Trip Report – February 20 – 27, 2010 – Part 3
Before the dives on Tuesday, we took Claudia to Chankanaab park. Claudia is not a diver (or much of water sport person. She is an artist and sets up her easle at different places around the island and spends the day painting. After the dive we went to Chankanaab to meet up with Claudia. Had lunch at the Laguna Beach restaurant, spent the afternoon sleeping under the palapas and also walked thru the statue/monument replicas from the various indigenous cultures of Mexico. Here is a scene from the park.
Here is another shot of Chankanaab that was were Claudia set up her easel that day. The painting she did from that scene is also shown.
As is the case with a lot of Claudia's work, she isn't satisfied with it yet. (She particularly doesn't like the way the water looks at this point.) When we get back home she'll work on it some more from the photo until its the way she wants it to look.
One of the things to see at Chankanaab is a walk thru the gardens where they have put a bunch of replicas of statues, steeles, carvings, and stuff from a lot of the meso-american cultures that made up what is now Mexico. Here is one item from the culture walk. It is a replica of a mayan arch from the San Gervasio ruins on Cozumel.
Wednesday morning was a hunting dive. It was still lobster fishing season so we went a little north outside of the protected marine park and did some spear fishing. We did two dives along the Villa Blanca wall (in front of the lighthouse just south of the main town). Each dive we caught 1 lobster. The second one was hugh. Pancho brought it by the house after the dives so that Claudia could see it.
Later in the week we had all the people we dove with over for dinner and this critter was one of the entres.
Wednesday afternoon the weather switched to the north. They call this an “el norte” and it usually means cooler, windy weather. The channel gets very choppy and smaller dive boats don’t go out. The north weather continued thru Thursday morning so we didn’t dive on Thursday. We had already invited our dive companions and Pancho and his family over for a dinner Thursday night so we spent the day shopping and cooking. We had lobster (surprise, surprise) chicken, rice, chips, salsa, and guacamole. From past trips I’ve become fond of a special cake called Tres Leches. We bought a whole cake from Zermot bakery (on Calle 4 and Avenue 5 near the Plaza). That was desert.
Friday morning was the last dive. We dove with another couple from one of the cruise ships and did two shallow dives. Here are some of the things we saw. First a fish I think is called a box fish.
And another of the very numerous angel fish.
On the Friday dives we saw some Christmas tree worms. These are little guys that embed themselves into coral (frequently brain coral) and then send up a bunch of cilia in the shape of a Christmas tree. They filter the water to get micro food. If you snap your finger near them under the water, they snap inside the coral and then slowly send the tree structure back up to keep feeding.
The last thing we saw on the dive was this crab.
The end of the last dive of the trip - Que Triste! (How Sad). (A sigh goes up from all the residents of the island.)
(finished in part 4)
Trip Report - February 2010 - Part 3
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