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Posted by Max Bottomtime on July 24, 2005 at 09:19:20:

In Reply to: Diving La Jolla posted by Max Bottomtime on July 23, 2005 at 22:09:45:

Time: 9:03
Bottom Time: 43 minutes
Max Depth: 141
Vis: 10-12'
Wave height: 1-4'
Temp at depth: 52F
Surface Temp: Boiling in a drysuit, 70F+
Gas mix: Air (21%)
Comments: Claudette and I made it down to La Jolla Shores
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for three very fun dives yesterday. After a short tour of the city of La Jolla :D we managed to snag a premium parking spot right next to the lifeguard's parking spaces. Sean, Terry, Tyler and John welcomed us with donuts and goofy hats, then we suited up and trudged down to the water. We made it a point to avoid the surfers in the middle of the beach, as well as the waves they were riding. We even managed to make three dives without getting knocked down once! After a short surface swim we dropped down near the Cabezon Cruiser where we enjoyed the company of some very nice sized Sheephead. We also spotted an egg yolk jelly, three foot halibut and a few nudis here and there. The San Diego Boys apologized for the poor conditions, but Claudette and I were thrilled after so many dives in red tide the past two months.

Date: July 23, 2005
Dive Location: Secret Gardens, La Jolla Shores
Time: 11:44
Bottom Time: 46 minutes
Max Depth: 113
Vis: 10-12'
Wave height: 1-4'
Temp at depth: 52F
Surface Temp: Boiling in a drysuit, 70F+
Gas mix: Air (21%)

Comments: After bidding farewell to John (Krowsea) who had to go sailing the rest of the group headed out to the Secret Gardens. We dropped down near a dead seal and enjoyed the multitude of nudibranchs and blennies along the slope. Cruising along the flat sandy bottom on the way in we startled several small stingrays that were very well camouflaged in the sand.

Date: July 23, 2005
Dive Location: Way North Wayy, or somewhere nearby, La Jolla Shores
Time: 3:35
Bottom Time: One hour
Max Depth: 83'
Vis: 10'
Wave height: 1-4'
Temp at depth: 52F
Surface Temp: Boiling in a drysuit, 70F+
Gas mix: Air (21%)

Comments: After lunch we headed back out in the now smaller surf and afternoon winds. The vis was down a bit, but the two Wolfeels we found more than made up for that. We dropped down almost on top of the Juvenile wolfie sitting out in the sand all by himself. He seemed to enjoy the three cameras flashing and HIDs light him up. After the photo shoot, he swam right up to Terry and Sean. We swam out a little deeper and were treated to a large adult Wolfeel hiding in an undisclosed location. Divers love to keep secrets. :D
All in all, a very fun day. NOw I need to wash gear, take a back pill and get some rest. Double 120s were not designed with beach diving in mind.



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