Monday, April 11, 2011

I'm Back

You probably didn't know I was gone on vacation last week, since I scheduled posts for while I was away. I meant to get a card made for the new sketch challenge at StampTV today, but I ran out of time and we ran into delays getting home over the weekend, so I'll share a few vacation pictures instead.

Mike and I went to the Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico last week. We had such a great time. It was the first time we have gone to Mexico and there was so much to see and do. We also stayed at an all inclusive resort and that was a first (but not a last) as well. Boy they really spoil you in those resorts.

The photo above is one of the Mayan ruins at Tulum. The ruins here are not as famous as the ones a Chitzen Itza, which we plan to see on our next visit, but there really was a ton to see here and definitely worth the visit.

We went zip-lining over this cenote lagoon and then took a canoe ride back.

It was so pretty looking into the jungle from the canoe.

We went to another cenote at Dos Ojos and did some snorkeling in the caves there. Here we are putting on our snorkel gear.

It was so stunning in there with the stalactites and stalagmites.

Our guide dove down and snapped this photo looking up at me.

Our guide to us to see the cutest spider monkey, called Chato. He was so sweet and put his arm around me while I fed him. Of course, once I ran out of food he really had no further interest in me. LOL

There was also a super adorable baby spider monkey. I fed him, too. Any time I stood still, he would plop himself down on my food and recline against my leg. I could have stayed there all day.

We did some snorkeling at Akumal and saw a bunch of sea turtles, among many other wonderful critters and fish.

The photo of this eagle ray just doesn't do it justice. He was over eight feet across and that tail must have been nearly twenty feet. It was so graceful flying through the water and so enormous.

There were iguanas everywhere, especially at the ruins. Eventually, we got used to them and stopped marveling every few feet.

Lunch at a local restaurant called, Oscar and Lalos. Those are the most amazing mango margaritas ever. The rim the glass with salt and chili powder. Yum!

Here is a sunrise photo taken from the balcony of our room. Yep, I'm ready to go back. Thanks for letting me share. I'll be back with something crafty soon. Have a great day!

23 comments:

Gloria Dojlido said...

Looks like you had a great trip...we were there at the beginnning of February for our 4th time....Love it!

Patti J said...

What a beautiful trip you had! Looks like so much fun! I've never been diving - you are so brave! I would love the zip line, but the iguana's not so much! Girl, the scenery is so gorgeous, and I had to enlarge each photo to see the clarity of the water better! Thanks so much for sharing! I feel like I had a vacation! Hugs...!

catdidit said...

How awesome this looks T! wow! Love that sunrise, it alone would be worth the trip to me!

psstt...you got a 'redneck arm tan' like me!! haha!

Eve said...

Glad to hear that you had fun!! I've lived this kind of place "without jungles - no spcial animals" but the beach, for 12 years, and your snorkeling really reminded me of my life... but apparently you are ready to come back, and CRAFT! lol :-) Thank you for sharing your wonderful pics. :-)

Mrs Ham said...

Theresa you vacation photo are great. It looks as if you and your hubby had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

*Sigh* How amazing, Theresa! Thanks for taking me on a brief trip with your photos! Hmmmm, can we count on a set of exotic creatures soon? Glad you had a great time!

Designs By Sky said...

great pictures. tfs. the last one would make a great card.

Chrysalis said...

Oh my! Looks like the holiday of a lifetime - glad you had such a wonderful experience, and what great pics! Lucky girl! xx

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

It looks like you both had a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing your photos! You sponged the last one, right?

learn oil painting said...

I like your blog!...Daniel

Erica said...

You always do such amazing work, I've wondered if you ever take any time off. Glad to see you do. And what a great time it seems you had. Thanks for sharing.

Betty Benton said...

What a wonderful vacation! Thanks for sharing your pictures and giving us a little taste of all the glorious sights you saw!

lakergirl said...

Hi Theresa...your pictures are beautiful! Now you have to become a scrapbbooker too-lol
We just got in last night from Punta Cana- beautiful area but, the resort was not as I thought it was going to be. Sun burned & glad to be home!!!
Kim

Shari said...

That's where the picture I have on my blog and my GinaK picture are from. Loved the ruins, and stayed just a few minutes away from them at a wonderful resort.Would go back any time. Glad you enjoyed it.

sandyh said...

i love seeing your pictures! i've been to tulum and the area a few times and just love it! i enjoy snorkeling but haven't been in caves like that....how wonderful! beautiful pics and welcome home...
sandyh

Betty Neville said...

Welcome back Theresa! Looks like you had a great time - thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! I always love to look at the different foliage and animals when I go on vacation - really enjoyed your photos!

kellyisascrapdiva said...

Looks like a wonderful trip!

Karr said...

Absolute breathe taking! Looks like you all had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing. I will have to put this ion my list of places to visit for 2012. 2011 is full ;)

Melanie said...

wow, what a trip! great photos, ahh feel like I went with you! look you with that baby monkey, two cuties!

Paulette Still said...

Theresa, What a beautiful vacation! I've been to Tulum and the ruins, creepy and beautiful all at the same time. LOL The ocean there is gorgeous!! And that huge rock stair way, amazing how the temperature changes going down the stairs.

CraftieConnie said...

Lovely Pics Theresa, glad you had such a nice vacation, love the little spider monkey, seems to be taken with you. As always your cards and coloring are stunning and I love looking at your blog!

Marion said...

Wow Theresa your pictures were beautiful. Looks like you had a great time. TFS a part of your trip with us.

Donna said...

thanks for sharing pics from your trip - looks like y'all had a blast! love the monkey resting on your shoe - too cute!