Day 3 – Seal It With A Dive!

2 12 2019

Monday, December 2nd, 2019 ~

Super Steve made us breakfast again, and we got moving to make our meeting. We met, we listened, we spoke, we laughed, and saw some more of our diving friends from all over the world. I really do heart our diving family.

I hadn’t seen Kirill in a while!

Oren, Chris, Tina, and I went to Otoch Ha for today’s Diving Goodness! Tina was our supervisor, and she was sure to pack along a whole bunch of bug juice. This site isn’t exactly the most tourist friendly place to wait, especially with all of the bibits. 

The path towards the other side. Not where we enter.

We brought our doubles down to the steps, where it’s easier to don them, before getting into the water, and geared up. It seems that Jorge has definitely worked his magic, and has perfectly installed and fitted my neck seal. No adjustments needed. “Nueve! Nueve!” Thank you, Jorge!!

The steps leading down to the cenote. We put our doubles on the edge of them, to make life easier.

We inched our way down to the cenote, where we got in, did our gear checks, and away we went. I led, followed by Oren, then Chris. We took the T to the left, and swam the downstream line. Nice and slow, see… *Enter Fred Flinstone reference*


We had a nice, relaxing dive, and swam to the end of the line to another cenote. We hadn’t yet reached our turn pressure, but we turned back, anyway. We got back to the T, and had decided to swim 200 psi’s worth on the upstream line.

As we swam along, I had the worst leg cramp. I tried to suck it up, and keep going, but it got so intense, that I couldn’t take it anymore… despite me probably looking like I was imitating some of the local wildlife, trying to uncramp the cramp. I had had enough, and turned the dive. Pft… Ah, well… still a really nice dive, and the first time I had done it without a scooter. I needed the exercise, anyway. 😀

Nice and relaxing shake-out dive.

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 17 minutes
Max. Depth: 38′
Water Temp.: 77F
Avg. Depth: 23′

Otoch Ha – After the dive.

Back to the shop, we went. We were in separate cars, and I’ll let Oren tell his story about being on the side of the road… *Snicker*

When back at the condo, we happened upon a big ass spider. It wasn’t quite the size of my hand, but it was close!!! The photo does not do it justice. Not one bit.

Not much else to say, except we enjoyed a cerveza and some chips and salsa, before having our leftover Chinese food. 😀

Enjoying a snack and beverage.

Get Back In There!

30 11 2019

Saturday, November 30th, 2019 ~

Well, it’s about time that I got my arse back to Mexico, and back in those cavezzzzzzz. It has just been quite a year, and now it’s time to dive!

We left the house at about 3:15am, got to the airport, saw Mike, checked luggage, yadda yadda yadda, tea and croissant, plane, movies, nap, land, get food. w00t!


We met our Easy Way people, and went to get our vehicle. If you’ve ever rented a car in Mexico, you’ll know that you very rarely get the car that you’ve booked online. In the 11 years we’ve been traveling here, this is the first time that they have actually called us beforehand, to let us know. They were “upgrading” us to a Jeep , from a Mitsubishi Outlander.  It appeared to be a bit smaller, but… in the end, we really liked this vehicle. Thanks for the Jeep, Easy Way! 🙂

Ok… shop time… we saw our wonderful friends from Germany, Peter and Manu, as soon as we pulled in. Then, Annika…. and others. Lots of “how you doin'” hugs and reacquainting with friends that we hadn’t seen in a while. It feels so good to be back in the land of the cavezzzzzz!

Steve and I went down to the Pub to grab a snack and a libation. *Cheers!*


I had a time of 3pm to pick up the keys to our condo…. We waited, and waited… at 3:40, she said that the keys were left for us… “here.” Grrrrrr… Ok… Thanks. Got keys, unloaded luggage, then back to shop, see other arriving friends, put tanks together for Diving Goodness, tomorrow! Oh, yeah… and go to the Chedraui!


Of course, we congregated back at Zero Gravity, gathered our people, and went back to the Pub!

Myself, Yiannis, Steve, Frankie, Chris, Tina, Oren, Mike, Gus, and Larry.


We got lollipops when we paid the bill. If you ever get one of these, I suggest leaving it on the table… unless you like watermelon lollipops with peppers in them, that taste like the wrapper says. Yes, Steve and I both tasted them. I brought one home, if anyone wants it.


Mike found some mood balls to play with…

Please remember not to feed the monkeys… or shock them, in any way. 😉


When we returned to our condo, we found a man-eating beast. We found that kindness was our method of passage.

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Tomorrow, there shall be Diving Goodness!! w00t w00t!

Catch you in the cenote!