Drove down to Austin this past weekend with the Gibson family for another round of Lake Travis scuba diving. This time, I broke the 100 ft barrier for the first time out on Windy Point. Let me tell you, it was dark, cold and the visibility was shit. But the experience of going beyond that arbitrary level was mildly intoxicating. We finished off the weekend with a wall dive at Mansfield Dam. The picture above is a photo of the constructionn of the dam back in 1940. If you look carefully you will notice the geometric “columns” that flank the base of the dam. Each of these columns are covered by thousands (?) of iron gates. At 107 feet down, the gates were extended as far as the eye could see in every direction. It was kind of scary for some reason. The visibility at the dam was great. A 33 minute dive almost drained my single tank and really clued me in to how important a proper dive light can be.