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Old 04-07-2007   #31 (permalink)
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Are those "Boobie" dolls ??? Like the one Stewie bought for his little girl.

Great report - looking forward to the next installment.
Nope... I kind of looked for those but didn't see any. However, when Stew was here in Paamul, he actually discovered that they sell them right down at the restaurant!
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Nope... I kind of looked for those but didn't see any. However, when Stew was here in Paamul, he actually discovered that they sell them right down at the restaurant!
Stewart bought a boobie doll for Izzy right on 5th Avenue, too
she thinks it's funny
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I'm lovin this trip report. I appreciate the photos. You make your trip sound so exciting I might have to see if we can't do that one day.
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Day Two, Palenque part:

We slept well our first night out... comfy beds, warm shower, plenty of clean space to spread out in. Went out that morning and took some pictures of our surroundings... it had been approaching dark the night before so we didn't entirely appreciate the view at the time.









There was the coolest plant growing on a tree there. I'm assuming it's a parasite from the orchid family. It fascinated me.





And we're ready to hit the road again...



Chose to stop at the main part of the hotel and check out their breakfast. The buffet was full of yummy stuff and was a better bargain than the menu so we went for it... had a busy day ahead and needed to fortify ourselves! They had the YUMMIEST chilaquiles! We wanted to stay and eat more but we were all 3 stuffed and couldn't manage another bite.





On to Palenque and it is PACKED! There are people everywhere and not a parking spot in site, so we're forced to turn around, head back down the mountain and park The Big Red Hump on the side of the road. Found a big enough space to wedge the thing in, both off the road and not in danger of tipping over.

For the first time (and far from the last) we were approached by the young vendors selling their Mayan birthday month "charms" and other stuff we didn't want. Just a simple no was all that it took.



We hadn't really decided if we wanted to hire a guide or not, but an English-speaking one approached us so we asked about rates. He started rather high... around $50US if I remember correctly, but we offered $30 and he took it. We were glad we did.

Hmmm... someone forgot to charge her camera battery the night before. One down. Hmmm... seems someone else did too AND left the backup in the car! Another one bites the dust. Sarah's video is all we've got left but we have none of that to show you (unless Sarah's got something up her sleeve). Got some nice ones before they all died though.









While we were listening to our guide, we ended up meeting the loveliest older couple. At first, they spoke only Mayan, but it turned out they spoke Spanish also. I believe they said they were from Merida. I think they're adorable.





Okay... to cut down the wait time and give myself a break, we'll leave it at this. Next up... cascadas!
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Forgot what I thought was a fun part of our Palenque visit. When we were done with our guide, we soon found ourselves surrounded by a group of middle schoolers in uniform. Turns out they were doing a project for their English class and they were required to interview native English speakers for it. They each had their list of prepared questions and we were all 3 targeted. Some spoke and understood a little better than others, but it was a fun diversion and shady rest under the trees after tramping around the hot ruins.
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Love it Susie. Beautiful shots. Can't wait for the rest.
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Wow, what wonderful adventures you have! Can't wait for the next installment!
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I really love reading these reports. Such an adventure. Susie and Sarah, you both look beautiful as always. Neither of you needs makeup. And Rick, you look okay too although it'd be fun to see what you look like with makeup

I love this picture. How sweet is that???


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Thanks for sharing and taking the time to post all this!
Looking forward to what has yet to follow!
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This sucks...reading this. I wish I was there... Instead I was home having the worst week of my life...

Hope you guys had fun!
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This sucks...reading this. I wish I was there... Instead I was home having the worst week of my life...

Hope you guys had fun!
Well, at least that is out of the way now
by definition next week has gotta be better.

I ache to be there (in Mexico) also
but for different reasons, I imagine
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This sucks...reading this. I wish I was there... Instead I was home having the worst week of my life...

Hope you guys had fun!
sorry dude
we all wished you were there

anyway...
didn't quite make it 460 miles the second day
oh...and i DON"T drive 460 miles for just ruins
(Susie loves ruins - I have a so-so relationship with ruins)

This day was more like 30 miles and what a beauty it was,
and the beginning of the mountain trek
Right now i will just say that Mexico doesn't have the same safety codes for mountain roads (or roads in general) as the US.
Like guardrails. Or width. Or signs that might say "Road Ends".

Here's the day two progress - Ending in Agua Azul

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(Susie loves ruins - I have a so-so relationship with ruins)
Did you enjoyed the waterfalls by the ruins? Or you didn´t go that way?


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Right now i will just say that Mexico doesn't have the same safety codes for mountain roads (or roads in general) as the US.
Safety what? In that area? Are you jocking?
You only find that in toll highways or nearer big cities, if any.
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Did you enjoyed the waterfalls by the ruins? Or you didn´t go that way?




Safety what? In that area? Are you jocking?
You only find that in toll highways or nearer big cities, if any.
waterfalls
yeah - nice!
next segment coming up with nice photos
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Okay, so on to the waterfalls at Misol Ha, with a fresh camera battery loaded and ready. This area was also crowded, but beautiful. Here's some proof.









Rick couldn't resist this shot...



These guys were jumping off one of the cliffs... we were NOT in line behind them!





So, we have other sites to see and we don't know where we're staying this night. Better get back on the road...

Next segment... aggressive natives appear!
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