I was not super excited to go on this cruise, stress of impending hurricane, lots of work stuff to do, tenants that had not paid, the usual life BS. BUT, I let go for a couple of days (yes I did do some work during the last day at sea to redesign the website at www.CMEworks.com) When you are “out of touch” with the real world by force, since my phone did not work most of the time, it forces you to unplug, get into the moment, and actually enjoy yourself. The all-you-can-eat softserve machine is one of my favorites and I will not cruise without one. My personal best this trip “7” in one 12 hour period. Now I will clarify that by saying the cones the little chinese guy was making were 1/2 the size that I would normally make, AND they were frozen yogurt, so not as bad as it sounds.
In Key West, I was still wound a little tight. It took until the full day at sea on the way to Cozumel before I fully felt relaxed enough for me to finally unplug. I took a nap that day of about 3 hours. From that point on, I enjoyed myself and just let things happen. I will say that there are lots of little things these days that are just seem to push my buttons., but I digress.
Cozumel, Mexico.. not a fan for the most part. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville has this banana mudslide that is pretty awesome, all 32 oz of it, but when you get the bill after getting one of those drinks, there is a bit of “sticker shock” and believe me, ONE 32 oz drink is PLENTY to make you feel happy again!
HOWEVER, once you have that drink, then you get the bill, the BIG number said $768.00, I said, out loud, HOLY CRAP! I had forgotten that they have a different money Mexico, and that number was in Mexican Pesos… The real number is below and in “Dolares” which I guess is spanish for “Dollars” so not too bed for 2 drinks, and lunch… The other thing that threw me off was the time change. They told us they were turning the ships’ clocks back by one hour, but the time did not change on my phone. I got some “spotty” reception but my time was still EST. We had to be back to the ship no later than 4:30pm and we just sat down to eat, I look at my phone to check the time, it said 4:00pm. Looked at the wife, looked at the waiter as he finished taking my order and said, “we would like all of this “to go”…”. Wife looked at me with a strange look, checked her phone and said, “it is only 3:00pm no need to rush”. That wave of panic twisted me back tight again, and I could not relax until the alcohol hit me about 30 minutes later, Then I was peachy.
First thing that morning, we set of on a “jeep adventure” to see a small mayan ruin and one of the 2 lighthouses on the island. We got partnered up with another couple, who we just were not compatible with. The jeep tour was pretty lame, driving myself in a jeep behind several other jeeps, in traffic, to see some old block structure, some crocodiles, and drive on a dirt road to the lighthouse, which really was the highlight of the trip…
I tried something new with the panorama feature on my phone. I only got a partial shot, but it was pretty cool none the less. If I could have gotten all the way around without people being there, that would have made for one hell of a shot. Next one that we go to, I am going to try that. But the view was spectacular, the ocean and the swamp, together in the same pic was stunning. So although most of the day trip was a disappointment, the lighthouse, was really cool. In addition, the inside steps were all concrete, instead of welded or bolted metal metal stairs that make you feel like you are going to fall at any moment. I also got this really cool shot looking up to the top of the Key West lighthouse from the entrance. I did it in color and in black & white and the black & white just hit it!
Of course the Jeep Tour people have you stop and take your picture so they have one more thing to sell you in the end, and I of course bought mine. The “younger” crowd will notice my action in this photo, the older folks will have no clue. So I am going to leave it that way. It is no wonder that the older people don’t understand since this was a thing that went around a high school yearbook several years ago, and when the administration found out, they removed all the pictures. Even Michelle did not see it when they were trying to sell the photos to us. I had to have it though just for the “shocker” value!
Once home, back to the life of stress…