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My Beloved Xpu-Ha

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Of all of the places we’ve visited so far the campsite at Xpu-Ha has to be one of my favorites.  It is also one of the places where I could imagine spending a lot of time each year.  If it had been up to me I would have spent another month there, but Matthias was getting a little antsy and ready to move on, so we did.  We do have a lot of miles to drive so I understand why it was a good idea to leave.  One of Matthias’ favorite sayings is that it is best to leave the party when it’s at its peak.  He does have a good point because now I’m left with great memories and no regrets.

There is a 4-lane highway that goes down the coast of the Yucatan peninsula from Cancun to Tulum.  This area is called the Riviera Maya and it is one resort after another.  About 70 kilometers south of Cancun there is an area called Xpu-Ha.  A little dirt road goes from the main road down to the Bonanza camping grounds – one of the last non-resort and family-run sections of beach.  The campground is right on the beach and when you first drive in you drive onto the most perfect white sand you have ever seen.  There are no lines or barriers or individual campsites anywhere.  There are just a bunch of palm trees, and a few campers nestled in amongst them.  There are 2 full-time campers who have RVs parked there the entire year.  There is another woman who comes down for 6 months out of the year and a handful of others that keep coming and going throughout the year.  The last time we left this campground there were only 4 other people staying their besides us. 

Our campsite at Xpu-Ha

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Spontaneity at Its Worst

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

One of the most beautiful aspects of our trip is the fact that we can be so spontaneous.  We can change plans at a moment’s notice, go wherever we want, take as much time as we feel like, etc.  If we are tired of tired of driving, we can just stay put.  We are not bound by vacation schedules, return flights or two weeks of vacation per year.  Except for a few instances where we had to meet someone at a certain date we have been able to travel this way for our entire trip.  We’ve met a lot of people on the amazing beaches of the Yucatan who are only there for a week.  I’ve realized that it is a true luxury to be able to travel as we are and stay longer if we want to, or even be able to just come back since we hadn’t had enough.

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My Bout with Dengue Fever

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
Dengue fever (IPA: ['deŋgeɪ]) and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) are acute febrile diseases, found in the tropics, with a geographical spread similar ... [Continue reading this entry]

Cenotes and Hammocks in Merida

Thursday, April 19th, 2007
Once we bid farewell to Jazzy-Fizzle we started driving west to Valladolid, where we spent one night in a hotel.  We figured out that we had been camping for a solid month without a break.  The kids had ... [Continue reading this entry]

Two Weeks with Jazzy Fizzle

Friday, April 13th, 2007

A couple of months ago when Matthias was talking to his family in Germany our nephew Justin (whose friends coined him the Snoop-lingo nickname Jazzy-Fizzle) said he wanted to come visit us during his spring break.  We looked ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tourists on the Yucatan Peninsula

Monday, April 9th, 2007

After Palenque we spent a few nights in Chetumal (on the Caribbean coast just north of the Belize border) doing laundry and stocking up on supplies. Our next stop was Mahahual. This town is on the coast of ... [Continue reading this entry]

Long Time no Post

Monday, April 2nd, 2007
Sorry we have been so bad about posting updates lately. We are doing very well. We have been on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. We found a great camping spot right on the white sand beach. ... [Continue reading this entry]