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!

Cavezzzz, It Shall Be – Part Two – Getting Ready

8 12 2013

Sunday, December 8th, 2013 ~

We made our way down to the breakfast buffet, where we met up with Manu and Peter! We chatted for a bit, then met at the shop, to DIVE!

Once at the shop, it took us a little bit of time to get organized. Jorge tried to help us find our bin, and we eventually found it (right under our noses, of course). Steve also brought in the motor for one of our scooters, that he had rebuilt, and installed it. Steve, Peter, Manu, and I went to Fenom for our first day of Diving Goodness!

Oh, look! A note, for me!

Steve had busted his flippy floppie, but was able to “fix” it, with a trigger pin.

As good as new!

I had forgotten how bumpy the ride was, to get to Fenom, but we made it. We had brought along two stages each, but only ended up using one, since we were a little late moving, and didn’t want to be too late for the MCEP meeting, this evening.

Little video…

When we arrived, we notice a big, grey truck. Hmm… This truck looks mighty familiar. I wonder if it’s John’s truck?

We brought our gear down to the water, and checked out the scenery.

We geared up, got in, and started our swim out. We passed by another couple of divers, who had finished their dive. I looked to see if one of them was John, but I just didn’t recognize the face through the mask! It wasn’t until we were almost past him, that I noticed, “John,” on his stage bottle. Doh! Missed you! We made our way to the “bones hole,” where there is usually a halocline to go through, to see them. Since the recent rains and flooding, a lot of the cavez have changed, and the halocline had been pushed lower, allowing really clear visibility, down to the bones! Manu ran a reel down the hole, and Peter took some shots of us, as we took turns posing with them. I am looking forward to seeing them! Peter also took some shots of us on the way out, and a couple of group shots, in the basin of the cenote. Steve was holding a 100w LED light, to light up the way.

We had a most excellent first dive of the trip, and were lucky enough to have some pictures taken.

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 48 mins.
Max. Depth: 56′
Water Temp.: 77F
Vis.: Gin Clear

We packed up quickly, and were on our way. We were running a little low on fuel (we didn’t fill it up, since we were supposed to give it back tonight, and were giving it back with the same amount of fuel that was originally in it – next to nothing). We made it to the gas station near the shop, put a few pesos in, brought gear back, and then went straight to the MCEP meeting, for the project, which was to start the following morning.

We arrived, just in time! We listened to talks from Chris, Fred, Dr. Ed, and the Shawns. It was a great meeting! I think I will need to go back to school, to understand a few of the scientific explanations, but it was really amazing information!

Steve and I had to leave during the social part of the night, so that we could call to arrange the car swap (the fellow that answered the phone had no clue what we were talking about, and did not speak English – thanks to the concierge, for speaking to him for us). Ok… We shall deal with it, mañana.

BBQ night at the buffet, and a few bevvies. We also got to see some of Peter’s pics, on his computer screen! w00t!

Our plan was to go to sleep a little early, but as we were going up, Stretch was coming down to dine, so we joined him for a bit. Then… sleeeeeep!