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Bowling Day!!

Day 2384 Bowling Day!!

Two whole weeks since I last bowled. Sad. Only 4 weeks of bowling left. Sadder. But golf starts soon after bowling stops. Not so bad.

About that last entry. That first 48 hours of our trip sucked pretty hard. After that, when we’d gotten the last phone call made to American Airlines Baggage Claims, things really were pretty fun. As is typical for an ex-Kodak employee, I have tons of pictures (even when measured in stored electrons!) I’ll sort through them and share the best of the best here some day soon. For now, here’s a few quickies. Maybe even chronological, maybe not.

From our first day on the beach, this is what relaxation looks like:

Much better now!

At one point during the day, the mother/daughter pair next to us actually both had to make a trip to the restroom at near the same time. The mom had left first and was delayed in her return. Apparently the daughter really had to go, so she asked me if I’d keep an eye on her stuff for her. Being the nice guy that I am, I happily obliged. I wonder if she was talking about this stuff:

(Yes, that was her – I kept an eye on her ‘stuff’ all afternoon)

I showed you the main pyramid earlier. Here’s the court where the Mayans did their version of the X games:

Play Ball!

The court is 500 feet long. 2 teams, each with 5 players plus the captain. The ultimate object was to get a 0.5kg latex ball (about a pound) through one of those stone rings using pretty much any body part EXCEPT for hands, feet & head. You know, eliminate all the easy options. The winning captain was decapitated as a sacrifice to one god or another, and it was considered extremely fortunate to be sacrificed in such a way. Supposed to be quite an honor.

I think I’d be trying to field a bunch of losers every dang time myself.

The snake or serpent is very prominent in everything. How many serpent heads in the shot below?

(click to biggify)

Then there’s the fascination with death:

Skulls carved into every stone in this wall.

The ruins are just awe inspiring. The Mayans built all this stuff starting before 800BC. Because of the geology of the area, the soil & subsoil are very poor in minerals. Beyond that, there were no local deposits of any type of metal ore. We were made to understand that all of the construction was done with out the use of any metal tools. Certainly no steel, but no iron or copper either. It’s incredible to think that the masonry they did, dry fit masonry at that, was accomplished with stone, wood & glass (obsidian) tools. That is some kind of persistence.

I’ve kind of been in awe of the Mayans ever since I first studied them in the 5th grade. It’s so cool to actually get to see their old constructs.

And!! They are some tiny people. All due to the mineral poor diet they had to suffer through, but they were some seriously teeny folks. Even modern day Mayans are small. Today, on average, women are about 1.4 meters (4 foot 7 inches), men I think about 1.7m (5 foot 6 inches). We were introduced to this one lady, a Mayan, 87 years old and 1.25m (4 foot 1 inch) tall. She was selling embroidered doilies or some such. Of course we bought one ($2!!), but missed the opportunity to get our picture taken with her. At 4’1”, even Cindy (5’1”) towers over her. Not hard to spot a person of Mayan descent in a crowd either.

What’s left? Pics of the views off our rooms balcony, some shots of the grounds, maybe a few other odds & ends. Better get my butt to bed now.


One response

  1. G.G

    Very cool shots and info. Good to know that someone responsible was keeping an eye on stuff ;).

    March 4, 2011 at 1:09 am

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