Saturday, August 28, 2004

USA - California - Lake Tahoe

Operator Dive Site Dives Type Bottom Time
Dive Ventures Lake Tahoe 11-15 Fresh Water Altitude 2:57 total
Elevation: 6200', Visibility: from 10-200', Water Temp: 59 degrees cold

Fannet Island
Depth: 54', Bottom Time: 0:24, Vis: 30'
As my first Tahoe dive, this was horrible. Starting with Amy freaking out and shooting to the surface (and me being a world-class horrid buddy), to moderately low visibility, the circumvention of the island was uninteresting, with a lack of life, and a few schools of very small silver fish. There were lobsters to see as the primary life. While Tahoe in general was a successful and fun trip, this was a poor start to it.

Barge
Depth: 52', Bottom Time: 0:52, Vis: 30' (maybe)
Sunk in the middle of emerald bay, a huge all-wood barge is preserved by PADI and the Tahoe association for divers to visit. It seems a tad more interesting than it is, in that, well... it's a barge. Large, flat, no steering, no complexities, just giant beams forming a large platform, railroad-spike looking iron pegs sticking out of the sides. It's an interesting sight, for a change of scenery, but not one I'm likely to return to, as emerald bay is emerald for a reason... gross, algae-ridden, greenness.

Cave Rock
Depth: 20', Bottom Time: 0:34, Vis: night, but clear
Now this dive is one of the two that make this trip worth recommending. A late night departure for a midnight dive, full moon shining through the perfectly clear waters... an awesome experience. While still lacking in life, the crawdads definitely come out en masse at night. With a small light light, or none at all, the div was peaceful, relaxing, and surreal.

Rubicon Wall
Depth: 76', Bottom Time: 0:29, Vis: Uninterrupted
Majestic. The word that describes this dive. Over a thousand dives in, and my buddy counted this as her best freshwater dive ever. The "wall" isn't quite what I normally think of as a wall: the drop was angled, the rocks split and sand making rivers through the wall, gigantic boulders splitting the peace of the sandfalls. Gullies in the rocks, the only word besides majestic is beautiful.

Rubicon Wall - South of
Depth: 42', Bottom Time: 0:38, Vis: Perfect
A few large fallen trees added dimensionality to the scape. The final dive of the weekend was shallow and short, to minimize nitrogen absorption so that we could make it out of the lake area by day's end. A clean end to a fun weekend of diving at the lake.

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