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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Akumal Mexico, Nov. 7-14: Day 2 Comment
    Beth Morris, 12/7/05 10:49:58 am
    We awoke at 7 am to bright sun light streaming into our room. An ocean view also means being woken up early to an eastern sunrise. Ah such is the east coast. The sun over the ocean is breathtaking at that time of day. We went to breakfast at the Turtle Bay Café, where we had heard that they had excellent breakfast and baked goods. Who ever said that wasn’t lying! I ordered fresh squeezed orange juice, a sausage and cheese omelet, bacon, hash browns, and toast. Yes, I was starving! The food was amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever had breakfast that was that great. The bread was fantastic, perfect for toasting. Yum! Greg ordered Eggs Benedict, which from his cleaned plate, I’ll assume was equally as delicious. He drank café con leche. The coffee down here is phenomenal! While we ate, we watched the dogs take turns begging for food. There are dogs everywhere down here. They are called beach dogs, the waiter told us. They belong to no one, yet they belong to everyone. I met a very nice black lab named Derby at lunch the day before and I threw sticks to him in the water at Lol Ha. They are all very sweet and well fed. At the Turtle Bay Café, they sell freshly baked dog biscuits that you can buy for the puppies. At breakfast, we also met a nice woman who owned a home and a jewelry store in Akumal. She told us how she had lived here in Akumal and in Miami, and stories of places all over the world. She also had flight troubles and had to hide from police to leave Merida to get to Akumal.

    After breakfast, we couldn’t wait any longer to get into the ocean and swim. We quickly changed and put on sunscreen and made out way down to the sand. The beach is washed away a good bit, so it isn’t very wide right now. We found a spot and waded in. Half Moon Bay is very rocky and the ocean floor is covered in coral and rocks. There are reefs in most of the bay, so you have to be very careful. You really have to float for the most part. Greg, armed with goggles and an underwater camera, went off in search of sea life. He shot an entire roll of brain coral, sea fans, and small fish. I mainly floated on my back and enjoyed the sun and water. I went back to shore for water and a break and sat at the edge and let the waves wash over my legs. Greg probably swam out 100 feet or so and had a great time exploring.

    Afterwards we came back, showered off all the sand and had a brief siesta. It was then time to go explore the town. We walked around and visited the dive shops to compare activities and prices for fishing, snorkeling, and cenote tours. We looked in a small gift shop, but didn’t find much. We also went to an ecological information area, but it didn’t have a lot to see. By that time we were hungry again, so we went to find a supposed pizzeria. It turns out that Lol Ha is also a pizza place. We went there and ordered a margarita en rocas sin sal for me and a Dos XX for Greg. We also ordered a pepperoni pizza and some fresh fruit. The food was great. They didn’t try to Mexicanize the pizza like a lot of places end up doing down here. Mexican food is great, but some things like pizza are better in original form. What impresses most about the restaurants is the service. As soon as a glass even begins to resemble half empty it’s full. You never have to search for help, a team of people are always there smiling and making sure your every need is attended to. Our Spanish is coming back to us and we can pretty much as for anything we need involving dining. Other things not as much, but we’ll definitely be fed.

    After lunch we came back to the room and decided to go swimming again, but this time in Akumal Bay right in front of Lol Ha. It’s the next bay over from Half Moon Bay (HMB from now on) and our condo. Akumal Bay is much calmer, has a soft sand floor, and a wider beach. I swam around a lot and enjoyed the breeze and the late afternoon sun. After we got out, we dried off, ordered some drinks, and sat in some beach chairs at Lol Ha. Greg left me there for a while to go negotiate fishing and snorkeling prices with Vidal, a fishing company guy that we met earlier that day. After some haggling, he agreed to take us out for 4 hours on Thursday. After such a long day we came back to the condo and relaxed. The sun had already set, so I came out on the balcony to write all of this down. Greg’s reading now as I write this and we’re looking forward to the rest of our trip. Tomorrow…Tulum!

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