S: Mexico Vacation
1: Our first trip to Mexico was an adventure and a half. We packed in as many exeperiences as we could. This is Chichen Itza. Up in the corner is a model of the entire complex. Above, a group is being shown that the sound around this great pyramid echo's back. They do this by clapping. Our guide was named George. Steve and I will never forget his unique take on the past. It's all about the blooooood. He liked to into detail about the sacrifices.
3: We found out when we went back to mexico, that you can no longer climb any of the ruins here. Making these pictures a once in a lifetime experience for us. Steve's took these from the top. Amazing the high priests walked down these steps with ceremonial robes and great dignity. In the not so distant past., people crawled down on their bottoms.
4: Chichen Itza
6: Steve is standing in front of the temple area where the Mayan Kings sat to watch the ballgames. The accoustics are so great that you can hear 500 feet away. To this day, we are unable to fully capture this technology.
7: History is written in the stones. The games were very important to the Mayans. Winning meant more than a trophy ring. You get to keep you head. The stone walls were not complete without carvings of skulls. As George put it. It's all about the bloooood.
8: The Columns at the Temple of a Thousand Warriors. | George is giving us the rundown of Mayan History
11: Temple of the Jaguar
12: This beautiful structure is a Govermental Palace. The Spanish nicknamed this Las Monjas (the nunnery).
13: The Sacred Cenote
14: We're climbing down into the sacred Cenote.. aka the well of sacrifice. Now they may not be throwing bodies in anymore. But watch your wallet if you are planning to jmp in. Someone on our tour learned that the hard way. All in all, this was a mystical place.
16: Our tour included a stop for lunch. which included this amazing show.
17: El Castillo iTulum. El Castillo means Castle. Tulum is located on located on a 39 foot cliff overlooking the ocean and is on the east coast of the Yukatan peninsula. It is simply breathtaking here.
18: The Ruins of Tulum
20: The beach is open to the public. It is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches we've seen. Bring your sunblock.
21: God of Winds Temple
22: This Ocean shore property has one heck of a view!
23: El Castillo Talum
24: Xel-ha National Park
27: Plenty to see and do at Xel-ha. This really is a paradise, with outstanding Marguarita's!
29: Steve providing the entertainment on the Booze Cruise. How many shots was that? | Just how are we going to explain this one to the kids?
30: I'm getting my hair braided and than we're on our way to pet the dolphins. Opps! Not so fast, we got nabbed half way through, which is why we have so many pics with the dolphins. Normally, no camera's allowed. But whose buying with half done hair in the shots? The tupperware? Just saying "Hi" to Mom!
31: Dolphin Adventure
32: Bird of many talents
33: Night on the Town! Yep, we kept Ken. Nope, that wasn't our Limo...
34: Why did this lousy picture of me ake it into this photo album? Because it's not really a picture of me, I'm in the way! Not that I knew it at the time. I just want to keep it around to stay humble. You see what I'm saying?! | Living it up at O'Brians!
35: Let it be duly noted that the staff has some other talents besides serving drinks!
36: This brings it to the end of that trip. We were inexperienced travelers learning the ropes. Walked through a few timeshares to put together this adventure. I look back and think, Wow. We had a blast!
38: The Kiss | The Thinker | Exploring our new compound. Palace Resorts in the Riviera Maya. Mucho Gusto!
39: We're Back!
40: Zen | and not so zen...
41: Just Breathe
43: Another tourist informed Steve of just how long it takes to get out of the maze. Steve solved that problem
44: Night on the town. Nothing like a Serenade!
45: Okay, we're not exactly supposed to be out there. So we call this our No-No rock.
47: Coba In the Yukatan Peninsula. This city is largely unexcavated and truly fascinating! I'm not sure you can still climb the pyramid. Which is the highest point in the jungle. Yes, you can see that rain was coming. We didn't notice until it was coming down on us! | Below is the highway through town. Stone tablets are still intact, as well as numerous gaming courts. There is still so much to discover in these ruins!
49: Coba! | Capturing as much as possible of everything there. Above, Steve's coming down the pyramid.
50: ""Under the Sea, that's where I'll be, Under the Sea! " This was a great tour. Taking watercrafts out and snorkeling. They take you to a deep cavern.
52: That's a wrap on this journey. Now ya'll come back ya hear?!