Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Heading South at last

So we ended up spending 29 days at Puerto Adventuras marina... an unplanned stop.  I am happy to report that the refrigerator is fixed and we again enjoy cold drinks.  We enjoyed a considerable amount of travel inland while waiting for refrigerator parts to arrive and along the way studied Spanish a bit (Kathy two weeks of school and me one).  We also managed to meet up with some friends  and fill the boat with more supplies for the next several months of cruising.

Tomorrow, a early departure from Puerto Advernturas to arrive before sunset at Punta Allen a 55nm sail to the South.  In the next few weeks or so we expect to be in Belize where we hope to stay at least a month and knowing how fast we move probably two.

Internet will be pretty thin the next few weeks, but we'll do our best to keep updating the blog... if we can get online.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Carnaval pictures


Preparty purchases for stomach illnesses helped make the night go easier.  

We booked a table right on the parade route.  But you have to get there early, like 3-4 hours before the parade gets there.  So by the time it arrived on our street we were pretty filled up on margaritas and beer.  The parade was fun and we got lots of loot throw to us (I thinked it helped that I was wearing a tiara that had flashing lights.  Later I graduated to pink bunny ears.

After the parade, we ran into Shun, a fellow student from the Spanish school.  We preceeded to get him drunk on a few beers.  Those Japanese guys are cheap dates. 


Thursday, February 19, 2009


We are in Merida, Yucatan Mexico for Carnaval.  Last week we were both in Merida for Spanish language school and then Kathy stayed an extra week for school while I was so lucky to get to work on the boat {broken fridge}. Leaving the boat this AM in Puerto Adventura, I took the bus back to Merida to meet up with Kathy a six hour ride!

Carnaval looks promising as at five when I arrived in Merida the streets were packed for the seven PM parade.

I'm typing this on my new Acer Aspire one a Netbook PC with a 9" screen and Spanish keyboard layout which is perfect for traveling, but the keyboard being small and in spanish makes typing a little slow.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cenote (underground lake)

We had a nice refreshing swim here after walking around the hacienda grounds.

Visiting a Hacienda

A Huge front porch and 18' ceilings keep things cool in the heat of summer.

Check out these flipflops made from some old tires and rope!

We took a horse drawn train car around the property and to a Cenote (underground lake) for a refreshing swim.

Street vendors prepare for Carnaval

Carnaval in Mérida

2009: February 18th - 25th

Carnaval is to Mérida what Mardi Gras is to New Orleans.  We plan to spend a few extra days in Merida for Carnaval this weekend.

Colonial architecture abounds

Colonial architecture abounds in Merida, Yucatan Mexico. A government program to preserve the rich history of Merida funds the restoration of a buildings' facade at no cost to the owners.

Toilet seat mystery... unseated?

A mother lode of toilet seats collecting dust.  The owner clearly doesn't know what he's sitting on.


Saturday, February 07, 2009

Tourist trap Tulum

The Mayan ruins of Tulum are spectacular as they are located on the ocean, a very unique feature.  Unfortunaley, since so many mega resorts are nearby the ruins are overrun with bus tour operators.

In the foreground above is Kathy and her friend Jeff.  Jeff and his girlfriend where holidaying nearby.

Sitting atop 137' tall Mayan ruins of Coba

This is more like it!  Forty two square kilometers of ruins with several thousand archalogical sites of which a hand full have been excavated. Although, there are still plenty of tourists we have plenty of room to spread out.  We are also allowed to climb the ruins... at our own risk.  AND there is plenty of risk!  You won't find any railing, but they did run a big rope down the steps that you can hold on to on the way down.   Very cool to stand atop and survey the jungle and ruins beyond.

Climbing ancient Mayan ruins of Coba


These photos capture a bit of the "steepness" of the ruins.  Pictured are Jim and Donna of s/v Go My Way, our travel buddies to Coba.

The ruins at Coba are so different from other one's we visited.  This site is in the jungle and it's huge.  I'd recommend renting a bike.  We had a very heavy tropical downpour towards the end of the day, which was actually kind of fun.