One: The Mar
Both are places I went to within the past week. The beach/sea (mar is related to marine, etc.) on Saturday the 21st, and Mexico on the 26th.
There's a Picasa Album to go with this post. (Yay! Fotos!)
Anway, it's story time. The sea was awesome! I love the beach, and the Pacific Ocean is one of the greatest places on earth. When the waves smacked my face, filling my mouth with the salty, nasty sea water, it brought back so many GREAT memories of different trips to that ocean. Wicked, with Jessica D., the Bay Area with my family, Orchestra tour last year, etc. But never has the water been so welcomingly warm. Especially because the clima at the costa is so doggone hot, the water was cool enough to be refreshing, and warm enought to be pleasant. We took my uncle's huge truck down there so that we'd have enough room to fit all the travelers: My uncle, two out of three daughters who live in San Marcos, the new husband of one of said daughters, the daughter of the daughter who stayed behind, another family including a mother, father, son, and grandma, an old guy, and another father and son. SO, many of us rode in the back of the truck all the way there. All two and a half hours. It was awesome, but warmer as we got closer. Which made getting there so much better. It was awesome. Then after swimming on the HUGE beach, we pulled out the grill we brought and grilled our own meat. Delicious. Plus we ate some fish and shrimp and stuff from the place that let us eat at their tables, and attract half the mutts in the city with our waiting-to-be-cooked-meat. It was delicious meat. Then on the way home, we stopped at a river to wash off all the salt water, which felt beautiful. It was just as naturally warm as the ocean had been, and in the evening, so it felt nice. Being desalted felt really good too. Anyway, then we road another two and a half hours in the back of a huge white truck all the way home. Fun times. FULLY recommend it.
Other story: The nearest Sam's Club and other such American givens is in Tapachula, Mexico. I'm not sure how far away it is, but I'm thinking a little bit longer drive than to the beach. Maybe that was just because of the border, and crossing it. Anyway, before going to the store for some cream cheese and other such rare commodities, we stopped at a site of some Mayan cool things! Which includes a beautiful carving which quite wonderfully depicts The Tree of Life, and the story of Lehi's vision found in the Book of Mormon. It was awesome. Unfortunately, since the carving had been left outside, even through all the long, hard, rainy seasons, erosion has occurred. So none of the pictures can easily show what real life can. It was amazing to see though.
The last picture in the album is the yummy tacos I ate at Tapa. Also, I decided Tapa is WAY too hot for me. I like my colder clima.
There's that, 'cause I was there.