15 Aug 2003 21:02:59
OldSalt
TR : Chinchorro, Maya Ha & PDC, Part One

I'm back from Mexico and thinking to myself how, each time that I go
away, I come home saying..."I gotta visit there again !!" This trip
was a bit nuts. The short version is summed up quite nicely by my
friend and I quote him :

"I too am very glad to have been with my friends in Mexico. If you
can't share hard beds, clogged heads, contaminated air and climbs down
30' deep, 4' wide holes with your friends, who can you share them
with!!"

We flew PHL to Cancun direct without problems. I was stopped and
"wanded" because, for some reason, my heeled sandals and something on
my body set off the alarm. They didn't determine what it was but I was
free to go anyway. I don't understand how that works, esp when we're
"Code Red".

Getting thru Cancun airport was a snap and the van driver from Maya Ha
was waiting for us just as planned. As we loaded the van, the police
stopped us. They had a lengthy discussion with our driver to the tune
of 30 or 45 mins. After pulling out of the airport, we got stopped
again by a different police officer. Another 30 mins. Finally, we took
off and cruised down the highway. We found out that with this
particular van, the A/C didn't work unless the driver was going faster
than 40 mph, and even then it was a little 'poof' of cold air as
opposed to a nice, steady blast. We told our driver upfront that our
priorities were beer, food and bathroom breaks during our 4 hour drive
to the resort. He grinned and said, "No problemo." Then he assured
us that the resort would have dinner for us as promised, even though
we weren't due until 10:30 pm or so. Our destination, Maya Ha Resort,
was a mere 30 miles or so from the border between Mexico and Belize.

We pulled into several small towns along the way in order to
accomodate our priorities and to refuel the van. The first town we
pulled into; we decided to buy a cooler, beer, tequilla, vodka and
some snacks. I didn't write down the names of the towns we stopped in,
but IIRC, the name "Limones" seems to be one of them. The driver told
us that a couple of towns actually had 3 or 4 thousand ppl. The towns
were interesting. Little shops that advertised beer, tacos and
chicken. Lots of ppl outside taking advantage of the cooler night
air... even though it was still about 90 F. Dogs running around.
Children trying to sell us snacks. Goats here and there. It cost me 2
pesos to use the ladies room at one of the stops we made. That's the
equivalent of about 20 cents USD. My 2 pesos bought me a handful of
toilet paper...literally, since a little boy handed me a clump of TP
as he collected my pesos... but inside the ladies' room were signs
asking that you don't flush any of it. How very odd.

Eventually, we left anything that looked like civilization and headed
down a highway that ran straight forever. We were doing about 80 mph
the whole way. The A/C was working nicely. Once we hit a bat... or it
hit our windshield. It had reddish brown fur and was a fairly good
size. On another stretch of road, horses appeared. They were
unattended and our van had to stop completely as they took their time
to move off the road. Absolutely beautiful manes and coats shining in
the night.

The main road that led to a side road that led to a dirt road to Maya
Ha was a scream. The road got smaller. The vegetation got closer. The
ride got bumpier. We all realized we had too many beers at that point.
There was not another town for a bathroom break and in fact, the
"break" we had was meeting the Army... yet again... at another
check-point. We were aware of the military many times during our
stay... young Mexican men in uniform with machine guns. We were told
we were in the drug corridor and just the week before our arrival,
many kilos of cocaine 'appeared' on the beach. We didn't give a hoot
about the drugs. Our bladders were bursting from beer. However, this
was not the time or place to pee along the highway.

So finally, almost 7 hrs after landing in Cancun, and after what
seemed like an endless trek on a dirt road hacked out of the jungle,
we arrived at Maya Ha. We could hear the ocean but not see it because
the surroundings were very dark. Stone pathways from the other
buildings : the lobby, the dining area, bar, swimming pool, wooden
porch area, dive shop; all led round the beach to the cottages that
were our rooms. Each cottage housed two rooms. Their porch was split
by a wall of plants in most cases but one of the couples in our group
had a porch that was shared, spread across both rooms. The interior
was spacious : 2 double beds, (some had a king size bed) counter space
across the entire front that had planters, a table on each side of the
beds and one in the middle, a dressing area with a closet and more
shelves, sink, and bathroom with shower and toilet. There was a
sliding glass door with a screen to enter, 2 big windows along the
side of the room, and 2 smaller windows for the dressing area and the
bathroom. The windows were crucial because the generator didn't run
24 hrs a day. Anyhow... off to the rooms to drop our luggage and then
back to the dining room !! Maya Ha served us dinner with a smile at a
11 pm. The dining room personnel, I learned thru out the week, were
truly hardworking ppl who aimed to please.

We told the manager that we hoped the dives were not early the next
day. He told us the dive shop planned to go out on the local reef
around 10 am and so we could sleep in until 8 am or so. We went to bed
that night seeing some big crabs that flicked over the stone walkways
and hearing some strange sounds from the jungle around us.

Re: my friend's statement in the earlier quote of "hard beds"... the
beds at Maya Ha were rather firm mattresses that were set upon a
cement frame. The beds in our next hotel in Playa Del Carmen were
identical. In fact, the tables and shelves in the rooms were
cement/tile too. The entire trip seemed to have guest rooms, hotel
areas, ruins, and caverns that echoed. Hmm.

Part 2 = our dives on Chinchorro and local reefs, the ruins of
Chacchoben.

Part 3 = our stay in PDC and our cenote dives with Hidden Worlds.
(including the dive guide who actually said to me..."I've met George
Irvine." LOL !!)


16 Aug 2003 14:31:44
Angel
Re: Chinchorro, Maya Ha & PDC, Part One

Welcome back.

"OldSalt" <babz@fast.net > wrote in message
news:edcb1a54.0308152002.5efce594@posting.google.com...
> I'm back from Mexico and thinking to myself how, each time that I go
> away, I come home saying..."I gotta visit there again !!" This trip
> was a bit nuts. The short version is summed up quite nicely by my
> friend and I quote him :
>
> "I too am very glad to have been with my friends in Mexico. If you
> can't share hard beds, clogged heads, contaminated air and climbs down
> 30' deep, 4' wide holes with your friends, who can you share them
> with!!"
>
> We flew PHL to Cancun direct without problems. I was stopped and
> "wanded" because, for some reason, my heeled sandals and something on
> my body set off the alarm. They didn't determine what it was but I was
> free to go anyway. I don't understand how that works, esp when we're
> "Code Red".
>
> Getting thru Cancun airport was a snap and the van driver from Maya Ha
> was waiting for us just as planned. As we loaded the van, the police
> stopped us. They had a lengthy discussion with our driver to the tune
> of 30 or 45 mins. After pulling out of the airport, we got stopped
> again by a different police officer. Another 30 mins. Finally, we took
> off and cruised down the highway. We found out that with this
> particular van, the A/C didn't work unless the driver was going faster
> than 40 mph, and even then it was a little 'poof' of cold air as
> opposed to a nice, steady blast. We told our driver upfront that our
> priorities were beer, food and bathroom breaks during our 4 hour drive
> to the resort. He grinned and said, "No problemo." Then he assured
> us that the resort would have dinner for us as promised, even though
> we weren't due until 10:30 pm or so. Our destination, Maya Ha Resort,
> was a mere 30 miles or so from the border between Mexico and Belize.
>
> We pulled into several small towns along the way in order to
> accomodate our priorities and to refuel the van. The first town we
> pulled into; we decided to buy a cooler, beer, tequilla, vodka and
> some snacks. I didn't write down the names of the towns we stopped in,
> but IIRC, the name "Limones" seems to be one of them. The driver told
> us that a couple of towns actually had 3 or 4 thousand ppl. The towns
> were interesting. Little shops that advertised beer, tacos and
> chicken. Lots of ppl outside taking advantage of the cooler night
> air... even though it was still about 90 F. Dogs running around.
> Children trying to sell us snacks. Goats here and there. It cost me 2
> pesos to use the ladies room at one of the stops we made. That's the
> equivalent of about 20 cents USD. My 2 pesos bought me a handful of
> toilet paper...literally, since a little boy handed me a clump of TP
> as he collected my pesos... but inside the ladies' room were signs
> asking that you don't flush any of it. How very odd.
>
> Eventually, we left anything that looked like civilization and headed
> down a highway that ran straight forever. We were doing about 80 mph
> the whole way. The A/C was working nicely. Once we hit a bat... or it
> hit our windshield. It had reddish brown fur and was a fairly good
> size. On another stretch of road, horses appeared. They were
> unattended and our van had to stop completely as they took their time
> to move off the road. Absolutely beautiful manes and coats shining in
> the night.
>
> The main road that led to a side road that led to a dirt road to Maya
> Ha was a scream. The road got smaller. The vegetation got closer. The
> ride got bumpier. We all realized we had too many beers at that point.
> There was not another town for a bathroom break and in fact, the
> "break" we had was meeting the Army... yet again... at another
> check-point. We were aware of the military many times during our
> stay... young Mexican men in uniform with machine guns. We were told
> we were in the drug corridor and just the week before our arrival,
> many kilos of cocaine 'appeared' on the beach. We didn't give a hoot
> about the drugs. Our bladders were bursting from beer. However, this
> was not the time or place to pee along the highway.
>
> So finally, almost 7 hrs after landing in Cancun, and after what
> seemed like an endless trek on a dirt road hacked out of the jungle,
> we arrived at Maya Ha. We could hear the ocean but not see it because
> the surroundings were very dark. Stone pathways from the other
> buildings : the lobby, the dining area, bar, swimming pool, wooden
> porch area, dive shop; all led round the beach to the cottages that
> were our rooms. Each cottage housed two rooms. Their porch was split
> by a wall of plants in most cases but one of the couples in our group
> had a porch that was shared, spread across both rooms. The interior
> was spacious : 2 double beds, (some had a king size bed) counter space
> across the entire front that had planters, a table on each side of the
> beds and one in the middle, a dressing area with a closet and more
> shelves, sink, and bathroom with shower and toilet. There was a
> sliding glass door with a screen to enter, 2 big windows along the
> side of the room, and 2 smaller windows for the dressing area and the
> bathroom. The windows were crucial because the generator didn't run
> 24 hrs a day. Anyhow... off to the rooms to drop our luggage and then
> back to the dining room !! Maya Ha served us dinner with a smile at a
> 11 pm. The dining room personnel, I learned thru out the week, were
> truly hardworking ppl who aimed to please.
>
> We told the manager that we hoped the dives were not early the next
> day. He told us the dive shop planned to go out on the local reef
> around 10 am and so we could sleep in until 8 am or so. We went to bed
> that night seeing some big crabs that flicked over the stone walkways
> and hearing some strange sounds from the jungle around us.
>
> Re: my friend's statement in the earlier quote of "hard beds"... the
> beds at Maya Ha were rather firm mattresses that were set upon a
> cement frame. The beds in our next hotel in Playa Del Carmen were
> identical. In fact, the tables and shelves in the rooms were
> cement/tile too. The entire trip seemed to have guest rooms, hotel
> areas, ruins, and caverns that echoed. Hmm.
>
> Part 2 = our dives on Chinchorro and local reefs, the ruins of
> Chacchoben.
>
> Part 3 = our stay in PDC and our cenote dives with Hidden Worlds.
> (including the dive guide who actually said to me..."I've met George
> Irvine." LOL !!)




16 Aug 2003 12:35:49
Al Wells
Re: TR : Chinchorro, Maya Ha & PDC, Part One

In article <edcb1a54.0308152002.5efce594@posting.google.com >,
babz@fast.net says...
> "I too am very glad to have been with my friends in Mexico. If you
> can't share hard beds, clogged heads, contaminated air and climbs down
> 30' deep, 4' wide holes with your friends, who can you share them
> with!!"

Hi Salty, glad to hear you had a good trip. I can't wait to hear about
Chichorro and Hidden Worlds (the place where MHK made his TV debut). Did
you get to ride in the Buddymobile?

al
CID





16 Aug 2003 10:13:09
Greg Mossman
Re: Chinchorro, Maya Ha & PDC, Part One

"Angel" <thecomputergoddess@coldmail.com > wrote in message
news:kfr%a.8429$Ih1.2795352@newssrv26.news.prodigy.com...
> Welcome back.

You post a two-word response that uses up 8KB of bandwidth for a sentiment
that's best expressed through e-mail? How moronically typical. Or is that
typically moronic?




16 Aug 2003 13:25:23
This is your Mother speaking !
Re: Chinchorro, Maya Ha & PDC, Part One


"Greg Mossman" <mossman@qnet.com > wrote in message
news:vjspfea9erfua4@corp.supernews.com...
> "Angel" <thecomputergoddess@coldmail.com> wrote in message
> news:kfr%a.8429$Ih1.2795352@newssrv26.news.prodigy.com...
> > Welcome back.
>
> You post a two-word response that uses up 8KB of bandwidth for a sentiment
> that's best expressed through e-mail? How moronically typical. Or is
that
> typically moronic?
>
>

Yes.




16 Aug 2003 17:40:12
Alan Street
Re: Chinchorro, Maya Ha & PDC, Part One

In article <vjspfea9erfua4@corp.supernews.com >, Greg Mossman
<mossman@qnet.com > wrote:

€"Angel" <thecomputergoddess@coldmail.com > wrote in message
€news:kfr%a.8429$Ih1.2795352@newssrv26.news.prodigy.com...
> Welcome back.

€You post a two-word response that uses up 8KB of bandwidth for a sentiment
€that's best expressed through e-mail? How moronically typical. Or is that
€typically moronic?



She'll check with Rush and get back to you.


16 Aug 2003 20:32:09
Dan Bracuk
Re: Chinchorro, Maya Ha & PDC, Part One

"Greg Mossman" <mossman@qnet.com > entertained us with:
:You post a two-word response that uses up 8KB of bandwidth for a sentiment
:that's best expressed through e-mail?

Actually, welcoming someone back to the ng is best expressed on the ng.

Dan Bracuk
As Big Ben said to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, I've got the time if you've got the inclination.
The Best of Rec.Scuba
http://www.pathcom.com/~bracuk/RecScuba/


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16 Aug 2003 20:20:39
OldSalt
Re: TR : Chinchorro, Maya Ha & PDC, Part One

Al Wells <fossuldiver@Ibellsouth.net > wrote in message news:<MPG.19a7c276bdf6a67b9897e6@news1.lig.bellsouth.net>...

> Hi Salty, glad to hear you had a good trip. I can't wait to hear about
> Chichorro and Hidden Worlds (the place where MHK made his TV debut). Did
> you get to ride in the Buddymobile?
> al
> CID

Hey there Al !! Your ears must have been burning these past couple
weeks because your name came up in conversation many times. The ppl at
Hidden Worlds were a great group of folks, esp Brian. And yes, I got
to ride in the Buddymobile and took pics of it. What a trip !! My
one friend also took lots of underwater shots via a digital camera and
promises to give me a CD of them so I'll have some good ones to show
you. In addition, your friend Suzanne saved the day for us literally.
Bless her heart. :)

~Salty, CID~


20 Aug 2003 11:23:06
Salty
Re: TR : Chinchorro, Maya Ha & PDC, Part One

Eric Weiss <eweiss@winchendon.com > wrote in message news:<3F42D0B7.6050606@winchendon.com>...

> I'm waiting for parts two and three.

I know it's taking me a while and I'm sorry. I'll try to have the rest
posted soon.

> Would it be practical to do some diving in Cozumel then go to Playa Del
> Carmen to rent a car or get a taxi be practical?

I'm not sure what you are asking or what it is that you would like to
do. Can you clarify please ?? The hotel where I stayed in PDC was
directly across from the island of Cozumel. Sitting at the pool or on
the beach, I could see the pier and the ferry. Personally, I thought
the location was good but you might disagree, depending on what you're
interested in doing while you are there.