Sunday, October 25, 2009

Keeping Busy in Cancun

Busy, busy, busy. I haven't been this busy in a long time, I'm invigorated and exhausted at the same time. Life is all over the place and so is my mind. Still waiting for immigration papers, Max got sick, lots of writing to do and a couple of side trips, a bit of a crazy week.

Chichén Itzá

Monday and Tuesday I checked a couple of big things off my "must do" list by visiting Chichen Itza and Il Kil. Yep, six years here and had never been, just tough to do with a small, energetic child. Chichén was better than I even expected, after all that I've read and photos and videos and personal accounts, it held up to the hype. Il Kil was incredible, the "Shrangri La" of cenotes. The Mayaland Hotel was peaceful, full of green space, fruit trees and birds. A lovely, exhausting couple of days.

The Cenote Il Kil

Max got sick on Thursday night, woke up Friday morning with a fever. I had to stay home with him, poor little guy is just a different beast when he's sick. He's normally bouncing off the walls and non-stop chatter, but he just lay on the couch, all pasty white saying "baaa" like a little lost sheep. Saturday he was still warm, but feeling better so we just kept him home and tried to get him to keep still, but by then he was going a little loopy being cooped up.

I had plans to visit Holkan Kingdom on Saturday and left Max and Hubby to fend for themselves for the morning while I rode ATV's, the Shotover Jet and did a round of ziplines. I got to know some new friends better and had an exhilarating morning, nice adrenaline rush. Body. Hurts. Now. Again, again, faster, faster!

ATV Ride, Yeehaw...
(seriously, I think I said "yeehaw" on the trail)

Today (Sunday!), Max was a bit better and we needed to get out of the house. Thought a bit of fresh air, sunshine and ocean water would do us some good. Puerto Morelos was "tranquilo", calm waters, not too hot, not too windy, Max joined in a few pick-up soccer games with some big kids, I nodded off for a while and Hubby went for a little snorkel. The time change was really noticeable (and disappointing), the sun went down so early! We started to get "chilly" around 4:00 and came home, a bit earlier than normal for us. A much needed day to relax and unwind.

And now I am writing this blog, which could have been three blogs, alas, you get the summary and not the thesis on each topic. I'm sunny and tired and smelling of cocoa butter. Off to try to catch up, unless I just hit the hay. Either way, ciao for now, later skater, catch you on the flip side. (See how relaxed I am after a day in the sun?)


Jonna said...

How have I missed cenote Il Kil? That pic is gorgeous. Where is it? Around Piste? I have to put that one on my list.

Glad you are having fun, glad Maxito is better and that you posted. Saludos de Mérida.

Steve Cotton said...

Blog rules? Who cares if you combine topics. Great post as far as I was concerned.

YEEHAW, indeed!

Gaelyn said...

Wow, you have been busy. I loved Chichen Itza but never made it to that awesome looking cenote with the hanging gardens. Would be fun to zip-line into it. Sounds like Max is on the mend, funny how time at the beach under the sun will help revitalize you.

Great cathcing up post.

ElleCancun said...

I can't believe you hadn't been to Chichen Itza!! I thought I was bad!!! Back in the day, my first time living in Cancun, I never went and I wish I had - you could still walk up!!! Oh well, at least you can say you've been now!!! YAY!

CancunCanuck said...

Jonna- Hola amiga! Il Kil is just about five minutes down the street from Chichen (1.5 miles), heading towards Vallodolid. It was the mammajammer of all cenotes, truly beautiful! I know in the early afternoon it gets crowded, so go in the morning or after 4 to avoid the masses. Hugs to you, Mimi and the furbabies!

Steve- Thanks friend, I've been throwing out a lot of "rules" lately. I really can't believe that I said "Yeehaw", but inspiration struck and I couldn't resist, it was a great ride!

Gaelyn- It would be fantastic to have a zipline into that cenote, alas, they just had a couple of platforms for diving and jumping and some ladders for getting out and doing it all again. Max seems to be getting sicker again, guess our little ocean water therapy didn't work after all.

On Mexican Time- I know, it was embarrassing that I had never been! It really isn't a great trip for little kids, a long drive and a walk around "a bunch of old rocks" while some man talks about history. I'll wait until he's older to take him so he can really appreciate it. I'm glad I was able to go without him, the other little kids I saw there were throwing huge "I'm bored" tantrums. :)

paul nj said...

cant believe you just went,i dont think you can climb them any more,if you need pictures i have plenty from the top,plus pictures of areas no one has seen in side some of the temples vip only!!buy the way how is cancun,things picking up,i am dying to go you lucky dog!!

Unknown said...

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CancunCanuck said...

paul nj- Nope, can't climb the pyramid any longer, you were lucky to be able to do so! Number one, the climbers were taking their toll on the physical structure, both by wear and tear and by deliberate acts of vandalism (heathens). Secondly, a few years ago an elderly woman fell to her death, I believe that may have been the straw that broke the camels back so to speak. Have you got a flickr set of your photos or a link to them online somewhere?

Jason- Thanks for your comment and for stopping by. Let me check out your site and see if we can do an exchange. I try to keep the blog roll to a Mexico focus (and am desperately trying to trim it, lol), let me think about it and I'll get back to you. Have a lovely day!

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