Every year, usually around August, our Camino Global T2 Team, the 21 OHMS, fulfills our annual objective of having a team-building retreat. While all four of our families have just gotten our fill of being away from our own beds and homes and of Convocation and perhaps other opportunities to rest a little, after looking over the calendar and comparing notes, we all realized it was now or never.
So, this past Sunday we tried to keep our commitments to a minimum and headed out in the afternoon for a short 80 minute drive to an old Mexican water “resort.” I use quotation marks because one must not have an American sense of “resort” in your mind or you’ll miss the true scenario.
First, it’s relatively cheap. We had a spacious tiled floor room with three double beds. We brought a couple of fans (there is no air conditioning), pillows, water to drink, a hot plate, etc. The toilet doesn’t come with a lid. Fancy, no?!? The concrete wall of the bathroom seeped water from somewhere in the concrete but easily solved with a couple of towels. The balcony was private except the next room over had fairly easy access to it as well. The balcony door didn’t lock, of course. The beds were old spring mattresses that would probably be uncomfortable for a fly to sleep on them.
Anyway, these aren’t really complaints as much as simply explaining, for $600 pesos a night (a little under $50), we were basically getting our money’s worth…but not a whole lot more! However, we really enjoy the place and they do keep it clean and they are good about disinfecting the pools and bathrooms every day.
They have a few slides (a couple of them were even open to use!) and a couple of large swimming areas, several soaking “tubs” (which I dubbed “pee pots” since they’re usually filled with a bunch of little kids), and a children’s water play area. The water comes gushing in from thermal springs and is plentiful. It’s simply fascinating to watch them drain, scrub, and refill these large pools every other day (alternating between the two big pools each day).
We had a great time together and celebrated one of our team MKs 13th birthday complete with a grocery store cake that announced, “Happy Birthay Kendra!” Yes, “Birthay” (see photo below). I figured they didn’t have enough icing to put in more than one “d.” Kendra is our team’s 2nd teenager (after Cameron who turned 14 this past June).
Here are some pics. If you’d like to visit this park (El Tephe), come visit and we’ll take you if we can. It’s a nice diversion.