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Hopefully you were able to enjoy with me a bit of my Cancun trip. Heaven on earth, and now I'll always long to go back. We have won several trips with Mannatech, and only have been able (for various extenuating circumstances) to go on a cruise to Cozumel. It was fun, and I enjoyed it, but it can't even compare to Cancun and the Palace Resorts. They are an all inclusive vacation - as in meals, drinks, activities, even several tours to choose from! We didn't arrive until well after lunch on Monday, but we were able to get acquainted with the Resort, have a drink and enjoy a nice dinner, as well as book my horseback riding trip for Tuesday. Tuesday morning we 'earned' a $200 Spa certificate by listening to their sales pitch. Actually I would have bought in on the spot if it weren't for our timeshare. I am still working on making it happen! Most of the rest of the day was spent at Loma Bonitas (the ranch where we rode horses on the beach.) All our tour guides had great senses of humor, and we had alot of fun. The ride out to the beach was rather boring. There were about 40 people in our group, and for the most part we simply walked single file down the trail. I almost didn't get to fulfill my lifelong dream because I did't tell them at the ranch that I wanted to gallop down the beach. They were reluctant to let me go since I hadn't signed a waiver, but even in Mexico money talks. :) Thankfully it was uneventful and I managed to keep my seat. Fernando, my riding 'partner' warned me that there would be no cantering, and he was true to his word. We went from a walk to a dead run. The horses seemed to enjoy themselves as much as I did. We walked most of the way back, and I asked if we could canter the last several hundred feet. It didn't take much to get them going, but it took alot to get them to slow back down. :) The rush is undescribable. If you've never galloped at full throttle, I don't think I can possibly explain the feeling. Better than sex? And we have good sex! LOL Then we swam the horses out in the water, changed clothes, and headed back. We ended up buying a bottle of Tequila there. They have a micro-brewery and specialize in flavord Tequila. I have never tasted it before so I have nothing to compare it to, but it was really good. I liked the Coffee flavored best, but we ended up getting almond because I liked the decorative bottle it was in better. I am sure the guy was thinking, "just like a woman." LOL
On Wednesday we visited Chichen Itza and got a chance to see some smaller modern day Mayan villages along the way. They still live in thatch huts and their goats and sheep roam loose in the streets. The peddlars were annoying, but it was very informative and enjoyable over all. The bus trip was long, and we wished for more time at the ruins. I did get the girls some silver earrings, and some Mexican noise making toys for the younger children.
On Thursday we went to Coba - very similar experiences that we had a Chichen Itza, but we had a different tour guide and learned some different things.
The week flew by, and Friday was spent mainly in transit. We did have time to enjoy the jacuzzi a couple of times, and we met some very nice people. The service was fit for royalty.
It seems like eons ago already, and I am already trying to figure out a strategy for winning the trip again next year. LOL  Anybody else interested in an all expenses paid vacation? The only thing that would have made it more fun would have been to have more of my friends there! :)



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