Over the loooong Christmas holidays we suffered with finding child care for Max, always a problem for us when he is off school. We don't have any family here, we don't have a nanny and I hate to take advantage of friends by ditching our hyper kid on their laps for a day. We juggled around for a bit then I realized I could actually take a couple of days of vacation to be with him. Now, a day with Max is NOT one of those relaxing-type vacation days, he is the king of energy and it's vital to keep him busy. If he is not active, we all suffer, the whines, the jumping on the bed, the bouncing off the walls (literally) and the constant refrain of "I wanna doooooo something, I'm booooored!" I had a couple of days with him and decided to make the best of it, be active, get outside and do something. Suffering from depression this is not always easy to do, though of course we all know that it's the best medicine. I kicked myself in the butt, got in the car and started our impromptu "staycation".
Our first adventure was down to Puerto Morelos and the Crococun Zoo. We've been before and always love it, holding baby crocs, walking through the enclosure with giant adult crocodiles mere feet away from us, feeding the deer and watching the wild monkeys swing through the trees. Max was "Mr. Question", the poor guide couldn't keep up with all the queries. At one point the guide asked if we could skip a part of the zoo as Max was taking up so much time grilling him for details. Sure thing dude, just keep the kid interested.
After the zoo we went for lunch in Puerto Morelos to my "new" favourite PM restaurant, La Panza es Primero, then off to the beach. It was kind of a lousy day, super windy, cold and rainy, we didn't stay long. Well, just long enough for Max to get wet and sandy and to find himself being chased by a cute little girl. It's the first time he's ever come running to me for help and saying "Mommy, let's go, I don't want to play with her anymore, she's weird!" The trip back home provided the most adventure of the day as we witnessed a horrible car crash DIRECTLY in front of us, I slammed on the brakes as hard as I could and managed to stop about 10 meters from where the pick-up trucks were upside down on the road. So, after a day of wild animals, lovely lunch and beach time, of course all Max remembers is the "stupid driver in the Chevy".
The next day was a little less exciting, but still out of the house and enough action to keep Max happy. Lunch and games at Peter Piper Pizza and a movie at Plaza las Americas. Oh, this was New Year's Eve, my evening was spent playing solitaire and listening to 80's music, yeah, I live a rocking life eh?
New Year's Day I really wanted to take Max horseback riding. We set off for Maroma Beach but when we arrived they told us that all activities had been cancelled (hangover anyone?) We decided to hang out at the beach anyway (heck, we'd already paid the 100 peso entry fee) and spent the day chilling out at one of the prettiest beaches in the Riviera Maya. So, no horseys, but nice nonetheless.
Sunday rolled around and I was determined to have an equine adventure. I remembered that Punta Venado had horse tours so we hit the road (that dangerous, horrible highway) and made our way south of Playa del Carmen. Hurrah hurrah, horses por fin! A great price for locals too, 380 pesos each for a tour of more than an hour. Max even got his own horse! We rode through the jungle and down the beach, a lovely experience except for the mounds of garbage washed up on shore in some spots. Spectacular views, well cared for horses, and only a few days of "butt pain" after. When the tour was done we hung out at the Blue Venado beach club, ate, drank and played on the shore. It was really too cold to go in the water, at least for me, but getting some fresh air was vital and I breathed it all in deeply.
So, there you have it. How to have a Cancun "staycation". We're back to the grind now, but it sure was nice to have a few days of doing the things we love. This winter thing is still getting me down, I need more days outside, warmer weather to go for a swim in the sea to rejuvenate and oh my am I in snorkel withdrawal. Summer cannot get here soon enough. And yeah yeah, I know, we don't have it nearly as bad as those of you up north, I'm not expecting sympathy, in fact, I offer you my own. If I am feeling the winter blues, I can only imagine how my NOB friends are feeling.
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