This little pile of rope was very soft and worn. I enjoyed sitting a while.
It was actually at the bottom of a long, stretched out, piece of rope.
I was sitting at the bottom of a temple that was once part of the ancient Mayan city of Coba. Above me, there were 120 steps.
At the Top
I could not even climb one step. So Beth carried me in her camera bag and climbed to the top. This is the metal ring that holds the rope.
Enjoying the View
I sat on the ring and Beth sat on the top step. We watched the people climbing up. Going down was scarier and that's when people held the rope. We didn't tell them that the rope looked a little raveled, up at the top.
You would never know I was in Mexico.
They have green succulent plants like these, lot of places.
Some of these aren't at all cozy for lounging around.
Behind me is the most lovely, blue-green water. Now you can tell I'm in Cozumel.
Bread of the Dead
It is November first and we are still in Mexico. Beth is trying to please me with more sweet foods. She said this was "Bread of the Dead" and I said, "What!"
Beth said it really wasn't scary. In Mexico, this is Day of the Dead. It's a day to celebrate those who have died. She and Don went to the grocery store and brought me back the traditional sweet treat that is enjoyed on Dia de Muertos. It smelled very good.
Ruins and a Flower
It was hot when we visited the ruins of Chichen Itza. I hid under the shade of a flower for a while.
Beth insisted I be in a photo with the most famous of the old Maya ruins. But El Castillo was very blurred in this photo.
You can guess whose hand that is. The blur behind me is El Castillo.
Sharing the Spotlight
Beth wanted to hold me in this photo. Yep, the ruins are in focus, but I'm not. Beth just wanted to hog the spotlight. She's in focus, too.
If you wander off a while you can find some ruins that aren't totally protected by ropes. I sat right down on one big, chunky circle. You can see the columns in the distance, behind me. I love being right in the middle of Mayan history!
Beth dragged me out at 6:15, but the sunrise was blocked by clouds.
Up and Away
I decided to find a place to relax, away from the sand and water. I clung tight to the ropes.
This is confusing.
Beth and Don took me to Mexico. Beth thought it was a clever idea to pack along some Easter bunnies, since we would be away during the holiday. On Easter morning I thought there would be jelly beans and dyed eggs... pastel colors at the very least. But, there were no signs of Easter. Beth's hotel coffee came in a Santa mug.
This is just not right.
Ship and Burro
Last spring I arrived in Cozumel, Mexico on a big cruise ship. It was a little different this year.
Pardo the Burro
This time I rode across the Rio Grande in a rowboat and traveled up a dirt road on my buddy Pardo.
Tacos in Boquillas
Only now and then do I pose on a plate for travel photos. I did it once with oysters and maybe once with shrimp. But I was so excited about my visit to the village of Boquillas, that I just had to sit next to these steamy chicken tacos!
Plus, there was a great view!
By the way, I did not have any beer. I like to be extra alert when I'm riding burros!
Another Country for my List!
Here I am in a palm tree on the island of Cozumel.
But I've actually posed with palm trees in Texas, so that wasn't a new adventure.
Posing with an Instrument
Now this is a first! Not only did I pose on this giant instrument, but it was being played while I sat there!
People talk about feeling the music! I felt every humming note as I sat next to those vibrating strings! I will remember this fine musician and his colorful music more than any of those palm trees!
My mom gave me this tiny bear over 25 years ago... because I like small things.