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Mexican Roadtrip

29 Apr

What does one do to rest while recuperating from a broken wrist (A Quiet Week In The Jungle)? Why go on a road trip of course!

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We have the services of a wonderful house sitter and decided to head out. Alice, my 74 year old mother-in-law with a broken wrist, is not able to do anything very strenuous.  What better place to visit than the the sleepy island paradise of Holbox.
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The island of murals.

 We visited Holbox three years ago (Isla Holbox) when our house was under construction. It’s hard to believe it’s been three years. The weather was perfect albeit a little toasty. This time, the island was hit with monsoon-type rains right before we got here. Walking is muddy, slippery and dangerous. We are availing ourselves of the numerous golf cart taxis that provide cheap transportation.
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Alice is agog with so many things to look at. We are here for a few days so no need to hurry. We’ll probably rent a golf cart and tour the island on our own.
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The center square surrounded by shops and restaurants.

There is also a boat tour to see birds and maybe a flamingo or two. Alice will be thrilled. Weather report says no rain for the next few days. Fingers crossed.
DOS TORTAS
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Isla Holbox

12 Apr

Lisa and I have done our share of island hopping over the years. From Padre Island in south Texas, Caye Calker, Belize, the Greek islands of Myconos, Santorini, and Hydra, to Isla Mujeres and Cozumel in Mexico. You can’t plan a tour of the Yucatan without having Isla Holbox (‘ol bosh) come on the radar. Asking about, I was surprised how many Bacalareños had not visited it.

After spending the night in Tulum, we headed for parts unknown, at least to us.

After spending the night in Tulum, we headed for parts unknown, at least to us.

We arrived in Chiquila on the coast. Folks make their living by providing parking as Holbox is a golf cart only island. I did some fancy backing to fit our truck into the space provided. Buena chofer and smiles all around.

A tight squeeze getting in. Getting out was even more fun.

A tight squeeze getting in. Getting out was even more fun.

A fun ferry ride with families off to enjoy the final weekend of the Semana Santa vacation.

A fun ferry ride with families off to enjoy the final weekend of the Semana Santa vacation.

Lisa catching a little siesta.

Lisa makes time for a siesta.

We watched amazing sunsets from a little hotel on the beach.

The Golden Paradise

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The Golden Paradise

For three days we’ve visited with the neighbors and watched a pair of ospreys tend to their young.

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Isla Holbox is one of those places you wished you’d visited ten or twenty years ago, before the fancy hotels and easy access. But I’m glad we got here when we did. Bringing our bicycles allowed us to see more of the island without renting transportation.

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We’re off today to continue our adventure. Next stop Rio Lagartos, flamingo capital of the Yucatan. DOS TORTAS

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The iguana on the roof just wouldn't give me the photo I wanted.

The iguana on the roof just wouldn’t give me the photo I wanted.

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