Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I'd Like to Be Under the Sea


Greetings dear readers, way past time for an update from me, I know. Life is good and getting better, Ex-Hubby has moved out, Max and I are adjusting well to the separation and my parents are here for their yearly visit, spoiling us rotten. They are visiting for three weeks and while it is time for us to be together as a family, it's also their vacation, so when they asked me to find a deal on an escape, I just had to comply (I wasn't that hard to convince and had two weeks vacation from work coming to me). We left the big city last week and headed down south to the Riviera Maya to an all inclusive resort for some R & R. I have a whole review in my head, the good, the bad and the ugly, but really all I can think about is one thing.....the snorkeling.

Green Moray Eel

A couple of days before we left I was hanging out in the "adults only" area of the resort (not XXX adults only, get your minds out of the gutter), when I saw the lifeguard going in to the water with a small spear. I asked him (in Spanish) if he was hunting lionfish and he laughed and said he was just going to check out the lay of the land. He came out with a big smile and said it was "para morirse" ("to die for"). I asked how much for equipment rental and snorted at the resort price and shrugged my shoulders. We chatted a bit and he said "Hold on", went off for a few minutes and came back with mask and fins for me (no charge) and said "Let's go". I guess a smile and a little flirtation gets you a discount.


As soon as we hit the water I was really kind of blown away. I certainly did not expect the kind of life I was seeing just off the shore of a big resort. I've been fortunate enough to snorkel the reefs many times but have never found good spots just walking in from land (Akumal being the only exception). This area was TEEMING with life, we saw a big barracuda right away, and more than just the usual ranks of sergeant majors that we see everywhere down here. Many kinds of butterfly fish and angels, blue tangs, a few kinds of grunts, a huge green moray and the best of the best (for me), a lone lionfish! Lots of coral formations and even new coral growth, in crystal clear water. The freedom of snorkeling without a life jacket was divine (when on the reefs it's a federal law that you must wear them), I was able to dive down, get up close and personal to the lobsters hiding under the rocks and the shy moray in his hidey hole.

Queen Triggerfish

I went out three different times with Emilio the lifeguard, just the two of us (one trip with a lovely young lady from New York), and for me it was pure bliss. As much as I love snorkeling, doing it with a group (of beginners, ahem) I always feel like I am being held back, "Stay with the group!" is a phrase that makes me grind my teeth. Here I was able to explore on my own or stick close to Emilio as he pointed out things I had missed. In this time after the separation, I am doing a lot of reflecting on who I am, what I am doing, and what makes me happy. The revelation I had last week is that I BELONG under the water. The feelings that arise in me are almost impossible to put into words, bliss, passion, amazement, excitement, adrenaline, relaxation and a connection to the entire planet. Everyone has their "thang" that brings them joy, that makes them feel as though they have meaning and belong and I know that being in the sea is mine. I have made solemn promise to myself that I will be in the water even more often than in the past. If I can find a place to snorkel every weekend, I know that life will be alright. I'm going to investigate getting certified to scuba dive and am checking out classes for Max to do the same (seems he can start when he is seven years old).

Mermaid Canuck

I have had The Beatles song in my head for almost a week now....seems that Ringo Starr was reading my mind even before I was born.....

"I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden in the shade
He'd let us in, knows where we've been
In his octopus' garden in the shade

I'd ask my friends to come and see
An octopus' garden with me
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden in the shade.

We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus' garden near a cave

We would sing and dance around
because we know we can't be found
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden in the shade

We would shout and swim about
The coral that lies beneath the waves
(Lies beneath the ocean waves)
Oh what joy for every girl and boy
Knowing they're happy and they're safe
(Happy and they're safe)

We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden with you."


Dr George Leddick said...

Under the sea
We're all carefree
We sing off tune
Look like a prune
Want to go back soon!

Heather said...

Love al of this. I knew you loved water and sand never knew it was under water. I will have to try this out because i get those feelings when im in the ocean with big waves, maybe i belong under the sea too. You make a beautiful mermaid and im so excited to hear such joy in your writing again.

Croft said...

what a great plan! Go for it and get certified. I dove when I was young (self taught) but gave it up when I needed to get certified to buy air in Canada. I got my back up and refused, thinking (knowing) I was better than the instructors. One of my bigger mistakes!

Unknown said...

So sorry to hear about your breakup. Getting under the water can be very healing. Planning on getting certified too. For now snorkeling will have to do. So, at which resort was this? Coming down in a couple of weeks and would love to snorkel from the beach.

BlueSky said...

I love this so much! Snorkeling is truely a magical experience. I'm so glad you are getting out there and having fun. Where is this place so we can check it out?

Steve Cotton said...

If envy was not an ugly emotion, I would confess. But I miss the type of snorkeling you have on your coast. Ours is OK. And that's it.

Anna said...

Although I was already certified, I really immersed myself in diving after a breakup. It is tremendously healing. I'm now an instructor (albeit temporarily grounded due to pregnancy). Diving is amazing and will open a whole new world to you. Max is still a little young. You need to be 10 to be junior open water certified, but he can do bubble maker, which is limited in depth to 5 or 6 feet - usually in a pool. Its also a great way to make new friends and a new group of friends - good for embarking on a new life. Keep us updated on your progress. If you are not certified by October come to Coz and I'll certify you at a discounted rate and give Max a try in the pool:)


Anna said...

Oh and even though I am pregnant I still make it my business to snorkel for around an hour almost every day. Great exercise for your body as well as fixing your head!

KfromMichigan said...

I am so happy for you! Enjoy life and do exactly what you want. Nothing to tie you down .. you and Max are free! Enjoy many beach weekends.

CancunCanuck said...

Dr. George- Oh how I want to go back to being a prune soon! :)

Heather- I highly recommend it, better than any anti-depressant out there, haha!

Croft- Sorry to hear you missed out, I hope not to make the same mistake. Looking for a good deal for cert now. :)

beentravelin- This was at the Occidental Grand Xcaret. There are not many places where you can snorkel right off shore, but I do recommend the town of Akumal, the main beach is "famous" for snorkeling, lots of turtles usually. The Yal Ku lagoon in Akumal is stunning too.

Blue Sky- It is truly magical! This was the Occidental Grand Xcaret, as I mentioned to beentravelin, not many places for great offshore snorkeling, usually takes a trip to the reef, I was pleasantly surprised to have this incredible experience.

Steve- I am incredibly lucky to live in one of the best areas in the world for snorkeling, I appreciate it everyday. I know the west coast simply cannot compare. Hope you can pay a visit soon.

Anna- Congrats on the pregnancy!! So true that snorkeling/diving is good at "fixing the head", it has done wonders for me. We'll have to pay you a visit in Cozumel. Best of luck with the pregnancy, I am so happy for you!

KfromMichigan- Thanks amiga, we are free and we're going to have an amazing time together!

Unknown said...

Looks like you're having a great time!

Unknown said...

Hi Kelly...can you shed some light on safety in Tulum..we are doing a family trip coming into Cancun and driving down to Tulum..my hubby and I have been there before but this time coming with 2 other families and kids...mommy getting nervous...my friend has researched and feels fine coming..just wanted someones opinion that lives there...thanks so much!

Andrés Lee said...

Those images under the sea are great! i Will be in Cancun in June.

Danielle said...

hi! i love your blog, totally obsessed! i'm going to visit playa del carmen next week and am SOOO excited. Can i ask what kind of camera you use for underwater photos? they come out great! thank you!! danielle luchner

CancunCanuck said...

Yikes, missed comments! Sorry all, ooops.

Kris, I had a blast!

klabaj, Tulum is SOOOOOO safe, quiet little town, no worries at all!

Andres, hope you are having/had a great trip!f

Danielle, thanks for the kind words, I am blushing! I use a simple digital camera in a special underwater casing, it's years old now, I am looking at the "GoPro Hero" as my upgrade, check it out, not overly priced at all! Have a great trip!

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