Sunday, February 26, 2012

Let's get on with it.

Okay winter...I am through with you.  I have put in more than enough of my fair share of gym time, cardio...and family time.  I deserve a bit of warm weather and dry pavement.  The gatineau loop and the bike paths are callling my name.  I realize it is only March but cmon.  Don't you think it is time to move along... 

You know you are ready for spring when you are considering taking a vacation somewhere warm just so that you can bring your bike and skates.  lol  How sad is that.  Especially since I am no where NEAR being in shape enough to open my spandex drawer.  Bulking these last few months always comes with a side effect.  A spare tire.  But I am not worried.  I am nothing if not determined.  I see inspiration all around me and that always pushes me in the right direction. 

I am looking forward to seeing my skating group again as well.  It has been too long.  Totally my fault for not keeping in touch.  Hopefully they have all been sitting on the couch all winter and are out of shape so that when we begin skating again I can keep up.  Unlikely but a guy can hope right?  ;)


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shared

got this from facebook.  Thought it was pretty funny...and accurate.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Mexico 2012

Mexico 2012 was awesome.  My best bud and I were prime candidates for a nice relaxing 2.5 weeks in the sun.  It is just what the doctor ordered. 

Here is a quick review.

We bought a tour through Yukatreks to go to Coba and a Cenote.  They had a good review on trip advisor so we felt in good hands.  Turns out, they were right.  The company, employees and everything were perfect.  Reliable, clean, friendly...etc...they had it all.  And they delivered everything they promised.  However, Coba itself was lack luster for me.  I guess the mistake I made was booking the tour in the first place.  I didn't want a walking tour with 20 minutes of explanations at every turn.  I know I should have known better but....  So for over 2 hours, I got the run down of everything Mayan.  Sure it was kinda interesting but most of it had nothing to do with the buildings or structures I was looking at.  Coba, although sprawling over a few kilometers only has a few buildings to offer the tourists.  You can climb the pyramid at the end so that is the saving grace.  For me personally, I would skip this one.  Thumbs up to Yukatreks but not so much to Coba.

Tulum.  For this excursion, we did it alone.  We jumped on the ADO (greyhound) for less than 7 bucks and headed to the ruins.  About an hour to get there.  Tulum was beautiful.  Set on the cliffs, the green grass and trees make it a stunning place to be.  However, the hundreds of tourists can be a detraction from the whole experience.  You are never alone.  There are people everywhere.  The buildings are in good condition and make excellent subjects for photographers.  The sun can be an issue here.  There is little to no shade and taking pics often results in flares in your shots.  Be wary of where the sun is.  It costs about 5 bucks to get in and there is a lot of walking.  Be prepared. 

For the bus, be sure you check out the schedules.  The earliest bus there was about 9 but the earliest back to Playa isn't until 1pm.  You don't want to be just hanging around for nothing.  Zzzzz

Isla Mujeres.  Although we didn't stay overnight here on the island, it is something I would recommend.  If you are taking bus to Cancun and then the ferry to the island, be sure to enjoy it for the day.  We only did a quickie afternoon visit.  Go to the far end of the island and check out the views, spas, cliffs...etc.  It is beautiful.  At night, check out the other end of the island for the nightlife and restaurants.  You can get a hotel room for less than 50$ if you look around.  Be sure to enjoy the beach...it is beautiful.  Total trip from Playa about 25$  Includes ADO, Ferry and taxi.  

Playa itself is awesome.  I can't imagine why anyone would want to go to the Mayan Riv when only an hour away is Playa at probably half the cost.  Look into it....

I will review the restaurants individually in future posts.....

Here are the pics....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30813780@N00/sets/72157629185039893/

and one to water your mouth...


Friday, February 3, 2012

Music

For those of you who sent me an email or facebook requesting a CD of the top tunes of 2011, I haven't forgotten.  I am just back from Mehico... so give me some time to unpack and get organized.  Thx.

A full on Mexico post is forthcoming.