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
and Chichen Itzà. Tikal
Before we returned we spent two days and a night
in a little village on the
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
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.