What better way to end a day out with one of your closest friends, than to spend it taking in one of the best views of the Poconos from the Big Pocono State Park?
During the summer, you know, that season that occurred a few short months ago (I am very behind, I realize this. Moving on…), my friend Jody and I decided to go to the one of the nearest Pennsylvania state parks, Big Pocono State Park. I have hiked up to the peak of this particular park when I was young and I took Adam there in the fall, but this was my friend’s first time there. It really was a beautiful, clear, allergy filled visit!
…and that time I left my actual camera in the car.
Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula specifically, is well known for it’s beaches and ruins, but there is another reason people visit this particular area: to swim in Mexico’s cenotes.
Cenotes are natural, clear, and albeit, chilly swimming holes. Essentially, they are sinkholes that were caused by limestone bedrock collapsing beneath the surface. The water below the surface would become exposed, resulting in these beautiful pools of water. While some of these cenotes in Mexico are similar to caves where they only have a small opening to enter, others are completely exposed, like a lake.
To say that our Fourth of July weekend was a busy one would be an understatement.
Our weekend was jam-packed.
Now, for the past few years we have typically spent our Independence Day with my family. We would spend our day hanging out and grilling, but this year was a bit more hectic (primarily due to the fact that we actually have friends around here, which is practically a damn miracle). Between a dinner and a movie double date on Friday, a pool party and work on Saturday, hanging out with our friends by the pool grilling and swimming followed by another visit with a few of our other friends on Sunday, grilling with the family on Monday and celebrating Independence Day by going to Fourth on the Field at Coca Cola Park in the Lehigh Valley to see the fireworks with a few of our friends, we were in DIRE need of an extra weekend to recover from our weekend.
Have you ever spent hours trying to find something only to find out that it was hidden in plain sight after you’d given up trying to find it?
That was our experience with the Tulum Ruins in Mexico.
The day prior to our actual arrival at the Tulum ruins we spent hours driving up and down speed-bumped streets trying to get to the Tulum ruins in Mexico. Thanks to our not so handy GPS, instead of being sent to the ruins, we were sent to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Not exactly where we planned to see ruins. Just as we were heading in the right direction, following signs to the ruins (we found out the following day), we were spent, cranky, and decided to pack it in.
Let’s just get one thing straight: I love turtles. For realz. In fact, at 20 years old I got a sea turtle tattooed on my back because of my love for turtles and Mackinac Island. So, this may come as no surprise to you that I literally jumped at the opportunity to swim among the turtles.
When searching for things to do on the Eastern side of the Yucatan we quickly came across the idea of snorkeling with sea turtles at Akumal, which is known as the “Place of Turtles.” Clever, huh? The sea turtles at Akumal lay their eggs during May/June and come November they hatch and are released into the ocean. Unfortunately, we were there during the wrong month.