Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my "active" vacation. From the photos, you might not realize how cowardly I really do tend to be about scary things. Brian wants got me to watch a video on "When Good Times Go Bad," and this really unnerved me re: risks. I'm actually the kind of person that hates roller coasters, and even ferris wheels.
But up until about 1 1/2 years ago, I had lots of trouble walking. At all. I kept getting diagnosed as having stress fractures, being put in walking casts, told I had plantar fasciitis (heel spurs.) But it was finally diagnosed correctly as an inflammatory arthritis. It's made a world of difference, using an anti-inflammatory! But I don't take mobility for granted, and there's a part of me that now looks at things with the perspective (especially on this vacation) with "If not now, then when? Do I really think I'll be MORE able in another 5 years? Probably not." And so I want to try things now.
But less you think it was ALL a work-out, these 2 photos show Dianna and Brian back in Tulum, the 1/2 way point between Coba and our resort in Puerto Adventuras. We had a little "celebration" with our group of 11 people involving shouting something in Spanish and drinking shots of Tequilla.
And here you see a not particularly. . . modest. . . spider monkey.
No, Becky, this was not a member of the Blue Man Group! This was one of the characters that performed in the evening show of ancient Mayan ceremonies at Xcaret, an eco-park.
Xcaret (shkar-et) was another phenomenal excursion we got to do on this trip. We went snorkeling in an underground river, and saw all kinds of huge tropical fish. I've never snorkeled before and have decided it's one of my all time favorite things to do. It's incredibly relaxing, and you float along with a life jacket, flippers on your feet, breathing through an air tube, and seeing all kinds of exotic coral and sea life.