Just a hop skip and a jump through the winding green jungleous mountains of the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca, and we arrived at Lake Bacalar. Passing by acres upon acres of blooming sugar cane fields. Stunning.
We had hoped to camp at this campground that I found randomly on Pinterest about six months ago, it has a swing set placed just above the shallow lake. Your feet get wet but your head stays above water, totally my style. Buuut, we were turned away because they don't accept dogs. No big deal, it was pretty over crowded with people. Just a few miles down there was a parking lot next to a restaurant that worked out perfectly for us. Big grassy lot right next to the lake with a long wooden dock and two water slides! Dogs were happy to roam and we were happy to swim and enjoy the lake. I actually swam laps if you can believe it. Sunset was perfect. Sitting on the dock with my love, feetsies in the warm water with pastel colors as far as the eye could see.
The next morning we got a late start and made our way to Puerto Morelos, just a 3.5 hour drive up the coast towards Cancun. There aren't a lot of great camping options in the Cancun area (mainly because of the dogs), so we settled on a parking lot near the beach in an ally. Sounds sketchy but it was wonderful, the only worry we had-- ANTS. The beach was full of families of all kinds, made for exceptional people watching. We spent most of our day and night walking the beach and streets, not our cup of tea but I imagine Puerto Morelos would be a great destination if you have kids and are looking for a little beach time for a week or two.
With quite a long chore list and about 5 days until Chuck and Tasha arrived, we headed for the big city, Cancun.
To do list:
4 of the 6 were completed on our first day, we make quite the efficient team. Found a nice shop owned by an english speaking Peruvian couple. New brakes and calipers, maintenance we actually planned on! They have already saved us from hitting multiple topes at full speed. The owner called her waxing lady and made me an appointment for right then. Annnnnd there was a laundry place right across the street. Three birds, one stone. The next day we did find a car wash and they did an exceptional job, felt like a whole new truck!
Last but not least, my poor laptop. It randomly decided to not turn on a few weeks ago with out warning and then two hours later booted itself up and was operating at a snails pace with the fan constantly running. At least it was on? After hours of research and following all the instructions on all of google, still no luck. She needed to go to the doctor. A few days at the Cancun laptop doctor and we were told the logic board was super dirty and possibly not salvageable. Greeaaat. So my new laptop has no brain basically. Thankfully, it is covered under warranty and will either be repaired or replaced at no expense to us. The down side is I don't have a laptop to edit photos or video, hence the wordy blog posts sans photos. I am sure eventually I will go back and add photos. In the meantime, I am not going to worry about it and be thankful I didn't loose any of my files (I store them all on an external hard drive). About 10 years ago I had my camera stolen in Argentina and lost a large number of photos from my trip in South America, it just about crushed my soul. Lesson learned and everything gets triple backed up and stored in numerous places.
Cancun was certainly not all running around checking things off our to do list. It has a lot to offer if you manage to squirm your way around and past the crowds. Or just embrace it and take them head on. We did both. One of our favorite free activities other than walking the endless beaches, is people watching. Where better to go people watching than at a busy shopping center right on the water. Coach, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, allll the fancy stores. Most with security guards at the door (which is locked until you walk right up to it, and then then unlock it). Looking and smelling as if we had just crawled out of the gutter we walked up to the large glass door at Tiffany's and waited for the guard to press the hidden unlock button.. The staff was so friendly to us even though we clearly were just looking. After walking through all the expensive shops looking at over priced watches and purses, we parked our booties at a restaurant on the water and enjoyed a cold beverage in our new prime people watching spot.
Isla Blanca, a long skinny peninsula just north of Cancun. Where the clear blue water is shallow enough to walk out a half mile and still only be up to your knees. It definitely is making the top 5 list of our favorite spots. We drove in the sand as far as the beach would allow and parked to where we could see ocean in every direction. It took a few tries and almost getting stuck in the sand but we found the perfect spot. 5pm, all the kite surfers and beach goers had called it a day and the beach was all ours. Shredded beef tacos for dinner and Jackass episodes off Youtube for some late night entertainment.
Back to Cancun the next day to await the arrive of Chuck and Tasha and find a carwash, salt water under the truck= no bueno.