It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”
Recently we decided to take a spontaneous trip up to Blue Grotto Dive Resort. The resort is about three hours north of us and a dive was desperately needed. Waaaaay too much surface interval… So we packed up and hit the road.
Everything was moving along quite famously until we got on 75, then things came grinding to a halt. We creeped along for two hours. Stop. Go. Stop. Go. Mostly Stop. We watched the estimated arrival time drift further and further into the future until it hit 4:15pm. The latest divers can drop in is at 4pm. We pulled off at a rest stop to consult a map and regroup.
There was some scuttlebutt drifting around as to why we were all stuck on 75 headed north. It was spring break and maybe there was an accident. Or construction. Or….? Well, whatever the cause, we weren’t diving today.
But that wouldn’t do of course. We had spent too much time looking for a spot and getting ready. We’d already been on the road half the day. It wouldn’t hurt to just get a little dive in somewhere nearby, right? Right!
The new course was set for Hudson Grotto. A little recalculating and a U-turn later we were on our way. It was an hour and a half but we’d still get there in time for a dive or two….and we did!
Hudson is deep. 110 feet straight down. It’s dark. Not just from depth, though. It’s brackish water is tannic and looks like tea. Luckily, it’s not too chilly! Just like the other springs and grottos, it is 72F year round. Still dove dry though.
The guys at the shop were awesome and gave us everything we needed. Maps, good tips, very friendly. We had an awesome experience. As far as the diving, we will let the video do the talking. Viz was a little worse than usual from what we were told so another trip will be in order. We really didn’t see much!
At the end of the day though, we got to dive a new spot and meet some wonderful people. Sometimes when you’re out looking for a dive - or anything - things just don’t go as planned. If the winds change, learn to set a better sail. Be flexible. Let things happen for you.