Our first Mayan ruin was extremely exciting and as breathtaking as all we thought it would be.
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We were so close. I reached out my hand to touch him and decided not to. He poked his little beady eyes above the surface. Glanced around and finding nothing remotely interesting ducked back under the water, swam straight to the bottom and continued to munch on the swaying sea grass. In my mind I can hear him whisper, "Dude."
So there is nothing left to do. My 2 year old had jumped, my four year old had done it, and now it was mummy’s turn. Our visit to our very first Cenote and it is everything we thought it would be.
I will always fondly remember Cozumel. And not because of the several things that went wrong, but because of the lunch we shared margaritas with the hilarious Americans.
Wildly out of control in pitch-blackness with only the downward slope of the tunnel and the gushing water giving you direction… then BAM! You are out of the tunnel spinning around and around in a large dark cavity. But wait! There is a small hole in the middle of the cavern with a shimmering blue glow. You try to prevent the fall, but the slippery slope and running water leave only one way out. It is inevitable. Headfirst with a clumsy attempt at a dive through the blue opening and SPLASH! 9 feet deep of startling cold water greets you.
Have you ever been so scared your legs start shaking? Your hands get clammy, your throats gets dry. And what seconds before seemed like a great idea, suddenly seems foolish and irrational. A scream erupts deep in the dark tunnel and then a flashing light turns from red to green. I cross my legs, fold my arms, close my eyes and scream. The water pounds on me as I slide down the Leap of Faith through a dark twisting tunnel into a transparent tunnel surrounded with hungry, swimming sharks. It’s over, it’s not the end. And suddenly what seemed scary and frightening a few seconds before now just seems trivial.
We’ve seen a number of TV shows about red neck hicks wrestling alligators and we thought it would be fun to see some up close in their natural habit. So while we were in Miami we chose the Everglades Safari Park as the place to visit. Situated about 45 minutes west of Miami, the park is in the heart of the swampy, marshy lowlands in the Everglades National Park.
14 days road tripping through the US was fabulous. You can leave when you want, stay when you want, there is no crazy security quips like “you can’t take water with you”, or “that’s considered a weapon”, or “please take off your shoes and walk through slowly”. Having never done a road trip like this in my life I can happily say I would do it again.