Cancun, How Dare You!

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!

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The scenery upon arrival: grey, windy and oh-so rainy!

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!

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Nate cleaning our patio for our first yoga session in Cancun. Like I said, the weather was still warm!
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A few steps outside of our room and this was the view. Always scouting for more yoga spaces and running routes. The turquoise water was gorgeous.
We toured the pool area and it was so windy--couldn't help but laugh:)
We toured the pool area and it was so windy–couldn’t help but laugh:)
When we were sitting in the lobby catching up on social media, a really nice gal asked us if we wanted this unopened bag of Sun Chips. She was leaving for the airport and didn't have any room left. AND they were $10 in the gift shop. Of course we didn't want them to go to waste!
When we were sitting in the lobby catching up on social media, a really nice gal asked us if we wanted this unopened bag of Sun Chips. She was leaving for the airport and didn’t have any room left. AND they were $10 in the gift shop. Of course we didn’t want them to go to waste!

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!

Lathering up on the sunscreen. Feeling happy and carefree!
Lathering up on the sunscreen. Feeling happy and carefree! (And dorky–we have to entertain ourselves, ya know?)
The start of our tour. I loved how green it was and I loved knowing we were about to embark on beautiful waters...
The start of our tour. I loved how green it was and I loved knowing we were about to embark on beautiful waters…
It was so hot, I instantly pulled my hair up and Nate got back to working on his tan.
It was so hot, I instantly pulled my hair up and Nate got back to working on his tan.

It didn’t take us long to find the coast line.  And oh was it stunning!!!

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The brightest turquoise water I’ve ever seen.
Just to prove we were there. #selfies
Just to prove we were there. #selfies
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Standing on the cliff, looking down to the water.
Dark clouds started to roll in.
Clouds started to roll in.
Everything is getting darker....
Everything is getting darker….
...and windier! Huge gust of wind.
…and windier! Huge gust of wind.

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This one just about says it all. Very little sunshine left--dark clouds taking over!
This one just about says it all. Very little sunshine left–dark clouds taking over!

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!

Soaking wet.
Soaking wet.
Taking cover under the trees. We were soaked to the bone in about two minutes!
Taking cover under the trees. We were soaked to the bone in about two minutes!

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 😉

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Enjoying our Zen green teas.

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.068 072 080 074

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Savasana (corpse pose) for final relaxation.
Mexico + Pacificos
Mexico + Pacificos
Journaling time.
Journaling time.
My journal matched the water. I liked that!
My journal matched the water. I liked that!

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!

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