Subject: Back from the Yucatán
Just got back from two weeks in the Yucatán Peninsula. Four days in the 16th-century colonial city of Mérida from which we made day trips to the Biological Reserve at Celestún for flamingo and crocodile watching, a visit to the wondrous Mayan ruins of Uxmal, and a fantastic meal at the restored henequen hacienda at Xcanatun.

Next, we headed to Valladolid for a dip in the underground pools at Dzitnup, and more Mayan sites at Chichen Itzá and Ek Balam (with incredible stucco reliefs uncovered over the last couple of years).

Then it was out to the coast of Quintana Roo. Our beach house on Tankah Bay (4 miles north of Tulum) was spectacular. Snorkeling on reefs a mere 100 yds. off our beach twice a day for seven straight days afforded us views of exquisite coral, luminescent tropical fish, two hawksbill sea turtles, sinister-looking barracuda, huge southern and eagle stingrays, glowing squid, queen conches, and more. Additional trips to ruins at Tulum and Cobá rounded out our visits to Mayan sites. And finally, a hike through a spider monkey reserve in the Yucatán jungle rounded out a fantastic trip.

This was one of the most difficult trips from which to come home. Two weeks of perfect weather and no politics. I'll be sending off my eight roles of film and two underwater cameras for developing today. As soon as possible I'll put together a travelogue and photo display.

John Rule San Diego, CA