MISSION REPORT SOUTHERN COMMAND COZUMEL–10/28/2021
The water is azure blue and 86 degrees. I have never had that high of a water temp show on my Galileo computer. October is the rainy month and we have had some morning and afternoon showers, but most of the rain occurred before I arrived.
It was a week ago and the flight out of DFW was packed 100%. I fly stand by and got a seat so was able to join David and Jackie (Pelican clients) aboard. Actually David brought down a boat part for us and had to pay the duty ($40 usd). However we expected that and he was prepared with the proper paperwork showing exactly what the item was and the cost. Mostly Customs just asks about tobacco and vapes pipes. Also it seemed that they were not enforcing the red light so often. I did not see anyone have to unpack and get searched. —for those who are unfamiliar, –once you clear the xray belt you give your custom form to the person standing there. They take the form and you press a button. If the light is green you continue through the doors. If the light is red, then you have your baggage searched.–If you are found to have things such as tobacco and are over legal the limit–you are escorted into a room and have to pay the duty—-Anyway I cruised through this and went through the doors to face the time share mob. Actually they are nice and by now recognize me and smile and say hola.
The outside air was hot and muggy and AC is mucho appreciated. I arrived at my hootch knowing that the construction to extend the roof over my car port had not been completed. Rain delay with paint and concrete work.
Diving the next day with the McKenzie boys. These guys are terrific Lion fish getters. As we started south I asked the captain if we could go all the way south to Maricabo. This is a wonderful dive site, but once you go around the south point of the Island, the waves can get rough. That day the water was dead calm. We arrived at the drop zone and immediately started to submerge. The visibility was unlimited and we soon found lions.
Jose was carrying the Zoo keeper–a PVC tube with a cover on one end and a flap at the opening on the other. You take your speared Lion and stuff it into the Zoo keeper. The flap keeps the lion in the tube as you extract your spear.—Good day with 13 lions some pretty good size. —-I did get the biggest—Yes Karen I have witnesses.
A couple of days later Tiburon our boat captain made Lion Ceviche and it was terrific. Too bad the McKenzie boys had gone, but I know they will return to help us again. Gracias Mckenzies
We have gone to green now. That signifies normalcy. However masks and hand sanitizer and temperatures are still taken when going in the grocery store or a restaurant
Cruise ships are back and the taxi cabs are running nonstop trying to get the US dollars. The main street and the cruise pier shops are open, but still not a whole lot of people. Senor Frogs seems to be doing ok and HOOTERS is open too.
Starting November 1 we have a terrific bunch of Pelicans returning. Many of the Usual Suspect bunch will be coming in so there will be a lot of good times both on the boats and at the cocktail hour and dinner get together s. All of our staff are looking forward to seeing old friends again.
We are also starting to get our beloved Canadians back. John and Erin, Shawn and Sherry, Joan and of course Tank–it has been a long time and we have missed you guys.
Hotel rooms are getting to be at a premium especially when the Iron man competition is here (some time before Thanksgiving). Keep checking flight schedules and contact Jeanie for more info and room availability. Of course I will be here too, so COME ON DOWN.