Dec 31, 2007
Dec 15, 2007
Chrissy's team went out one night to a 'Swedish-Thai' fusion restaurant, in Mexico; I was dubious, but it was really wonderful. The girls all ordered these ridiculous blueberry margaritas. I stuck to my new favorite drink: Caipirinha, Brazil's "national cocktail". WHAT? Do we have a national cocktail? The name is based on the word caipira which is equivalent to "hillbilly". It's delicious - crushed limes, sugar and rum. (Traditionally, cachaça instead of rum.)
As we left the restaurant, we went to find Andrew's team, which was of course quite drunk. While Steph and Mike and I were loitering outside on the street, this Mexican guy came up selling these cool grasshoppers made out of leaves. I just had to get one (10 pesos, totally worth it). Mike named him Pepe. From that point on, Steph and I turned the night into a Pepe photo shoot - Pepe on the bike seat, Pepe on the disco ball, Pepe drinking a beer... you had to be there I guess.
With such a big (and intoxicated) group, we had a difficult time deciding where to go. We ended up at this boutique hotel called Basico, with a rooftop bar and hammocks. It would have been cool if it didn't seem to be trying so hard to be cool. Plus, one cerveza was $8. We hightailed it out of there after the bill for round 1 arrived. I thought this photo turned out kinda cool - Aly is swinging Nancy on the hammock. Someone said it looked like a picture of Nancy's soul. spooky.
Dec 12, 2007
Dec 10, 2007
With that excitement, we showered up, packed in a hurry and were on our way. Fairbanks - Seattle - Cancun. Really easy flight for how far Mexico is! Our first night we stayed in Cancun near the bus station at the coolest "eco-tel" - El Rey del Caribe, an oasis of tranquility in El Centro. This place is really neat, solar power, low-flush toilet (uses almost no water and still very clean!), your key is attached to a key for the AC so you can't leave it on when you're gone... brilliant. We awoke to a gorgeously sunny day in the tropics. We had a heck of a time calling Alaska (seems the Telmex card doesn't work for AK?), and ended up using the hotel phone to call Dan. It seemed strange to worry about a heater when it was 85 degrees outside.
Dec 9, 2007
Tolovana is a 'remote hot springs' destination, privately owned with 3 cabins on the property. It's a two-hour dirve, and an 11-mile ski each way, and the difficulty is highly dependent on the weather. On the first day of this year (2007), Ted and I headed out there to meet up with friends and we were pelted the whole way with snow and wind, in -15* or so temperatures. It was a bit brutal, and Ted nearly froze his face off. Literally. On the dome, I noticed two large white patches on his cheek and nose, which he couldn't feel and to me felt like cardboard. We covered them up just in time and although the spots later turned purple, no major frostbite.
This trip was much more chill. Thankfully, because it was Natalie's first time out there. The snow was marginal, as you can see from the photo, and Nat took a few wipeouts, but she was cheery the whole way.
These two look more like they are at a KGB meeting than a ski cabin. Maybe a KGB meeting in a ski cabin!?:
a man and his dog. Dan and Skye:
Here's Mike on the way to the tubs:
Ed and Mike in the old bathtub found next to the actual hot tubs: