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Aug 26, 2012 - Ruins and rocks! 

We got the boat from caye caulker to chetamul the southern port of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo... The security here was 10 times more intense than the states, a theme which continued all the way up the coast as there was armed guards with machine guns and Uzis everywhere, but for now we had to line up opposite our bags while sniffer dogs gave everything the once over!! We ended up sharing a people carrier the whole way to tulum and the beach outside of the town where we checked out the cabanas... Which were far too out of our price...

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Jun 27, 2012 - Cozumel, Mexico

The Mayans considered Cozumel sacred to the Moon Goddess, Ixchel, and women would make regular pilgrimages there to pay tribute and to wish for fertility in return. The Spanish arrived in 1518, bringing diseases that wiped out the Mayans and left the island all but deserted by 1570. It was an outpost for pirates until 1848, when war in the Yucatan drove refugees to settle there. A boom in visitors to the island came after 1959, when Jacques Cousteau publicized Cozumel's coral reefs among the best in the world for scuba diving. In 2005 we...

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Apr 19, 2012 - Puerto Morelos

Travelled by bus today to Puerto Morelos, which is very close to Cancun. We are staying at a place called Kinsol. Kinsol consists of eight little houses close together, connected with winding paths and lots of trees. It reminds me of a tiny medieval village. The lobby is located in the centre and is also the owner’s cooking area. There is a bookcase of books for exchange and maps and other local information. The place is rustic but quite nice. The owners live in one of the little houses near the gate and the other seven are for rent.

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Apr 18, 2012 - Back to Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Up early this morning to look for birds. Saw several Turquoise-browed Motmots which are a very pretty bird with a strange tail. The long tail has feathers about half way down, then a large bald spot, then a group of feathers again at the tip. Sometimes they swing their tail back and forth and they look like some kind of a bird clock on the wall with the pendulum swinging below. Lovely birds. I saw a strange bird that I had never seen before in person nor in the books and I was totally unfamiliar with it. It was about the size of a pigeon....

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Apr 16, 2012 - Kantemo

Today we went by bus to the village of Diziuche (pronounced dee-see-uchay). From there we took a taxi the village of Kantemo, which is not far but is off the highway and the busses don’t go there. In Kantemo we rented a little wooden cabin and a couple of mountain bikes. More about our time in Kantemo tomorrow.

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Apr 12, 2012 - Felipe Carrillo Puerto

It has been scorching hot for the past week. Two days ago we had a rainstorm and now it is a bit cooler. We have been taking life easy at Jim and Polly’s house in Bacalar. Thank you Jim and Polly for your hospitality. It has been great and I really appreciate it. Today we went by bus to the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Hope to find some birds here. Felipe Carrillo Puerto was the governor of the Mexican state of Yucatan. He was assassinated in 1924. Strange that the town named after him is in the state of Quintana Roo and not in the...

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Apr 6, 2012 - Back in Bacalar, Mexico once again.

I made a mistake by not getting out of Belize before the Easter weekend. Everything is shut down. Normally there are busses every 30 minutes or so. Today there are only two. The first one leaves at 11:20 a.m. That would get us into Belize City about 2:30 p.m. Too late to catch a connecting bus to Mexico. We would have to spend the night in Belize City which I don’t want to do. Another option is to stay another night in San Ignacio. There will be more busses on Saturday. Still not as many as normal but more than today. But all the...

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Apr 4, 2012 - Mayakoba- Spring Break 2012

Reese's first spring break! The Rosewood at Mayakoba We were on our way home from a New Years trip to Kiawah, when I got the itch for the next vacation! We decided it was time for our little one to get her passport. We spent the whole car ride home trying to figure out an easy but warm travel destination with a 7 month old. Yes, this was a challenge. We have many years ahead of us to visit a kid/family friendly hotel. This being said, I wanted to stay somewhere nice that was baby friendly. After a few week of research ( you know I loved...

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Mar 11, 2012 - morning in mexico

Early morning is the prettiest. Each tide brings in and takes away treasures. Aling with shells and rocks, cone every sort of plastic garbage you could imagine. Yet, nature has its filter. The seaweed drys, waves wash over, snag the trash and beach cleaners haul away to some undisclosed location. I checked weather on michigan. Only 10-15 degrees warmer. VERY strange for sure. Hardly met any americans. Not even a lot if students on spring break. Mostly canadians. Lots of american folks have retirement homes along the shore line. Tourism is...

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Mar 10, 2012 - sunset over Isla Mujeres

Ola, life today is easy and good. How to vacation on a budget in mexico? Check in as the next door fol are chcking out, graciously gave me enough groceries to last til monday. Wandered thru lical village to tiny mercado and found beans n rice, yogurt to ward off any tourista issues, and queso fresco to top ioff beans and rice. Girl scout camping one-pot.meals experience comes in handy. Watched the sun set and these are the photis i added tonight. Am pondering posdibilites for work and life ince i get him. Realizing hiw much i miss...

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Mar 10, 2012 - cancun and isla mujeres

Arrived iat marriott. Most beautiful. Recommend priceline for sure. Had to experience walmart. City buses 8.5 pesos. Great way to see. Real city. Ate queso empanada at local foid stall. Argentinaian, got receipe fir mist amaxing pesto, by using spanish dictionary and digb language. Cancun.... Self indulgent day, baked in sun, abd ordered chaise lounge servuce. Beer abd hot dig. Hot dog, stuffed w swuss cheese, wrapped in bacon, with avocate. Dragged my very relaxed self to city bus to try to find way to puerto juarez, at rush hour. Not a...

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Mar 5, 2012 - Cozumel

The trip from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico was unique. No one got seasick, but strong winds hit the side of the ship just so and it rode at an angle that made us think of the poor Concordia on her side off the coast of Italy. We did our usual vigorous deck walk trying to burn off a few of the millions of calories we had consumed and it felt like we were walking on a roller coaster track. A large stack of bowls crashed to the ground in the buffeteria (luckily they were plastic) and the ice skatng show was cancelled. The captain struggled a...

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