1 : Wedding Week

Brian and I rented a house in Tankah Bay. Its the small bay next to Tulum bay - separated by the ruins. We had the pleasure of having family and friends stay within walking distance..as well as some staying with us in the house on and off throughout the week. It was so nice to spend such quality time with everyone. Uncle Paul kept saying all week, "Thank you for getting this crazy family of ours together".

Well, we just thank everyone for coming. The entire week meant so much to us. I (M) got to spend a few days alone with my crazy family that is scattered throughout the US - even 1 in Japan. It made that time very special to me. Brian joined us October 31 - Halloween day with our Colorado Framily and the Omaha guys.

Welcome to Tulum!
Halloween day in Playa del Carmen -- after over an hour looking for the Walmart
Framily Jessie from Denver, movin' in
Our night out at Le Zebra - that place will never be the same.
Literally.... Adam became the biggest bartender they have ever seen
Love the Colorado Framily!
So when she drinks, she climbs - uslually Wes. I have a few versions of this picture - and the only thing that is different is the city they were taken in.
Some of the group of the night - we have a few missing here.....hmmmm
Colorado Framily soup.
Cuz Paul with a little friend - which Steve later ate.
Our house . It has a pool upfriont, but no one used it.
Cuz Janek with his wife Kelly
Cuz Ali and her little friend
Le Zebra. We pretty much took over the place.
Aaaaaand Ali decided to make her own cane juice for the mojitos
Oh hi, thats us! and Happy Halloween.
Hot chili eat off - I believe Woody is the only person who could enjoy it - and killed it
Never a good night without a Late night. Anyone who knows Bri knows this scene.
Aaaaaad the sneak attack tackle happens. The first time was in Alaska in a snowbank and not into the ocean.

The wedding was exactly what we had hoped for and has its own pic section next. For the following few days up to a week after the wedding some family and friends stuck around which is what we wanted. We did a whole lot of nothign', a little sight seeing, and some diving near Tulum and Cozumel. A great way to spend some chill time before our not-so-relaxing Honeymoon to El Salvador and Guatemala. Here are a few pics of everyone hanging out throughout the rest of the week.

Mr B givng us free music all day.
The group at the Tulum Ruins - without us I might add.....
C-Watts and Woody
At Tanka Inn, we did a lot of hangn out here - seenig we rented out the entire place with friends.
Me, working my way up To swim in the cold cenote or not to swim in the cold cenote
The back of our house - with visitors from down the beach - that would be Mom chilling on the deck.
Jessie and Sara
Tommy Bahama - with a little home made BEACH BLING...
The guys swimming in the cenote across the street from our house.
Steve scootin.
Me walking with Margarita the house dog to Mom and the Family's place - see how we had the entire bay to ourselves! Dreamy!
OO and B at Muscle beach - right before scuba diving.
The scene every night on our deck - probably the best part of the whole trip!
Um, ????? I'll leave that one alone
Again with the cereal
The Family's duplex. Also super cute - except for the robbery the night before the wedding. (while everyone was asleep....)
Parents and Family
Hamilton and D rockin' a kayak - broken arm and all.
Los Douchas!
My Seeeeeester!
The last of the group hit the town of Tulum for dinner one night. The diehards of the week.
me and B. Before the sunset dive at Tulum Ruins. Our first certified open water dive.
Shots - Oy! Like I said - every. Night.
Oh my god - seriously so fin. This was every night....
Heffe with his very own bottle?
Chillin at the family place - cousins!
Aleena and Ham just relaxing for a change
Family - The Esser clan
Me, Makayla and D headed out for a Kayak
Jene and Dstriking a pose

We went to the ruins of Cobá for a day. The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world.  On these quiet and peaceful grounds it´s hard to imagine that Cobá may have once had the largest population of all the ancient Mayan cities. It is different from the other archaeological big sites in Yucatan. First of all, it's situated by four natural lakes, which is a rare sight in the Yucatan. Furthermore, it is not as excavated nor reconstructed as Chichen Itza or Tulum. Coba still has a number of big structures (an estimated 6,500 structures) which remain covered with the growth of the jungle, making it a wild place that truly triggers your imagination. It doesn't see nearly as many visitors as Chichen Itza or Tulum and if you're early you might be all by yourself with only birds, monkeys and the dense jungle to accompany you at these mystical ruins. Rent a fat tire bike and enjoy!


The Coba Ruins. Only in recent years has the importance of Coba come to light; now archaeologists are convinced that in time it will prove to be one of the largest Mayan excavations on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Essers at Coba
Mom and Dad at Coba. The coolest part is you can still climb the pyramids.
The last of the gang. Everyon's last day ....but ours. couple more days here - then we're off.

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