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    August 24, 2008

    Logged SCUBA Dive #299 SCUBA Diving Terranea Resort (aka Old Marineland, Long Point)

    SCUBA Diving Terranea Resort

    Diving With TwinDuct, Dennis G., New Chris, and newly certified diver Steve.

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: one to two foot maneagable swells
    Visibility: 5 to 8 feet at best
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 35 minutes

    The cove looked sort of “milky” from the top of the cliffs; waves occasionally crashed against the rocks towards the Point.

    Not in the mood for a long swim or getting killed off the Point, I decided to dive 120 reef from the cove.

    Dennis G. brought a recently certified diver named Steve; this was his third dive after certification.

    The lot was full of divers.

    The lot was full of divers – the regular Sunday crew, along with fish counters from Reef Check.

    Dennis, Steve, New Chris, TwinDuct and I decided to stay as a group; that way, if something happened to the new guy, we could all help drag his body out of the water.

    Dennis was to spear fish, we were to follow; apparently, one of Dennis’ friends shot a 30 pound Halibut off of Redondo the morning.

    The long walk from the public access lot to the beach begins…

    The long walk from the public access lot to the beach begins...

    Following the narrow, fenced off trail, I get a feeling of being a steer getting lead to slaughter.

    One of the fish counters was a hot chick who didn't have a problem with the trail.

    One of the fish counters was a hot chick who didn’t have a problem navigating the trail.

    We're almost there!

    We’re almost there!

    Entry was uneventful for the whole gang.

    Tide was a little low, so the rocks were slimmy; entry was uneventful for the whole gang.

    We rested for a bit before submerging to follow Dennis.

    Dennis is on the hunt.

    Dennis on the hunt.

    Vis pretty much sucked a lot of the time.

    Vis pretty much sucked a lot of the time, especially when divers in front are kicking up silt.

    Dennis passed up shooting a Sunstar.

    Dennis passed up shooting a Sunstar…

    Dennis speared this monster!

    …before spearing this monster.

    Light was better in the shallows.

    Light was better in the shallows.

    TwinDuct smiles for the camera.

    TwinDuct smiles for the camera; diving in short sleeves, he’s either really cold or really immune to hypotheria.

    OK, dude! Find your regulator before you drowned!

    OK, dude!

    Find your regulator before you drown!

    We started to follow Dennis back after new diver Steve was running low on air.

    New Chris spent a little too much time admiring a Spanish Shawl; he got separated, but I met him on the surface, while the others continued in.

    Submerging again, we headed a little off course and surfaced West of our exit point.

    TwinDuct surfaced about twenty yards from us, then out of nowhere, new diver Steve surfaced between me and Chris.

    “Where the hell did you come from?” I asked.

    We all headed in to an amazingly easy exit; for a dive at this level, Steve did great for his third post-certification dive.

    Let the debriefing begin!

    Bratwurst and Louisiana spicy links are on the menu.

    Bratwurst and Louisiana spicy links are on the menu today.

    Cyber The Attack Dog patrols the crowd to make sure nobody gets out of hand.

    Cyber The Attack Dog patrols the crowd to make sure nobody gets out of hand.

    In honor of Reverend Al's return from a three week stay in Pennsylvania, Bob W. makes margaritas.

    In honor of Reverend Al’s return from a three week stay in Pennsylvania, Bob W. makes margaritas.

    In honor of Reverend Al's return from a three week stay in Pennsylvania, Bob W. makes margaritas.

    Supposedly, when Terranea Resort opens, there will be public access to the shore, hot showers, a picnic area and a beach side bar.

    I’m thinking about selling my condominium and buying a motor home so I can just live here.

    The Department of Fish and Game pulled up and questioned us.

    The Department of Fish and Game pulled up and questioned us about the area and fishing here.

    She had no idea this was the Old Marineland access point; we gave her a tour of the area and offered her a beer.

    She declined the beer, but we invited her back to dive with us when she isn’t working.

    August 17, 2008

    Logged SCUBA Dive #298 – Another Great Day At Old Marineland

    Old Marineland (aka Long Point, Terranea Resort)

    Dove with IceJon

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Surge at the shoreline at the Point, but pretty much flat
    Visibility: 15 to 20 feet
    Water Temperature: 55 at depth, in the 60s at the surface
    Total Bottom Time: About 40 minutes

    I arrived at Long Point at 8:10 AM and took the first “alternately illegal” spot in the lot.

    The water looked flat as a lake from the cliff, so we geared up and planned to go off The Point; I hooked up with IceJon as a buddy.

    The Point was a little tricky on entry; flat for a while and then three or four swells washing into the rocks.

    We both timed it right and made it out with no incidents.

    Other Divers start out off the Point.

    Other Divers start out off the Point.

    Terranea Resort is coming along.

    Terranea Resort is coming along.

    There's me with the Point Vicente light house in the background.

    There’s me with the Point Vicente light house in the background.

    A small whaler boat pulled up and then stopped; what I thought was a paparazzi started to take pictures of me…

    Dive Bum Don takes a picture of me, taking a picture of him.

    …it ended up being Dive Bum Don who was in a friend’s boat.

    I asked Don, “Where is Cyber the attack dog?”

    “He’s home watching Animal Planet,” he answered.

    There was sort of a strong current going West.

    IceJon and I submerged…

    IceJon waves on the descent.

    …to 60 feet and explored the reefs.

    IceJon examines a Sea Cucumber, maybe to take for lunch?

    IceJon examines a Sea Cucumber, maybe to take for lunch?…

    No, it wouldn't be good, this one is infected with genital warts.

    …No, it wouldn’t be good, this one is infected with genital warts.

    Another interesting reef off of The Point.

    Another interesting reef off of The Point.

    We ran across the Pinnacle, right on target.

    We ran across the Pinnacle, right on target.

    A Sheephead approaches for a kiss.

    A Sheephead approaches for a kiss; too bad for him I don’t swing that way.

    Oooh, Ahh... The colors of the reef!

    Oooh, Ahh… The colors of the reef!

    We fought a pretty stiff current going back to the cove.

    We fought a pretty stiff current going back to the cove.

    IceJon had no problem keeping up.

    IceJon had no problem keeping up.

    I “peaked” once to get our heading.

    We came up right on target!

    We came up right on target!

    We surface swam in to the cove…

    A touring company cheats the trail and lowers their kayaks over the cliff.

    A touring company cheats the trail and lowers their kayaks over the cliff.

    A touring company cheats the trail and lowers their kayaks over the cliff.

    IceJon and I made an uneventful exit in the calm water and enjoyed the macho walk up the switchback trail to the parking lot.

    We passed Angelshark, who was walking down with another hot chick named Dana for a dive.

    Party time! Break out the barbecue and crack the beers!

    It’s party time!

    We broke out the barbecue and cracked the beers!

    TwinDuct brought some Louisiana style hot links that he barbecued on my grill.The party continued until noon.

    The party continued until noon.

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