Diving Cozumel at Scuba Club Day 5

This was a perfect dive day; the water was great, and I saw some great stuff. The SCUBA II crew was excellent. I wasn’t able to get too close to the shark. The current was strong, but the turtle was in a perfect spot.

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Diving Cozumel at Scuba Club Night Dive

Another excursion dive we got was the night dive. This was a great dive; the water was great, and I saw some great stuff. The dive crew was excellent. I found a new light at my local trift shop before we left and it was well worth the $7 I paid LOL

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Diving Cozumel at Scuba Club Day 3

This was a perfect dive day; the water was great, and I saw some great stuff. The SCUBA II crew was excellent. Today we dove through some caves in the coral. Seen some beautaful coral and fish.

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Diving Cozumel at Scuba Club Day 2

Day 2 started great; waking up to this view every morning is fantastic.

Today’s dives were great; I got to see some great coral walls and tunnels.

The Wreck Dive

I was signed up for a wreck dive in the afternoon. This is my first wreck dive, and it went very well. I was worried at first, but once I was there, it was amazing.

HISTORY OF THE C-53 WRECK

The C-53 was built in Tampa in 1944 at the Wilson Marine Ship Works. It was built as a mine sweeper for service during World War II and named under Scuffles. After the war in 1946, it was decommissioned.

In 1962, the C-53 was discharged and sold to the Mexican Navy. It was converted into an Admiral Class Gunboat and retitled ARM General Felipe Xicoténcatl (C53). It was named after Felipe Santiago Xicoténcatl, who was a General in the Mexican Army.

The C-53 was purchased to guard the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea in Search & Rescue operations. In addition to providing surveillance of illegal arms and drug trafficking.

Felipe Xicoténcatl (Cozumel C-53 shipwreck) provided 37 years of assistance to the Mexican Navy and finally retired in 1999.

DEPTH

(50′-70’/15m-21m)

DIMENSIONS

The C-53 is 184 feet (56 meters) long and 33 feet (10 meters) wide. It was sunk to the bottom of the Caribbean perfectly upright. It rests on the seabed 70 feet (21 meters) from the surface.

The Cozumel C-53 wreck stands 40 feet (12 meters) from the seabed, permitting divers to reach the wreckage by descending 30 feet (9 meters) from the surface.

LOCATION

It was sunk in Cozumel in June of 2000.

The location chosen for the wreck is just offshore from Chankanaab Park. The site was selected for many reasons, including easy access for divers in an area sheltered from strong currents. It was lodged on a giant sand bar where the ship would not cause any damage to the existing reef structures.

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Diving Cozumel at Scuba Club Day 1

So this being my second trip to Mexico, this was my first time to Cozumel, and five days of diving to look forward to. We had arrived the day before at the Scuba Club Resort and did a quick dive to test weights and gear.

The dive boat leaves at 8 am, and I was at the dock at 7:30, LOL, heading out on two tank dives. Getting back in the saltwater was great, but I sucked down both tanks pretty quickly while readjusting and dealing with my dive partner. It was her first real saltwater dive. Overall the dive was bland, with nothing of note, pretty murky water.

The Food

After the dive, we got cleaned up and started into town. The day before, we got caught in the rain and stopped at a restaurant in the tourist zone; that was a mistake. So today, we ventured into town away from the cruise ships and resorts and ended up at Taqueria Diaz 100% at v. Lic. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell 150, 10 de Abril, 77600 San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico.

OMG this place was AMAZING, we both ate and had a drink. and the bill was $12. Needless to say we ate it alot on the trip, and hope to go back. I found the weather most agreeable, a nice 85f. The people were very nice in general, the ventors in the tourist zones are very pushy and just have to walk by and dont engage.

All in all the first day was great start.

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Peter Luger Steak House Review

Peter Luger Steak House is located at 178 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I stopped in for lunch, and wow, is that good? I give it high marks. The food is fundamental but excellent. The steak comes out on a hot plate and sizzling. It tasted great; at the end, I was getting stared down by this cute little Japanese lady; I grabbed the bone and started gnawing on it like a good American, LOL. She said something frantically to the other lady, and she looked LOL. It was worth it.

Order a slice of bacon if you’re ever in and need a nice fix before your food. It’s so fricking good. The flavor just jumps up and pops you in the mouth. You won’t regret it. The place is pricey, but it’s pretty good not a place I will freqent a lot but on occasion.

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Kickin it in New York City/Queens

I spent a few days running around NY. Stopped into some incredible places. I mainly walk around and eat, LOL. I flew in on a Wednesday and booked a little Airbnb in Astoria. All I can say is, wow. This place was crazy, and no heater. I was freezing the whole time, LOL.

American Museum of Natural History

Made a trip over to the Natural History Museum. I have always wanted to go; lots to see could spend days there, but alas. I pushed through, lucky not too many people. They have some great exhibits; I was not disappointed at all.

Hookah Louges

One of my favorite things to do is smoke my hookah and relax. So we stayed a few blocks down from the middle eastern side of town. I got to kill some time trying the flavors and food in the area. Layali Beirut is a Lebanese Restaurant I found and love. The atmosphere is great, the smoke is good, and the food is fantastic.

I tried another more local one, old Arab men playing board games. We sat outside and smoked and had tea. Kelly asked for some Maramiya. Then the owner came out and asked where we came from, asking for that tea, LOL. It was perfect. People were amiable and relaxed. Every time I go to NY, it’s very comfortable for me, with no issues.

Family Time

So after about ten years, I’m in a position to see my brother, who lives in upstate NY. So I bought some tickets for Sunday. I asked him to meet me in Albany. The trip up was excellent. I like seeing the NY countryside. He picked us up and the bus station, and we went and had lunch. Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat, Chat.

It was an excellent visit, and he dropped us off a few hours after arriving. Then back to the city we went.

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Carnival Caribbean Liberty Cruise Review

Review coming soon

Carnival Caribbean Cruise Princess Cays Port

On day two, we made it to the private beach; on Princess Cays, we were one of the first ones off and on the beach. We had rented a clam shell umbrella, so we jumped in once we got it and laid out our stuff. The beach was beautiful, and the water was warm; the hurricane pushed clouds around, so we had quick rain bursts.

After about an hour and the ship was unloaded, the area was covered in people; the food sucked at the food court and wasn’t really nice. We ventured around and off the tourist area a bit to look around. The locals in another place, swimming and cooking out, smelled so good.

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Carnival Caribbean 4 Day Cruise w/ Nassau Port

For many years I have had people pressuring me to go on a cruise. I’m pretty private, not fond of crowds, and not a club person. So my partner finally got me talked into trying it. This is only a quick cruise with a couple of stops.

So after we spent a day in Coco Beach Flordia before the cruise, we boarded the ship, got settled in, and went to the top to watch the launch. That was fun. I love the water, and moving out to sea on a large ship is fun as far as the boat goes…. not my cup of tea but going to make the best of it. I got the soda drink package and not the alcohol cause I don’t particularly appreciate drinking that much in unfamiliar places.

The Port

The first port was Nassau; we arrived the following day; once off the ship walked around the tourist area. I visited the Pirate Museum, which was very overrated. We walked around the city and saw the place. I ventured to the Queen’s Staircase and Fort, which was excellent. I loved all the buildings and houses. The views were amazing. The staircase named to celebrate the 65 years of Queen Victoria’s rule, these limestone stairs flanked by a waterfall are an important landmark in the nation’s capital.

As we headed back to the dock, we started to look for food, and google maps pointed us out to some touristy places. Kelly spots a local on road waiting for something, and asked him about whats best. He points at a door in a ally behind us, and says thats the best, great food that were locals go. Hey, either gonna get some good food or get rolled, eithere way its all a experiance LOL. OMMFG. score. We walk in this tiny place with a couple people sitting at the 3 or 4 tables and sit at the bar.

We ordered the redfish and waited, waited, and waited, LOL. One lady ran this place in the back and was backed up but sweet. We got the food, and wow, it was so fricken good. Weeks since we left, I still crave it; it will stop there again.

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