Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mexican Ruins still available to visit.

Tulum tells of a long history
--Photo by Eldar Kadymov

My son Randy called me while I was teaching a series of Teacher Training workshops at the Mile High church in Denver and asked if I would like to be his guest on a western Caribbean cruise. I was aware that his wife was pretty far along with their second child and the doctor might not recommend her going. Because of this I had set aside the next two weeks just in case.

His company forwarded the tickets to me by internet in Denver so my flight was direct to Miami the next Monday early.

I was looking forward to spending some time with him and we did have a great time visiting the areas and laying awake at night just talking.
One of the most unusual stops was down the coast of Mexico south of Cancun (which in Spanish means “den of snakes.”), and near the little town of Tulum where one of the most beautiful old Mayan cities still partially stood and the only one overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Perched on a cliff, Tulum is thought to have been a major Mayan port. Here one can see the temple of the descending god and El Castillo a temple on a cliff with commanding splendid views of the coast.
After visiting Tulum we journeyed to Xel-Ha (Mayan for ‘clear water’) the perfect spot for snorkeling and relaxation. This natural aquarium is made up of interconnected clear-water lagoons that form a great habitat for angelfish, lobster, barracuda, parrotfish, French grunts and many others.
My son was excited about snorkeling so got his equipment and headed for the water. The clear water and colorful fish was even pretty for me who had not brought a bathing suit, but enjoyed watching him have-a-ball.
The day came to a close and we headed back to the ship which would travel overnight porting in Key West in the morning.

Key West is a great town to visit with a multitude of stores and famous places to visit. Two of my favorites are the home of Hemingway and the Fisher museum.

But the best part of the trip was the times with my elder son, because life is to short without days of memory.

“By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.”-- 1 Corinthians 15:2

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