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    April 26, 2009

    Credit For Showing, But No SCUBA Diving

    I was warned yesterday about the conditions; “PV was blown out all over the place,” was the report.

    Old Marineland access, or I should now say “Terranea Resort” beach access, is still closed, so I showed up at Honeymoon Cove where Reverend Al and Not So New Chris were already scoping the conditions out.

    Honeymoon Cove was not dive-able.

    It was extremely low tide with some waves coming into the rocks.

    We checked out Christmas Tree Cove…

    Christmas Tree Cove looked pretty green.

    ..we found similar conditions;  not so much waves, but very green water.

    “It looks way better than it did yesterday,” Chris said.

    I inquired about Malaga Cove.

    “I just came from there – forget it, it’s mud,” Chris said.

    Not a good day for diving and not even a good day for surfing; everyone got skunked today.

    April 18, 2009

    The Divevets’ Almost Annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

    So here’s the game:

    A few dozen hard boiled eggs are placed underwater within 50 yards of a buoy.

    Divers dive for the eggs, which are each marked with a card suit and number; once on shore, two flop cards are drawn and the diver with the best hand wins the grand prize.

    Additional prizes follow for the top five hands.

    Not wanting to wait until the 10 AM start of the event, Not So New Chris and I decided to do an early dive so we could participate in the debriefing as soon as possible.

    We geared up and were walking down the hill when the biggest bird shit that I have ever seen landed a few feet in front of me.

    Then another one landed… I looked up and it was the Divevets throwing eggs at me from the gazebo at the top of the hill – they are always so excited to see me at one of their events.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #340

    Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

    Dove With Not So New Chris

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1500 psi
    Max depth: 18 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat on the surface with a few rollers
    Visibility: 5 to 10 feet in some spots but silty
    Temperature: 64 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 45 minutes

    We made an uneventful beach entrance and descended…

    Visibility really sucked at first.

    Visibility really sucked at first.

    I followed Chris.

    A deadly Horn Shark waits to attack..

    A deadly Horn Shark waits to attack.

    We ran across some of the eggs.

    We ran across some of the eggs; most of them were cracked, but you could still see the card value.

    Vis wasn't too bad in some areas.

    Vis wasn’t too bad in some areas.

    The elusive bearded clam.

    The elusive bearded clam… or maybe it is just a scallop?

    Lobsters will let you pet them, knowing it's not lobster season.

    Lobsters will let you pet them, knowing it’s no longer lobster season.

    A starfish jiu-jitsus a rock.

    A starfish jiu-jitsus a rock.

    We surfaced off of Malaga cove to get our bearings and plan our rocky exit.

    We surfaced off of Malaga cove to get our bearings and plan our rocky exit.

    The best visibility was in eight feet of water.

    The best visibility was in eight feet of water.

    We made the rocky exit fairly safely, walking over the slippery rocks in knee deep water for a few dozen yards.

    The divers participating in the event slowly appear at the debriefing area.

    The divers participating in the event slowly appear at the debriefing area.

    The outdoor stove turned out some tasty Korean ribs, Korean hot meat, hamburgers and sausages.

    The outdoor stove turned out some tasty Korean ribs, hamburgers and sausages.

    Instructor Ed showed up to supervise the cooking of the Korean food; he also brought beer and a Korean dish called 아주 뜨거운 고기.

    Dan from Divevets tallies the poker hands and awards prizes.

    Dan from Divevets tallies the poker hands and awards the prizes – SCUBA gift cards, gear and a certificate for a therapeutic massage.

    Now it was time for the egg toss!

    My original partner was going to be Montana's dog.

    My original partner was going to be Montana’s dog; I was hoping the dog’s ability to play fetch was going to be an advantage.

    Charlie was solo today, I gladly accepted him as a participant.

    However, the dog was deemed an unfair advantage, so Charlie and I paired up.

    We threw the egg back and forth, taking a step back each time.

    We threw the egg back and forth, taking a step back each time – the last pair standing with an unbroken egg would be the winners!

    The trick with the egg toss - don't be afraid to catch it with your face.

    The trick with the egg toss – ignore the dog, make sure you don’t hit the Harleys parked nearby and don’t be afraid to catch the egg with your face.

    Charlie and I emerge victorious!

    Charlie and I emerge victorious!

    Diving and activities done, the debriefing continues.

    Diving and activities done, the debriefing continues.

    To acknowledge the country moving towards communism, everyone drank out of red cups.

    To acknowledge the country moving towards communism, everyone drank out of red cups.

    I had to pack up early, but the debriefing continued.

    Another great day of cheating death and world class debriefing has come to an end!

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