|I was jumping up and down excited|
to see aloe in bloom. I use this plant
extensively for myself and with clients for
cold sores to fertility to ulcers. This was the
first bloom I saw in real life!
Since my valley is still locked into the winter months with plenty of snow and no green things I was pretty excited to see the jungle of the tropics! This photo Friday will be in at least two parts and I hope it gives you a glimpse of this beautiful world down south.
|Hibiscus was in bloom every where we went! It is called jamaica (with a soft j like "haa"). Hibiscus tea is served at practically every restaurant however they add what tastes like an equal amount of sugar to water.|
|After visiting my dad's home in Campeche we headed to Celestun, a beach in the north of the Yucatan. It was beautiful! Our hotel, which was located right on the beach, was $30 a night. Here's my dad walking off into the sunset.|
|A reminder of toilet manners.|
|This area is home to flamingos! I'd never seen one in real life before, much less hundreds at a time. These birds are busy eating shrimp from this river.|
|I admit that I was a little hesitant to eat raw seafood, ceviche, in Mexico. I've heard enough horror stories. But the waiter said it was the house specialty, so I went for it. Absolutely delicious! And yes, that is octopus.|
|This beach was covered in shells. In some places the shells were at least a foot thick.|
|In the smaller towns this was a very common means of transportation - both bike and motorcycle.|
|Here's an orchid I found growing randomly in a hotel entrance. Beautiful!|
|Here's another cenote in the middle of a rather large city, Valladolid. We were there early in the morning. Later in the day it will be full of swimmers and people jumping in from the top!|
|Another common scene in the Yucatan.|
|This photo is just to brag. I did sit in one of those chairs for two glorious days. I read the book 1491 (I highly recommend it) and swam in the water several times a hour. |
Tropical beaches are one of my favorite things on this earth.