Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cancun Birthday Trip #1: Arrival

Flying to Cancun!
 Tom turns 50 (shhhh!) on the 23rd, and he wanted to go somewhere warm to celebrate, so I took him to Cancun. We went to AAA travel where Melanie put together a great and organized trip for us.
Cloudy on Day 1
Tom's first Cancun Margarita!
  We had been to Cancun, Mexico only once before during a cruise excursion where we took a bus to the Mayan ruins of the city of Tulum so we never experienced the downtown area or the hotels, beaches, etc. This time we took it all in.
  We left on Thursday, Nov. 14 and it took 3 1/2 hours to fly there via AirTran airlines. The flight was on-time.
  Thanks to the AAA Travel Agent organizing a shuttle, the airport and transfer went very well back and forth.
We made it to the hotel!


Tom in the driveway of Oasis Sens- it was high up!



THE RESORT -   The resort was nice. It's called Oasis Sens and there are several Oasis-related all-inclusive resorts along the beach strip. There's basically a strip of beach that extends from the coast like a backwards "C"  and the east side of the 16 mile strip is peppered with hotels on the beach front facing the Gulf of Mexico. The other side of the strip holds a lagoon, and there's not much on that side (west side).  Walking down the strip isn't really an option - the sidewalks just go past all the resorts. 
   Check in was easy enough. People spoke Spanish and English. Well, some spoke "Spanglish" and were a little hard to understand.

A cloudy welcome
ROOMS - The rooms were nice- mostly all in white  and we had a Gulf of Mexico beach view so we could hear the large waves crashing all the time outside. The air conditioning struggled to keep up with the excessive humidity so everything paper we brought to read would up getting somewhat soggy!  The floors throughout the room and hotel were tile. So the wet hallways always made it a challenge to walk sometimes. Fortunately we didn't fall. :)  I made a little video of our room.

Uh-oh! Tom was out of Margarita!
CLOUDY WITH RAIN - We arrived in the mid-afternoon on the first day and it really wasn't a beach day. In fact, it was cloudy and breezy. There was a stationary front on top of the Yucatan Peninsula that would be hanging around for a couple of days keeping the clouds, the wind and the very, very rough surf. 

MARGARITAVILLE- Tom loved his margaritas. Here's a picture of him after his margarita ran out! :)



NEXT: DOWNTOWN CANCUN AND SCAMMING

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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