This was the first time we went to the shooting range in Norwalk and it was great. The target system is fully automated so you can specify how far away you want it and set it to turn at intervals, and move forward and back if you want a moving target. I'm having trouble with the .380 - a piece actually fell off and I had to ask someone to help me. The guys exact quote - "Well at least you didn't bring the gun out with you." Do people do that?! Dear lord... Other than that it was fun. Nice to get back out there.
We also made our debut into the cold water diving world. We went to Rex on Thursday night to pick up our gear. Up to this point we have never worn anything thicker than a 3mm wetsuit. Now we're trying to get into a 7mm farmer john and and a 7mm shortie over it. If you've ever seen "A Christmas Story", you know how I felt. I was just walking around the dive shop saying 'I can't put my arms down...'. Either way, got our gear, put it in the car, and went home for the night.
Ready to go!
FINALLY we get to descend and the visibility is awful. Probably like 8 feet. The guy who works there says it's normally much better but they've had a lot of rain lately. Mike and I lost each other twice and had to come up to reconnect, and once we lost the 'attractions' and had to come up to figure out where the hell we were. When you look at the lake from the shore, you think 'Oh it's not that big - how hard can this be? But with such low viz and feeling like an overstuffed sausage - it was tougher than I though.
Dutch Springs Quarry
After coming up for lunch and refilling the tanks, we planned out our second dive. This time we took the right weight, and had a definitive plan. They say plan your dive and dive your plan and they're right. The second dive went great. We went down to 75' where the water temp was 53 degrees and stayed pretty warm. The park has a whole bunch of planes, cars, trains, etc. at the bottom to look at so that was kind cool. I saw some bass, bluegill, trout and koi.
Overall, it's a good place to try out new gear and test your resistance to cooler water. There's not a ton to look at but it was really nice to get some mid season diving in. It is a place where you have to know what you're doing, however. There's no one to guide you, no boat captain to advise you. YOU are responsible to make sure you stay safe. As long as you keep that in mind, you're good to go.