We left Minnesota during the wee hours of January 10th. Us and seemingly thousands of others from the northern Midwest were looking to flee to warm beaches. I don’t know if I mentioned it previously, but I’ve never seen Terminal 2 at MSP so full in my life!
I’d done most of my worrying the night before, and when we landed in Cancun the warm breezes and green landscape made me truly joyful. We were in the Riviera Maya for a week!
I knew one of JR’s objectives — besides getting his friend married — was to catch fish on the ocean. I helped set up a boat rental with a captain and all, and twelve of us cruised the sea for the morning. To be honest, I was a little disorientated from all the Dramamine I took, but at least I wasn’t terribly seasick like a few in our group. The smallest fish of the day were mine, but they were also the first! JR got several nice catches, and a wonderful chef at our resort even cooked up the red snapper for us. (We tipped accordingly.)
The wedding was a picture perfect day on the beach. We did have rain a few times on our trip, but for the wedding everything was sunny. I am beyond grateful to Brad and Amy for letting us be a part of their celebration. The officiant beautifully reminded all of us to chose love everyday as she asked God’s blessing on the couple.
I am so grateful for both the old and new friends we shared this trip with. Memories still vividly fill my mind, and I suspect they will do so for a long while. The stately Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza were our last stop, and they brought us deeper into Mexico in many ways. We drove through small villages, saw children playing, and got a better feel for the soul of the country. Yes, there was poverty and hardship, but there was also strength and perseverance. I admire the people we met on our journey.
Minnesota was waiting for us when we got back, complete with a beautiful winter day and melting snow. January has definitely been kind since then, and things are getting into a normal rhythm again at the farm. It’s hard to come back in some ways, but in other ways it’s always good to be home.