Then we headed south, away from the national parks. We'll take the next two days to get back to Vegas for our flight home.
Tonight, we're in Kingman, AZ, on historic Route 66. Even our motel follows the Mother Road theme, with lots of memorabilia and a cute soda shop breakfast room. It was 96 degrees when we rolled in at 6pm, so I was happy to try out their big swimming pool. Bliss.
Back to the Canyon in the morning. At least it isn't as hot here-- only 87 degrees and bright sunshine.
I thought it was cooler, until I stepped into the outdoor heated pool,,, Brrrrr! the pool was only 84 degrees! I nearly froze, Luckily the jacuzzi was a toasty 104 degrees...
(I notice that they have a TV satellite dish.)
24 Feb. 2009
Bahias de Huatulco is on the Mexican Riviera, It is home to upscale boutiques and fishing boats. We stopped at a viewpoint for a last look at the Pacific Ocean. The rest of our trip would be inland.
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21 Feb. 2009
Bus departed Ciudad del Carmen 9:00 a.m.
Another day, another state. And another. We lost time waiting for traffic stalled on the bridge into Tabasco. Armando borrowed binoculars and clambered on top of our bus to investigate. Ria Grijalva meets the Gulf of Mexico with a mud brown line. The state of Tabasco is a flat, steamy lowland; prone to flooding.
19 Feb. 2009
MEXICO 180 from Cancún to Villahermosa
Bus departed 7:00 a.m.
It was a three-hour drive to the crowded most-famous Mayan site, Chichén Itzá (Mouth of the Well of the Itzáes) (Everyone wanted to check off seeing one of the new Seven Wonders of the World). We passed into the state of Yucatán on the way there.
We arrived at 10 a.m. and it was already 95 degrees. Our tour guide was Abel, a young man with a gift of persuasion and a trusty backpack binder. He contrasted “urban legends” of bloody sacrifice with compelling alternate views. We walked around the pyramids trying to imagine the history of this powerful city.
`Tis the season for... Shopping! Last week, my mom and I went tripping to Victoria BC on the big purple bus. Had a great time seeing the Festival of Trees at the Empress Hotel, shopping in Chinatown, and seeing the Christmas lights at the Butchart Garden.
Tomorrow, I take the big purple bus to shop for mis-dips from the chocolate factory and sweatshirts from the Morning Sun outlet. Be still my heart. The Auburn Supermall, too, barring blizzard conditions. Did I mention that it's snowing?
Yes, I'm still trolling for Twilight icons, scanning news for the New Moon movie, and lapsing into other OCD behaviors...