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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/16 15:55:47 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: Michelle
Favorite Drink - I'll try anything - WHAT IS A MOJITO?

Michelle - OK gave a good description of a mojito on another thread:

A great rum-based drink, originally from Cuba.
Much better with Cuban rum, such as Havana Club Tres Años (aged white rum), but in a pinch Bacardi Light will do.
* 1 table spoon of crystalized white sugar (the coarser the better)
* 5 fresh mint leaves
* mint twig for decoration
* juice of 1 freshly squeezed lime
* 2 oz of rum
* ice
* optional: water to taste for the long drink version

In a thick glass, gently crush the mint and the sugar with a pestle, in a circular motion. The sugar will become pasty as the mint gets crushed into tiny bits. The back of a teaspoon or the end of a wooden kitchen spoon can be substitued for the pestle.
Add lime juice and mix well.
Add the rum, and ice.
Stir, and decorate with mint twig.
You can always adjust to taste with more lime, more sugar or, in my case, more rum.
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/16 16:01:00 (permalink)
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1. "Lola" (my dog's name) aka Jen
2. Denver, CO
3. I've been visiting RM since I was 10 yrs old (thanks to adventurous grandparents). We will back again in May with friends and family to celebrate our wedding reception.
4. SNORKELING and exploring
5. Mexican cerveza, margaritas and pina coladas

To Bozone...I met my fiancé in college at MSU-Bozeman is a great town! We miss it a lot.
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/16 19:01:10 (permalink)
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1. snyde aka Dave
2. NW Minnesota
3. first time .... Tulum in March
4. can't wait to snorkel
5. haven't had it yet.... want one of those funny little drinks with the umbrella in it
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 02:21:37 (permalink)
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1) Linda Jones
2) Houston Texas
3) Visited Cancun in 1981, then Cozumel for the next few years.
Discovered Akumal in 1986 and have returned once or twice each
year ever since.
4) Snorkeling is favorite activity, close 2nd is getting to know the
wonderful Mayan people.
5) Pina-colada at Lol-Ha
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 02:59:30 (permalink)
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This is so interesting..Linda..What was it like in '86..What was Cancun like in '81. First time we got out was about 92. If I only knew then what I know now...oh..oh...I could have been Needa-Trump[:@]
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 05:21:04 (permalink)
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Palmbeachphil, phil from palm beach of course
about a dozen trips since 1987
scuba diving and fishing also exploring ruin
cerveza especially modelo negra
next tripo feb7 to xcalak, first time that far south
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 10:41:04 (permalink)
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1. Dakley (combination of our dog's names Dakota & Harley) aka Judy
2. Oakville (about a 1/2 hour west of Toronto)
3. Have been to Cancun twice, '86 & '97, Cozumel '92, the Roo '03, '04 and in March '05
4. relaxing in the sun, snorkelling, people watching, practising my spanish
5. definitely cold, Mexican cerveza & margaritas
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 13:23:46 (permalink)
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Hi Kay, Right now were getting some snow they say 2 ft. I don't think I would miss living here.... Oh yeah Kodak is my life for now and I did work for B&L years ago. Park Ave is still the same (All different types of people). I still have to go to Parkleigh every so often.
ORIGINAL: Kay

I used to live on Park Ave in Ra cha cha. I worked for an ad agency that worked on... you guessed it Kodak and bausch and lomb business. I loved living here but this was in the early 80's.


ORIGINAL: Lily62

1. Lily62 really Karen
2. Rochester NY (Upstate)
3. First one will be in April
4. Will see (sure it will be everything)
5. Merlot and Diet Coke & Captin Morgans

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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 13:59:13 (permalink)
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1. Andrea
2. Marshfield, Wisconsin
3. 4 times since 1999 - wish I had discovered it sooner. Planning #5.
4. Snorkeling, the Mexican & Maya people, helping the libraries &
scholarship program and finding the road less traveled.
5. That wonderful Iced tea that goes so well with the pescados del ajo I
always get for lunch at COA ~ then El Presidente, later.
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 16:42:34 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: palmbeachphil

Palmbeachphil, phil from palm beach of course
about a dozen trips since 1987
scuba diving and fishing also exploring ruin
cerveza especially modelo negra
next tripo feb7 to xcalak, first time that far south



Hey palmbeachphil:
We were in Xcalak a couple of years ago, and had a great time diving and just hanging out.....totally laid back!
Since you're a diver, I hope you can get in a trip to the Chinchorro Banks. It was the most incredible diving...200'+ visibility, giant barrel sponges big enough to swim INTO, unbelievable !
And be sure to stop in at Costa de Cocos have a drink, and say 'Hi' to Dave Randall, he's a great guy.
Have fun.
Jim
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 17:27:47 (permalink)
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1. Mark
2.Lake Nebagamon,WI
3.zero times,!st in 24 days
4.Snorkeling,zzoning on beach.
5.Margaritas or anything with rum in it!!!!!!!!!!!!![8D]
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 17:45:15 (permalink)
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1. Heidi in CO

2. We live in the foothills near Golden, CO

3. We have been coming to the Mayan Riviera area once or twice a year (with a few exceptions) since about 1989...so...I would guess about 16 times. In terms of Mexico, I've also been to Puerta Vallarta and Mexico City a few times. We also have been to a lot of the islands in the Caribbean and Hawaii several times. Can you tell we're beach people?

4. Favorite activity is snorkeling or diving and general hanging on the beach. Hanging out with Barry the Barracuda and the tortugas on Akumal Bay.

5. A GOOD Margarita (not the frozen kind) on the beach or a Negro Modelo (also on the beach!)
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 18:28:45 (permalink)
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Needabeach,
Back in 1986, Akumal was so thick with tall palm trees, you could
hardly see anything else. This was before Hurricane Gilbert & before
the palm tree blight cleared the taller palms. For a few years it
looked pretty barren, but now the other palms are plush, just not
as tall as the blighted ones.
There was nothing on Akumal Bay past where the ABR is now, just
raw beach all the way around the south point of the bay... really
beautiful. The Lol-Ha was there as well as another restaurant where
the CEA is now.. I think it was called Zaci or something like that.
The ABR was a much smaller hotel & not all inclusive, the Las Casitas
condos were there (original ones), the Villas Maya Bungalows were there of course, but not the hotel part. The 2 dive shops were there as well
as Super Chomak Grocery. Everyone gathered at Lol-Ha
Beach Bar for happy hour just like now.
Of course, there were few fishing boats in the bay compared to now.
Half-Moon Bay was only about 1/4 the development it is now.
The highway was only a very narrow 2 lane road at that time with
6 foot drop offs and no shoulders. Very little development past
Playa del Carmen, just a ribbon of asphalt thru the jungle. Puerto Aventuras was already in operation though & we wondered for several
years how it kept afloat, so ahead of its time.
Cancun in 1981 was just a few large hotels on the strip, the last on
the beach being the original Sheraton. We took ferry to Isla Mujeres that year too and wow how it has changed.
Akumal was magical then ... and it still is.
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 18:57:39 (permalink)
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Thanks for the story Linda. Why didn't you buy all of Half Moon Bay? Would of only cost a few pecos. Shoot..hindsight
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/17 23:59:30 (permalink)
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XamachDan aka Dan Hazard
Issaquah Washington- just east of Seattle
I go down about once a month- I bought a little resort at Km 32 on the Boca Paila-Punta Allen Rd-Very remote and Quiet-I have been building a new restaurant and it is beautiful- great Mayan builders- nice beachfront with 2 cabanas for rent.
I'll live down there for good when my daughter gets a little older.
Snorkeling, fishing, and everything else that goes with being in the Sian Ka'an.
Favorite drink- chilled shots of Gran Centenario Anejo Tequila!
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/18 00:07:57 (permalink)
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Needa, here's what it was like South of Akumal. XelHa was there but very cheap and basically just a cool place to snorkle & the only place to buy a hamburger south of Akumal. We used to kayak in there to the river. Xcacel & Chemuyil were thriving campgrounds, Ciudad Chemuyil was not built & was a place we'd go to watch birds or go to the cenote. Tulum had 3 to 4 restaurants. The beach road was under an amazing palm canopy and had about 7 small hotels & camping areas. Tankah had not yet been developed, the old coco road was the only way in & you had to go in at the ranch entrance by the little ruin by the road. When they did put the road in & sell the first lots they were around $20,000 a lot. Phone calls were made at the Larga Distancia or you went toPlaya or Cancun to make them. Same w/changing money- usually we did it in Cancun until Playa got banks. Also Tulum was the only gas station until Playa. Hey Linda, remember conch & ceviche at the old XPu-Ha restaurant? And yes, it is still magical!
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/18 00:12:59 (permalink)
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XamachDan, I want to be there too! Hope to take a day trip ther from akumal. Where?
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/18 00:19:43 (permalink)
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Shirleybird,

We're planning to take a little road trip down to Xamach Dan's place and stop in for lunch on the way to Punta Allen...Let me know if you'd like to caravan!

Kim
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/18 01:04:41 (permalink)
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XamachDan, do you want to adopt me and the Hawk?? We are ready to leave the snow! Your place sounds like heaven. If anything, I would like to spend some time there when you are open for business. And to Ann and Linda...I am too jealous of your lives to even talk to either of you.!! Ann, is this the point that your dad got the Tankah property? What a great legacy...whew Keep these stories coming...I am thinking it needs it's own thread...Someone start it!
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/18 01:28:06 (permalink)
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1. kootenaytravellers-James and Robyn
2. Nelson, B.C., CANADA
3. First time going to the RM
4. Too much to decide on right now-looking forward to good food and drinks, beaches, snorkeling and one day of flyfishing
5. Gotta be the marg with cerveza a distant second. Although I do like the sounds of this sipping the Tequilla thing.


Love this site. Found it most helpful.
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/18 01:40:25 (permalink)
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Welcome to the boards my neighbors to the North, would you like to borrow some snow?

Sunblock !!!!!
We don't need no stinkin' sunblock!!
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/18 02:05:14 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: Sunburned Gringo

Welcome to the boards my neighbors to the North, would you like to borrow some snow?



Had -18 for a week, and then it snowed 40 cm (15 inches) today. Looking forward to March.
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/18 03:01:52 (permalink)
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Ann & Needabeach,
We visited Xpu-Ha beach at I think entrance #6, it was called
Bonanza Beach, with camping and a small row of basic rooms.
There was no other development for as far as the eye could see.
Never ate there, just enjoyed the incredible beach & jumping the
waves.
Ann, is this the same beach area your friends own? At the highway
entrance to Bonanza Beach was an incredible restaurant with Yucatan
dishes, I think owned by that same family. So sad to hear of their loss
the other day.
Used to visit Xcacel beach at night to go on turtle walks with the
college professor & students from university in Chetumal and got to
know Pat Quattlebaum, the turtle lady quite well. Will never forget
my first time to experience a mother turtle laying her eggs, covering
them and lumbering back to sea.
Chemuyil Beach was truly "the most beautiful beach in the world" as
the sign said, especially when still flooded with towering palm trees. Do you remember the grilled seafood platters they served right on the beach with lobster, conch, fish, shrimp?
I'm glad I was fortunate to experience the area before all the rabid
development... but somehow, it still holds its magic.
Sure wish I had thought to buy some property back then...
shoulda, woulda, coulda....
Needabeach, The local Mayan population lived along the road heading
into Akumal Bay, about where the Hekab-Be Library is now. The government started building the little cinderblock houses at what is
now Chemuyil Pueblo and forced them to move there, far away from their beloved Akumal Bay. Some moved back to Akumal, but were forced out again, so they started building their homes across the highway & that is how Akumal Pueblo began.
Ann, please correct me on some of this if needed. It is just what I
have observed & learned from locals & ex-pats others over the years.
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/18 09:50:51 (permalink)
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1. name or LG board name : Irene aka "Irene in NJ"
2. place you live ie: Old Bridge, NJ (central, 10 min, outside of New Brunswick)
3. number of visits...: 1st visit to Mexico was Cancun in 92, 2 visits to Akumal, 1 visit to Tankah and planning the next in 10/05 to Tankah again.
4. favorite area activity : snorkeling, lying on the beach, reading, snorkeling, eating local cuisine, snorkeling, kayaking, walking the beach, did I mention snorkeling, searching out flora and fauna....star gazing......
5. favorite vacation drink : Dos XX prefered indulgence and an occasional Margarita on the rocks, sans salt.
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RE: Introductions please 2005/01/18 11:13:38 (permalink)
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Gale in KY aka Gale
Walton, KY USA aka Northern KY aka South side of Cincinnati
Only been once..will be going back as soon as I count my pennies!
Tulum..would love to venture down to Xcalak next time..beach bumming and all that goes with it!
Margarita, Coco Loco, Carribean Sunrise was good too.
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