San Marcos River Underwater Cleanup

January 20–21, 2018

Steve “Oggie” Ogden

                         

The Diving Rebels Scuba Club will continue our annual tradition of participating in an underwater cleanup of the San Marcos River on Saturday, January 20, 2018. We will plan to start the dive at our usual meeting place in San Marcos at the south side of the Aquarena Springs Drive Bridge at the river at approximately 1:00 pm. As usual, I am the outing coordinator, and my cell number is (214) 641-6013. If you can’t attend the January membership meeting and sign up for the outing then, you’re still welcome to join us; just contact me at my cell number or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. On the day of the outing, call if you are running a bit late so we know to wait for you.

We will enter the water on the south side of the bridge and exit at Rio Vista Park, about one mile downstream. For the most part, this is a relaxing fresh-water drift dive—in some spots early in the dive, you can obtain a stable, motionless position and let the current move you along. Depending on the water level, there may be some rather shallow spots about halfway along the dive, but they are navigable.

We will have first- and second-place prizes for the collectors of the most trash as well as for the collectors of the most unusual piece of trash as voted by the participants. So bring your mesh laundry bags and/or onion sacks, and be prepared to scour the river bottom for “collectables.” Last year’s trash collection champion was Cathy McWilliams, while Travis Wells won the crown as collector of the most unusual trash item. Let’s see who’ll win the titles in 2018!

After the dive, we’ll decide where to meet for our traditional Saturday evening dinner together. Last year, several of us ate at a wonderful restaurant called the Root Cellar Café, so that is a possibility.

A number of reasonably priced motels are located fairly close to the river in the San Marcos area. You can check out available hotels at http://www.hotels-rates.com/San_Marcos/TX/usa/. I’ve already booked a reservation at the Motel 6 just north of Aquarena Springs Drive (see the motel information below), also on the west-side access road along I-35 (https://www.motel6.com/en/motels.tx.san-marcos.4977.html). Camping is also available in the area if you are so inclined.

Motel 6 San Marcos - North #4977

1701 North I-35, Exit #206

San Marcos, TX 78666

(512) 395-8000

On Sunday morning, January 21, we most likely will follow our past practice of meeting for breakfast at Herbert’s Grocery & Taco Hut (http://www.herbertstacohut.com). After breakfast, outing participants who have completed the Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course (DAC) or the former Diving for Science or Scientific Diver certification programs will have the opportunity to perform a volunteer “work” dive in Spring Lake at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (former Aquarena Center) beginning at approximately 10:00 am. Anyone who is planning to participate in an upcoming DAC event or would like additional information on this training is welcome to join us as an observer to obtain some idea of what is involved as a trained volunteer diver at this great diving venue. In the spectrum of my diving experiences, I consider Spring Lake to be the premier inland diving experience. Ocean-quality visibility is to be expected, and there are endemic flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.

Hope to see you in San Marcos!

 

       

 

   

BBQ

 

No Holds Barred BBQ Cook-Off: Cedar Hill State Park

Due to unforeseen circumstances the venue has been moved: 

 Come join your fellow Diving Rebels at CM Abode 5608 Oakmont Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76112 on Saturday, November 11, for a “No Holds Barred BBQ Cook-Off”!  Pets are welcome in the backyard.

As an added attraction, we’re bringing back the “Cooking Area Decorating Contest” along with the BBQ Cook-Off itself, complete with cash prizes!!

The Diving Rebels Cook-Off is an amateur cooking contest and social community-building outing for the Diving Rebels Scuba Club, and members are highly encouraged to bring family members and guests. If you’re not BBQing, please bring sides to share that go with a BBQ theme. The club will provide plates, eating and serving utensils, napkins, cups, and water.

You must be a current dues-paying member to enter the Cook-Off; for the rest of the “Cook-Off Rules,” please click on the following link: Barbecue Rules and Structure. Remember, if you need an electrical connection for your BBQ, make sure you bring an appropriate length of outdoor-style cord. And plan to grill plenty of food to share with the judges and the rest of the Diving Rebels!

We really want members to participate, have fun, and have an equitable chance to win a prize due to their creative talent. We don’t care if you prepare hamburgers, salmon patties, hotdogs, ribs, chicken, pork chops, vegetables, or even TOFU! All entries will be judged on the same basis. Be creative—what are you really good at grilling? What is your passion?

Here’s the timetable for the outing.

Noon —Arrive CM Abode

4:00 pm—Table Captain starts Blind Judging process.

4:45 pm—All entries must be on the Entry Table.

5:00 pm—Table Captain delivers first round of entries to the Judging Table.

5:45 pm—Cooking Area Decorating Contest judging begins (3 prizes based on creativity, complexity, and theme related to entry).

6:15 pm—Winners are announced.

6:30 pm—Fun and community-building continues!

For more information, contact Kevin Schuck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone the Diving Rebels at (682) 334-2343.

Lake Tenkiller Outing

Join the Diving Rebels at Oklahoma’s Tenkiller State Park on July 21–23 for a weekend of camping, diving, and fellowship! The club has reserved and paid for three campsites for Friday and Saturday night in the Fox Squirrel Campground (sites 53, 54, and 55). All three sites have water and electrical hookups, and we can put two camping setups on each site. We will have to put any additional campers on a tent site if they are available. There will be an outing meal share on for a Saturday night and Sunday morning meal—all other meals are on your own. I do need volunteers to help with both meals, so if you can help out, please let me know. Remember that the club reimburses volunteers for the food (minus their portion of the meal share) and that you can earn extra DRIFT points for volunteering to help at the outing. For more information about the outing or to volunteer to help, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (817) 723-6983.

Known as Oklahoma’s “heaven in the hills,” Tenkiller State Park offers a peaceful getaway in beautiful Green Country. Guests will enjoy an abundance of recreational opportunities on Lake Tenkiller as well as in the park, including swim beaches, a swimming pool, a children’s fishing pond, hiking trails, and more. Rent a one-, two-, or three-bedroom cabin, or claim a spot in one of Tenkiller’s 10 campgrounds. Plan your trip to Tenkiller State Park, and use the overview at the following website as an insider’s guide to where to camp, where to swim and what to see during your Lake Tenkiller vacation: http://www.laketenkiller.com/about-lake-tenkiller/. For additional information about the park, see the material at http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.7706 andhttp://www.travelok.com/article_page/tenkiller-state-park-an-overview .

The park, of course, features Lake Tenkiller. The lake has a new scuba dive park (http://www.laketenkiller.com/scuba/) that features underwater attractions, secure campsites, and clean facilities. Divers from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and all surrounding states have long labeled the crystal clear waters of Tenkiller as their destination of choice. The mildly sloping hills and rock cliffs are not confined to the land; they provide an intriguing underwater terrain down to 165 feet, making Tenkiller one of the deepest lakes in the area.

The lake offers the perfect environment for every diver from novice to the most adept instructors. There are a few dive shops to choose from to obtain a certification, rent or purchase equipment, or find out where to explore. Tenkiller offers an assortment of wonderful diving possibilities. There are several islands that are superior dive sites for discovering overhangs so dramatic that they could pass for caves or for partaking in spear fishing for any fish that is not a game fish. There have been catfish speared as large as 65 pounds!! Remember, though, to obtain an Oklahoma fishing license before heading down if you want to try your luck spear fishing!

Directions

Tenkiller State Park

8 miles north of Gore on Highway 100

Vian, OK 74962

Phone:   (918) 489-5641

               (918) 489-5643


Tenkiller State Park in Vian is located on the southeast side of 
Lake Tenkiller:

  • If arriving from the west, take I-40 to Exit 287, and follow Highway 100 N through the towns of Webbers Falls and Gore. Continue on Highway 100, and cross over the dam into the park.

  • If arriving from the east on I-40, take Exit 297. Drive north for 10 miles on Highway 82 where you’ll cross through Vian. Turn left onto Highway 100, and drive three miles south to the park.




Wheeler Branch Outing

 

On Saturday, September 2, we will be heading to Wheeler Branch Park, 2099 County Road 301, Glen Rose, TX 76043, for a day of diving and hanging out with good friends! The entrance fee for adult non–Somerville County residents is $8 per person; the park opens at 7:00 am and closes at sunset. Wheeler Branch Park has a boat ramp with floating dock, a beach area that also has its own floating dock island, public restrooms, covered picnic areas, and a large pavilion. There is also a very nice fishing pier. Those Diving Rebels who have already been to Wheeler Branch have commented on the good diving there, so it sounds like a lot of fun. Dues paying members will have a portion of their $8 entrance fee refunded at the outing.  Afterwards, a trip to Hammond’s BBQ at 1106 NE Big Bend Trail, Glen Rose, Texas http://www.hammondsbbq.com/ seems to be a tasty idea and it is close to the park.

Check out the park’s website for directions and other details: http://www.scwd.com/about-the-park.html.

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