We left Miami feeling good. It was a short and sweet stopover. I could have stayed a few more days, but heck, we were headed to Cancun! We stocked up on sunscreen and aloe vera gel for another week of warm beaches and sunshine, yoga sessions and barefoot beach runs. Let’s do this…right?!
And then God has his/her own plan. The one, that when it doesn’t line up with your own, you just can’t believe it. You’ve already pictured how your plan was going to play out and you really liked it! Yes, the joke was on us!
The Marriott in Cancun was a lovely place. I couldn’t believe the outside picture we were seeing. It reminded me of a Pacific Northwest winter day–raining cats and dogs with high winds. Two differences though: (1) I could see palm trees swaying in the wind and (2) it was still warm outside. Ok, thank you! Starting to ease back into gratefulness, we were going to once again, make the best of it. I could handle a few rainy days–give my skin a break from the sun rays, catch up on my blog posts and maybe watch some movies. New plan, not so bad!
And you bet I helped eat those chips. They went perfectly with our morning coffee.
To our surprise (and disappointment), the hotel didn’t have a Mexican restaurant on site. They had an American Sports Bar (really?!) and an Argentinian Steakhouse (REALLY?!). Took me awhile to laugh about that, so in the meantime, we drove our spiffy rental car (I regret not having a picture of it! …think old, small–just enough room to transport our bags and ourselves from the airport to our hotel–and no power steering. Ha!). We found a healthy and super tasty Mexican restaurant in town and we also found a Mega store to get our Greek yogurt and granola for our breakfasts.
After the fourth day of absolutely zero sunshine and feeling ourselves slowly slip into “seasonal depression”, we decided to take a two hour road trip south to Tulum. A simple day trip to explore and renew our energy. We were hopeful for sunshine (brought our swimsuits) and prepared for more rain (light jackets and hoodies). And what do you know? In Tulum we found Mayan ruins AND sunshine!
It didn’t take us long to find the coast line. And oh was it stunning!!!
After about 20 minutes of touring the ruins we found ourselves caught in a downpour. We had left our swimsuits in the car, along with our jackets!
It was still fun because we weren’t cold. In fact, on our 1/2 mile walk back to the restaurants and other tourists attractions, we dried out pretty well. We found another Mexican restaurant (yay!), so we sat down for chips and salsa, refreshing drinks and televised professional beach volleyball. Super content!
Since we didn’t get any beach time in Tulum, we agreed to stop in Playa del Carmen–another popular beach town. It’s the perfect 1/2 way point heading back to Cancun. There we found a nice beach, quite a few other tourists and even a Starbucks. I just can’t keep him away from his Starbucks 😉
We made it back to our hotel early that evening and somehow encouraged each other to do some yoga to end the day. We were tired, but we’ve never regretted doing a little yoga. So we did. There was even a break in the weather in Cancun! The next two days we enjoyed more exercise and some relaxing beach time.
We ended up leaving Cancun a day early. Not bitter, just excited to see familiar faces and to step foot again in the wonderful United States of America. We had chalked up enough beach time and I got my fill of hotels to last me a looong time. We figured we had a few more months of free time, so we could make the rounds to see the majority of our family and friends.
Next stop: Oregon!