Thursday, December 19th, 2013 ~
Today, a gaggle of us headed to Dos Pisos. Since there were so many of us, we staggered the teams… especially since we had about 100 meters of restrictive passage to go through, at the entry.
Dan, getting ready for Cavezzzz…
Our plan was to go right at the first T, and left at the second T…. which would have been great, if the lines had not been changed.
We brought our stages and fins down, trying to avoid the paths of red army ants. There were thousands of them!
Laurynn and Kathryn entered first, and the rest of us waited, while Steve fixed a manifold issue (which was fixable, thanks to some tools that we had). Then, Karen and John went in, followed by us – Me, Dan, Steve. Since Dan had flooded his light, the previous day, he had Becki’s light… except it wouldn’t fire. D’oh! Ok.. That’s the third failure for Dan, this week! I think he’s had enough! :) John had an extra light with him, that he loaned to Dan – Thanks, John!
I led through the restrictive passage, then let Dan through, so I could see his light (this was planned). Steve had the Go Pro, in the back.
We dropped our stages a little early, and continued on. We approached Laurynn and Kathryn’s stages, and I stuck a “Ding Ding Cowbell” note in Laurynn’s stage bungee. :P
We reached the spot where we thought the T was supposed to be, but it was not there. We swam for quite a while, and reached a T. Karen and John were on their way back, and signaled that they had turned right, and it wasn’t the direction that we had originally planned on going. It turns out that the first T had been cut back, and this was the second T, that we were supposed to go left at. So… Thanks to John and Karen, we went left.
There was some very pretty cave, along the way, with some beautiful decorations. We passed through a section that slanted upwards – clearly, to a small opening. There was quite a collection of bat guano, that had rolled down from the surface. We got to a spot that had “jaws,” and some more beautiful decorations, from top to bottom. We had a peek through the “jaws,” then turned around.
Bottom Time: 2 hours, 27 mins.
Max. Depth: 28′
Water Temp.: 77F
Chatting, after Diving Goodness…
A couple of little frogs, near the cars…
Steve, packing up…
We packed up, and were on our way.
As we passed through Tulum, we passed the yummy bakery. Maybe we will go back there, sometime!
Once at the shop, we started the tear-down and drying of our gear. We still could have fit in another day of diving, but it was supposed to be very rainy, and we needed our gear to dry. That, and Steve had some work to do, with the scooters. We opted for a “gear day.” It’s always a sad time, to be breaking down your gear, to leave Mexico cavezzz…
Our undergarments are going to need a good wash, when we get home…
We dropped off our gear, and tidied up some of our charging station, before dinner.
At the buffet…
Friday, December 19th, 2013 ~
Well, in hindsight, we could have gone diving, today… We did have things to do at the shop, so it was probably the right decision not to, but it doesn’t mean that we didn’t want to go diving. :)
We slept in a little, then went down to have some breakfast. We sat beside a man, sitting with his young son, and I couldn’t help but hear some of their conversation.
Boy: I would like a straw for my juice, please
Dad: You don’t need a straw
Boy: But I really want one (he had the saddest look on his face)
*The waiter brings him a straw – Happiness ensues*
*Boy drops straw on ground*
*Dad lectures boy on irony, and then calls son a Monkey Butt*
I was really trying not to laugh, since Dan had us in hysterics, earlier in the week, regarding Monkey Butt (Ok, I may have been the only one in hysterics). :)
We made our way back to the room, to finish packing – Yeah, that took a while. Trying to get the right combination of clothes vs. dive gear in each case, and keeping it under the 50 lb. mark, can be fun. We were finally successful.
We went down to the Seaside Grill, and met Becki and Dan for lunch. Huh… This is what resort life is like, during the day!
Then, off to the shop, to tend to our scooters, pay the dreaded bill, and finish packing the gear away.
Steve and Angelica…
We then headed back over to The Pub, where we met a bunch of our friends for some beverages, munchies, and “see ya next times.” We also met new friends, from Finland, and I finally got to meet Irene! w00t! We had a lot of fun, and of course, we had to get some gelato! Back to the resort, and in bed by a decent hour (what’s with that??).
The giant gingerbread house, in the resort…
Dan, wondering if he could sneak a piece…
Saturday, December 20th, 2013 ~
Packed and ready to go, we were able to have some breakfast, before we left. Then… It was time to go…
On the way…
Too bad, we were going to miss the Ricky Martin concert :’(
Giant wind turbine…
…and back to the car rental place, where they had their Christmas decorations up.
We arrived safe and sound, to this…
Well, it was a fantastic couple of weeks of cavez and amazing friends.
See you next time (soon!), Mexico… We shall miss the CAVEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! :)