Monday, January 14, 2008

Mount Storm Part 2

Saturday morning, we were able to sleep in to about 8:30am. 

[[That alone was worth the trip out of town.  Though two cute kids bouncing in your bed promptly at 6:30 screaming "Rise and Shine" can be considered adorable and endearing, it does tire your out quickly and makes for long days.

Oh, forgot to mention in my last post

Another consequence of selling out...  Free Starbucks Coffee]]


The girls got breakfast at the Regatta Club, while the boys shoved off for a one and half hour drive to Mount Storm.

The drive was good and easy.  We weren't in an rush and there was not big group that needed coordination; so, overall, the tempo was relaxing. 

The was a point during the between Morgantown and Mount Storm we left West Virginia, went into Maryland, then back into West Virginia in less than 30 seconds.  Of course, I documented.


We arrived at the parking lot of Mount Storm at around 11:30.  And it was a balmy 36 degrees and dropping.  What's interesting about Mount Storm Diving is that the lake was built to cool down a coal burning power plant.  So, the water is generally warmer than normal.  Additionally, it's an altitude dive at 3,250 feet above sea level.

Dive: Mount Storm
Date: 12 January 2008
Time: 11:45am EST
Air Temp: 36 degrees
Surface/Water Temp: 56 degrees
Exposure Protection:
  5mm full suit
  7mm boots, mittens, hood
Start/End PSI: 2400psi/1100psi
Weight: 14#
Max Depth: 42'
Dive Time: 45 minutes
Visibility: 8-10'  Very Cloudy
Experience:  The water seemed warmer than diving Portage Quarry at similar depth in the middle of summer.  Lake is full of life, schools of catfish followed around.  Visited platform, rocky edge, motorcycle all while generally following underwater lines.

The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful.  Met back up with the girls, hit the hot tub and pool.  Did a warm shower, had dinner at an IHOP and came home back to reality.

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