Tranquility and destruction
Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
51Trip End Mar 27, 2010
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Where I stayed
We are only able to stay one night, unfortunately, because between Carnaval and Nicky’s birthday plans at Palenque, that’s all we have
The reserve offers a guided nature walk. Keara and I went while the boys went kayaking. Our guide was very knowledgeable and articulate… at least I think he was; the entire tour was in Spanish so we really only understood about 10 percent. Keara and I each got a mud facial along the way – meaning that the second half of the tour was done with mud on our faces. We got to wash it off ourselves at the end with mineral water. We also got to taste the water using cups fashioned from huge wild cabbage-like leaves – very minerally!
Then Keara and I went for massages. Ahhhhhh! It was Keara’s first massage and afterward, she said, "I want to do that again somewhere; I liked it!" Reminded me of the first time she tried ice cream.
It is just after sunset now and they have turned on the electricity so we have a light in our cabin
Despite Adam’s location being discernable just by listening, the more destructive members of our family here seem to be Jeff and me. Jeff’s first order of business when he got to his cabin was to break the terra cotta frying pan (?). Then in the morning, as I was leaving the boys’ cabin from having just wished Nicky a Happy Birthday, I turned to close the door and I rolled over on my left ankle, fell backwards down the stone steps (I’m fine) and as my feet went flying up over my head, my toe caught the lid of the terra cotta bowl (there are several of these placed precariously around the cabins) sending it flying up over my head to crash down on the stone path three feet behind me. I was just glad nobody saw me.
Another time I was glad nobody saw me was during our mud baths (also included in our stay). Keara and I went believing that we would smear the mud on each other so I planned on only wearing my bikini bottom… but it turns out someone puts the mud on FOR you. So I had to keep my only bra on (somehow, I lost the rest along the way). Then we had to wait for the mud to dry and hope that nobody came along while we looked like half-naked swamp beasts.