Report #4 of the EJIDO JACINTO PAT EXPLORATION EXPEDITION
Monday, June 10th. Third of Exploration.
We got hit all day with rain.
A tropical storm moved into the Yucatan coast. I'll take a tropical storm
anyday over a hurricane. Rain makes things sloppy but it keeps everything
This third day went super smooth. Most everybody is getting into the "groove".
I hiked out to Basecamp to help with surface support. It's been two weeks
since I was last out there. The Basecamp was 1000% improved. Beautiful!
Everyone is impressed. The portable compressor is running like a champ.
Macco - our full time cook has set up a kitchen that the Waldorf Hotel in NYC
would be envious of.
Kevin Renton, Pierre Turgeon, Buddy Quattlbaum and the Mayans have really
shined. Benches for tanks. Tarps everywhere to protect everything from the
Generator system that charges all batteries without a hitch. I was impressed.
Buddy has a system for divers entering the water with assignments. Each
explorer has a specific task in hand.
I studied Rosemary's map of all the lines that have been installed. She
as of Sunday night we have put in 19,500 feet of line. Monday we added 2500
feet of line with one team - Ed Grossenbacher of Austin, Texas still out. Buddy
calls him the "electric Eel". This guy delivers. Ex-student of Jim Bowden.
27 years old and
spending the summer in Akumal. Rookie two weeks ago. Now a seasoned pro.
Rosemary's map was impressive.
We have one huge trunk line going west. It is called "Frontierland". To get
there, automatic scooter with two stage bottles. We have four divers
specifically being underwater cave sherpas hauling extra stage bottles 2,000
Paul Heinerth and Jill Rabjohn put in 680 feet with Brian Kukak (I mispelled his
named before) added 750 on top of it. Big, gorgeous, beautiful cave passage.
Bian's lined pushed the distance past 5,500 feet. We he turned he was
up a hill and reached 9 feet in depth, black dirt with lots of catfish swimming
around. Our miracle we have been praying for may happen today. A Cenote!
We need a Cenote so we can leapfrog ahead. Traditionally, in the past, we have
always hit a cenote within 7,000 feet of any direction. We think today will be
We have the Mayans ready to make a trail.
Today, we hope the cenote we dream for will come true. We are now at 140,000
feet approximate total for DOS JOS. The connection on Saturday by Brian Kukak
between Macco's marvels (M1) and Cenote Kentucky Castle has kept us on schedule
and we are still a few days ahead of our planned schedule. But, you never know
what's going to happen. That's the game of exploration. You never know until