This is a great article that I saw yesterday on The Weather Channel website. Depleted Texas Lakes Expose Ghost Towns, Graves is worth reading. I have been scuba diving in several of these lakes. Pat and Mel Fousek, PADI Course Directors and corporate employees, live on Lake Whitney. (I located a stolen Ford Mustang in about 80′ of water at Lake Whitney back in my law enforcement days.) As a PADI Wreck Diver specialty instructor, I realize that history and anthropology can be a part of any dive, not just on wrecks. The main attraction at Squaw Creek Reservoir near Granbury, Texas was the remains of a flooded ranch house. Reading this article and reminiscing makes me want to load up my gear and go diving in some limited visibility Texas lakes! Diving is where you find it and I have many very memorable dives that took place in mud-holes.
I remember years ago when Lake Travis, near Austin, Texas, got very low and divers found the remains of another diver who had been missing for 30 years. (Don’t quote me on the 30 year part. I don’t remember for sure, but the diver was missing for a very long time.) Several of my relatives, the Letney clan, lived in the part of Jasper County, Texas that was flooded to form McGee Bend Dam and Reservoir. In 1963 the “lake” was renamed Sam Rayburn Reservoir in honor of the long time US Speaker of the House. It is the largest body of water contained wholly within Texas, with a capacity of 3,997,600 acre feet and covers 114,500 acres. (Sorry for the tangent. Thanks Wikipedia.)
Captain Rich and I worked on spring staff hiring yesterday. If you are interested in working in the scuba or sailing departments this spring, you need to call Captain Rich or me ASAP. I have just a couple of openings. I’m not sure if Captain Rich has any.
I am on my way to Fort Lauderdale this morning to pick up my lovely bride. Then I have a doctor’s appointment and a few stops to make on the way back.
Have a great day.
Aboard S/V Escape