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    November 27, 2004

    Logged Dive #94 Old Marineland, Hunting With John H.

    Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Diving With John H.

    In With: 2600 psi
    Out With: 200 psi
    Max depth: 55 feet
    Waves: 1-2 feet, pretty calm
    Visibility: 20 feet in some places
    Water Temperature: Getting cold
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    I took my time getting to Long Point; this was supposed to be a solo dive.

    Once I geared up, I had major problems with my rig free flowing.

    This has been happening about once every four F’ing dives!

    Anyway, as I finally pieced together a working rig from my other rigs, someone pulled up and said to me, “hey, I see you diving solo all over the place…”

    He must have geared up quickly; by the time I got down and entered from the point, he was right behind me.

    “I’m following you,” he said.

    Realizing that I had only 2600 psi, I canceled plans to look for recently sunken boat and agreed to follow him.

    John H did a macho man belly flop off the Point with his spear gun.

    We debated on where to exit.

    Since he said he would teach me how to exit the Point, we decided to go West.

    John H off of ‘the Point’ at Long Point.

    We explored the kelp and lobster holes.

    John H goes for a fish.

    John speared a few fish – a sheephead and a White Sea bass.

    Me, way the hell South West of ‘The Point’

    I went up first when I had 200 psi – John stayed under for about 10 additional minutes.

    We were way the hell out!

    A few hundred yards South West of “the Point.”

    After a 20 minute surface swim against the current, we “surfed” onto The Point.

    John H’s girlfriend Mayna complimented the green color of my Duster.

    I think John remembers the car, not necessarily me.

    John H and Me with his catch of the day!

    The lobster John caught was given to me.

    I’ll be anyone’s buddy if they give me lobster!

    November 26, 2004

    Logged Dive #93 Long Point, RPV, CA

    Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Solo Diving

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1-2 feet
    Visibility: 20 feet but silty
    Water Temperature: Sort of cold
    Total Bottom Time: 50 minutes

    I got into the water around 9:30 AM.

    No divers were around until two showed up and introduced themselves as “Ollie and Mark.”

    They had to leave shortly afterwards for air.

    I went off the cove and followed the last dive’s instructions on how to get to the trap.

    The instructions are perfect!

    I swam out and aligned myself with the rock and indentation.

    I submerged to 30 feet and went the opposite of 140 degrees; I ran right in to it!

    The sea urchins and peanut butter were picked clean… and no lobsters!

    Visibility started to get really silty.

    It was high tide, starting to get lower.

    I searched around for more lobster, or even just a lobster!

    I ended up going towards the shore almost running a ground on the other side of pigeon shit cave.

    I looked where I was – in 15 feet of water.

    I made it ashore with no problem.

    A father from Alaska was on the trail with his two sons who were there fishing.

    I gave his kids some fishing weights that I had found on the bottom; the father is interested in snorkeling.

    I think I’ve had enough of the lobster hunting thing for a few days.

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