Wheeler Branch Luau with the Scubadillos
Jim Magnuson

The Scubadillo Dive Club has invited the Diving Rebels to join them at Wheeler Branch on Saturday, May 19, to participate in their annual luau. While we just visited Wheeler Branch on March 24, this is too good an opportunity to pass up, so let’s take advantage of the chance to have more Diving Rebels–Scubadillos fun!
The following is a copy of the Meetup message pertaining to the event posted by Scubadillo President Bill Davidson:
Come on out May 19 to the Scubadillo Dive Club’s annual Luau Festival and the Rebels Dive Club and our “Spring Olympics” competition fund raiser. This year we will be at the new, nearby dive destination in Glen Rose called Wheeler Branch Reservoir Park. This scenic lake park is a great place for diving, our fun land games for prizes, Auction, Raffle and our Luau feast. We will be selling tickets to this event at the Dillo meeting and the Rebels meeting for $10 ea. Contact Steve Ogden thru meetup if you cannot make the meetings. You can also purchase tickets at the event for $15 ea. We have the only pavilion reserved.
Getting there:
Glen Rose is located on Hwy. 67 south of the Ft. Worth area and slightly southwest of Waxahachie approximately 77 miles from D/FW Airport. You could do an easy day-trip from Dallas or make a weekend of it and also visit the nearby Dinosaur Valley State Park or go over to the 1,700-acre Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. From the Dallas area, take I-35 past the Dallas Zoo and take the right-hand split on Hwy. 67 to Duncanville, Cedar Hill, Midlothian, Alvarado and Cleburne. In Glen Rose, take Bo Gibbs Blvd. (CR 301) near the Expo Center/La Quinta intersection and go a half-mile west to see the park entrance where you will veer left at the “Y” intersection onto CR 326. Look for the Scubadillo signs and banners (diving beginning in the morning when you get there) in the park. We will have the Pavilion reserved so bring your own chairs, refreshments, dive gear, lunch and friendly charm. The park does have nice restrooms. The day-use park entrance fee is $8 per person with children under 13 is $4 (no overnight camping in park).
Expect low 70’s on the surface at this time of year and colder past the various thermoclines as the lake can get past 60 feet for true deep dives. Bring proper hoods, gloves and lights if you go this deep as it is a night dive at this depth – but the water gets clearer! Come morning for diving.
Spring Olympic Games
Starting around 1:30 p.m. we will start our fun land games where two-person teams earn points from a series of game competitions (horse shoes, golf putting, Frisbee toss, etc.) in order to earn prizes. This is a family-friendly event where kids are welcomed to participate. Pets are allowed in the park, but must be on a short (6 ft. or less) leash and you have to pick up any deposits.
Silent Auction
Bring money and items for the silent auction. All proceeds will go to the club of your choosing. You can get great deals at this event.
We will also conduct a raffle for some more cool prizes.
Luau Feast
The Scubadillos will begin their Luau Feast of Hawaiian pulled pork and other Hawaiian side goodies around 4 p.m. Bring a side dish to share, if you wish. Visible alcoholic beverages are not allowed at the park (like most park rules), so do bring appropriate beverage containers for your favorite dinner drink. We will have Luau decorations around our site, so dress up in your favorite tropical attire! We will send out a notice closer to the event to get a headcount for the dinner.
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