For months and months and months, we had been anxiously awaiting some important dignitaries from Nebraska-way: my family :). The plan was to experience some of southern Mexico’s coastal offerings, primarily the Mayan Riveria and the town of Tulum. My folks rented an incredible place called “Nah Uxibal” on the beach just north of the town of Tulum (check it! We were there in the main house :)), and after a 3-hour bus ride to Toluca (near Mexico City) and an hour-and-a-half flight to Cancun (free booze drink
A successful coco hunting experience. No one was
injured despite our crude tools (a hammer) &
the this-could-only-work-in-a-cartoon appearance.
Part of the morning ritual: Dulce de leche coffee a la Sally!
(well, coffee was the ritual;
the ice cream was more of an experiment)
The Mayan ruins at Tulum. Homeboys picked a pretty good spot to set up shop.
La mamacita & I enjoying the view.
Jules decides to OBEY at Tulum...
The über-cute requisite family shot. Thanks, Sally. ;)
Back at home, chillin', readin'...
The eternally cute, & at this moment, drunk, Sally Hunt. :)
And... the steps of the temple at Cobá.
I really wish we had some more Cobá shots– and definitely some cenote shots as well– but you'll have to come by the house for a bit of tequila and the family slideshow one evening instead ;).The day before we left, which turned out to be Easter (for which my parents had brought a bag of chocolate eggs for a good old fashioned egg hunt at the place ;)) and Opening Night of the 2010 MLB season, something else unexpected and wonderful transpired. We were in the town of Akumal, set to enjoy our second meal in a sweet little corner of this quiet/quaint little beachside village, and decided to pop into a picturesque artisanal gift shop before sitting down for seafood and pitchers of real lime (tart and delicious!) margaritas. After doing a little perusing, I spotted something I’d had in mind for Sally; a gift whose significance I hoped would last for us for years and years and years to come. While Sally and my mom visited the facilities, I snuck back and purchased said gift and hid it in my dad’s pack. After a delicious meal– and two pitchers (we were 5 peeps, mind you ;)) of margarita– my folks and bro popped into the same sweet little shop. While they were inside, I sat with Sally and did a little something that surprised both myself and her, you could say: I proposed to her. With a Day of the Dead-themed bride and groom cake topper in lieu of the more traditional engagement ring (in my defense, Sally had said she didn't want one, plus making $5US/hour doesn't exactly create the sort of budget surplus with which you buy big-rock engagement rings). I hadn't been planning on asking her in specific– that day or week or month, per se– but knew by then (and have known) that Sally was (and is!) the one for me and was only waiting for the right time. When this shop happened to have exactly the engagement present I had in mind, with it in hand I knew I couldn’t wait long what with that true a feeling in my heart and a little tequila in my belly; PLUS, I knew she wanted a surprise and surprise her I did! Hopefully you’ve guessed by now that she said “yes” and was crying shortly thereafter– even though she had to read between the lines just a little with my proposal (“Wouldn’t this look lovely atop our wedding cake, mi amor?” instead of “Sally, will you marry me?”) ;). We spent the rest of the day and evening floating (on air), though were sad to see my fam leave from Cancun the following day, especially since all of the drinking and fun-having caught up with my daddy-o's insides that last night– still better than Montezuma's Revenge, though! The good thing with a good girlfriend/fiancé/wife is that she's there for you even in tough moments like that, and true to form, she helped me through the first hours of missing people I love and care for so much. Now she– all official like– will be part of that group of people too, and I part of hers. We can’t hardly wait :).
Proof! Now we're each other's for forever,
AND I can't wait for the tax breaks!
The last bit of news/action I have to share may pale in comparison in terms of its significance for the rest of our lives, etc., but man was it pretty! My friend and boss Adam (proof that not all Canadians are hosers) took Sally and I, along with another good work pal, Shantal, to the Huasteca region of Central Mexico. We camped (drinking and smoking fireside) at a lagoon night one, and spent the next day driving to/diving in one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in my life, let alone in all our time in Mexico: El Puente de Dios. The pictures below do nothing to show how beautiful it was, but until you go for a visit yourself (or do a Google image search), they'll have to do. Not too bad an end of March/beginning of April, huh? :)
Adam and Adam's "camping" luggage.
Stand by me, güey. (en route to the Puente)
Here's a small part of what was waiting for us...
...which led into this incredible bottomless blue pool!
Waterfalls galore and rope about to help move
yourself through the strong current. IN-credible.
We were having a miserable time! It's only too bad we couldn't shoot the
swim-through stalactiten' cave or me pitching my body off a 20-foot
cliff into the pool below!
Oh! And last bit of news if you haven’t gotten wind already (take this as me assuming that most of the people reading this blog are close friends and loved ones, not that we believe news of Sally and Anders is at the top of everyone’s to-know list, searching for our names on Google and shit): we’re headed home! Looking at a flight the week of May 17th (8 months to the day since we first arrived in Vallarta!) to first visit my brother’s new home in Austin, Texas, be back in time for my dad’s birthday the 22nd, and make a couple of important and sure-to-be-rad weddings in May and July. As to our non-exclusively fun reasoning for returning home, it would seem we've arrived together to a moment in our lives where we'd like to invest moreso in our surroundings and our dear ones within them, and for us, that means the good ol' U.S. of A. :)
It’s been a wonderful trip, and though I don’t expect this will be our last post (I certainly hope not!), I hope this news is for you as it is for us: a delightful, exciting, can’t-wait-for-the-rest-of-our-lives cherry on top.
De todos modos, gracias por leer (¡y comentar!) y saluuudos!
P.S. – Before any of the rest of that stuff happened, a good omen for the weeks to follow crossed our path, raising English readers spirits as she did so:
Judge us if you must, but walking home and catching a glimpse of this lady was enough to make us chase her down the block to take a pretend photo of one of the pretty trees newly in bloom. As peeps would say around here, Qué poca! HA! :D