Have a great vacation, Squirmydad! Hope you're going somewhere where it's nice and sunny and warm! (And not windy!)
Purely for research purposes.
Better bring your gun:
But seriously, some bottled water, a swimsuit, and a waterproof case for your valuables are your best gear for that site. Swimming was the best part of Tulum, otherwise it was the most crowded of the 7 or so archaeological sites I've visited in Mexico. Spectacular setting, nice swimming.
Are you staying at a full-service resort? or hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen?
I envy you. A year ago this week I was in Belize on a mission trip, before that it was six years since I was out of Canada, and in my beloved Mexico. I lived on the Northwest coast (in Sonora) for a year after high school, and I've loved it ever since... Of course, the heat and lack of snow's a bonus too. Especially since my husband had a bit of a car accident today, which was caused in part by too high snowbanks. Fortunately no injuries...
Post by glennwilliams on Mar 3, 2014 7:46:46 GMT -9
I used Tulum for my Meso-American line. Loved the site as it's small and so easily comprehended. Be sure to checks out the book store. I got my Maya-Spanish dictionary there. We went twice on two cruise ship excursions. I think the tourists looked somewhat askance at me as I photographed stones and beams, not the pretty ocean. Oh well, have a great time.
You should know that for some of the US military, both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are off limits. We were going on a cruise with my son-in-law, a Space Command LC, and his CO told the rules were cruise ship, yes; excursions no, period.
Trying to keep things on-topic back in the FH114 thread. It's a Disney cruise out of Miami that stops at two islands so we can play with dolphins, play in the ocean, and play in the ruins. We're also planning to eat at Joe's Crab Shack in Miami so we can taste Atlantic fish and crab.
I'll post pics of rocks and trees here when I get back.
Are the kids going too? I'm sure your daughter would love swimming with the dolphins...
Absolutely! Our last family vacation was five years ago after we sold our old house. We went to Las Vegas and Disneyland. Las Vegas is no place to bring a family. After that things at my old University job got very strained and I quit at the twelve year mark to go work for the Public Schools, where I've happily been for three-some years. I keep running into old clients from the University days who went to my old work, received shoddy service after I left, and were overjoyed to start renting from the schools. Made for a good feeling. Finances got better and I actually got paid for my overtime, but my wife's job kinda sucked. She quit after eight years last April when her boss threw her under a bus and started her own business in the same field (Human Services). She's done quite well on her own and her old boss was fired. In September we realized we were actually getting caught up on bills and such and were a lot less stressed overall, so we got a big plastic pickle jar and started saving money, a very new thing for us. We wanted to do something for the whole family and, despite having worked on fishing boats for many years, I'd never been on a cruise. The idea of getting on a boat for pleasure is a bit odd...do we still have to take turns on anchor-watch or does Goofy do that? We also get to play with baby sea-turtles.
The story so far; The intrepid family of adventurers has arrived in the land of "Dontcha-knows" at MSP airport. They had never seen so many IPads, they were everywhere, every table every seat at the bars, like a fungus that had consumed the airport and demanded attention. Next stop Miami.
Excellent trip. Played with dolphins and sea turtles, tromped through ruins, got bitten by fire ants, saw a lot of great shows on the boat, was incredibly well fed, and took many, many pics. I need to make a public album for those who want to look at ruins, trees, and iguanas for their own projects. Here's a Mayan temple stone texture; Mayan temple stone
Since I got back I've been busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest but I am close to being caught up with dull things and I'm moving forward with fun things. Like my next research expedition this August...
Last Edit: Mar 28, 2014 8:51:56 GMT -9 by squirmydad
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