Over the span of the weekend we had several nice
dives, enjoying the sunken plane, cars, platforms, incredible walls
and much more. The temperature was about 60 degrees at 40 feet
and the visibility extended 20 feet or more in most areas.
Arriving at The Blue Lake Saturday morning we found no other
cars huddled around the entrance and across the road like normal.
The gates opened at 9AM and we slowly drove up to the dive shop.
Amazingly, we were the only ones there excluding the two
campsites with divers.
Setting up for the days activities, there were dark clouds
glooming in the distance threatening rain, the air temperature
was in the mid 70's and there was not even the slightest breeze.
The top of the water was still as glass allowing us to see deep
into the depths along the edges of the cliffs. Looking towards
the middle there was a perfect image of the sky reflecting in
the water and a shimmering landscape started towards the other
side of the quarry.
Submerging into the quarry the visibility was even good at the entrance
due to the lack of divers. We went over the first ledge and
followed it towards the submerged plane. An image of the plane
appeared faint in the distance and then slowly began to take
shape from a black outline, to a gray almost recognizable image,
then slowly became more detailed as we moved closer. Leaving the
plane we swam along the outside wall heading back towards the
exit and stopped at the cars. There were several purch snuggled
in the crevices of the vehicles that came out to investigate our
presence. The fish seemed curious but kept a safe distance most
of the time, and often moved in to get a closer look. The fish
in the quarry have been shy in the past and would generally dart
from view as divers approached. On one dive the next day we found
ruminants of broken hotdogs around one of the platforms and some
of the cars, that divers had
left behind while feeding the fish
which explained the dramatic change in their personalities.
During the last dive of the weekend we swam past a cave that had
faint glimmers of light shinning against an inside wall.
Investigating the source of the light I found the ceiling to be
more like a 4 foot swim through that opened up into a round
tubular area about 10 feet in diameter that continued straight
up about 15 feet into open water at the top of the cliffs edge.
Saturday night we ate at Del Rio restaurant located on Ridgeline
Road. This place has excellent Mexican food that exceeds my
expectations every time I eat there. The dining areas are
located in a room with high ceilings and projects the illusion
of sitting in a old down town area of Mexico with the upper part
of the wall made up to
look like 2nd story apartments looking over the street below.
The Blue Lake at Oronogo, Missouri is a great place to dive with
excellent visibility, a lot of underwater attractions and the convenience
of Captain John's Scuba Sports on location.
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