We celebrated Deborah's 50th birthday on the Yucatan Peninsula at Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
|Akumal is down the peninsula from Cancun,
south of the Cozumel ferry at Playa del Carmen, and just north of the famous Tulum ruins.
|Sunrise from our balcony overlooking Half Moon Bay.|
|One afternoon around happy hour, we watched this
waterspout materialize somewhere off the southern tip of Cozumel,
cross the bay in front of us, and dissipate once it reached land
around the point at Akumal Bay. You might notice a small plane
flying over to check it out.
|On Deborah's birthday, we went to La Lunita, a small restaurant down the beach from our condo. We had delicious food ironically accompanied by music from Northern Nigeria.|
|Liz, Dennis and Deborah getting ready to take a dip in the crashing waves at Anna and Jose's Restaurant/Hotel south of Akumal.|
|Liz and Dennis took a sunset stroll along the beach at Anna and Jose's.|
|I followed these guys around Half Moon Bay for a while, hoping they would lead me to larger fish.|
|First, they led me to this "pencilfish." Too bad I didn't get a shot of its purple and pink polka-dotted brethren.|
|Sure enough, sooner or later I latched onto this big fella, and followed him until he lost me in the coral shallows.|
|And then, out of the corner of my eye, this huge (or so it seemed) 'cuda loomed out of the reef. I had heard of this beast from Dennis, who'd narrowly escaped a close encounter with this Jaws wannabe. I spun around, snapped a shot, and disappeared before he could include me in his dinner menu.|
|When the seas were rough in Half Moon Bay, we snorkeled at Yal-Ku lagoon, a sheltered maze of crystal clear pools surrounded by volcanic rock and the occasional iguana.|
|The lagoon is home to scores of colorful fish like these striped guys who followed us everywhere.|
|Schools of these long-nosed pencil thin silver fish floated just below the surface of the lagoon. After I ran out of film, Deborah and I discovered dozens of their big brothers hovering over a huge school of hundred of thousands of identical fish doing what looked like synchronized underwater Tai Chi, waiting for easy lunch to present itself.|
Tulum is a remarkably picturesque Mayan temple built right on the coast.
|Liz and Dennis commented that the Mayans really knew what they were doing when they built the Tulum temple in this fantastic setting.|
|Looks a lot like paradise.|
|Tulum combines two of Deborah's favorite Mexican activities: beach and archeology.|
We returned from our trip tanned and rested, ready to party like it's the year 2000 a couple of weeks later.