We dragged ourselves up and did 2
miles before breakfast. Hope I can
maintain this activity level when we get home.
I’m so proud of us!
docked in Cozumel Mexico while we ate, and by the time we were finished, the
shops in the little dockside shopping center were open, so we strolled out to
get souveniers before it got too hot and the shops got too crowded. We covered almost everything, and were
finishing up at the tequillla store when
DH noticed the time. We had fifteen
minutes to get back to the boat, drop all our booty, grab the stuff we needed
for the day, and get back to the dock..
Of course, everyone else that had an excursion scheduled for that day
was coming down the dock as we were trying to go up. I felt like a salmon, fighting my way
upstream. DH stayed at the entry point
to deal with the “Adult Beverages” guy.(You are not allowed access to any booze
you buy on shore. You need to surrender
it to the ship staff, and they take care of it until you disembark. Lotta paperwork involved) Meanwhile, I took
the rest of our purchases back to the room, shoved everything I thought we
might need for the day into a knapsack, grabbed the tickets, and ran. This was the first time on this trip that I
used the elevators. By shoving our way
through the throngs, we were just able to catch our tour before they left, and
oh my gosh I’m glad we did!
“Discover Mexico Tours.” Our guide was personable, well-informed, and
interesting . Our first stop was at a
museum showing masterpieces of local
handicrafts: weaving, papermache masks, Day of the Dead decorations, big
pottery jars with applied clay flowers and leaves sculptures, painted in the
happy, vivid Mexican colors. None of it
by “Artists” but all by artisans who make their living producing things that
toured the grounds where they had scale models of the more famous Mayan and
Aztec temples, with little models of people on them. They were fascinating, and
big enough that if you put your camera right up next to them and took a
picture, it looked like the real thing.
We took a
break at he little cantina where this lady was making the best tacos I have
ever had in my life. Swear to Dog, you
could taste the meat in them. Most tacos
taste of spice, and grease, but these tasted like pork and beef and cornmeal
and tomatoes. YUM! Four tacos for six dollars and well worth
every penny. They also sod Corona
Familia beer in quart bottles. More than
any one person ought to drink at one sitting, but a nice share for two.
watched the bird dancers. Have you heard
about this? It’s a native ceremony to
bring the rain. Five guys dressed in brilliantly colored outfits dance
around this tall, tall pole, then they
climb up to the top where they have this little platform and framework set
up. They wind four ropes around and
around the pole, then tie the ropes to their waists. The fifth guy sits on the top of the pole
playing a flute and a drum, and the four guys throw themselves backward off the framework and fall,
unwinding the ropes and spinning around the pole as they descend. It’s breathtaking!
went on to the Chankanab state park where we rented snorkel equipment and I
slipped into paradise. There were so
many fish! All brightly colored, all
used to people, all going busily about their fishy business. It was like floating through the air
surrounded by flocks of little birds.
Two fish about 12 inches long, pinkish colored with big eyes, decided to
act as my tour guides, swimming up under my arm and away in front of me, then
turning and looking to see if I was following.
So I followed, and they led me over to a reef where the park people had
left three old cannons on the bottom, and thousands of fish were frolicking
around the coral heads. There were
schools of little guys like guppies, and one big “Bait ball” of fish about 18
inches long that all moved together like a flock of starlings. My two tour guides changed from pinkish
to silver, to dark gray with silver spots as they dove down to the coral, then
back to pinkish as they rose back to the surface. I was just floating limp and still watching
all this, and drifted over a cleaning station where a big parrot fish was lying
on a stone while dozens of tiny fishes swarmed around him, eating his parasites
and bits of dead skin. (In Japan, you
can get an exfoliating facial done by these little fish while you hold your
breath and keep your face in the water.)
And, I saw an eagle ray. It was
about 6 feet from wingtip to wingtip, with a long whip-like tail. Dark gray with wonderful light spots on the
top. I tried to get closer so I could
study his designs, but I couldn’t swim fast enough. I went back to drifting, completely enchanted
and mindless with fascination until at last I noticed that I was feeling
chilly. When I tried to climb up the
stairs to get out, my legs were like rubber.
I was SO tired! Mentally jazzed,
physically tapped out. DH sat me down in a beach chair in the shade, bought me
a Coke, then made me have a massage.
Usually I don’t go for this because the folks doing the massages don’t
care about their clients and could just as well be washing a truck. There is no rapport or energy exchanged. But my masseuse this time, Marisol, was a joy
and a gifted healer. She made me feel like
butter. In thirty minutes, for $25, she
made me feel five years younger and beautiful as a goddess!
Back to the
ship. We stopped at a restaurant on the
way to the dock – Pancho’s Backyard, and had some superb chips, guacamole, and
salsa, and we each had a margarita. They
put one heck of a lot of tequila in their margaritas. I had one, and I have never been so drunk in
my life. Tequila makes me so darn
afucktionate! I was hugging store clerks
and grabbing their backsides. One guy sitting
next to a Diamonds International shop called, “Come on in. We’ve got free gifts.” I trotted over, sat on his lap, threw my arms
around his neck and said, “Free gifts for me?”
Have you ever seen a Hispanic young man turn bright, bright red? Kyle was sitting back and laughing at me the
whole time. I know that a drunken old
woman is less amusing to the people watching than she is to herself, but oh my
gosh I had a great time!!