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    November 30, 2008

    Horrid Dive Conditions All Over Palos Verdes

    After a ride through dense fog coming from the ghetto of Long Beach, I arrived right on time to the overcast conditions at the Old Marineland.

    The group of regulars check out the conditions.

    The group of regulars checked the conditions out.

    Conditions at Old Marineland looked really shitty.

    Two things you don’t want to see – foam and green water!

    A brave couple were the only divers that went in.

    A brave couple were the only divers that went in; the rest went to go check out Honeymoon Cove…

    Waves break against Honeymoon Cove.

    Honeymoon Cove was getting pounded by waves.

    Honeymoon Cove looked worse than anyone can imagine.

    Honeymoon Cove looked worse than anyone could remember.

    We walked to check out Christmas Tree Cove…

    Cyber the Attack Dog disapproved of the conditions.

    Cyber the Attack Dog disapproved of the conditions…

    Christmas Tree Cove looked as tough or rougher than Honeymoon Cove.

    …Everyone else agreed!

    Christmas Tree Cove looked as rough or rougher than Honeymoon Cove.

    Most of the group headed back to Long Point for the final dive report and debriefing.

    Reports from the two divers that emerged were '12 feet at best in some places.'

    Reports from the two divers that emerged were “12 feet at best in some places.”

    With the diving called, a short debriefing session ensued.

    With the diving called, a short debriefing session ensued.

    One of the topics brought up for debate was how ghetto this blog makes the local diving community look.

    Some agreed, some said, this blog just shows “The good times.”

    I have to agree with the latter.

    November 23, 2008

    Excellent Conditions At The Old Marineland!

    Logged SCUBA Dive #320

    Old Marineland (aka The Terranea Resort or “Long Point”)

    Dove with Not So New Chris

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat, but a little surgy in some places
    Visibility: 30+ feet!
    Temperature: 60 degrees or so
    Total Bottom Time: About 55 minutes

    After horrible conditions and smoke from the brush fires over the last few weeks, it’s back in the water again at the Old Marineland!

    The parking lot was jammed at 8:06 AM, I took the last illegal spot before the divers spilled onto the street.

    The parking lot was jammed at 8:06 AM, I took the last illegal spot before the divers spilled onto the street.

    There were a few diving clubs here, including a group from divebuddy.com; it’s been a long time since I saw this many divers here.

    Max Bottomtime reported 6 to 10 feet of vis, but told me, “I never go to 120 reef, that place sucks!”

    Chris and I made an easy entry.

    Chris takes a picture of me taking a picture of him;  Terranea's Hotel is behind him.

    Chris takes a picture of me taking a picture of him; Terranea’s Hotel is behind him.

    I saw ocean floor from the surface; I thought, “Vis can’t be that bad?”

    Vis was great!  30 feet plus!

    Vis was great – 30 feet plus!

    The thick kelp at 120 reef makes the dive almost as dark as night in some places.

    The thick kelp at 120 reef makes the dive almost as dark as night in some places.

    Macro photography was alright with a flash.

    Macro photography was alright with a flash.

    Sea life is abundant here!

    Sea life is abundant here!

    Not many people know this, but underwater, Chris never takes his camera away from his face.

    Not many people know this, but underwater, Chris never takes his camera away from his face.

    A fish rests at the ocean floor on his back.

    A fish rests at the ocean floor on his back.

    A great tasting scallop!

    A great tasting scallop!

    A star fish hangs on for dear life.

    A star fish hangs on for dear life.

    Oooh! Ahh! This dive's token picture of a Nudibrach!

    Oooh! Ahh! This dive’s token picture of a Nudibrach!

    120 reef has a cool, but small arch.

    120 reef has a cool, but small arch.

    Chris examines a structure on the reef.

    Chris examines a structure on the reef.

    At the edge of the 120 reef, the kelp thinned and the light got better.

    At the edge of the 120 reef, the kelp thinned and the light got better.

    Chris chums the water with some sea urchins to attract more fish.

    Chris chums the water with some sea urchins to attract more fish.

    Another view looking up at the kelp roof.

    Another view looking up at the kelp roof.

    Taking the last picture, I lost Chris; we met at the surface several minutes later.

    We passed other divers going out as we were heading in.

    We passed other divers going out as we were heading in.

    Cyber the Attack Dog Dive Mastered our exit.

    Cyber the Attack Dog Dive Mastered our exit.

    Cyber is a great DM and only works for beer and hotdogs.

    Cyber is a great DM and only works for beer and hotdogs.

    Here I am taking the torturous trail back to the parking lot.

    Here I am taking the torturous trail back to the parking lot.

    Bratwursts on my outdoor stove while Chris makes chicken on his.

    Bratwursts on my outdoor stove while Chris makes chicken on his.

    Reverend Al donated some more Bratwursts and onions to fill in some empty space on the grill.

    Chris tends the bratwursts and onions that Reverend Al donated, to fill in some empty space on the grill.

    Reports from those who dove the Point came back as “spectacular!”

    Let the debriefing begin!

    Let the debriefing begin!

    The other divers, not used to the debriefing here, were impressed at our setup and even more impressed when we offered them beer and food.

    Dive Bum Don gets his outdoor stove lit for some more chicken.

    Dive Bum Don gets his outdoor stove lit for some more chicken; debriefing has turned into a cook-off!

    Wrinkles finally showed up after a month or so; she didn’t know that the public access had moved to “escorted” trips through the main gate for several weeks.

    I left around 1 PM; leaving the remaining die-hards to watch to sun eventually set.

    I left around 1 PM; leaving the remaining die-hards to watch the sun eventually set.

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