Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Thinking Warm Thoughts

Costa Maya

Gaelyn's (GeoGypsy) photos of her trip to Cozumel gave me the idea to do likewise. I've been wondering what to post since I'm NOT going outside to take more photos for a bit - still thawing out from the birrrrrrrrrrding expedition. Brrrrrrr!!!

Hubby and I took a cruise with a bunch of his friends from NASA back in November 2004. The Port of Mobile just opened and had good rates for cruises. I'd never been on a cruise before, wasn't sure I would even like it, plus I get motion sickness and ships are great at rockin' and rollin' all the time, BUT I'm up for adventure. Armed with motion sickness pills AND the patch I signed up. Gambling isn't my thing but watching the ocean (Gulf of Mexico, really) with a beer in my hand is high on my list of Fun Things To Do! These photos are taken with our Sony Cybershot 5.0 megapixel camera, but they're not too grainy to share.

There were storms out on the Gulf every night, which made meal times interesting. One night we all just went to bed because you couldn't walk and it was unsafe to be outside. The pills and patch worked great, I must say. Our first port was Costa Maya, a charming new port on the Carnival circuit. The best part was the active dig and Mayan ruins we toured. AND our tour guide gave us all beer when we loaded back onto the bus! Now we're talkin'!

Ship with flags in Cozumel's harbor

Cozumel was very touristy - not my thing either - but I enjoyed seeing the various colorful ships out in the harbor and looking through the shops.

Happy Feet!

We really enjoyed lounging on the deck drinking our beers as our ship left Cozumel, bound for Mobile. The sun was out, the sky was blue, the water was beautiful and my toes were happy!

Spectacular Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

An amazing sunset was the finest finishing touch to a fun, fun, fun trip with friends! I hope these photos helped warm you guys as much as the memories have warmed my heart!


Gaelyn said...

What a warm compliement to my Bahaman trip. Although I truly loved the Carribean, I too found Cozumel a bit too touristy. Haven't taken a cruise, yet. Let's try to stay warm.

Eve said...

Debi, I'm sitting here next to the southern window with the sun blazing on the side of my head...so I can feel the heat and all but hear the ocean lapping. I won't go outside so I'll be able to keep this tropical feeling all day! I'm loving the blue and the sunsets!

kendalee said...

Oh yeah, they warmed me! And I needed it as we've had more snow today and I'm feeling chilled right into my marrow. I've yet to do a cruise and have not really fancied the idea until relatively recently. What you've described here makes it sound very appealing - that lying on the deck in the sun especially... Hope you're keeping toasty! :)

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Love the photos of your cruise. I can almost feel the ocean breeze and taste the brew.

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Anonymous said...

These are beautiful photos! When beauty is the focal point, then that's what every camera captures.

The heavy seas certainly does teach the lesson of letting go and flowing with the many waves that splash our way.

The Garden Ms. S said...

My shoulders feel warmer already - really!

Your photos bring back wonderful memories of our honeymoon at Playa del Carmen....*sigh* :-)


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