Posts Written OnSeptember 2014

Sea Bean

We spot something new washed ashore on our beach every single day. Sometimes it’s a type of coral, sometimes it’s a type of marine life, sometimes it’s a piece of trash and sometimes it’s something like this. Welcome to the wild, wonderful world of sea beans! Also know as drift beans, drift fruit or drift seed, these things are produced by tropical trees and, since they float, can often travel long distances until they wash ashore far from home. I found out that a lot of people are avid collectors of sea beans, there’s even a sea bean convention. While we haven’t become…

We both grew up in the Midwest where the sounds of tornado sirens going off was a regular sound of summer. We saw the death, devastation and destruction that tornadoes left behind and it was heartbreaking. Seems no matter where in the world you live nature always has a way of making itself known. Living here on the east coast of Mexico we don’t need to listen for tornado sirens, but we do constantly monitor the weather report for signs of hurricanes. Decades ago the town of Xcalak was decimated by a hurricane and has never really recovered and rebuilt. While this…

Fun in Xcalak

I swear I’m not a fun-fighter. I mean lately I realize I’ve shared nothing but death and destruction with you. Okay, that might be a tad dramatic, it’s been more like illness and injury, but still, based on what I’ve shared recently you’re probably thinking that this girl might not be the funnest to hang out with. And lately, I would kind of have to agree with you. I mean in my prime (which I guess means pre-Xcalak) I was no life of the party, but I have always enjoyed a night out, a new adventure or just hanging out…

‘Tis the season for the migration of the Cardisoma Guanhumi! They are more commonly known as the Blue Land Crab – although I think calling them blue is a bit of a misnomer since they seem to come in a dizzying array of colors (I just recently learned the white and grayish looking ones are typically female). I keep trying to capture photos of all the different colors but they’re fast and surprisingly unwilling to cooperate with me for a photo shoot. We’d seen a handful of these Blue Land Crabs throughout the summer, but for the last month we haven’t been able…

Xcalak

It’s raining! Normally when an exclamation point is used in that sentence it’s a bad thing but not this time. We’ve been undergoing a severe drought over the last few months in Xcalak and throughout most of the Caribbean. Droughts are bad, very bad for your hygiene when you rely on rainwater for cleaning, bathing, laundry and everything else. But today it’s raining! I’m off to go take a luxurious 7 minute shower (up from my normal 3 minutes) but wanted to share this great news with you first. Hope the weekend brings you the weather you need to make…

Deidre with Dengue

“Ugh” I thought one morning a couple weeks ago as I swung my feet to the floor. Everything just kind of hurts. Not too surprising really, it happens. I live in the jungle, it’s been unbearably hot for the last few weeks and, I had to admit to myself, I’m just getting older. But that day I struggled to keep up with the dogs on our morning walk, my steps slowing considerably, and by the time I had done the rest of my morning routine and taken a shower the pain had started to intensify and I wasn’t feeling so swift…

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