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New Meetup: Advanced ONLY Butterfly House!

From: rachel the w.
Sent on: Monday, September 14, 2009 10:45 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Greater Bay Area Scuba Lovers Meetup!

What: Advanced ONLY Butterfly House!

When: October 25,[masked]:00 AM

Butterfly House
Scenic Road x'ish Stewart Way
Carmel-By-the-Sea, CA 93923

This is an advanced only dive. If you have any questions about your skill level please read the Pisces Skill rating list I have posted in the Files section before you email me.

What can I say about this dive but it always looks like a death trap to me tongue. You have to navigate yourself and your poor broken knees down this treacherous, slippery looking gulch and then into the slippery rocks of the surf, all the while hoping the south swell doesnt make an appearance. We then hit a shallow bottom worth more than a minute or two then a drop off to a 40 foot sandy bottom without much to see. A little further out we drop to about 50 feet and enter a kelp forest where mighty columns of kelp stand breathtakingly erect. The understory is filled with canyons and rocky valleys crawling with critters. Potentially a very heavy surge here.......but no bathrooms.

In spite of the trench crawl to get to the water and out, I want to see this magnificent specimen of a kelp forest. I REALLY REALLY want to see it. I am opening this dive to those willing to carry my broken bones back up the gulch.

All kidding aside. This is a dive I have always wanted to do and because I have never done it before I am ONLY allowing advanced divers to join because I cannot divide my concentration between my own navigation for the group and any potential less than experienced divers.

The entrance to the site is on the right of the Eichler house with the Inverted Roof on Scenic Road. Parking should be managed carefully to make sure you are legally parked and you are being respectful of the residents in the immediate area. There is parking on Scenic Road and Stewart Way I believe. From Highway 1 take Ocean Avenue exit into Carmel-by-the-Sea and follow it to the shore. go left on Scenic and follow the tourists all the way to Stewart Way. Find legal parking and walk further along Scenic Road until you reach me.....or the Butterfly house. If you reach the Butterfly House you have just passed the entrance to the dive. Wait at the entrance for all to gather and worship one of the obscenities of suburban sprawl, the Eichler Models. Built specifically to alienate the outside world they exude anti-neighborly interaction........oh sorry......this one is special because its roof is concave. Did I cover parking yet? No throwing eggs at the Butterfly House. It was merely an unfortunate product of the anti-social environment of the cold war. I am going to shut up now. I dont talk nearly as much underwater.

Let's get wet!

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