Had a quick little dive today at one of my favorite spots in kona. Click the image below to see some footage of some caves and the local He'e (Octopus)
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You don't always need to have a checklist, agenda or tons of time to make memories. Most of the time it's those spur of the moment,"Hey, what are we doing? Let's do something!" days where memories are made. And you're off. This time, a detour from a little business trip brought together veteran UTF homies, Kevin Repan, Brad Bolton and myself. We headed onto old dirt roads and rocky trails similar to those you see on your way to Makalawena or the old road to Kua Bay. Our destination - a natural hot springs oasis lining the Carson River. The river flows through the alpines of California and spills into the Carson Valley in Nevada. Usually, it's pretty full and uncrossable. Certain months you need to kayak or raft down the river or head in on a single track trail to get to the hot springs. The water was so low we walked across it. The next day, I woke up with the sun to fish. But I came back to camp with nothing but a couple of lost lures so took to the river in search for some crawdads, also known as crayfish. We gathered around the fire that evening and caught up on old stories of our youth told a thousands times and talked about the excitement of things to come.
You can take a group of people out of their element, but the smart ones adapt and search under every nook and cranny to reveal the best of their new surroundings. Whatever that may be, think of a tree top. It faces many elements, but it's roots always stay right where they started.
Photos by : Kevin Repan, Brad Bolton, Josiah Peffer
Yosemite, twice in one week. Why not? Better get while the gettin's good. Change is in the air throughout the mainland. The leaves are changing color and the sunlight fades earlier, which is why these final summer days are crucial for logging in some serious outdoor time so we packed up the ol' Ford and headed to Yosemite, not once but twice in one week.
For people in the Bay Area it's a quick two-and-a-half hour drive, really nothing to it. With good tunes and great company, you're there in two shakes. We made a pit stop before Yosemite in the foothills near Groveland and set up camp. There was a secret fishing hole along the Tuolumne River we had to scout in the morning.
The Tuolumne River flows for almost 150 miles, eventually spilling into the San Francisco Bay. Along the way people can enjoy white water rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, cliff jumping and fishing. The next day, we fished until we couldn't stand up. We explored the crystal clear pools with a dive mask to see what the fish see And we fished some more. The main pickings were rainbow trout.
With a storm on the horizon, we packed up and headed into Yosemite National Park. The traffic leaving the park was a good sign, fewer barneys in the valley. Yosemite in the summer can be a destination vacation. There's no reason to leave. Visitors can hike, camp, climb, swim and fish for months and not scratch the surface of what the park offers. We explored the valley, hiked to Bridal Veil Falls' pool and walked the approach of the mighty El Capitan. We ventured into no-man's land to escape the shovel loads of tourists and found ourselves in Tuolumne Meadows.
The Sierra Nevada mountains have been explored for centuries. It's crazy to think Yosemite, as vast as it is, is a handful of sand amongst a beach of mountains. For us east of Hawaii, we've kissed our summer goodbye. Until next summer, here's some more photos to hold you over.
Photos By : Josiah Peffer, Crystal Hernandez
LobsteR Season. It's here and I'm hungry. Not so much for the food but for the adventure. At midnight tonight it will be open season and I can guarantee all the uncles are diving their secret honey holes. I've swam into caves loaded with so many lobsters you don't know what to do with yourself. You pick out the biggest one first and stick him under your arm. Grab another to stick under the other arm and if you have time, grab one more. If you've never dove for lobster, don't hesitate to go just because you don't have the 'right' dive gear. My first time was with a Maglite in a Ziploc. Kokua and please only take what you need. For the legals, read the State Regulations.
Slipper and spiny lobsters, manta rays, reef sharks, eagle rays, crabs, eels and octopi are all creatures you can see while night diving. We were lucky enough to see all in one night and brought home some bugs for dinner.
When you live in Hawaii, the ocean is often a main source of entertainment. Looking for some fun? Go surf. Fish. Swim. It's one in the morning. "What should we do?" Go night dive. Here are some photos of what ended up being dinner for friends and family.
Eat them raw, maybe with a little rock salt or season with a little S.T.B. (shoyu, Tabasco, and beer) and barbeque them like we did.
Over the weekend we took a little trip down south to do some night diving and fishing. We started diving right outside an ancient Hawaiian fishing village. It started off kind of slow with a few little slipper lobsters. It wasn't until we found a cave that we started to see more spiny lobsters. It's no surprise that Hawaiians built their village right next to this bountiful sea. After getting enough food for ourselves, we cruised back to the boat and went to sleep. At first light, we were up and fishing and by sunrise we had our first Ono in the fish box. By 10 o'clock, we had five Onos and two Mahi-Mahis so we made our way back to the harbor. We drove home, cleaned the fish and boiled the lobster along with a friend's Kona crabs and enjoyed a family dinner.
Captain Chris put his eagle eyes to work and found a floating log, home to Mahi-Mahi and Ono. Every time we would drive by the log, we'd hook up on a fish or two. Bill and Tracy kept super busy reeling in fish after fish, having a blast. Kona's ocean provides yet again.