Yesterday had turned into an unplanned rest day. We got lots of paper research done and even some ground was covered but the highlight of the day was the expedition meal. More “Matienzo July/August 2013, Pt 3”
Over a late breakfast we noticed another brush fire, maybe they are quite common out here at this time of year? Anyway it wasn’t between us and the cave so off we went. More “Matienzo July/August 2013, Pt 2”
After not achieving what we wanted on our last visit the two of us are back for more, firm in our belief that we will make progress, hopefully. With unusually hot weather in the UK we are a bit worried about how hot it will get here, in fact we have already seen our first bush fire. It was a small fire but such things can turn into big fires.
Having arrived at midday on Sunday we went around saying hello to various people and somehow ended up in the same bar that served us such interesting soup at the end of our last visit. We didn’t eat.
Today we shifted all the dive kit into Wild Mare cave. Water levels are unsurprising low, both out and in the cave, so we are able to use the far dive base. Diving through sump of the wild eels in clear viz was a pleasure. Spread across the floor of the sump, on top of the silt layer, was some sort of growth pattern with small tendrils standing up between 5 and 10 mm high. After surfacing and clambering around in the rifts the ladder was rigged down through the breakthrough window. We recovered the kit that had been left behind last time and all was well. We then went on to look at the water in AGM bypass. It was clear, crystal clear. Prospects look good for tomorrow.
What follows was an email I sent to Pete, he thinks it will make a good blog post, I am not so sure. So, if you are in any way offended, upset or put off your dinner by this post please contact Tish who will no doubt deal with Pete in the correct manner.
So on our last day the ferry doesn’t leave until 8pm and we had to be out of the flat for midday. We drove around looking at sites and overflowing, muddy rivers. We stopped at a bar for food, our Spanish isn’t quite up to the job but we got the message across between the two of us using a mixture of Spanish words and animal noises. We ordered soup followed by steak. When the soup arrived we looked at it and it looked back. We understand now that a Spanish waitress will laugh when an English person orders ‘traditional mountain soup’ – it’s made from the soft bits of a sheep skull (all of them).
And Pete, I can only apologize for the lack of photographs in this post.
On Tuesday evening we attended the expedition dinner which, being held in a Spanish bar, started quite late. More “The Dam Water”
After several months away from Spain Jim and I could take the suspense no longer. We returned to Matienzo, our goal being to find where the water flows into lake Buttermere in the Toca la Vaca system. More “Return to the Dam Bypass”
Having found a muddy chamber yesterday we dived in through to Whitworth series with only one O-ring related incident which was quickly sorted. More “(Not Really) Making New Ground”
Having had to walk away from the upstream sump in the Whitworth series in Torca La Vaca when we ran out of time on our previous visit to the Matienzo area both Jim and I were keen to return. More “Whitworth Upstream”