Monday, November 21, 2011
Was here in April but didn't blog at all. Diving, slow internet and sitting on the beach interfered with blogging schedule.
So what the heck have we been doing for 3 days? Well, we had an awesome welcome to Mexico meal at Casa Cenote, an over two hour shakedown dive in Chan Hol day 1, dinner at the Pub in Puerto, a lazy Sunday with BBQ, margaritas, and friends at Casa Cenote again, and I was able to encroach on some friends (thanks Peter, Lynne and Ben) and join them for diving in Maya Blue today.
Our plan is to finally get into Camillo tomorrow to do a shakedown dive on the rebreathers. That was the plan today, but John took a nasty fall with a stage before the Chan Hol dive and he landed his bony arse on a very sharp rock...not to mention his head on the tank, so he wasn't up for a 5 hour dive today. So he relaxed, fixed stuff around the room...very important things like the toilet, water pressure, and a leaky water container. One thing about Mexico is there is always something and if you get all bent out of shape about it ...well, you all know what happens...nothing good, so just go with the flow....or lack of if we are talking about our toilet...hahaa.
Anyway, I went away and had a nice dive today at Mayan Blue (a cave system south of Tulum). It may very well have been the busiest cave diving parking lot I have seen in a long time. Cool thing was, once you got past the line to get into the cenote, we actually didn't see any divers on the dive except our team. That may have been because the guy running the line took us through a little known crack to get to the main line in B tunnel. All I can say is that was way cool, and we had a really nice beautiful dive. Back at the cenote, there again was a line of divers to exit but we were at the front and beat feet through the light rain to de-kit ourselves of gear.
Ton of sidemount divers, that practice is really taking off. Ya kinda feel old school in doubles, but I can live with that.
Well, I have to get to work on gear if we are going to go tomorrow....pull my weight and all that :)
Happy Monday everyone...at least it is down in Quintana Roo (for my non-diving friends, that is the state of Mexico where Cancun, Tulum, Akumal and Puerto are located).
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
So we arrived at 9:15 am and had no problem getting in. Geared up with rebreathers, and scooters and began our very short dive. Guess what...equipment issue again. O-ring problem which was letting water into my rebreather, so we called the dive soon after we sorted everything out and were ready to hit the trigger. I asked John to check my rebreather...leak. Done. Headed out.
Out we went. Spoke to workers, we will be going in tomorrow early. Rebreather is fixed, gear is all set up and staying loaded in car for early departure.
Wish us luck as we only have less than a week and it seems we have hardly dove. No complaints here though, and there is a return trip scheduled for Jan when John starts his FM3 resident visa saga again.
Until tomorrow....here are some more pictures of Chickin Ha. There are more than 1 cenote in the Chickin Ha area, however, I don't remember which one is which....but they are all nice. And an altar at the back of one of the cenote areas.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
We decided not to go to Gran Cenote to sort out the new rebreather config with small tanks and went instead to Carwash Cenote. Wise choice as we had it to ourselves and tons of people were at Gran.
Here is a picture of the Cenote. Word in the jungle is that there is a 3ft (1 meter) croc living in the cenote. Some Cave 2 students saw it the other day on during their swim test...yikes. I was looking but did not find it...thankfully.
We put on our rebreathers and ran line to the main line...for our cave diving friends...the line is moved. It is about 100ft closer than it was before and is not hidden behind the outcropping rock. Rebreathers are a tool....I keep telling myself that. The good news is I didn't hate them today and was able to exhale easier to prevent chipmunk cheeks when going up a hill in the cave. It still takes a bunch of work because you have to make buoyancy adjustements all the time...and I mean all the time. You can't use your breathe and lungs to control it...you must use your wing (inflation device) and your drysuit.
Anyway, it was a nice 2 hour dive...we main lined it until it got to small and them jumped off to the Room of Tears again until it was time to turn and go home.
Here is some photos of us in our rebreather get up...we tried small tanks this time. John worked really hard to configure these bad boys and his efforts paid off. We are still hoping we will not need them for Camillo and can fit through the hole in that cave using the big tanks. Time will tell.
We are off to a BBQ in Tulum. We got invited but said we didn't want to crash the party, but Bil Philips insisted. Should be fun. The Czecks (who are exploring a ton of cave down here) will be there. Bil said, "come for burnt chicken" and we can't pass that up. Especially from Bil.
Our third hurdle was remembering where we keep the key that opens up the case with our primary lights in it...hard to dive without those. We go through this every time and last time we specifically came up with a solution which we would always remember....hahaaaa. We remembered but it took awhile. Finally gear was loaded and off we went to get fills and afternoon diving....lunch at Cas Cenote first, sans maragitas because we were diving..only Coca lights.
Our first dive was in Zacil (the back part of Carwash). They had a birthday fiesta going on but they caretaker said we could dive...so we provided a bit of the entertainment apparently. We choose to go to the Room of Tears and maybe to Dreamland which is really cool and tannic. As a first dive it is great because you have to work all the time and fine tune your buoyancy quickly....plus it is a really nice cave. We ended up not going to Dreamland, but took the T to the left, then another T to the right, then another T to the left until we hit the end of the line.
Mission accomplished, we are back in the caves!
On to rebreather shakedown dive tomorrow at Gran Cenote.
On a side note, each day we drive by Camillo and the gates are open....could be a good sign as Fernando said he could not get ahold of the owner.
Another side note; there are new owners to the hamburger stand in front of Fernando's. We chose to eat there last night. Burgers are really good grilled over charcoal and they grill vegetables and potatoes too. Quite a feast for very few pesos....and really tasty. The girl is from Spain and the guy is from Mexico, it is fun talking to people from other countries. Apparently Spain is in a bit of an ecomonic crisis as well.
Happy Sunday, we are going diving!!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Fun time. Ran into some folks we knew (lamont and Jen) and had a nice Thanksgiving meal. I also learned (I kinda already knew), that the class I had signed up for was definately not going to go because there isn't enough students. Ran into the instructor at Cafe Ole and met him in person. Cool guy. Hopefully, I can arrange some one on one training while I am here...or more than one training.
We spent John's birthday sorting out the room nad had a nice lunch at the Mezzanine. Tomorrow we dive!