Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Year of the Get Out of Cancun Road Trip

Being January 31st (ahem, edit that to December, thanks Scott!), I think we all take some time to reflect on the year past and all that it has brought. We've watched Max turn from a baby into a big boy. We lost our kitty Changa and gained our lovely brothers Buzz and Ziggy. We survived a nasty hurricane season without incident. We suffered some lows, as most everyone else did and we came out the other side with a smile. Mostly what I think about is all the adventures we've had. Our good fortune brought a car into our lives this year and we took great advantage, exploring Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Peninsula more than we ever could before. This by far was the best thing about 2008, discovering new places, some touristy, some off the beaten track, all with something incredible to offer. Here's a wrap up of just some of the wonderful family times we had in the "Year of the Get Out of Cancun Road Trip". *(clicking the links takes you to original posts about that destination, clicking the pics enlarges them)

Merida- One of the first road trips we took and one of our favourites. Merida is a beautiful Colonial town with an amazing history and a trip I highly recommend. We loved the zoo and the horse drawn carriage ride, can't wait to go back and see more, and perhaps catch up with Theresa and see the Jonna and Mimi's new/old house!

Tulum- Tulum is a small town south of Playa del Carmen famous for its spectacular ruins set on the ocean. We spent Father's Day visiting the ruins and playing on the incredible beach. We had a terrific trip, this was one of the most beautiful places we visited all year.

Akumal- We visited Akumal a couple of times this year and really enjoyed ourselves. The first trip was the best, we got to hang out with Jonna and Mimi and do some fantastic snorkeling right off the beach. I will never forget my giant barracuda encounter and Hubby will always have his sea turtle memories.

Isla Mujeres- Technically not a "road" trip as the "road" is actually the sea, but a day trip nonetheless. Isla Mujeres has long been a favourite weekend destination for us, Max learned how to walk on Playa Norte and our good friend and fellow blogger Wayne lives there, great reasons to visit! This year's Latin American Blogger Meetup went off without a hitch on Isla, a fine time was had by all.

Puerto Morelos- One of our favourite destinations, Puerto Morelos is only 30 minutes away from Cancun and offers some of the best beaches in the area. With numerous visits this year, it's like our home away from home. If we were to ever win the lottery, buying a place here would be near the top of the list of things to do with our millions.

Isla Blanca- This is probably the place we visited most often, top of our convenient beach list. Isla Blanca is about 30 minutes outside of Cancun, undeveloped, rustic, clean beautiful beach. With its lack of hotels and tourists, we were often the only people there which makes it our very own private beach (or so we like to think).

Isla Holbox- This was by far my favourite road trip of the year. Isla Holbox is one of the most incredibly beautiful, peaceful, relaxing places I have ever visited. I really want to keep it a secret, any development on this little piece of paradise would be a crying shame, I want it to stay the same forever. I am dying to return, it's a place that gives me chills, sets my heart aflutter and makes me feel all warm and gooey inside. Holbox wins my "Trip of the Year" award, congratulations tiny island!

There you have it, a sampling of the Canucka family's life in 2008. There were more adventures of course, we had some incredible experiences, this is just a tiny peek into what kind of trouble we got into this past year.

I've got a "to visit" list ready to go for 2009, can't wait to share our new experiences with you! We're hoping that we'll be able to hit Vallodolid, Bacalar, Majahual and Sian Kaan, all pretty easy road trips from here. Dream trip would be the chance to visit Campeche or Chiapas and if all goes well we'll make the journey to Hubby's home town of Puebla this year (though we won't attempt the 24 hours of driving!)

A big special thank you to all my readers for hanging in with me in 2008, I truly appreciate all the support and comments, the new friends I've made and the adventures I read about in all your blogs. I wish you all an incredibly Happy New Year and may 2009 put the wind at your back, the sun on your face and sand between your toes.

Much love, see you next year,


Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your 2009 updates, especially if you make it to Chiapas. The New York Times Frugal Travel did some nice blog posts last month about his experiences there.

Scott Bulger Photography said...

I'm pretty sure that today is December 31st and not January 31st.

The best of new years to you! I'm looking forward to all of your new explorations.

jeanie said...

Kelly, I don't comment often but I want you to know how much I've enjoyed every blog entry you have made. All the best to you and yours in '09.

Frankly Ronda said...

Great summary! Good to see you take advantage of the oppotunities around. Happy New Year!

Heather said...

Happy New Year, its been a hectic but exciting year for both of us. Cant wait to see what 2009 brings! Safe travels!

ElleCancun said...

Happy New Year!!!

Thanks for keeping this little expat entertained!!!

Best of everything in 2009:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for blogging. I can't wait for your adventures and stories this next year!

CancunCanuck said...

Steve- Thanks sir, Chiapas is supposed to be one of the most beautiful spots in all of Mexico, it's topping my list for when we have a little extra time and a few extra pesos.

Scott- Oh dear, such an egghead, thinking December, typing January, sigh. Looking forward to spending 2009 "with" you. ;-)

Jeanie- Thanks so much, I really appreciate your comment. Here's hoping I can continue to entertain in the new year! May your 2009 be fabulous!

American Mommy- I think you and I are similar in many ways, we want to expose our kids to as much as possible and stimulate their little electric brains! You're doing a great job showing your children the new things around you, may 2009 bring you many new family adventures!

Heather- Happy new year, I hope 2009 brings you much "love, laughter and life" with your beautiful family. Take care!

On Mexican Time- Thanks girl! Perhaps we will actually meet up in 2009, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Anon- Thanks for your comment, I hope I can bring more adventures and fun to the blog this year! May you have a wonderful 2009.

Anonymous said...

A very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, your handsome hubby and adorable Max!
I hope to meet all of you some day.

Please keep blogging, I enjoy reading about all of your adventures, and I love your pictures.


Fned said...

Happy New Year Canucka!!! What a great post! Thanks for letting us have beach and sun in our lives through your lovely pictures and wonderful posts!

May 2009 bring you plenty more days filled with joy, laughter, good health and sandy beaches!! :D

Big hugs,

CancunCanuck said...

Janie- Hugs to you my dear, perhaps we can meet in the new year (finally!). I wish you all the best for 2009, many happy Quintana Roo travels to you.

Fned- Aw, you made me blush, thanks for the kind words. "Meeting" you this year is one of the things that has made me happy, thank YOU for your fabulous blog. All the best girl, bexitos y abraxos.

Anonymous said...

"may 2009 put the wind at your back, the sun on your face and sand between your toes"

What a lovely "Irish-type" blessing, Kelly. :) I love it!!!

I'm sitting here with an outside temp of 22*, my husband is in a geriatric assessment ward because of his dementia, and I have two dogs and three cats to keep me company. Your blog and the other ex-pat blogs help keep me entertained! If I can't live in a warm/hot climate, at least I can enjoy it vicariously. :D Keep on blogging!

CancunCanuck said...

Sandye- Ay, there's more than a little Irish in this ole girl. Amiga, I am so sorry to hear about your husband, I can not even imagine how you must be feeling. Hug your furbabies close and I will send you a virtual hug from Cancun. May 2009 bring peace, health and happiness to you and your husband, take care my friend.

Tricia said...

Being landlocked here in Colorado, I truely appreciate the stories and pics from Mexico. Happy 2009 to you and your family : )

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