Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Work, Work, Work (or what I did on my summer non-cation)

"Oh man, next weekend I have to go to Cozumel on Friday, Xplor on Saturday, Tulum Music Fest at night, I'm going to be exhausted!"

"Um Canucka? Shut up! Wah wah wah, I have to live a life of adventure, wah wah wah."

And thus a close friend reminded me that I live a pretty sweet life and have a pretty cool job. The irony is I truly was thinking about how tired I was going to be rather than all the fun I was going to have. I appreciated the kick and quickly turned my frown upside down. I also got to thinking about the adventures I've had over the last couple of months and thought I would make a list.

Max teaching Grandpa how to snorkel the reef

1. Vacation with da folks- My parents were here in April and we managed to get a weekend on Isla Mujeres and a few days in Tulum, in addition to various trips to beaches and snorkeling in Puerto Morelos. Max loooooved having his grandparents here and was eager to show them how to live the life in paradise.

Looking down from the top of Coba

2. Tulum/Coba/Gran Cenote- In June we took a little jaunt down to Casa de las Olas in Tulum to visit dear Heather and had ourselves a totally fun-filled weekend. Visiting the Coba ruins was definitely a highlight, it's the last pyramid still open for climbing and I managed to get these old legs all the way to the top. I'm so pleased that Max was able to do it too, they will be closing the pyramid and I want him to one day recognize how lucky he was to be able to climb. Gran Cenote was fantastic, a beautiful spot to refresh. Casa de las Olas was a treat in itself, right on the boundary to the Sian Kaan biosphere, it was like having a totally private, serene beach all to ourselves.

Swimming with the biggest fish in the sea

3. Whale sharks- Every time I think about my experience swimming with the whale sharks, I get all "bah gah zah" and lack the words to fully describe the day. Phrases like "best day of my life", "out of this world", "totally surreal" and "unfreakingbelievable" come to mind. I'm still amazed, still all glowy and googley-eyed, this is a serious MUST DO for anyone with a little adventurous blood.

The night show at Xcaret. Truly stunning!

4. Xcaret- The eco-park Xcaret is one of the more "touristy" spots we visited this summer. We'd been once before when Max was tiny and thought it was time to do it again. We swam the underground rivers, snorkeled, went for a ride in the observation tower, fed turtles, investigated the aquarium, perused the butterfly pavilion and watched the jaguars. After all was said and done, we asked Max what his favourite part of the day was and he responded "Los viejitos!", referring to the night show which featured folkloric dance, including "La Danza de los Viejitos" from the state of Michoacan. I guess "adventure" is old hat to this kid, I LOVE that he felt the show full of history and culture was the best part of his day.

Lucky shot in Cenote Cristalino

5. More cenotes, more beaches- Hitting the beach is an almost weekly event for us (sometimes more than once a week if we're lucky!) We decided to introduce our "cenote virgin" friend to Cenote Cristalino and Xpu Ha beach. Cristalino is a really great spot, crystal clear waters (hence the name), a very cool cave and a "cliff" for diving into the 6 meter deep water. It was our first time to that particular cenote and I think we'll be back (after we explore all the hundreds of cenotes we haven't seen yet, haha!) Xpu Ha beach was divine as always, live salsa music, cold drinks and some decent waves for the boogie board.

Zip lining at Xplor

6. Xplor! This past weekend I finally got to visit this groovy adventure park in the Riviera Maya. Max was not a happy camper that he couldn't go with me (minimum age is 6), but after a fun-filled day of zip lines, underground rivers and amphibious vehicles, I have decided that Xplor will be the destination of choice to celebrate Max's birthday next year. It's really quite an amazing place, totally safe (which takes away part of the fun, haha), clean and never a dull moment.

That's really just a small sampling of what we've done. I watched a mama turtle lay her eggs in Tulum, admired the kiteboarders in various locations, toured hotels, snorkeled plenty, visited too many beaches to count, boogie boarded, visited Garrafon park, swam with dolphins and overall, enjoyed myself immensely. Some of this was work, even though all of it was play! Life may not always be perfect or exciting, but these moments of adventure make all the rest of it totally worthwhile. I hope one day Max looks back at all our photos (and this blog!) and is grateful for all that we've been able to share with him. Might be a long time before that happens, but I can wait.....


Calypso said...

Yes - tough life - wearing one's self out having fun is not going to get a lot of sympathy ;-)

Linda said...

Sounds like a GREAT summer!!!

Isla Chica

One Small Voz said...

Agree with Calypso - no sympathy here, but amazed by the photos. Love Veracruz but would enjoy some time in the Yucatan.

Anonymous said...

Your job is much better than mine! haha

I've been wanting to go to Xplor forever!!! I keep hearing such great things.

Los Viejitos is one of my faves, too :)

KfromMichigan said...

No sympathy from me Amiga! I would love to have your job. (or at least be your assistant!!!!)

Steve Cotton said...

This is why I need to get down south -- and to visit your part of Mexico, as well. When I come over for the bloggers' conference, I am going to try to fit in as much adventure as I can stand.

ElleCancun said...

WOW you sure have done a lot! Great pics too!!!

Can you believe I´ve still not visited Xcaret?? I know, lame-o!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your boring life with us. Seriously, what a a bunch of great adventures!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! I've been to Cancun and Cozumel a couple times myself, it never gets old.

Say, being a Canadian, do you have adequate Medical Insurance for Canadians abroad or expatriates?

If not, check it out!
You won't regret it.

Shop my closet 365 said...

Here is a link to my blog with a little shout out and "thank you" to you! Your blog convinced us to go to Mexico and we absolutely loved it!

Thanks again!

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