Why did the chicken cross the road?

Location: Santa Elena, Yucatan, Mexico

The people of Santa Elena love parades, and I love watching them.

But other creatures seem oblivious to the spectacle.

I observed a chicken so intent on its metaphysical quest to cross the road, that it was unaware of the invasion of elves and moose on the streets of Santa Elena.

Again there are more questions than answers in the mysterious villages of Mexico.

Oh the Places You’ll Go!

Location: Planet Earth

A friend of my posted the list of the American states that they had visited, and wanted others to post the states that they had been to, on, or through.

I declined to participate.

They say that travel broadens. Sometimes it does, but sometimes it more like collecting Pokemon. For example, in a remote area in the Southwest there is a place where the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico meet. Aside from being a political boundary area, the site has little to distinguish it from the vast deserts that surround it. Nonetheless, thousands of tourists, pay the admission fee to view and photograph the site simply to be able to say, “I stood on four states at once.” I visited this with my parents in my early teens. I think I was impressed at the time, but now it seems like a rather absurd thing to do.

By all means travel to experience the local food, customs, and scenery, but if you just look around, there are plenty of wonders to be found not from home.

What am I saying? Travel. Travel. Take a life changing journey. Discover the wonders of the planet. Come visit us in the heart of the Yucatan.

On the other hand visiting the Arizona meteor creator has left me with a profound sense of the fact that the earth is not the only place in the universe.

Every time you make a discovery, you find another mystery underneath

Location: Santa Elena, Yucatan

Xkanelcruz, Sabaché, Sacnicté, Mulchtzekel, Hacienda Tabi, Xkichmook, Rancho Perez, Kom, Santa Rosa Xtampack, Tohcok, Itzimeté, Almuchil, and Xkochkach

These look like alien names from a science fiction novel, but these are all ancient Maya archaeological sites that I have visited in the last three days.

The Maya not only built great lost cities, but a host of remote manor houses, temples and villages. These places are all within an hour and half from my house, and there are hundreds more that I have not seen. They were built between 450 AD and 1200 AD. Many sites are now piles of rubble, others are partially collapsed, and some look like they are waiting for their owners to return after a long vacation.

They all have their own decorative and architectural features, and each has its own story as to why it was abandoned. I am still trying to wrap my mind as to just what was going on here a thousand years ago.

When is the best time to photograph birds?

Location: Santa Elena, Yucatan

My Daughter-in-law just challenged me to a bird photographing competition. Bird photography is a little different than shooting archaeological sites.
For one thing, archaeological sites don’t mind sitting still for a few centuries, and they don’t fly into the underbrush just before you aim the camera.

I accepted the challenge and I woke up this morning an hour before my alarm was to go off and was out stalking for birds in the early morning light. I got so engrossed in bird shooting that I failed to remember to head back and turn off my alarm.

Meanwhile, back in the bedroom, my wife had just returned from international traveling last night and was looking forward to some long deep sleep.

Maybe some day she will forgive me, (but I did get a nice picture of a flycatcher.)