I saw a ton of traffic on my blog this week, due to the announcement of me being on the team for the 2017 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Ambassadors.  I’m very happy to be a part of the race again!  If you are new to my blog, welcome!!  Please leave me a comment any time, and we’ll chat.  I promise I will return to writing about running and training, but for the next few posts, I’ll be reliving my trip to Mexico.  Ahhhhh  So grab a cold one and enjoy the scenery!

I have to back up a little… our 3rd night in Mexico was an exciting one.  This was going to be days 4, 5 & 6 and then I realized I forgot a fun event from day 3!  We went to Xplor, which is an adventure park.  We had been there before, but this time we were there for “Xplor Fuego” (Fire!). We bought night passes, and yes, there was a lot of fire!


At the park we did ziplining… through a ring of fire!

All geared up, ready to zipline
The buildings above the tree line are the zipline stations
Ready to soar!!
Walking up to the highest zipline tower

Canoeing in an underground cavern.  The lighting was pretty bad for picture taking, but the water was cold, crystal clear, and there were bats in the cave!  The illumination made the caves quite breathtaking.  This is a bad picture, but you get the idea…


If we had proper lighting, this is what it really looked like… magical!


We also drove small Jeeps around in the jungle.  The jungle was pitch dark outside of the headlights, so that was pretty exciting!  And scary, if you turned off the headlights 🙂

The girls are ready to roll!!!
What lurks in the dark of the jungle??

I would say the most scary thing of the night for me was thinking about getting a ride home.  We feel very comfortable in this area of Mexico and ride public transportation all of the time.  It’s cheap and reliable.  And it’s interesting to hang with the locals!  To get on the bus, you just stand at the street (no bus stop) and flag down the bus.  However the bus (which is really a large van) was out at the road, not at the park.  We had to cross a busy street, in the pitch dark, at close to midnight.  I had great concerns how often the bus would go by, and how we would recognize which vehicle driving past was actually a bus!  Much to my surprise, we were standing there less than 5 minutes and a vehicle flashed it’s lights at us, we waved at it, and we were quickly on our way back to the hotel.  I guess a family of blond Americans, standing at the street in our bathing suits at midnight, was a clue that we needed a ride 🙂

The next morning started out pretty late due to our late night escapes.  Our morning run was extra sweaty.  We always took a jump in the pool to cool off – except the pool water was at least 85 degrees!  But still, water is refreshing.


The rest of the day we relaxed by hanging out at the pool and playing a round of mini golf.  The course was crazy.  I think it took me 10 strokes to get the ball in the hole.

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Obstacles and challenges all over the place.  Like the hole in difficult locations…

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Sand traps…

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And iguanas on the course!


Somehow Sydney managed to get a hole in one!

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In the afternoon we spent time at the beach snorkeling…

A group of fish around the pier

Catching hermit crabs…


And building sand castles…


Wow, that was a busy day and a half!  Please stop back again because I have even more exciting stuff to tell you about.  Hint, it involves the ocean (duh).  haha!  Or subscribe via email (along the right side of my blog).  You’ll get an email when the next blog post is published.  Hope you are having a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by and supporting my blog!


Q:  Are you a mini golf fan, or do you play the real thing?

I do like mini golf, although this course really ticked me off with the challenges it had!

Q: When you travel, do you use public transportation and wing it, or like to have scheduled tours?

Q: Anyone racing this weekend?  How did it go??



5 thoughts on “Mexico Barcelo – night 3 & day 4!”
    1. Oh yes, the kids get along great, but they also bicker a lot!! And just this morning I yelled at Alan because when I walked in the door he said “did you go running??” “What do you think I’ve been doing for the last 2 hours?? Glad you missed me.” Haha!

  1. Hey, I was catching up on my sleep after getting up at 5:00am the past 2 days to run. And you did wear the PF boot to bed last night so I thought you bailed on your run. Plus, the kids were loud this morning so I thought that was you cleaning the kitchen!

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