Thursday, August 26, 2010

R & R

Ahhh...I just had the best vacation of my life! Sheldon and I treated ourselves to a vacation just because WE NEEDED IT! Thanks to the stress of life we were barely hanging on just waiting for this trip to come, and now that we have been medicated with 7 days in Mexico we feel so much better. This is a long post and there are a lot of pictures but this is a glimpse.

Day 1: Destination, Puerto Morelos, MEXICO

Puerto Morelos is a little fishing village on the Mayan Riviera just outside Cancun. We loved our resort because it was quiet and away from all the commercialization.

Here we are in the air, on our way!

These are some of the first pictures of our vacation at the beach!

Day 2: Relaxation ONLY

Getting ready to casually explore the resort and go to the beach.

This is part of our resort, which we LOVED.

I snapped this picture of this hot guy in the lobby of the resort ;)

My first pina colada...I loved this chair by the way

Lunch by the beach.

Dressed for our first dinner...Japanese it was!

Sheldon catching the shrimp tossed by the chef.

Day 3: Craziness

So, Sheldon insisted we go on this wild adventure in the jungle, and that is just what we did. Our first stop was repelling. I don't normally have a problem with repelling but when it is in the middle of an exotic jungle, with a 50 ft cliff, with people who don't understand what I am saying and vise versa then I have a problem. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with this excursion but we couldn't turn back. We did it and survived.

This is a Mayan priest who blessed us because we were considered strangers in their land.

Next, was zip lining across the jungle-this was awesome.

Next, Kayaking. Again, I don't normally have a problem with kayaking but our tour guide was so kind to educate us on the wildlife of their jungle which included: spider monkeys, jaguars, and crocodiles-just to name three of the several he told us about. I wasn't concerned about crocodiles until he brought us to this swap land and advised us, "DO NOT get out of your kayak, DO NOT tip over." But then he told us not to worry because the crocodiles only hunt at night...WHATEVER!!! I was kind of freaking out. I let Sheldon paddle and I tired to distract myself by taking pictures the whole time...and yes we did see some crocodiles.

Whew! We made out of the water and back on to land only to hike a few miles through the jungle. No crocodiles to worry about here, just jaguars; thank goodness we didn't see any of those. The jungle was green, lush and breathtaking.

Next, exploring a cenote. Cenotes are water filled sinkholes in the earth. We had to descend down into a cave-like hole in the ground to get to this cenote. Once we were down in the cenote we could see stalactites and stalagmites and there was amazingly clear water with healing minerals, or that is what the Mayan people believe.

Next, eating an authentic Mayan lunch in a small Mayan village.

And finally, exploring the Mayan ruin Coba.

Coba is the only temple ruin in Mexico they still allow you to climb. It stands almost 140 ft tall. The climb is a good workout, the view from the top is stunning, and the climb down is enough to make you dizzy and sick...even if you aren't afraid of heights.

We were POOPED at the end of this day!

Day 4: Snorkeling at a barrier reef

Just goofing off before our snorkel adventure.

For this excursion we were taken about 10 minutes from our resort to this amazing beach. We jumped on a boat and went two miles from shore into the ocean to a barrier reef and did some awesome snorkeling.

Jesus visited Mexico while we were there...haha, ok I am totally joking but doesn't this picture look like he is about to appear? It was so beautiful.

Washing off the saltwater and sand and spraying Sheldon with the hose :)

I told you we saw crocodiles. Look closely, can you see them?

Could resist, and I don't know what is up with the sudden underlining of this sentence???

Day 5: More Relaxation

Well, I relaxed and Sheldon kayaked.

Going to another dinner.

Walking on the beach at night. I am not sure what I am doing but I look like I am having fun.

Playing card games in the room.

Haha, these pictures make me laugh. Something about being on vacation makes jumping on the bed fun and OK, even though we are in our late 20's. :)

Day 6: Tulum

Tulum is another ancient ruin civilization. Touring this was one of the highlights of the trip.

The ruins are all on top of a cliff, and this is what is below the cliff...stunning beach and ocean.

These guys were everywhere. This one was kind of scary, I don't think he liked being photographed.

Back at the resort and making sad faces because it was our last day :( :( :(

Our last night spending time on the beach.

Day 6: Farewell

These are just some random pictures I shot on our last day. There was nothing happy about this day, excepting maybe going home to my Harli, but nothing else.

That's all! If you are considering a Mexican vacation, we highly recommended this!