Sunday, November 27, 2016

Boston & Montreal - Day 1

May 19, 2016

Now that Cancun has been adequately blogged, we move onto our next trip to Boston (New England) and Montreal.

JetBlue opened a new route from SLC to BOS and for their first month they offered some flights for $90 round trip, so we took the whole family to New England for around $450.


Kate saw the guy directing the airplane on the tarmac and said, "look daddy, there's a guy with light sabers out there!"


After our red-eye flight it was only 4AM Utah time, but Boston was sure looking lovely.


We grabbed our rental car and then made our way to Salem, Massachusetts (after a quick stop at Target to pick up some cheap car seats.  We forgot to grab ours when we left).  We had breakfast at The Little Depot.


It was a tiny train car breakfast joint that seemed to mainly be frequented by locals.


We parked in Salem and visited the museum and walked along the Salem trail.


Lots of old graveyards.


After Salem we jumped in the car and drove through New Hampshire to Maine.  We stopped at the Nubble Lighthouse in York.


Then spent about an hour on Long Sands Beach just south of the lighthouse.



The girls loved the sand and water.  It was too cold to swim, but not too cold for wading.


Today was the day of lots of driving.  I'm a list checker kind of guy and we had to visit all of the New England states.  From Maine we drove south through New Hampshire, then through Massachusetts to Worcester, then south to Connecticut (new state) and onto the Ice Cream Machine shop in Rhode Island to celebrate a few new states.

It was a lot of driving for the night after a red-eye flight, but we got it done so that we could spend our time in the city for the next few days.

Tomorrow we take a look around Boston.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Cancun - Days 7 & 8

Our time in Cancun was quickly coming to an end and we were sad.


I took the girls down to breakfast and a storm came through while we were eating.


Who doesn't love all you can eat waffles?


Once it cleared up, we staked out our spots by the pool.


While we swam, Alison was taking advantage and sleeping in a bit.




They had a game for the kids, where two teams were trying to pop balloons in the pool.




Ada and I went for another walk along the beach.


To the Pirate Ship.


On the dock.


It was a little breezy.


Dinner was back in the main restaurant.



One last pic of the fun times in the pool.


The next morning we had to catch a shuttle to the airport.  We opted to start our day with chocolate cake.


One last view from the balcony.


Goodbye from room B1231.


Sometimes these girls are sweet to each other.


One last photo in the Chupa Chups car at the airport.

We had a great time in Cancun.  I had heard so much from people who had been to Cancun, and I was excited to finally get the chance to see what it was all about.  While I don't need to go there every year, I could see us making our way back in a few years or so.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Cancun - Day 6

Chichen Itza. Brace yourselves for lots of pictures of Chichen Itza.  It was just amazing and we couldn't put our cameras down.


From our hotel the drive was around 2 1/2 hours.  The kids were tired of driving everyday, but the sites made up for it.


Ada.


Kate.


Ada & Kate.  Every once in a while these girls like each other.


The girls.


The mom and dad.


Ada and Kate from another angle.


Funny faces.


Watch out for that snake.




Eventually we had to pull out the animal heads.  The pig head was a new one for this trip.



There was a big crowd of sellers right behind us.  They got a kick out of the animal heads.  Often times the reactions from the people around us are better than actually wearing the heads.


Lyla wanted to be the first to wear the pig head so she was sad. You can see the souvenir sellers in this picture.  They were all over.


That's the Lyla I was looking for.


We bought some jaguar whistles.  None of us have quite learned how to do them as well as the guys selling them.




Hundreds of columns at the Temple of a Thousand Warriors.



Running around near one of the temples.



Every time that we saw El Castillo we had to stop and take a picture.




The Great Ball Court.




Popsicles.


The observatory.


La Iglesia.



Most of us were pretty happy here.


One last photo.


We returned to the Hotel Zone in Cancun where we had reservations at an Italian restaurant.

Tomorrow: One last day at the pools and on the beach.