The past week in Mexico was one of the best family vacations I can remember. After a week on the beech, I’m relaxed, well tanned, and overly fed. The resort we stayed in was absolutely gorgeous and my parents had a master suite, with big screen tv, 2 bedrooms, 3 balconies, a well-stocked bar fridge, and a private dipping pool.
I really don’t have any complaints, other than having to make the transition from the heat of Mexico to the frigid cold of Winnipeg on Friday. Kelsey and Kerry’s drunken antics were a bit annoying, but I spent most of my time with Fran’s daughter, Ainsley, so I was able to ignore most of their charades.
The highlights of the week were:
- Snorkelling – the protected bay on the resort was jam packed with colourful fish, eels, and sea rays.
- Beach Volleyball – Ainsley and I played a few games almost everyday. It was great exercise and lots of fun, and a few times we evenly balanced and talented teams with long, exciting rallies.
- Turtle Sanctuary – we visited a turtle sanctuary where we released recently hatched turtles into the ocean. They were so adorable.
- Whale Watching – it took 2 attempts that were almost foiled by hung-over boat drivers and puttering engines, but we finally saw a group of whales put on an amazing show. 3 huge whales and 1 baby spent over half an hour jumping, spinning, and spraying water within a few hundred meters of our boat.
- Buffet Food – Amazing food. Only the daily exercise saved my gut, because I was probably consuming 5000 calories a day. I had refried beans, salsa, and guacamole with almost every meal, and loved all the fresh fruits. Mexican food is my favourite, so this week was a real treat
- Mafia – I think I managed to hook another 20 people on Mafia. When we were leaving, people were talking about having Mafia parties in Winnipeg.
- Customs – Kerry and Tiff got the rubber glove treatment at Canadian customs when we got back to Winnipeg. I was hungry and wanted to get home, so the extra hour wait wasn’t too fun, but the look on the girls’ faces when the customs officers did a thorough search for drugs was worth it.
Glad to hear that you are spreading the Mafia virus!
There is some kickass Whale watching in the pacific north-west. When Sarah and I were taking a ferry from Victoria to Bellingham, our boat happened upon a Super-Pod (4 pods) of Orca whales. ~20 whales in total. Some of the whales actually swam under our ferry (it was a pleasure ferry, so the captain had shut everything down). I think that was a rare occurance, but based on my sample-size of 1 it happens every time.
I’ll second this. I went whale watching out of Victoria a few years back and it was an amazing experience. I had a blast and we saw a tonne of Orcas – some very close to our boat. No jumping, unfortunately, but still an awesome day. I hope to tame a whale and have it jump over me as I stand on a wall of rocks as it flees captivity and heads for the open ocean. I think I will call it… Billy.
Sounds like an awesome trip, Chris! Muy jealous! 🙂