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    February 16, 2020

    Terranea Resort – Back Again!

    This has been a stressful few months.

    I’ve been helping my mother move and am still dealing with liquidating my father’s vast empire.

    If anyone wants to buy a few hundred VHS tapes, please contact me.

    Sorry for no posts since October, and I just realized with my Super-anti-spam upgrade, I need to approve some comments that have made it through the spam filter.

    Sorry, Joe R.; your last comment was approved from months ago.

    Looking at the swell map from the previous night, diving did not look too promising, but I thought, “I gotta get used to at least showing up.”

    Ben, his significant other, Randy and his girlfriend Karen were already there;  Reverend Al showed up later, so did Rob and Jiles.

    Even Joe R. showed up to watch us dive.

    I felt my life was getting back to normal.

    We went down to check conditions…

    The calm cove at Terranea.
    The calm cove at Terranea.

    All was good; everything was flat.

    Reverend Al scopes out the Point.
    Reverend Al scopes out the Point.
    The group checks out the conditions.
    Nobody came up with an excuse to not dive.

    Everyone walked back up to the parking lot to gear up.

    It was low tide, but everyone followed Revered Al and made one of the easiest entries off the point that anyone could have imagined.

    An easy entry off the Cove at Terranea.
    An easy entry off the Cove at Terranea.
    I give the OK sign, which I guess nowadays stands for White Power.
    I give the OK sign, which I guess nowadays stands for “White Power.”

    Seriously, I’m not joking.

    When the O.K. Sign Is No Longer O.K.

    After bitch-crawling over 50 yards of kelp, we descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #519

    Diving with Jiles, Reverend Al, Ben, Randy and Rob

    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 58 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with occasional light surge
    Visibility: 15-20 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 51-57 degrees -depending on who you asked.
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    Everyone made it down to 60 feet.  I was a little slow, but yeah.
    Everyone made it down to 60 feet. I was a little slow, but yeah.

    I was a little slow getting down.

    The Lady of the garden, she's looking very encrusted.
    The Lady of the garden, she’s looking very encrusted.
    Reefs off of Terranea.
    Reefs off of Terranea.
    The swim-through.
    The swim-through.
    More Terranea reef.
    More Terranea reef.
    A cool purple sea thing.
    A cool purple sea thing.
    Vis was pretty good,  we had no problem sticking together.
    Vis was pretty good, we had no problem sticking together.
    I see fish!
    I see fish!

    I had a hard time in 25 feet of water, with 600 psi.

    I kept floating to the surface.

    Jiles went looking for me; I kept waving at him, but he was always looking another direction.

    We surfaced and I told him that I was going to swim back from here.

    I made a 60 yard surface swim to the Cove.

    I followed Reverend Al to the exit point and made a horrid exit, tripping over rocks and falling down.

    Me and Reverend Al!
    Me and Reverend Al!

    Conditions change, people come and go, but the debriefing is the same; thanks you Ben and everyone else.

    Nourishment for debriefing.
    Nourishment for debriefing.
    De-Briefing, just like old times.
    De-Briefing, just like old times.

    People mad-dogged us because we were taking the parking spots they think should be theirs.
    People mad-dogged us because we were taking the parking spots they think should be theirs.

    I’m hoping to be back soon, stay tuned.

    October 31, 2019

    Dive #8 Off The Pacific Star – Keep Out Quarry

    September 22, 2019*

    It’s been a hell of a month, and I know this post has been sort of delayed, but at least I have something for October.

    We made our way to our final dive for this weekend.

    The Cee Rey was spotted going to our next dive.
    The Cee Rey was spotted going to our next dive.
    The quarry...
    The quarry…
    Keep Out Quarry.
    Keep Out Quarry.
    Captain Dave of the Pacific Star.
    Captain Dave of the Pacific Star.

    After careful consideration, Captain Dave anchored at a place he called “KO quarry” – or “Keep Out Quarry.”

    Again, I believe I was the first one off the boat.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #518

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    Keep Out Quarry, Catalina Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 86 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with light chop
    Visibility: 15-30 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 63 degrees, 56 at depth
    Air Temperature: 79 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 42 minutes

    Another diver off Keep Out Quarry.
    Another diver off Keep Out Quarry.
    Interesting reef structure.
    Interesting reef structure.
    Interesting reef structure.
    An abundance of fish, looking towards the surface.
    An abundance of fish, looking towards the surface.

    Again, there was a noticeable thermocline going from 50 to 60 feet.

    I thought I scored an anchor, but it was the ship's.
    I thought I scored an anchor, but it was the ship’s.
    Blocks of rocks.
    Blocks of rocks.
    A sleeping shark.
    A sleeping shark.
    A Garibaldi.
    A Garibaldi.
    A kelp forest.
    A kelp forest.
    Vis was pretty good.
    Vis was pretty good.
    A shark and a Garibaldi.
    A shark and a Garibaldi.
    A strange looking reef.
    A strange looking reef.

    After 40 minutes or so, I made my way back to the boat, eager to have my first sip of the King of Beers, Budweiser.

    Chicken, rice and vegetables, with the King of Beers.
    Lunch time! Chicken, rice and vegetables, with the King of Beers.

    I was talking to Nick about diving all over the world.

    Nick said, “Southern California diving is unlike any diving in the world.

    Anywhere else in the world, everyone hops off the boat in a group and you follow a dive master around.

    Here, you just jump off a boat and you’re on your own; that’s what makes California divers so skilled.

    You can go anywhere in the world, and when they find out that you’re an experienced California diver, they relax because they know you won’t be a problem.”

    I went to the galley and realized, I was the only one drinking Budweiser, The King of Beers.

    I grabbed one, cracked it open, and announced to my fellow divers that there was plenty of Budweiser for everyone to enjoy.

    My offer was declined with slight hostility, not for the offer of the beer, but that fact that my beer was hogging all the space in the refrigerator.

    Nick continued, “Also, most dive boats will set up your gear and do everything for you, except the dive.”

    Good bye, Catalina!
    Good bye, Catalina!
    Until the next adventure!
    Until the next adventure!

    The Pacific Star is a great diving boat with an absolute amazing crew; the food is spectacular.

    The Pacific Star is a top notch local dive boat – I will be back again.

    Does anyone still read this blog?

    *Due to lack of internet access, and too much to do to write while it is happening, there has been a delay in these posts. Pretend you are in 1990.

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