The annual Doran Beach Jetty clean-up day is fast approaching. This fun event is set for Saturday morning March 10th at 201 Doran Beach Rd. As divers, the “work” part is done by noon. The event this year is a joint effort of the County Park Service, the Redwood Empire Divers (R.E.D.) and the famous Northern California Skin Divers Club. (N.C.S.D.) The hearty souls who will be dressed in neoprene will begin arriving at 6 to 6:30 a.m. to get the boats in the water and set some crab traps for the pot luck at noon. Participants will bring a pot luck dish and their own drinks. In the past the effort has netted scores of crab traps, sail boards and lots of junk. The visibility on the bottom can be clear or just barely above cat fishing. They’re not catching cats or fishing with them but feeling around on the bottom, blind and cold, like a cat fish. If you dive you know this is how it can be on our coast.
The park rangers are very supportive of this effort and allow participants a free pass for vehicles. Family and friends are welcome and will be included in the pot luck with prior notice. Doran Park is one of the jewels of the county park system and a great place for family fun. There is often a fire, or you can make one for toasting weenies. Club members have provided pop-ups to protect themselves from the sun and/or rain, it also slows down the sea gull attacks on your hot dogs, until they figure out you left your window open and they can get to your lunch that way. Divers are in need of surface support both on the water and on the land area to drag out the junk and provide any assistance.
A few must haves for the day are folding chairs, sun glasses, an umbrella or your own pop-up and a fat cooler. This is more a party at the beach than work. Family’s get scattered all over the jetty and the beach area, great fun. There is an ice cold shower to rinse off the salt and sand, if you have little ones remember to bring some beach toys, towels and dry clothes. You will meet old friends and make new ones among the two clubs, this is open to non-members as well.
You will need to register with the event leader, Jerry Thorman: firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list and you can give him your pot luck item for the list. You might also ask to be on the e-mailing list for the event, it may become a dark and stormy day so you should be up to speed.
Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.