JANUARY 2024 OUTING – SAN MARCOS RIVER UNDERWATER CLEANUP
The Diving Rebels and the Scubadillos will continue what has become an annual tradition of the underwater cleanup of the San Marcos River on Saturday January 27th, 2024. As we did last year, we will meet at the parking area of Rio Vista Park to gear up. Once folks have geared up, we will be shuttled to the parking area near the Aquarena Springs Drive bridge, from where we plan to enter the water. Last year, Mike Schaefer, a former Dillo member now living in San Marcos, coordinated the shuttle operation with members of the Kissing Tree Pool Club there in San Marcos. This was greatly appreciated and Mike has contacted us to say his club will assist in this again this year. Please see the attached map noting these locations.
We want to get in the water about 1 PM, so please plan your arrival accordingly. Before we get in the water, we will get everyone together for a group photo there at the access point below at Aquarena Springs Drive bridge. We will exit at Rio Vista Park, about one mile downstream. The attached map also notes the exit location. For the most part, this is a relaxing fresh-water drift dive and in some places early in the dive you can just 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 one-halfway along the dive, but these are navigable.
If you would like to participate in the underwater cleanup, please bring a mesh bag of some sort to collect the trash/treasures you may find. Extra mesh bags will be available if you don’t have one. If you prefer to just drift along for the ride and not collect trash, that is certainly permissible as we want you to enjoy the dive.
We will have 1st and 2nd place prizes for the collector of the most trash and as well as 1st and 2nd place prizes for the collector 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.
As usual, Steve Ogden is the outing coordinator, and his cell number is (214) 641-6013. If you would like to participate in this event and did not sign up at the January meeting, please contact him either at his cell number via either call or text. For the day of the outing, call Steve if you are running a bit late so we know to wait for you. If anyone is interested in carpooling, you can either make your own arrangements or contact Steve.
After the dive, for those who are interested, we will meet for our traditional Saturday evening dinner together. For the past few years, we have eaten at a wonderful restaurant called The Root Cellar Cafe (http://www.rootcellarcafe.com/), so we will look to go there again. The Root Cellar manager has been very generous is providing gift cards for the restaurant and I will pursue this again.
On Sunday morning, we most likely will follow our past practice of breakfast at Herbert’s Taco Hut (http://www.herbertstacohut.com) for those who would like to join us there.
There are a number of reasonably priced motels in the San Marcos area, fairly close by the river. You might want to check out https://www.booking.com/city/us/san-marcos.html. In a couple of previous years, Steve was able to book a room in a private home using https://www.airbnb.com/s/San-Marcos–TX–United-States/homes. Camping is also available in the area if you are so inclined.
For those outing participants who have completed the Dive Authorization Course (DAC) or the former Diving for Science or Scientific Diver certification programs and are interested in performing a volunteer dive in Spring Lake on Sunday, there is again an opportunity for you to perform a volunteer dive in the lake. All requests to dive are now submitted through the online system. You can find the form using the following link. https://www.meadowscenter.txstate.edu/Stewardship/Diving/AquaCorps/volunteer-dive-request.
Steve “Oggie” Ogden