November 24

The Disappearance of My Teenage Daughter

Today is my daughter’s 18th birthday, but we’re not celebrating. There’s no party, no presents, no marking of this milestone that parents look forward to from the time their child is born. My teenage daughter left two weeks ago and hasn’t looked back. Continue reading

November 20

Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

Where have I been?

You may have noticed that for the last month I’ve been MIA. I see other bloggers apologize for not posting, but I don’t feel like that’s necessary, because if I have nothing to post right then do you really want me to just throw some random crap up? No one wants to read that, and I sure don’t want to write it.

So it is without apology that I make my return to blogging, and with a new resolve. Continue reading

October 18

“Bike Friendly” Iowa vs Biking in Mexico

Last month in Tulum I was delighted to stay in a hostel that included a bicycle even though it turned out to be a rust bucket (hey it was free!) It’s a common thing there for people to ride bikes to get around and there are trails in many places. On Cozumel I rented a bicycle and rode all over town on the roads with the cars and motos (scooters) and I hear that south of town they have completed their first bicycle trails there too.

Bike trail along the highway that lead to the ruins in Tulum, Mexico.
Bike trail along the highway that lead to the ruins in Tulum, Mexico.

Bike trails are a new thing in Mexico because bicycles usually ride in traffic. When I am there I ride on the streets, something I would never feel safe doing at home in Iowa, and I started to wonder why it was different. Continue reading

October 5

AllTOURnative Coba Maya Experience Ecotour: Zip-lining, Rappeling, and Climbing.

From the AllTOURnative press kit:

“2014 will be an historic year. We turn fifteen years of eco-archeological tours operation. About one million and a half tourists have already enjoyed unforgettable experiences. Nowadays, Alltournative has almost 200 direct collaborators and over 250 families in Maya communities take advantage of the jobs and incomes generated by ecotourism. 7,150 hectares of jungle are preserved which means that 93% of the territory where we operate expeditions is saved as a reserve area.” Continue reading

September 23

TBEX Cancun: A Newbie’s Perspective

 
          These are travel bloggers?

TBEX is the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, and this year my husband Jason and I were among them.

My first TBEX encounter was the pre-conference tour, a Mayan experience and visit to the ruins of Coba through Alltournative Tours. Jason and I were told be at the pickup point by 630am, but this is Mexico Continue reading

September 9

Do You Know the Way to Pa-len-que? Mayan Ruins in Chiapas

A highlight of Blogger Boot Camp with Marginal Boundaries was all the Mayan ruins we visited, starting with the one just down the road a little further into the jungle, the ancient Mayan city of Palenque. We started walking down the road Continue reading

September 4

The Falls Where Arnold Escaped Predator and the Slinky-shaped Roads of Chiapas, Mexico

Chiapas is not for the faint of heart…or stomach. It is mountainous country, with curvy roads and aggressive drivers. On our trip to see the waterfalls of Misol-ha and Agua Azul I’m sure I would have been sick if I hadn’t Continue reading

September 3

A Travel Hissy Fit

I feel a hissy fit coming on, so if you are looking for another post about what fun it is to travel the world, to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself, you might want to look away while I stamp my feet a little. Continue reading

August 31

What If All This Crazy Travel Kills Me?

It’s my last full day at El Panchan, just outside of Palenque in the Mexican state of Chiapas. (Go ahead and google it, I’ll wait.) I’ve spent 5 days here, sweaty and content. The casitas right in the jungle at El Panchan, the isolation that brings on a feeling of time warp back as much as 40 years, the lack of English speakers, the waterfalls of Misol-ha and Agua Azul, the ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilan, and Bonampak, the river ride in an oversized canoe with a huge motor along the border with Guatemala; all these things I will take home with me, and the memory of them will bring me back again despite the difficulty of getting here. Continue reading

August 25

The Longest Bus Ride of My Life

It sounds easy to say I’m going to fly into Cancun, Mexico, then jump on an overnight bus to Palenque and sleep my way through it. It wasn’t so easy to do it. Continue reading