|Waiting for a drink|
|Dominating in gin rummy|
The ocean was on the right, and the lagoon (which you can't see here) on the left of the strip. I have day time video of the view, and plan to put something together of the trip. It just may take a while, with other things on my plate at the moment.
Once the rain stopped, though, it was full-on gorgeous every day. It was also a lot hotter than the initial few days. It made it harder to stay out in the open... luckily there were lots of palapas! As there was wait service to the palapas, this was not a problem! In the morning, you could find a spot easily... but wait too long and you might be stuck without a table for your drink and food! Still, if you miss out, you can always get a canopied bed to lay on....
|Rent for $25 pesos an hour|
One side had a big hot tub that you could relax in, with poolside service. The other side had these big swing chairs. They were very comfortable, but when the sun was aimed at your back, you'd burn without SPF 100!
The hot tub side had little tables, which are just above water level. It was perfect on the days when we first got there and it was drizzling. Once the sun was out in the middle of the week... no. Too hot.
You can see how the sky was still gray in these photos... it was the third day, when it had stopped raining, and people started coming out again. Unfortunately, because it wasn't that sunny or too hot, we got burned because we didn't feel the UV rays on our skin. The day after this, I stayed well out of the sun!
|Iguana on the resort|
|Iguana at El Rey ruins|
The other amazing thing we saw, which was at night, was the sea turtles coming in to lay their eggs! They are massive, and crawl up the beach towards the resorts. Once they dig their holes and lay their eggs, the hotels have people who remove the eggs, count them, and put them up higher on the beach in a fenced in area... otherwise, all the tourist activity would dislodge and possibly destroy the eggs. We saw one sea turtle mama leaving, and we all stood around (giving her plenty of room) and watched her re-enter the sea. She was beautiful. They don't like people snapping photos of the turtles at night because it can disorient them, which I totally understand, so I took a photo of her tracks after she was already in the ocean's embrace.
|Sea turtle tracks... looks like a tractor left them!|
|Enrique: server extraordinaire!|
He was such a nice guy, and shared the same taste in food that we had... he was always bringing us fresh guacamole, and plenty of freshly grilled seafood and their delicious homemade buttered tortillas, with a side of super HOT salsa, freshly made with habanero chilies. I could only dab my food with a drop of it. Seriously, people, it's hot.
When we were under the palapas, we had our favorite wait staff there, too. Her name was Beatriz, and she was very friendly, always remembered our room number, and was genuinely a nice person. She was awesome! Not everyone is always genuinely nice to you at resorts. Some people are just nice because they're hoping for tips. Who could begrudge them? But there are a few people who are just awesome, and you have fun around them because they make things extra special for you. That was Enrique and Beatriz. They were loving their jobs, (they're obviously "people persons") and have fun meeting people and showing them a grand time while they're on their Mexican vacations. I love being around people like that, don't you? It was definitely bittersweet leaving Mexico. It was a lot of natural beauty, amazing food, and nice people... but alas, I'm always as happy to be back home. I love living in America, and appreciate it more every time I return from somewhere else. (And of COURSE, I missed Jimmy Boo and Beckham with an ache that was unreal!) It took a couple days to get home, due to flight issues on our return trip, but the airline put us up at a nice Hyatt in Charlotte, NC, where we were taken care of in southern style, and by the following afternoon we were home!
In another post, I'll share with you the excitement of beach combing here, and what goodies I found! Stay tuned...