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Escape from the Winter Weather

       Kip and I were fortunate to be able to spend a week in Mexico from January 21st-31st.  We stayed on the Isla Mujeres, which translates to Island of Women, in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Yucatan Peninsula.  We were joined by my son Brian and his wife Jenee, from Seattle.  Although we experienced tropical rains for the first two days of our visit, the remainder of the week was lovely.  Brian and Jenee did lots of snorkeling and scuba diving -- including dives with sharks, stingrays, manta rays, sailfish and an abundance of smaller fish.  They enjoyed seeing the beautiful coral reefs, however, both agreed that they were not as spectacular as those they saw in Hawaii.  They even did a night dive, so they could experience seeing the iridescent light of the bioluminescent plankton.  This only happens once a year, so they were fortunate to have this experience.  They were mesmerized by the beauty, and were delighted that they were able to experience this night dive.  I was just delighted when we picked them up at about 10:00 pm, and knew all was well!  This is about as adventuresome as I can handle.

        The island is known for a variety of great food and restaurants, and we can attest to that!  We had almost every type of food available, Jenee was determined we were going to sample all they had to offer.  In addition to eating outside at some very nice restaurants, we made sure to go to some of the favorites of the locals.  We enjoyed every meal we had and not once got sick!  Well, except me the day after we returned -- however, that has been attributed to the germs on the plane ride home.

       We certainly appreciated the weather, even more when we heard what was happening in Pardeeville while we were enjoying the warmth of the sun at the pool and at the beach! However, it was a reality check when we returned to a car covered with snow in -15 degree weather in Chicago.  Fortunately, the car started and we were able to get home, despite the road conditions.

        Our trip was delightful -- the best part was making memories with Brian and Jenee.  Nothing beats family!  Brian and Jenee are already looking into where we can go next year!

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