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Betty Brewer

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #120 on: February 09, 2008, 05:26:29 PM »

Tell Terry he's taking a huge risk. 

Ardra,

You would just die to see what he eats off the street vendor carts.

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #121 on: February 09, 2008, 05:31:45 PM »
Betty, sounds like a good plan with the water.  

Ardra and Betty, When we were in Puerta Vallerta (spelling?) we were so good, then the last day we went to a Marriott hotel and ate in their restaurant.  3 of our group had salads...I didn't.  Three got so sick.  We all were sure it was safe because it was an American named restaurant that the water that they had washed the lettace with would be good.  But not so.  When we are in Mexico, I get fruit that can be peeled and drink beer.....works every time.

Betty....side note:  Tim has rekindled his love for spam.  We have been having it nearly daily with eggs and hash browns.  Terry would be proud.  Also, I thought of you the other day.  I've been picking out carpet and thought to myself...at least Betty was only picking out a small area.   I'm trying to do an entire house....gad zooks this is hard.

Keep the daily reports coming.

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #122 on: February 09, 2008, 06:36:03 PM »
Ardra,

While we were in Ensenada with Dave & Lisa and their boat, we ate dinner at a decent restaurant at the marina hotel. When they served water in glasses, Dave asked if he could have bottled water. We kidded him that they filled the bottles from the same faucet that they filled the glasses  ;D
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #123 on: February 09, 2008, 08:27:04 PM »
February 9, 2008

Piste, Chichen-Itza

Today we traveled to the touristy spot of Piste a small village near the ruins of Chichen –Itza, which are some of the most visited in the world. We had good roads and passed through very quaint villages. The plan was to drive the village and park all of us in the city ball field.  At last night’s trip briefing we discussed how we might be able to circle the wagons and park nose to tail so we could all run generators.

 Well even the best laid plans, call for some flexibility in Mexico. When we arrived the ballpark had rocks across the driveway, as they were having a ballgame in there both today and tomorrow.  The wagon masters came on the CB and said find a spot to pull over.  I had visions of having to sleep alongside the road tonight.  Within a short time Plan B had been devised and we were directed on to a small grassy RV park that was VERY tight to get our 21 rigs into.  To keep our group together we parked in aisles, driveways and every which ways with but inches to spare on mirrors in parking.   Thankfully, the park is associated with a hotel that has a lovely pool.  We were invited us in for refreshment from the heat and humidity. We had synchronized swimming, water aerobics; toss each other in the pool and noodle floating sessions. Fern brought out his boom box and we even had Country 2 step dancing.  Sandy was in heaven!  It was a good thing for this bit of relief from the heat as the power has such low voltage that most of us are without any power.  We are so close together that it would be dangerous for us to run our generators but we are making the best of it.
At the hotel tonight, run by an American, we had a buffet dinner and the entertainment of the night was a family who performed Mexican Dances to our total delight.  Many of our group was invited to participate but they were not as good as the performers but did provide a laugh!


Statistics:
Motorhome Miles Driven:  79.2
Temperatures:    High 95    Low 70   Humidity 86%     0.02 inch of rain
GPS Coordinates: N 20 41.58  W 88     34.37
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #124 on: February 10, 2008, 12:03:58 PM »
Looks and sounds like you guys are having a great time. Leave it to my mom to be the hair dresser for the entire camp. Keep the photos coming out way.
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« Reply #125 on: February 10, 2008, 01:27:09 PM »
Guess who`s drink (Mayen Coffee, actually a lot like the Spanish Coffee) that Mexican is making... BIEN... mine of course, got tired of the `flambe - creme caramel`you get for desert everywhere we go.. not my favorite but WOW... that coffee was some DELICIOUS, Nann!
 

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« Reply #126 on: February 10, 2008, 05:30:53 PM »
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You would just die to see what he eats off the street vendor carts.

Betty, I saw that fish taco he was eating.  Terry is a VERY trusting soul...

The lady dancers have pretty costumes.  And I like the second photo with a truck going one direction and another coming toward him in the same lane.

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« Reply #127 on: February 10, 2008, 09:47:59 PM »
February 10, 2008

 Chichen-Itza

Today we toured the ruins of Chichen-Itza. This amazing city has recently been named as one of the 7 man made Wonders of the World so the Mexican government is now taking more care to preserve the ruins.  We split into 2 groups for a guided tour.  There is so much to say about these ruins.  One of the things I noticed first was the perspective of the guide.  While in Tajin a few days ago, the very educated guide imparted his information as “fact.”  Abel, our guide today, gave us food for thought.  He presented theories as speculation on what might have been regarding the rituals and ceremonies of this place.  He implied there had been no human sacrifice.  He asked, “Why would a civilization so advanced as to be able to construct the amazing qualities of this pyramid have to resort to loss of life?”  He suggested the carvings could also reveal their reverence for life by using metaphors!   He pointed out the precise geometric qualities of construction of this pyramid and it’s relation to the calendar with the number of steps correlating to days in a year.  He pointed out that on the spring and fall equinox days the sunrises right on the god. He demonstrated the outstanding acoustical qualities of the placement of the buildings and clapped while the echo came off sounding like a bird.   We oooooooweed and ahhhed.  I could not begin to do justice to the names of the places.  Do your own google search on Chichen-Itza for the facts.  I was in awe all day.  There were many vendors with shopping opportunities along the walkways today.  I got an early Valentines Day gift from Terry.  He was "in"  to shopping today.

The afternoon surprised us with a delightful downpour of nearly an inch of rain in 30 minutes, fortunately we were back from lunch and in our rig. At 7 pm in the evening we car-pooled back to the ruins for a nighttime Light and Sound show.  We were given headphones with an English translation of the historical version of the ancient civilizations and we told that nearly 2 million people still use the Mayan language so the culture is not lost.

Fifteen of us had a very special opportunity after the light show.  I will not give you the details about it but I did giggle in the dark all evening and was told to be quiet!  It will be a story to be told in person and I shall share no pictures.   

Statistics:
Motorhome Miles Driven:  0
Temperatures:    High 87    Low 69   Humidity  94%     0.091 inch of rain
GPS Coordinates: N 20 41.58  W 88     34.37
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #128 on: February 10, 2008, 09:57:21 PM »
Thanks again Betty for the report and great photos.  Looking forward to the rest of the story.
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #129 on: February 11, 2008, 02:47:18 AM »
February 10, 2008

 Chichen-Itza

Today we toured the ruins of Chichen-Itza.<snip>

One thing that many "gringos" do not know is that the correct pronunciation is Chichén Itzá (that is to say, the accent is on the second syllable in each instance).  We found that arriving at the "new" CI at its opening hour allowed us to miss the tour bus cadre, and when those folks arrived, we went to the old CI, with no tour bus people obscuring every view.  Plan ahead is the rule of the day! ;)

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #130 on: February 11, 2008, 02:57:40 PM »
Hi Betty,

Last year we had booked a cruise out of Tampa to Cozumel and Cancun. We were planning on a side trip to Chichen-Itza. Then we received an email saying the ship was going to leave the port 4 hours earlier than originally planned. That would have meant we would either be pushing the envelope to return on time or have to miss the tour. Decided the trip wasn't worth the cost if we couldn't see Chichen-Itza. Thanks for the photos At least we now know what some of it looks like. :)
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« Reply #131 on: February 11, 2008, 03:18:00 PM »
Decided the trip wasn't worth the cost if we couldn't see Chichen-Itza. Thanks for the photos At least we now know what some of it looks like.

Jim,
A good call on your part to cancel I think.  Chichen-Itza is NOT to be missed.   We did go early, right when they opened and avoided the throngs of tour busses.  The people I got in my photos were from our group and I wanted to show their faces to friends and family following along.  It is a big place and was relativlely uncrowded until busses arrived.  The only down side to going early is that not all of the vendors were set up.  But by mid day we had a huge selection of souvenir stuff from which to choose.
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« Reply #132 on: February 11, 2008, 03:20:23 PM »
We found that arriving at the "new" CI at its opening hour allowed us to miss the tour bus cadre, and when those folks arrived, we went to the old CI, with no tour bus people obscuring every view.  Plan ahead is the rule of the day! ;)

Yep, We did it  just like you said.  We were there at 8 am when they opened the doors. It is also cooler  that time of day.

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #133 on: February 11, 2008, 08:01:31 PM »
February 11, 2008
Cancun,   Meco Loco Trailer Park

Exiting the RV Park this morning was a bit like fitting a rubix cube together.  We had to leave in order so that the guy beside you had room to turn around and get out. We actually made it out in a lot less time than it took for all of us to get into the park. We traveled on two toll roads and paid a total of 476 pesos (approximately $47.60) but that expense seemed to keep out all traffic.  We are not towing a vehicle so our fees are less than most others on the trip. The good news on this expensive toll was that there was virtually no one else driving it today.   We traveled through dense green jungle today and it is so easy to see how ruins could quickly become overgrown by the lush tropics here. 

We’ve arrived in Cancun!!  Now I may warn you that not all parts of Cancun are the white sandy beaches and lovely hotel scene you might see on the travel brochures.  We came through the “local” part of the city for 15 miles today.  Lots of narrow roads, traffic, rain filled potholes and cars passing on right.  Not many navigators enjoyed this ride. 

At happy hour we were treated to Margaritas courtesy of Owen, Paula and Sandy.  Paula made sure our glasses were never empty.  Sherry served delicious sausage, which was made from venison provided by Aaron’s first deer.  (Aaron is her grandson)  Hi to those reading.  As the margaritas flowed, we heard of some laughs had by drivers who failed to follow the directions of their navigator.  Seems Art went the wrong way down a ramp and Jerry failed to make a turn as his wife followed in the jeep honking!!  All men seem to be the same when it comes to listening to or following directions.

Several of the group adjourned to Flamingos for a delicious dinner.  We are stuffed and will get an early night as we have a full day of touring tomorrow.

 
 Statistics:
Motorhome Miles Driven:  127
Temperatures:    High 82    Low 68   Humidity 94%     
GPS Coordinates: N 21 12.77   W  86     48.22
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« Reply #134 on: February 11, 2008, 11:35:00 PM »
I enjoyed following your Yucatan/Mexican 2008 journal and plotting Terry’s Datastormsuser.com coordinates for future reference. After 1,900 miles from the border of Texas to Cancun, 10 RV parks later and 21 of 46 days gone by, I have not heard of your caravan playing the Mexican Train Game.

Did you get the official rules to the Mexican Train Game from the locals?

This will come handy since your one of the few that played the game in Mexican soil. That makes you the expert. The RV Forum needs someone knowledgeable to interpret how the rules of the game are played by the locals. The oldest domino sets have been dated from around 1120 and perhaps the local guides may know a thing or two how the games were played by the Mayans. Heck, Juan the pushcart Fish Taco vendor probably knows about it. Just remember to quote from the locals when you come to the table and referee a dispute.
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« Reply #135 on: February 12, 2008, 06:49:14 AM »
Jim,
A good call on your part to cancel I think.  Chichen-Itza is NOT to be missed.   We did go early, right when they opened and avoided the throngs of tour busses.  The people I got in my photos were from our group and I wanted to show their faces to friends and family following along.  It is a big place and was relativlely uncrowded until busses arrived.  The only down side to going early is that not all of the vendors were set up.  But by mid day we had a huge selection of souvenir stuff from which to choose.

Learning about the tour buses I'm not so sad about missing it. It would have been on one of those buses! I find it very frustrating trying to take good photos with hundreds of people milling around. Someone always seems to be in the way just as I'm ready to shoot. :)

Maybe we'll get a chance someday to make the trip.
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« Reply #136 on: February 12, 2008, 06:46:06 PM »
 ;)hey! trip well deserved, enjoy love ya's sis/sue carr :-*

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #137 on: February 12, 2008, 11:05:09 PM »
I enjoyed following your Yucatan/Mexican 2008 journal and plotting Terry’s Datastormsuser.com coordinates for future reference. After 1,900 miles from the border of Texas to Cancun, 10 RV parks later and 21 of 46 days gone by, I have not heard of your caravan playing the Mexican Train Game.Did you get the official rules to the Mexican Train Game from the locals?

Vlady,
Sorry I have been so busy that Mexican train just has not fit into the scheduel.  Several times on the caravan, folks said they wanted to play games but  time slipped away.  I like your idea of asking locals for rules.  I'll have ro round up some dominos too.

Betty
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« Reply #138 on: February 12, 2008, 11:13:05 PM »
;)hey! trip well deserved, enjoy love ya's sis/sue carr
Hi Sue,

I'm glad friends and family of those on our caravan can follow along in our fun.  I discovered Annette and I have a common love of certain books (The Secret) and Terry and Fern have the same tastes in food....add lots of salt and eat everything in sight!  :)

Keep on following our trip. Tomorrow is 1/2 way.

Betty
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« Reply #139 on: February 12, 2008, 11:58:14 PM »
February 12, 2008
Xcaret  49 miles from Cancun

I had never heard of the place we visited until today.  It is called Xcaret ( X’s are pronounced as sh so it sounds like shiscaret.  I think.  It is an amusement park that I can compare to Disneyland, Wild Animal Park and Monterey Aquarium.  We arrived after a 49 mile bus ride and were given maps, coupons for lunch, drinks and discounts on scuba gear.   We were told to meet for the dinner show at 5:30.  On your mark, get set, HAVE FUN!  We played like kids all day. The first thing we did was to figure out how to get a locker, get our clothes changed, pack a wet bag, get a life jacket, get snorkel equipment and get into a river which follows an under ground tunnel for almost a mile. We floated down this large tunnel with about 15 of our closest friends.  Or at least they were after all of the pushing and shoving and water banging us into each other and the side.  We finally got the hang of just relaxing and letting the slow current carry us around the twists and turns of this tunnel.  Occasionally a skylight would appear and we could see the sky above us.  We paddled and screamed and posed for the many photo opportunities along the way.  At the end we were wet, tired and very hungry so we trotted off to the seafood buffet.  It overlooked the part of Cancun you see in the travel magazines.  White sandy beaches, turquoise waters, then deep blue waters, Palm trees, balmy breeze and a scrumptious buffet.  We went back for seconds, desserts, ordered beers and then we were set for the rest of the day to tour the park.  We went off to snorkel, rest under the cabanas, hang in the hammocks and use up the free beer coupons. We saw the bats in caves, big sea turtles in ponds, manarays, rays, leopards, fish, dolphins, parrots, a tapir,  and many others but I’m too tired to recall them all.  We managed to return our locker keys, change clothes and meet the group for the dinner show at the theatre.  The theatre is a huge arena type deal that seats 4,000 people and we had VIP seats that included a 4 course dinner and wine with the show. 
The show depicted  an historical timeline of the Mexican history through dance and music. The ancient games of Mayans were enacted and we cheered when our side got a goal.  We marveled at the feathered costumes of the Mayan dancers. I wanted to boo and hiss as the Spanish soldiers came on the scene (but they were good dancers). The songs and dances went through the history and came into modern time where we saw a rendition of the Mexican hat dance. The Mariachi’s trumpeted and singers sang and the audience clapped.  I can’t begin to describe how elaborate the costumes and how precise the dancers.  There were hundreds of dancers who thrilled us all evening.  It was like a culmination of all that we had learned on our trip so far in a musical format.  But alas the day ended and we arrived back at our motorhome at 10:15 pm.  I’m writing this late as I don’t want to get behind in my story telling.  Tomorrow is another big day in Cancun. 


 Statistics:
Motorhome Miles Driven:  0
Temperatures:    High 84    Low 71   Humidity 92%     .2 inches of rain during night
GPS Coordinates: N 21 12.77   W  86     48.22
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #140 on: February 13, 2008, 09:30:05 AM »
Thanks again Betty, we are enjoying your trip.
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« Reply #141 on: February 13, 2008, 06:49:37 PM »
February 12, 2008
Xcaret  49 miles from Cancun

I had never heard of the place we visited until today.  It is called Xcaret ( X’s are pronounced as sh so it sounds like shiscaret.  I think.  It is an amusement park that I can compare to Disneyland, Wild Animal Park and Monterey Aquarium.  We arrived after a 49 mile bus ride and were given maps, coupons for lunch, drinks and discounts on scuba gear.   We were told to meet for the dinner show at 5:30.  On your mark, get set, HAVE FUN!  We played like kids all day. The first thing we did was to figure out how to get a locker, get our clothes changed, pack a wet bag, get a life jacket, get snorkel equipment and get into a river which follows an under ground tunnel for almost a mile. We floated down this large tunnel with about 15 of our closest friends.  Or at least they were after all of the pushing and shoving and water banging us into each other and the side.  We finally got the hang of just relaxing and letting the slow current carry us around the twists and turns of this tunnel.  Occasionally a skylight would appear and we could see the sky above us.  We paddled and screamed and posed for the many photo opportunities along the way.  At the end we were wet, tired and very hungry so we trotted off to the seafood buffet.  It overlooked the part of Cancun you see in the travel magazines.  White sandy beaches, turquoise waters, then deep blue waters, Palm trees, balmy breeze and a scrumptious buffet.  We went back for seconds, desserts, ordered beers and then we were set for the rest of the day to tour the park.  We went off to snorkel, rest under the cabanas, hang in the hammocks and use up the free beer coupons. We saw the bats in caves, big sea turtles in ponds, manarays, rays, leopards, fish, dolphins, parrots, a tapir,  and many others but I’m too tired to recall them all.  We managed to return our locker keys, change clothes and meet the group for the dinner show at the theatre.  The theatre is a huge arena type deal that seats 4,000 people and we had VIP seats that included a 4 course dinner and wine with the show. 
The show depicted  an historical timeline of the Mexican history through dance and music. The ancient games of Mayans were enacted and we cheered when our side got a goal.  We marveled at the feathered costumes of the Mayan dancers. I wanted to boo and hiss as the Spanish soldiers came on the scene (but they were good dancers). The songs and dances went through the history and came into modern time where we saw a rendition of the Mexican hat dance. The Mariachi’s trumpeted and singers sang and the audience clapped.  I can’t begin to describe how elaborate the costumes and how precise the dancers.  There were hundreds of dancers who thrilled us all evening.  It was like a culmination of all that we had learned on our trip so far in a musical format.  But alas the day ended and we arrived back at our motorhome at 10:15 pm.  I’m writing this late as I don’t want to get behind in my story telling.  Tomorrow is another big day in Cancun. 


 Statistics:
Motorhome Miles Driven:  0
Temperatures:    High 84    Low 71   Humidity 92%     .2 inches of rain during night
GPS Coordinates: N 21 12.77   W  86     48.22


Thanks for the details and the photos of everybody i'm glad to see everyone's having fun.  I didn't think that you were visiting that much of Mexico.  My parents look great and happy.  Hope they don't hexagerate on food and boose.  Sorry if i don't wright that great i'm french and don't use my english enough.  Tell Nann & Fern that I miss them and anxious to speak to them on saturday.  Have fun !!  And Enjoy !!  8) ;)

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #142 on: February 13, 2008, 09:36:54 PM »
February 13, 2008
Isla Mujeres, an island just off Cancun

The first thing I did this morning was to check out the bathroom her in our trailer park. Now I’ve heard about Mexican bathrooms but this one was really unique that reflects the true meaning of a potted plant.

Today we took a 20-minute ferry ride to a small island, Isla Mujeres, just off Cancun.  It reminded me of Catalina for my California friends.  It is a laid back island with a few touristy shops, white sand beaches, crashing white waves, a turtle farm and numerous restaurants.  We rented a golf cart and shared it with Jack and Shirley all day driving a big loop around the island.  The island has very few private cars but the taxi’s are fast and numerous.  Shirley and I had more than one thrill watching the driver come up from behind at a very high rate of speed.  Terry stopped at several restaurants so we could fill up on beverages. By this time Shirley and I are feeling quite daring and decided to get a tattoo.  Yep, she has a seahorse and I have a turtle.  We had lunch on the sand while watching the sharks swim in a nearby caged lagoon.  Shirley bought a conch shell and tried to call us to order, but the island has a quiet way about her.  She is known as the Island of the Woman.  Almost all of the women on the trip got t-shirts, which will show up, in photos tomorrow.  We owe a thank you to Paulette for being the personal shopper for some.

We returned to dine at the restaurant of 2 nights ago and brought new friends.  Mosquitoes nearly drove us out, but Jack got in the car and drove back to his motorhome home to get us some bug spray.  We loved our dinner by the sea overlooking the water with a balmy breeze blowing.  This is the life!  Life is good.




Statistics:
Motorhome Miles Driven:  0
Temperatures:    High 84    Low 75   Humidity 87%     
GPS Coordinates: N 21 12.77   W  86     48.22
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #143 on: February 14, 2008, 08:51:45 PM »
February 14. 2008

Happy Valentine’s Day
  Xel-Ha Parking Lot

Today our route only had 2 turns but many had concerns, as the mileage in our trip log was way out of whack. Pat and Alice had left an hour ahead of the group to scope out the destination, as Adventure Caravans had never stayed here at this parking lot in Xel-Ha before. Along the way the CB radios informed us that Phoebe and Warren had been pulled over by the Policia.  It seems the police thought they ran a red light.  The rig following them did not think so.  But as the rumor has it, Warren paid the fine, $800 pesos and was “Let free”.  We arrived in this parking lot to “dry camp” for 3 days.  We are happy as it is on cement pavers with no mud, sand nor dirt.  We jumped out of our rigs and went to tour the waters.  Terry and I had been here over 20 years ago and we do not recall any of what we saw today.  This is now an upscale destination amusement park.  We got snorkels, fins and masks and slipped into the warm waters to see the sea life. I saw two stingrays along the bottom, several blue tangs, and a few other fish I could not identify.  If my mask had a prescription lenses, I may have been able to see more but even when I spit into my mask many times and it was still a blur.  I did enjoy it but my memories of Xel- ha snorkeling were better than what I saw today.

As everything was included, I had lunch, 4 margaritas and dessert.   Then we went on the River trip.  We boarded a train to the ”end of the line” and got inner tubes where we floated down the river back to the lagoon.  Float is not a good word as I thought we had to kick and paddle all the way.  I was exhausted.

Upon return we ordered more margaritas, Terry went to the hammocks to rest and I found new friends who enjoyed the outfit of the day.  Many of the girls had a new uniform, which got either whistles or mostly laughs.   When we returned to our rigs in the evening we sat around and Trish passed out glow sticks for us to twirl to celebrate Valentines Day. We told the secrets of the day.  This place is very ecological friendly and we are not allowed to poop, party or pee.  But as truth be told, a bird pooped on Eileen (splashed on Shirley) the whole group partied tonight and Sherry admitted that she did pee in the water today.  No one else admitted such a deal!

We have an early call in the morning so I shall call it a night.

Statistics:
Motorhome Miles Driven:  75   but “the book”  said 122
Temperatures:    High 84    Low 78   Humidity 80%     
GPS Coordinates: N 20 32201   W  87 36016
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #144 on: February 15, 2008, 11:20:23 AM »
February 13, 2008 - Isla Mujeres, an island just off Cancun
Betty, opened your pictures as every day during your trip. When I saw the 4th picture from the left of your Isla-Mujeres-Pictures - that one with the boats on it - I saw the water and immediately I had the smell of water in my nose. Wonderful. Wish I could beam me there...
Thank you for your trip report!
Mike Muellner
Bremerhaven, Germany

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #145 on: February 15, 2008, 08:30:41 PM »
Hi Betty!
Bob's watching Lonesome Dove while I'm looking at your blog!  You are doing a great job on this forum!  I'm just send a little journal to family and friends.  Anyway, just wanted to let you know we are enjoying being on this caravan with you and Terry.  See ya tomorrow morning!  lane

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #146 on: February 15, 2008, 08:49:38 PM »
February 15 2008

Tulum
Xel-Ha Parking Lot

Today we got to be the first ones into the Ruins of Tulum.  This is good because we beat the tour bus groups and the heat of the day.  Some 22 years ago Terry and I visited Club Med and made a side trip to these ruins.  Our expectations were high.  The Ruins are impressive but the place has gone completely commercial.  You can’t climb on the ruins and there are grassy areas with landscaping and it is a definite tourist attraction and because we have seen so many ruins and listened to so many tour guides we felt as if we had “been there and done that.”   However in our guided tour today we did learn to tell the difference between a male and female iguana.  Do you know?

 Answer:  The males have spines on their backs and the females do not.  Lots of the creatures roamed the ground’s blending into the scenery whenever they can. These ruins are right along the beach so the setting is beautiful.  After our ruin tour we set our to find white sands and found a restaurant on the beach for lunch.  I love it when you can put you toes into the moist sand while having lunch.  Some in the group went swimming in the balmy waters and Sandy had her hair done in cornrows.

  We returned to our parking lot RV Park and rested.  This touring is very tiring! Of course the humidity, heat and beverages are contributing to the fatigue. It was my turn to provide Happy hour snacks this afternoon.  As has been the tradition on this caravan, we (3 people) sign up for a day when we bring goodies to the group.  This tradition would have my Weight Watcher leader in shock, as healthy snacks are not available.  Guacamole, chips, meatballs, cheese, crackers and dip are the norm. The laughs during Happy Hour tonight included the group photo of “the Girls” in their uniform.  Tour busses drove by and we flashed them with our outfits. I do not believe you could ever have this much fun traveling on your own.  It just might take a caravan to get this much energy and creativity and laughs together!   Warren got the Goofy award, not for his traffic ticket of yesterday but for arguing with the Policia about it.  He is a riot.

The schedule for tomorrow is to take a ferry ride to Cozumel but Terry and I may stay back and take another day on the beach.  I am shopped out and I want to sleep in for a day.

Statistics:
Motorhome Miles Driven:  0
Temperatures:    High 85    Low 77    Humidity 82%     
GPS Coordinates: N 20 32201   W  87 36016
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Betty Brewer

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #147 on: February 15, 2008, 08:57:26 PM »
  Anyway, just wanted to let you know we are enjoying being on this caravan with you and Terry. 

Hi Lane,
We are also enjoying getting to know our new friends (especially those from Texas) .  We noted today that Bob was out bright and early fixing  water heaters of folks!  I also noted your bug bites are healing up. I'm glad you are following the Forum and our travels.  Isn't Mexico just the best!  I may not be up early in the morning so I'll see you at Happy Hour!

Betty
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Betty Brewer

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #148 on: February 15, 2008, 09:02:28 PM »
When I saw the 4th picture from the left of your Isla-Mujeres-Pictures - that one with the boats on it - I saw the water and immediately I had the smell of water in my nose. Wonderful. Wish I could beam me there..

Mike,

Thank you for your kind words.  I am doing the log for my own memory but also for those who will never be able to make the trip.  I'm glad you could smell the water.  I wish I could beam you  here too.  Those Mayans had such a command of the astronomical features of our planet  but alas, I have not mastered those yet.  (Terry watches Sci Fi so he may be better able to  fill your wish)

Betty
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #149 on: February 15, 2008, 10:09:00 PM »
We look forward to your posts every evening.   I print them out for Tom to read and we have begun to call them the "Daily Betty".  Thanks for taking us along on your journey ... and please keep writing.  We'll be tuning in tomorrow for our Daily Betty.   :D

Margi
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