On the Beach

Trip to Sanoa Beach From Santo Domingo

Those going on this day trip from Santo Domingo to Sanoa Island start at the Pizzerelli Pizza Palace at six forty five in the morning. There is no one on the street this morning when I walk to our assigned pick up point, but, at the pizza place, there are five of us...

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Ulong Bay Mogpog

It is easier to describe this place by telling what isn't here. There are no condos, resorts, blue water swimming pools, water slides, fancy cabanas with fully loaded bars. There aren't people wearing sunglasses and expensive thongs. There isn't a paved road to get...

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Yoga Time searching for peace

Yoga studios are prevalent in Tulum. At nine sharp, practitioners dress in loose fitting clothes, clutch their orange or green mats, make their way into the yoga studio and begin exercises with a background of soothing music and the reassuring voice of a Yoga master...

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Taking our order – Video waiter's office

Across the road from the Hemingway Romantic Eco-Cottages is an open air bar with picnic tables covered by Mexican tablecloths, salt and pepper shakers made with small Corona bottles, pithy signs and a cooking area where a chef makes tacos, a specialty of the house....

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Playing in the Sand Sandman

There are sand creations on beaches. They start as an idea, then move past idea to become reality. Artists bring buckets and shovels, pots and rakes, sticks and bones, bottle caps or string, shells or seaweed to make hair. They kneel in the sand, and, with bare hands,...

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Mexico Nights Ahau Tulum Hotel

At sundown, people congregate. From tables in the dining area at Ahau Tulum, we watch the sun go down as the entire Caribbean vanishes into dark. As light dims, people leave the beach, wash away sand and suntan lotion,put on night clothes and sit down to dinner. There...

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Nature’s Ways an afternoon at the beach

   Rock colored birds face the wind so their bodies aren't scattered like bowling pins. Pelicans circle, dive, their pointed beaks becoming lances. Sea colors modulate,  Waves stir up sediment and seaweed. Fitting into nature, seamlessly, was what was...

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Net fishing – Video catching dinner

At dinnertime, a pelican begins his dive. He circles his target, turns himself into a projectile by tucking his wings to his body,and disappears head first into the surf.. When he comes back to the water's surface, he shakes his wings and recomposes, a fish struggling...

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Yoga Shala Key bent but not broken

There are several postcards about keys on Scotttreks. There is one postcard on a Montevideo door lock and three keys that look the same. There is one postcard on a break and enter in Belize when a renter doesn't leave a key and a new tenant is soon to be on the...

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Hauling Seaweed Even on the best beaches

Tides are capricious. Some places on this beach you find no nasty presents from high tide. There is white sand, pools of trapped sea water, an occasional shell. Other places you find a narrow strip of seaweed, like Christmas tinsel on a living room floor. In the worst...

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Caribbean Sea – Video Hotel Zone - Tulum

  The sea changes like a model's face. One moment it is smooth as glass all the way to the horizon, the meeting of water and air straight as a pencil line drawn by laying a ruler down. The horizon is so straight that you believe the world is flat like old...

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