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Along the outer edges of the Dos Ojos Cenote divers leave the light and enter into the unforgiving world of cave diving. Following a line into the Mayan spirit-world it is traditional for a shaman to offer a blessing with a bowl of smoking copal. there was no such practice here, divers suit up in their scores to explore the Yucatan from beneath.

Dos Ojos is considered a beginner cave dive location, but there are plenty of other nearby underwater tunnels. Sac Aktun is situated within a short drive of this system and it is to date the longest explored underwater tunnel system in the world. Other local cave dive locations are Yaax-Mul which is just south of Dos Ojos and Chac-Mool which is close as well.

I took this picture with my new waterproof camera that I had bought to photograph our newly discovered Ontario cave – “Wasteland waterway” – sadly it’s hard to keep still and the picture was a little blurry.  JC and I will probably be back to Wasteland Waterway by next weekend – weather permitting.

Admittedly I have another book in progress on Ontario caves and their exploration, but check out Tamarindo; Crooked times in Costa Rica – it was my last book – a work of fiction with some pretty weird characters.

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Cenote diving in Mexico

Cenote diving in Mexico

The surface of the Yucatan – especially the more northern area along the edges of an ancient meteor impact crater is dotted with deep blue pools of water. They were both of physical and cultural value to the Mayans. As there is little surface running water on the Yucatan, towns grew up around these wells. Culturally, the cenote and its accompanying underground tunnels represented the entrance to Xibalba (shi-bal-ba) the Mayan underworld from where life was both taken and delivered. This past week I had the fortune to visit several underground destinations in the Yucatan and so the next few posts will be along the lines of relating something of that journey.

The above picture is of Dos Ojos near Tulum. Maggie and I went snorkeling there and traveled above the water, beneath the rock between the two eyes (Ojos). It was a fantastic experience – more to follow.

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This is caving in Ontario

 

Caving in Ontario – Sanctum of the Bruce!

It is what you might call a rather challenging mental problem – an exercise in self control – sensory deprivation. What is it about pushing the boundaries that is so appealing?

Physically – oh there’s no problem there. I will fit. I figured it out the first time I tried it; Asked my partner to pull me out by the ankles if I stopped kicking. But mentally, you have to lay on your back in freezing cold ground-water. Your ears are underwater so you quickly start getting dizzy. You have to fight hyperventilation as you start wriggling over the cobbles – stifling the urge to scream out as the water turns you into a blast freeze Popsicle. Too many waves and ripples and this same freezing water is lapping over your nostrils. You do the sump on your back.

This is caving in Ontario!

One step beyond the challenge of holding your breath in an icy cave pool is cave diving into the unknown with scuba tanks, Check out this new movie coming out – Sanctum in 3D, it appears to be the ultimate in cave experience without actually caving, it’s about a bunch of cave divers who are exploring an underwater labyrinth – see the trailer for Sanctum 3D here I myself will be one of the first to see this, it opens February 4th.

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