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Fun at Pennyroyal Blue Springs Resort

Discussion in 'Kentucky Piranha Patrol' started by drrich2, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

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    Hey, not every trip can be Bonaire.

    Got in a couple of dives at the quarry (Pennyroyal Blue Springs Resort) this summer, one yesterday (Saturday). My prior dive was Thursday 9 days earlier. Both were solo dives, dropping down deep for the 1'rst portion, then moseying around the shallower region looking at the sunken attractions.

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    Diving on a Thursday during the week 6-13-13 - few people there, plenty of setup tables free, the 'Dive Monkey' grill was not open (only weekends and holidays).

    Diving on a Saturday 6-22-13 - Lots of people there. Some from Louisville, St. Louis and I believe Lexington. And more local sites, like the Nashville area. I asked someone at the shop and she figured over 150 people had come through that day. Lots of students doing their cert. dives, I believe. All the tables were packed. The bottom 2 parking levels looked pretty full up, and I parked on the 3'rd.

    That said, yesterday's dive was good. Got hot gearing up in a 5 mm wetsuit with hood and gloves, but dropped on down to 101 feet and water around 44 degrees, so I cooled off pretty quickly. Took a few photos to share.

    It's not a coral reef, but it's got its own charm.

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    I'm used to bass being skittish, but these guys were chilling.

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    Big'un inside.

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    I don't want to carry a slate and stop to write notes, but sometimes I'd like to record at what depth I round something. Tried photographing my dive computer with an item in the background to test the idea; did okay!

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    Photos taken with a Canon G10, Canon UW housing, only modified by reducing resolution via Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.

    Anybody else been doing some local diving in the KY area? Got pics to post?

    Richard.
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2013
  2. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

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    I was there Sat. teaching a deep & wreck class. I was also there earlier last week training on my rebreather. Will be there the next 2 weekends.
     
  3. TheHobster

    TheHobster Master Instructor

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    OK, you have my interest peaked. How is the viz in September? We always have a dive/camp weekend and are looking for a new location this year.
     
  4. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

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    Average vis in the shallow areas is about 20- 30 ft, but I have also seen 50+ ft. Sometimes better, sometimes worse. Depends on recent rainfall, algae blooms & how much OW classes stir it up. Down deep the vis is closer to 40- 50 ft vis on a regular basis. Right now overall vis is 10- 20 ft from top to bottom. I just did 3 days of rebreather diving over the holiday weekend & 2 days of conducting OW check- out dives.
     
  5. TheHobster

    TheHobster Master Instructor

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    Thanks Tammy; it's a 4 hour drive for us and is an unknown quantity, so we'll see. After all, for us, Mermet is only an hour longer, and is a known quantity.

    How is the camping at Pennyroyal?
     
  6. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

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    Basically primative. They do have flush toilets, sink & a (cold) shower (quarry water). There is no potable water or campsite electical. For me, not a big deal. I usually use rechargable lanterns & a rechargable pump for my air mattress. I typically sleep in the back of my truck (as close to the bathrooms as possible, as I have to get up a couple times duing the night.

    If/ when you decide to come down. if I am not working the "real job" or teaching, I would be most honored to give you a tour.
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2014
  7. TheHobster

    TheHobster Master Instructor

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    I'll take you up on it!
     
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  8. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

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    This weekend, it looks as if vis is beginning to improve. Towards the bottom of the shallow parts, it is still a bit murky, but there is a definite layering of clearer water at about the thermocline (17ft). Water is starting to warm nicely. 75 degrees from surface to17 ft, 65 degrees to 35 ft & cold below that.
     

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