Wednesday, February 2, 2011


In June of 1999 DH went with a group of university professors 
on a trip to learn about ancient cultures of Mexico and Guatemala.  
Spouses were invited along.  I didn’t have to be asked twice.

 We spent two weeks visiting some amazing places and toured the ruins 
of Teotihuacán, Tikal and Chichen Itzà.  
Before we returned we spent two days and a night 
in a little village on the Caribbean.

DH and I brought along our snorkel gear and were enchanted 
by the beauty of the life in the coral reefs 
just yards from our bungalow on the beach.

 We vowed some day to return.

For a long time we could only watch that turquoise sea 
on the Akumal beach webcam. 
Finally, after twelve years, the pieces of our plans came together.

The morning after we arrived we found the web cam 
on a restaurant by the sea.  We texted our daughters in 
Utah and Idaho and told them to check us out on their computers.

 I wrote, “HI ANN” in the sand 
and we received excited text back that they could see us. 

A friendly couple came by with the same kind of idea.  
She was from the United States and he was originally from Germany.

While we visited with the wife he grabbed a piece of coral from the sand 
and proceeded to write, “BERLIN” for his friends to see back in Germany

 As a result the screen shots our daughter saved on her computer 
have the rear end of this geezer wearing a  floppy hat 
and long black socks—one up to the knee and one down.

 We didn’t care.  We were in paradise.


susan m hinckley said...

Lovely! So glad you were able to visit your paradise -- we have a few beautiful spots that we return to now and then as well (and dream of them while we're stuck in MN.)

As for flying, I've often said I have no fear of flying. It's fear of NOT flying. As long as we can keep the thing in the air, we're okay . . .

Flea said...

How very cool! Looks like a lovely time!

Linda Sue said...

Looks like a bunch of tourists alright! White folks with funny hats and the sand? Quick thinking about the message for web cam- very cool!

TALON said...

lol! I've just had a flashback to an uncle who used to wear knee socks and shorts - not pretty!

I'm glad you got to go back to such a lovely place, Leenie!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful - there's a webcam in Hawick - but somehow it doesn't have the same appeal as yours!!

Maude Lynn said...

How cool!

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed this and the previous posts. You're having so much fun! Must have bought a big smile to your daughter's face too!

Janie said...

It definitely looks like paradise there. What a lovely place.

Jill said...

Leenie, just caught up on your posts- I have been absent myself, but it was a mental state rather than a holida! Really enjoyed catching up with you. Loved your snow description and your vacation tales, welcome home from paradise.