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    December 26, 2004

    Logged Dive #99 Long Point, CA

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

    Solo Diving

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1100 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1-3 feet
    Visibility: 6-11 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    I had to go back to the lobster trap and find out who has been baiting it.

    I took my time getting to Long Point and arrived at 10:30 AM.

    I heard on the radio this morning that there was an 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia earlier.

    Crap!

    I couldn’t even imagine what must have taken place.

    Nobody was around except a couple – Tim and Reyna – whom I got to know afterwards.

    They gave me hot chocolate and warm water to shower with – nice people!

    They were on the December 5th boat.

    They enter from the cove and swim to the point and then swim back.

    The waves were about 2-3 feet, but were washing over 15-20 feet of the surf zone.

    I made it in and to the lobster trap after a few times surfacing for my bearings.

    There were no lobsters in the trap; but it was still baited.

    I putted around the area.

    I started making my way back; visibility was getting worse.

    Tim and Reyna were headed in ahead of me.

    There was a Lifeguard boat watching our exit; this was the first time I had seen them here.

    I got ashore with no problems.

    December 25, 2004

    Logged Dive #98 – Christmas Day Solo Dive At Long Point

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

    Christmas Day Solo Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 45 feet
    Waves: 1-4 feet
    Visibility: 5-10 feet, soupy
    Water Temperature: Cold
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    It was about 11 AM; nobody was at long Point except the security guard for the movie set “Dick and Jane.”

    As I was gearing up, a mother and her hottie daughter drove up and asked about the conditions.

    I told her that I had heard that conditions have sucked recently.

    The hottie said, “Be careful, there’s a storm coming and nobody is around.”

    She obviously doesn’t know that I’m macho.

    Teenagers were having a beer party in Pigeon Shit cave.

    I was hoping that they would be around when I got back, so they could offer me one.

    I swam out, lined up with the two “lobster trap” markings (as described in dive #92 ) and submerged.

    Visibility really sucked; 5-10 feet at best, but very silty and soupy.

    At 40 feet I looked around, but couldn’t find the lobster trap.

    I surfaced, swam East to realign the markers and submerged.

    I found it within two minutes.

    I noticed that someone must have just baited it with two jars full of frozen Sheephead meat; the lids had slits in them and the trap door was tied shut.

    I wonder who keeps baiting this thing?

    There were no lobsters in the trap.

    I started swimming back.

    Close to shore, there were big surges and bad visibility.

    Sometimes all I saw was silt.

    I surfaced about 70 yards out since I couldn’t see anything underwater.

    It was sort of a challenge getting back on shore.

    The waves were shallow, but they swept over the surf zone about 15 to 20 feet.

    I got sucked back a few times in the receding waves.

    Once on shore – BOOM!

    A huge wave crashed onto the rocks!

    Phew!

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