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Jan 25, 2012 - Day 5

By: JoeRocket2 (View Profile)
Date: 3/27/2012

Today we are back to the French Bistro for breakfast where Victor & Max greet us with big smiles. Butch decides on the surprise breakfast which comes with one piece of French toast and one banana crepe. This is not quite as filling as two pieces of French toast and works out perfectly for him today. Kay changes it up with the western omelet and I order the broccoli, cheese and onion omelet (with a substitution of mushroom instead of broccoli). Joe, not typically being a breakfast person, orders just a side of bacon. Everything is so delicious and we all clean our plates.

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We arrive back at the hotel where Butch and Kay decide to head down to the beach and Joe and I want to do some checking on the weather and a rental car for Cancun tomorrow. Joe and I like to go to the mainland to visit ruins and have previously visited El Rey, Tulum, Chicken Itza (when you could still climb it), Ek Balam and Coba. We are thinking of visiting a couple smaller, less known ruins this year. At the front desk of Avalon they check the weather online for us and it looks good for Cancun tomorrow, so we head back to the room to call on rental cars. We find a great price listed in the Cancun tips book at Hertz. Joe gives them a call to verify the price and finds that they have one compact with A/C still available, for under $40 including tax…we make a reservation.

Once plans are set up, we walk outside our villa and notice someone paddling while standing on a surfboard out past the Avalon dock and heading toward the tip of the island. We decide to head to the gazebo and see what kind of insanity he is up to. We watch him paddle through a narrow channel between the sections of coral next to El Yunque lighthouse, turn around and then ride the waves back through the channel while standing the whole time. We are totally fascinated by this… we have never seen anyone attempting anything like this before. If he falls off, he could be cut up pretty bad by the coral. While we are watching him repeat this feat numerous times, we hear the marine helicopter start doing flyovers… we are not sure if they are checking on him, if someone is taping him from the helicopter or if they’re just as amazed as we are. They fly past three or four times and then move on. The surfer is out there quite a while and we only see him fall off once, he gets right back up again and continues. This is definitely the craziest and most dangerous looking thing we have seen while in Mexico…with the possible exception of Joe being knocked down by a “small” bull while playing soccer in the bull ring in Cancun a couple of years ago.

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After a while, we check with Butch and Kay about lunch. They are hungry as well and we are thinking it might be the perfect day to head down to La Gloria to try lunch at La Bruja. We all pile into the cart and make our way down there. Along the way we notice they are starting to install new street lights on Rueda Medina, starting just past the ferry dock.

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At La Bruja, of course, Joe is getting the breaded grouper (his favorite meal ever) and the rest of us decide to try some tacos. Butch will choose a pork product if possible in many situations and today it doesn’t surprise me that he orders the pork tacos. Kay and I both decide to try orders of arrachera tacos. The prices for lunch and snack items are unbelievable here… you get 3 tacos for 3 or 4 US dollars, and they taste spectacular.

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Back to the hotel again with full bellies, we all relax and enjoy much deserved siestas. Late in the afternoon, after showering and getting ready, we went in for 2 x 1‘s at Brisa Mexicana. While sipping our drinks and watching Hildago come to life with activity, we talk about where to go for dinner. By the way, don’t ever mention to the wait staff at Brisa Mexicana that your straw may not be long enough.

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We decide that we are going to try someplace new tonight and all agree upon Monchis. I have read some really great things about this new restaurant and everyone seems interested in giving it a try. We finish up our drinks and make our way to the middle of the island near the Salt Lagoons. Unbelievably, Joe orders something other than breaded grouper, the arrachera steak. Butch (surprise, surprise) orders the pork fajitas, Kay decides on the arrachera fajitas and I give the chicken fajitas a try. With your order, they bring you awesome creamy garlic dip with bread as a starter… it is delicious! Ziggy, the cook, doesn’t let us down and we all really enjoy our meals.

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After heading back to the hotel so Butch and Kay can turn in for the night, Joe and I take the cart back in to Miguel’s to see John Cain playing guitar. We have read on the chat board about him and it sounded like he played some great blues as well as a mix of other fun stuff. We get a great table up front, order our drinks and settle in while John begins his set. Unfortunately, a couple songs in, his guitar starting giving feedback and he had to stop playing and try to figure out what was going on. After messing with it a little while, he wasn’t sure if he was going to get it going again. We were really enjoying his music at this point and Joe does have some experience with that kind of equipment, so he was not going to let things come to a halt if there was anything he could do to help. After talking to John and looking over his current setup, Joe asked Miguel if he could use his house microphone & sound system in order to help solve the issue. Mic’ing John’s amp allowed him to keep his initial volume low enough as to not feedback, and then re-amplify that with Miguel’s PA system enough for all to hear…. and the party resumed! It was a good thing too… because John is a fantastic musician! We really enjoyed listening to him for the rest of the night while downing our fair share of cocktails.

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