Monterey and an undersea cave.


Harbor Seal

Harbor Seal

 

Mark and I finally got together for another trip to the coast this month. This time we decided to try a trip on the Silver Prince. We had to leave Sacramento pretty early to drive down to Monterey but we were both looking forward to diving so we agreed to give it a go.

It was a good day for diving, overcast but not windy and only a slight swell on the ocean. We wound up diving near Carmel on ling reef first then further south near pebble beach. Mark wasn’t feeling well after the first dive so he sat out the second but got back in the swing of things in time for the third dive of the day.  It was then that we got to visit a small ‘swim through’ cave. Using my new dive light underwater really helped highlight the bright colors that you can’t see without a light at depth. I didn’t shoot any still photographs in the cave because I was shooting video  but you can see the video here

Anemone

Anemone

 

 

Sun flower sea star

Sun flower sea star

No Dig yet?


Volleyball

Volleyball

The last years strange weather has really messed up the dig schedule at cave city-
Besides ending the season early last year due to early rains bringing on the flooding, we still weren’t able to continue digging at the BBQ in August! Scott was doing some cleanup in the cave though so I gave him a hand pulling the fans and lights that had been sacraficed to the cave gods during last years flood. The cave was no longer full of water though the mud was still very wet and heavy. We tested the electrical and got some lights working then I pulled a few buckets out that had been filled with water as well as mud so they were pretty heavy. Finally we called it quits and joined everyone for the BBQ. There was a pretty good turn out and even Bill riding with Morley showed up.
The usual volley ball game was played after dinner and most folks went to check out the cave afterwards. They returned so late in fact that we decided to forgo the previously planned slide show. Still everyone had a good time and I look forward to future BBQ’s.

Dave plays with his balls again

Dave plays with his balls again

NSS convention Glenwood Springs, Colorado


Paragliding, Glenwood springs, Colorado

Paragliding, Glenwood springs, Colorado

Ric and I made good time driving to Glenwood springs and arrived ahead of schedule. Unsure about camping before registration opened, we went ahead and stayed at a privately run campground on the edge of town. The next morning we located the high school and checked in at registration. Coming out of registration we spotted several paragliders swooping down over the campus and remarked that would be cool to try. After setting up our tents in the quiet campground we walked over to check out the main campground and saw the paragliders landing upriver a little ways. We walked over and talked to them and found out they were offering a discount to convention attendees for that week so we decided to give it a try the next day. By afternoon several MLG members had checked in at registration and we’d said hi to Jim Patera, Marrianne and Jerry, Morley and Ernie. Most of them were going on the geology field trip so the next day Ric and I headed out by ourselves to meet our paragliding instructors. We signed forms agreeing to all manner of things as the truck bounced up the hill, then after a brief instruction we were ready for tandem jumps. A couple of steps and we were floating out over the canyon. I got some nice pics of the High School and campgrounds from above on the way down. We both agreed that while paragliding was fun, it wasn’t an adrenaline rush sort of activity and our rides were over much too soon.

Lightning storm over the campground

Lightning storm over the campground

Mondays big event was the Howdy party being held at Glenwood caverns. Since all of us were interested in trying the various rides we headed up on the tram early. First up was the alpine coaster, first time I rode a rollercoaster with manual brakes, not that we needed them, I spent the whole ride concentrating on keeping the brakes off so as to go as fast as possible. We also rode the zipline, and the swing. The swing was the most impressive as it litterally swung you up over the edge of the canyon so you could see all the way straight down to the bottom. As Marrianne commented. “the view’s great if you open your eyes!”. We took a break from the warm afternoon inside the 4d theatre, a simulation movie theatre with moving seats and short 3d films. I also tackled an interesting squeeze box that required some contortion to get through. We all enjoyed an evening tour of the caves which consist of two seperate sections, an upper mostly horizontal section that exits out on the opposite cliff face and a lower section that has a steep staircase installed leading down to the ‘fairy cave’ section that has wonderful formations, carefully lit with new led lighting. Dinner was fajitas and they had a good band for the party, before long though we decided to take the tram down and head back to our tents.

Glenwood Caverns

Glenwood Caverns

Aragonite, Glenwood Caverns

Aragonite, Glenwood Caverns

The rest of the convention was great fun, the vertical contests, the fine art salons, I thoroughly enjoyed it all. A couple of my favorite things were Wednesdays photography session were we returned to Glenwood Caverns to practice taking pictures and I got to go off trail to photograph some beautiful arragonite, and Thursdays 3D slide shows and video presentations were very impressive. Friday several of us signed up to go rafting on the roaring fork river. Sadly Ric couldn’t join us as the guide recommended against him coming due to his recent knee surgery.

Campground party

Campground party

Rafting

Rafting

Caver ice sculpture

Caver ice sculpture

All too soon it was over and we were packing up to head home. Jim Patera joined Ric and I for a stop on the way home to visit Rifle falls and the several small caves amidst the falls. It was a beautiful location and well worth a visit. Jim headed north from there to do some more hiking but Ric and I continued west towards Sacramento. We had one more stop to make though. We visited the only known location of a shark attack in Utah! At Bonneville Seabase the owners of the property have introduced several species of salt water fish to the naturally occurring pond formed from salt water hot springs. We got to swim with jacks, angel fish, numerous mollys and a couple of sharks. The sharks are harmless nurse sharks and apparently the ‘victim’ of the attack had her hand in its mouth when it bit her so it really wasn’t the sharks fault. We had a great time swimming around, then it was time to head for home.

Rifle Falls

Rifle Falls

Cave formations at Rifle Falls

Cave formations at Rifle Falls

 

Bonnevile Seabase

Bonnevile Seabase

Shark

Shark

40 years of caving


Over 40 years of caving

Over 40 years of caving

A while back my Dad gave me some slides to scan of a trip he and Mom had gone on to Timpanogos cave in Utah. One of my favorites showed my Mom holding a bundled blanket while in the cave. There I was at two months old on my first cave trip. I decided that if I ever went to Utah I had to visit Timpanogos and find the location of that photo. When I decided to attend This years NSS convention in Colorado, I figured I could drive through Utah and finally make the trip. Ric also decided to drive to the convention so we rode together. We arrived at Timpanogo’s  Nat. park in the afternoon and headed up to cascade springs where we saw some excellent examples of travertine deposits. The next morning we got an early start for the steep hike up to the cave and enjoyed a great tour of not one but three caves, connected by man made passages. Our guide, Molly was very entertaining and knew exactly where the picture of my mom was taken making it fairly easy to find the spot and then have Ric take my photo there.

From Timpanogos we were back on the road and on our way to the convention in Glenwood Springs, Colorado..

Timpanogos Alpine meadow

Timpanogos Alpine meadow

 

 

Cascade springs

Cascade springs

 

Timpanogos cave

Timpanogos cave