Swimming beneath the earth

Do you know what it is like to follow a tree root, all the way down, to the root of the root, beneath the earth, to its water source? Or to hear the water in the belly of the earth gurgling, bubbling, moving, dripping? We found out what this was like yesterday, during our trip to the cenote Sac Actun. We snorkeled through caves filled with very cold fresh water, and looking up, saw thousands of stalagmites and stalactites, and bats swooping overhead. We saw tree roots hanging from the ceiling of the cave, dipping into the fresh water. Looking down, into the blue green crystal clear water, we could see pitch black openings that lead to the underground underwater cave system, where divers can traverse over 198 miles of underground caves. Sistema Sac Actun is the second largest underground cave system in the world. Looking into these black openings into an underground world, there is a sense similar to being in the ocean - that we are so small and surrounded by so many unknown wonders. It is magical and wonderful and terrifying all at once. Emerging from the cave, we swam directly on the edge of the jungle, seeing the trees and smelling the fresh scent that can only be described as fresh earth. Small fish swam by, and a few cray fish could be seen. It was absolutely magical. 

 

What a way to begin the month of October! I said "Rabbit Rabbit" as soon as I woke up yesterday, and I am already feeling the good luck! As we left the cenote, we saw two gorgeous gray foxes crossing the road. What an amazing world we live in! If you ever feel that the world is not amazing, save every last penny you have, and go somewhere like this. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to share this experience with Sarah, Michael, Diana, and Alejandro. 

 

Back in Akumal, we floated in the ocean and watched the sun set slowly, watched the clouds change and the birds fly overhead with a 360 degree view. We spotted nearby turtles coming up for air every few minutes. Absolute magic. 

Emerging from the caves of Sac Actun! 

Emerging from the caves of Sac Actun! 

Sac Actun Caves from the surface. 

Sac Actun Caves from the surface. 

Emerging from the caves! 

Emerging from the caves! 

A blue butterfly taking off. 

A blue butterfly taking off.