Tuesday, June 2, 2009


We finally went on our trip to Cancun and it was absolutely AMAZING! After months and months of waiting it finally came...and went a little too quickly. I am also happy to report we made it there and back without any scary encounters with drug cartels or coming down with a nasty case of the swine flu. It was actually quiet nice down there because of all the bad PR Mexico got on the news this last month. The resort was not crowded and we never had to wait for anything. There were maybe 10 people on the beach at a time and we always had about 5 servers waiting on us hand and foot. Let me tell you...a girl can get used to that.

There is too much to write about so I thought I would just use pictures. (That's all I really look at on blog anyways.)

This is our hotel: Dreams Cancun all-inclusive resort and spa. I have never been to an all-inclusive resort before but let me tell you that is the way to go. Everything was free game: water sports, restaurants, entertainment, drinks, even the mini bar in your room.

Our room was pretty awesome. We stayed overlooking the dolphin pool. In the morning we would either wake up to crazy chirping birds or the dolphins splashing in the water.

Here is where we spent most of our time...THE BEACH!! The water was clear, blue, and WARM. They had floaty toys and tampolines to play on, kayaks, and snokel gear.

One day we went to Chichen-Itza, an ancient Mayan city. Here we are in front of the famous temple. You can no longer climb the steps up to the top. The craziest thing about the plaza is that when you are standing in the right spot and clap the acoustics somehow make the echo sound like a chirping bird. When our tour guide told us that I didn't believe him but he was so right...it really does sound like a chirping bird and nothing like a clap. CRAZY!
All of the stones had engravings on them. This was on the walls of the 'ball field.' Notice the stick that pierces his nose and the huge earrings. He is thought to be royalty.

The Mayans practiced human sacrifices and are often thought of as violent people. These skull carvings line a huge stage/platform where they performed some of these sacrifices. They also would make human sacrifices by throwing people into a large Cenote, or sink hole, where the person was unable to climb out and would eventually drown.

Before we went to Chichen-Itza, we first made a stop at a Cenote to go for a swim.

Doesn't he look excited to jump in? Or is he scared?

Here is what it looked like from ground level. We then had to make our way down a tunneled stairway with chains as handrails to get to that platform below where all the people are standing.

It was really cool when you got down in there. It was fresh water and there were hundreds of little fish swimming around.

This is a really ugly picture of me but I thought it looked cool with the vines all around.

Here is Brandon jumping from the highest platform. I am proud to say I jumped from there too but mine wasn't nearly as graceful as his dive.

Here we are back at the hotel. There was a light house on the point. We would walk along this path looking for hermit crabs every night and iguanas during the day.

Can you see the iguana?


This is Brandon at our favorite bar...the Sugar Reef. We would lye on the beach and our friend Jimer would come by every so often and bring us Pina Coladas, Tango Mangos, or whatever we wanted. It was bliss!

This was one of the four restaurants at the resort. Most of them were on the beach.
Well that is about it! We had a wonderful time just relaxing and hanging out together. It was the best 2nd honeymoon any girl could ask for! Thanks again Brandon for taking me!


Ali said...

You are one brave pair to go down there at this time! (maybe I've been watching too much of the scare-tactics of the media) I'm glad there were no incidents and it looks heavenly!!

Angel said...

AMAZING! I am extremely tempted to book a trip there right now! :) I'm glad you had such a fun time. It looks awesome!

Camille said...

Wow, Karen! What a trip! That would be a dream for me... :) That's so great that you guys got to do that! It sounds so fun and SO relaxing. I like the being waited on part. :) Also, you look gorgeous in all the pictures!

Stacey said...

SO FUN Karen...I am glad that y'all had a blast and I will have to tell Ben all about it...and hint hint away. :)

Rick and Janae said...

So I didn't know a girl could ask for a second honeymoon, maybe I will have to try that. Looks fun, but I like the phone version better ;)

Grant said...

I am glad that you had such a great trip. The pictures are great.

Christine said...

What a fun trip. I should find a place like this that is good with kids! All inclusive, I like that idea.

Erin said...

Looks like a blast!! Wow. Makes me want to go! Kind of like a cruise on the beach--the all inclusive part, I mean. Were Edwin and David there? :) How fun. Cute swimming suit, by the way. Did you design that one?

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