Thursday, July 22, 2010

Where the Boys Aren't: Girls' Beach Getaway

Mission: ESCAPE to the beach in Tulum

Work, kid, house, work, kid, house, work, kid, house. Everybody knows that story and everybody needs a getaway sometimes. I had the chance to get outta Dodge last weekend with my dear friend Lisa to visit Heather down in Tulum at the Casa de las Olas and I jumped at the opportunity. Don't get me wrong, I love my kid and my life, but sometimes a girl just needs some girl time and the chances don't come along very often.

My first boogie board attempt. Wave got me goooood.

Lisa and I hit the road on Friday night in her multi-coloured convertible bocho (Volkswagen bug) and toodled down the highway screaming over the wind and the ole car's engine. I started to lose my voice as we approached Tulum, cold chelas were definitely in order! We stopped at the supermarket, stocked up on some noms and beverages and got in line to check out. The people in front of us seemed to take forever, no biggie, we're on vacation. Until it became a BIGGIE. As we got our goods in front of the cashier, something beeped on her terminal and she said "It's 9:00, you can't buy alcohol anymore". But but but....we were in line! It's only 9! Lisa argued for a while and got nowhere until a young bagger told us there was still one place open where we could get some beer. We scooted off, found the one and only store that sells booze after 9, stocked up on beer and tequila and made our way down to the house of the waves.

We settled in for a few drinks, a few laughs and caught up with Heather. She told us that there were 6 turtle nests on the property so we set out in the dark to see what we could see. We brought Vinnie the super beach dog with us but as soon as we were on the beach she took off barking. Heather ran to grab her and behold!!!! A gigantic mama turtle was RIGHT THERE laying her eggs!! Super awe, jaw on the sandy floor, ga ga girls, we oohed and aaahed and watched her do her thing (Vinnie safely back in the house by now). Turtle patrol came along and took her measurements and clamped a tracking device on her flipper. Her shell was 106 cms by 96 cms, big girl! We got hit by some flying sand when she started to try to get out of her hole, her powerful flippers making loud THWACK sounds as she dug her way out. We left her in peace to make her way back to sea.

Turtle tracks

"Our" turtle's nest in the morning

The next morning we made our way back to the beach and saw not only her nest, but another new one too! The tracks in the sand look like ATV tracks, quite incredible to see the journey up the beach and the journey back down. We went for a walk and saw tonnes of nests, a joy to say the least, particularly if you've been watching the depressing news from the oil spill. Eight beautiful nests on the property alone and we lost count of the rest we saw on the beach going south through Sian Kaan.

Cancun Canuck catching a wave

Kiteboarder catching some air

We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing, reading, walking on the beach, marveling at the kiteboarders, drinking, eating and boogie boarding. I kicked some Scrabble butt, I don't think I'll be invited to the next tournament (sorry girls!). We slept like babies with the sounds of the crashing waves, napped when we felt like it and we didn't take a shower all weekend! Saving water, you know, environmentally friendly (and no boys to make that "you stink" face). The tension of life ebbed away and Lisa and I returned to the city refreshed and ready to take on the daily grind again, leaving Heather alone in paradise. Can't wait to do it again, thanks so much ladies!!


ElleCancun said...

Sounds like an amazing time!!

I looove the kiteboarding pic, wow :)

Michele in Playa said...

Wow! What a great girls getaway! How cool that you got to watch the mama turtle "in action".

KfromMichigan said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! I should have been there too! A girls get-away is always the best fun time.

Matt Swift said...

Wow, what a weekend! Cheers!

Jane and Douglas said...

The "turtle event" is so special - great serendipity. I have an obsession with wanting to see these turtles on the beach in El Salvador - didn't have much luck in March - perhaps in August. The beach looks glorious! Great blog!

WritRams said...

SUPER jealous 1) that you live in Cancun (LOVE it there), and 2) that you live a driving distance from something as beautiful as in your pics. Sounds like a fab girls' getaway!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lovely time was had by all.

Rosas Clan in Tulum said...

What a great time. The beaches here are just great. Sorry I missed you. Some time we will have to meet up and get the kids together.

Sounds like you had a great girls trip!!!

Heather said...

Fun fun fun, jealous, jealous jealous, lol!

CancunCanuck said...

On Mexican Time- It was awesome, can't wait to do it again!

Michele- It was a much needed break and the turtle was definitely a highlight!

KfromMichigan- I get so few girls' weekends, I certainly need to try for more! :)

Matt- It was awesome, wish you could have been there but you're the wrong gender, haha.

Jane- It was truly special! Hope you get to see it in action. Thanks!

WritRams- Hola! I am very fortunate indeed to live so close to so many wonders. Thanks for stopping by!

Ashlied- We should get away with our mutual friend, I think we would have TOO much fun!

Rosas Clan- We absolutely must have a meet up with you and the kids, we'll have to bring the tent down some weekend and camp out on the beach with you!

Heather- Aw, don't be jealous, you live some mighty fine adventures too! Though I suspect you could use a break from the kids, haha, before the new little one arrives!

barry said...

Glad you had a great time, and Yes indeed,,Time away from the Normally Scheduled Programs is important for Mental health.. I had to Smile though,, what a conundrum,,,'Where do you Go to find that re-cooping Rest Stop ...when you already Live in Paradise!"... . in the company of good friends.

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