-class diving was just to get Mike out of the house so Darlene could cook us amazing meals (at least according to Paul).
Located on Quadra Island, just across from Campbell River the lodge is a diver's paradise with five bedrooms and a nice living room located on the lower floor of Mike¹s new house (he used to run Abyssal Diving). There's also a nice, large hot tub, perfect for socializing in, located just outside an equipment/compressor room with plenty of room for suit storage. Everything is home-made, even the wood he used is mostly hand-felled and milled. To say nothing about the meals.
We dove (and ate), dove (and ate) for two and a half days, in great conditions with 50+ foot viz. on many of the dives. Although Discovery Passage has some of the highest currents in the world, we had long slacks with easy hour-long dives on most of the sites. Mike has an amazing knowledge of the area, having discovered many of the sites and working to protect them for many years. His boat is 26', aluminium and customized with many nice features for divers, such as good ladders for re-boarding.
We made five dives including; the HMCS Columbia (surrounded by swimming scallops); Seymour Narrows (my favourite with technicolour anemones and sponges amongst a beautiful kelp forest - saw an eight-inch lemon-peel nudibranch!); the towering wall of Copper Cliffs (tube worms galore); Richmond Reef; and a crowd-pleaser; Row & Be Damned (I saw cloud sponges at 41 feet!).
And then there was the food; Darlene and Mike totally spoiled us; dinner Saturday featured fresh, BBQ'd salmon and fresh shrimp, several veggies, salad, rolls, etc. topped by fresh baked apple boysenberry pie for dessert. We'd come in from diving, drop our gear, and stuff ourselves silly. No one wanted to go home!
It'll take until April (when I run another trip up there) to work off the fantastic meals we ate! Thanks to all who came along, and especially to Mike and Darlene for showing us such a good time!
Marker Buoy Dive Club