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The Amazing Meander

19 Apr

Years ago Lisa and I applied to the Amazing Race. After all, we love to travel AND we are very entertaining, at least to us! As our Yucatan adventure continues we can’t help but see ourselves on another kind of Amazing Race. We call it the Amazing Meander. We left Holbox, Yucatan heading south. Feeling a bit peckish we turned left at a sign for a cafe. We were curious at what could be down a little road off a little road. We found Vera’s Cafe.

A world traveler living in a tiny village, Vera made us a delicious lunch.

A world traveler living in a tiny village, Vera made us a delicious lunch. Mexico never ceases to amaze.

Nearby were ancient Mayan trees and an orchid preserve.

These trees were enormous.

These trees were enormous.

The Mayans believe that these trees are holy and are compensated by the government to protect them.

The Mayans believe that certain trees are holy and are compensated by the government to protect them.

Many types of orchids grow on our property in Bacalar.

Many types of orchids grow on our property in Bacalar. These and many others were for sale.

We headed toward Rio Lagartos, a sleepy little fishing village home to flamingos and hundreds of species of birds. We got quite lost along the way, but that’s part of the adventure. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. image We scheduled a six a.m. birding boat tour.

A green heron. Santiago had great eyes and slowed to make sur we didn't miss anything.

A green heron. Our guide  had great eyes and slowed to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

I tried to photograph the flamingos but an iPad just doesn’t work for some things. Besides I was too overcome with emotion to focus very well. Another bucket list must see.

We witnessed a parade of flamingos walking on spindly legs across the mud flats.

We witnessed a parade of flamingos walking on spindly legs across the mud flats. Just awesome.

Of course no visit to Rio Lagartos is complete without a Mayan spa treatment. After soaking in a sulphur warm spring, we covered ourselves in clay. The boat ride to the next stop allowed the clay to dry.

Our skin was baby soft.

Our skin was baby soft afterward . lol

A working lighthouse adds to the charm.

A working lighthouse adds to the village charm.

Another night in Rio Lagartos then off toward Valladolid. image My challenge to you this week is to go on your own meander. Even if it’s on your lunch hour. Take a different path, open your eyes, report back, preferably with pictures DOS TORTAS image

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