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One of the first things Jason and I did together when we started dating (eons ago – at least that’s what it feels like some days) was get certified for scuba diving. It was something we had both been wanting to do and so earning those certifications together was pretty special. And of course we had to put those newly minted PADI cards to work so we started traveling to places to dive, Mexico being the top of that list. Our first ever dives were in Mexico and we were hooked right away by how beautiful it was and we…

Green Sea Turtle Tracks

I’m not sure about you, but I’m not a fan of the unexpected guests. Especially ones that show up unannounced and plan to stay for awhile.┬áBut, as often is the case, there are exceptions to every rule. So when I woke up this morning, looked outside and saw the massive turtle tracks and nest that had been built in our backyard, well I was happy to welcome these unique guests (family and friends, you still have to call first and please don’t leave your babies here). Turtle nesting season typically happens spring until early summer and we’ve seen tracks and…

I spent World Oceans Day netting my favorite fish, the Permit. There, I said it. Now I have something else to say – I abhor nets. Hate them to no end. Even the sight of them makes my stomach turn. In my experience, nets are often the tool of poachers, the very people who pillage and plunder the rich natural resources in the waters surrounding my beloved Xcalak and Mahahual. In the span of a day, a couple of guys (or ladies, I don’t discriminate) with a net can damage the ecosystem of an aquatic area so badly it may…

pantless paddling

As I attempted not to vomit into the North Fork River I wondered where on the long list of bad decisions I’ve made in my life that last White Russian ranked. I’m nearly 42 years old and these days I have no business staying up much past┬ádark, let alone drinking White Russians and telling old war stories with my college buddies until nearly dawn. Yet, that’s what I’d done and now here I was sweating in waders and trying not to pollute the very river that I’d come to experience. How had I come to be (possibly) dying of dehydration…

Monarch butterfly in migration

Let me start off with a confession – I don’t really like butterflies. I mean, they’re pretty and all, but they’re still just flying bugs right? I’ve lived in the jungle, I’m not the kind of guy that screeches and leaps onto a chair at the first site of a spider (anymore) and I’ve dealt with my fair share of scorpions and other creepy crawlers (well, Deidre has). That said, the idea of driving a couple of hours to see a bunch of moths that fly around in the daytime isn’t one that particularly appeals to me. So, when Deidre…

Boats in Lake Patzcuaro

So we’ve been in Patzcuaro for a couple of weeks now and, wow oh wow, is this place cool. It’s a mountain town colonized by the Spanish in the 1500’s with its indigenous roots going all the way back to the 1300’s. It’s your quintessential colonial town complete with winding cobblestone streets, high walled houses with hidden courtyards, bustling mercados (markets), beautiful tree-lined plazas and ancient churches. Cool huh? But one of the best parts? It’s located on a giant lake named (conveniently enough) Lake Patzauro. Deidre and I are both water lovers so the lake definitely figured into our…

We’re currently in the United States celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends and it’s reminded us of just how many things we have to be thankful for. We’re extremely thankful for the many incredible experiences we had while living in Xcalak and to you our faithful readers for following along on our adventures. We’ve put together a little video recap of our time in Xcalak (both good and bad) to celebrate and we hope you enjoy both it and your weekend!

Jason and I love to scuba dive. We first got certified together over a decade ago and ever since we’ve tended to plan our vacation destinations around where we could go and dive. So when we started planning where we would move to, being near a body of water that we could dive in was one of the key components. But as our income stream was revised down by leaving our full-time – and full-paying – jobs so did our ability to dive often (it is definitely not a cheap sport). In addition, over the years while we’ve had some…

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