Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Oye, It's So Humid, Yet Nice

Today, we decided to go Xel-Ha. We have been there in the past, but that was many, many years ago. I have to say, they have done a great job at this park. Also it was a big plus that there are very few people in the area right now. They say it can be crazy, crowded and that is not for me.

I hesitate to write this next part, because I know my family and friends are suffering through the heat in Texas. However, the humidity is pretty bad here right now. The good thing is, the temperature is not that high. So, we are sweating, but not passing out from heat stroke.

The only reason I mentioned the humidity is that we could hardly change into our bathing suits at Xel-Ha, because we were so sticky. I got my bathing suit half on and then it got stuck. I was beginning to panic that I would have to stay in the dressing room forever.

When we arrived, they were training the dolphins.

Then we happened by the manatees while they were training them and having a manatee experience. I don't want to talk anyone out of the manatee experience, if they want to do it, but the following pictures pretty much shows it all. I am not sure how much personality a manatee has, but I believe I caught most of it.

Here is a close up up of that snout.

Then the couple participating in the manatee experience got to hold his flippers.

Then they just swam around with the manatees. And, that's all folks, for the Manatee Experience.

Next up was snorkeling.
We had not gone far when we came upon a barracuda swimming toward us. Camera settings and trying to get out of his way only gave us this photo.

And this.

The other photographs came out better.

I loved this little school of fish. Barry shot the photos and Chris provided the underwater camera.

Lastly, we went on an Eco Walk and learned about plants and more about Mayans.

Here, we all are in our traditional Mayan clothing.

The caps and visors are a nice touch.

Oh, it just started raining, so we will probably have a little break from the humidity. Sorry. But, it is especially good for me since I think I left my sunglasses in the dressing room during the bathing suit freak- out.

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Jennifer, Jan, and Barry are proud to announce the birth of 150-200
greenback turtles.

Since no lights are allowed during the birth and run to the sea, this is the best photo we could get.

Good luck little turtles.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Thunder, Lightening, and Rain-Oh My!

Early Sunday morning we had a huge thunderstorm. It was wonderful. I wish all of you in Texas could have experienced it.

So we spent the day eating and relaxing like all good vacationers should.

We had breakfast at Turtle Bay.

The gato said, "go home and rest now."

But we went to the el mercado instead.
Here is Jennifer searching through the dairy section.

Barry and the deli employees discussed the correct pronunciation of turkey.

When we arrived back at the house, we found the guard doing his job.

Of it ever rains at home, maybe we can have flowers in our yard.

After the sun came out , we snorkeled in the bay.
Today, we take on the lagoon.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011


Today we left to go to Akumal. We didn't bring the whole family this trip ( guilt, guilt).

We did bring, (ta-da)- The Olers.

Pat and Jennifer are former Mansfieldites, and we were so glad they could come with us. We don't get to see them enough any more.

Today has been mainly a travel day.

Barry and the man next to him became friends on the plane.

Barry liked him enough to show him some magic tricks.

And you know he doesn't do that for just anyone.

Right now we are adjusting to absolutely no breeze. I think that Irene has sucked all the wind out of the sky. I am glad she is not here, but we could stand a little breeze off the ocean.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011


Some people are in the Cone of Uncertainty this week.

Bingo, is in the Cone of Shame.

(if you don't get that joke, you haven't seen the movie, UP. Bingo is a good dog and, therefore, really doesn't feel shameful. He just goes along with my jokes.

Sorry, Bingo, old boy, but you need to heal. Trust us, it is for your own good.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Creature from the Blue Lagoon

There is a creature that has been showing up in our pool lately.

It has feet...

It has a hand...

Sometimes two...

But, most of the time it just floats around like this...

It never seems to notice when someone is around photographing it either. In a little while, it will disappear, and leave that blue shell behind. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Diverse Day

 Yesterday morning the golf course actually looked somewhat serene, not just blazing hot.

 Of course, it was early and this has nothing to do with this post and it did get blazing hot. (Sorry, that was a really bad sentence.)

This was my breakfast and lunch yesterday.

Yum, Yum. I decided to have a pesky abdominal pain checked out before we left on a trip. Everything was fine. I am very healthy. That is all good news. Why doesn't it feel good to spend the money to find that out? Life is strange.

Then we headed to the Ranger game. The wind picked up, the temperature dropped, but the humidity did climb. It rained on the concrete at I-20 and 360.

This photo was taken through the windshield, so the sky came out darker. But, there were clouds with sunlight filtering through, like the cover of a religious magazine. 

We were hoping this was a good sign for the Rangers.

It was Dollar Hot Dog Night. Nolan had cooked a lot of hot dogs. We thought it would be rude not to eat some.

I can't imagine why I have abdominal pains sometimes.
Just as we settled into our seats, a foul ball headed our way. All I know is I heard Barry say,
"Oh, s__t", and I ducked and covered. All those atomic bomb drills of the sixties come in handy at times like this.

Since the foul ball and catch by a fan near us was about the most exciting thing about the whole game, it was caught on television. Can you find us?

There we are. We were very happy that the guy three people down from us caught the ball. The people that look even happier had already had a lot of beers. They were just happy all evening.

This was an interesting section. There were die-hard fans, drunks, and families with cute kids. But, they all loved the Rangers. Those are definitly #1 fan earrings. 

The people watching was good. The baseball was bad. Even BBoy McCoy couldn't save the Rangers.

I have to say where else but America can you have your insides examined and go to a baseball game, all in the same day?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Most Important Thing About Today

Today is Ava's third birthday. Oh my, grandchildren grow so fast.

Too fast for grandparents, that's for sure.

We love you, Ava. Happy Birthday.