We went on an ATV ride to a cenote and cooled off in the clear waters.
Now we were ready to do some day activities! An ATV ride through the jungle with a break to swim in a cenote? Um, ok...where do I sign up? Somehow, of course, I didn't actually get any pics of us riding, but I got a decent shot of some friends at the cenote. Maybe it was that we were hauling some ass through the dust and the rocks and the trees and holding onto the 4-wheeler was more highly recommended than trying to get pictures. I know some people did slow down for a shot or two, but letting up on the throttle was not part of my vocabulary on that day. After all that dust though, the cenote did feel really nice. And some of our people got to show of some ink too. ;D
Later, after we had all ridden hard, and been put up wet, literally, we took it easy by the pool for a while longer and I showed my peoples some of the skills that I've gained in 4 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in various tropical countries.
Climbing for a coco.
"This is how you climb a coco", I told them. Not ignoring the blonde girl in the distance, I shared the "fruits" of my labor, or in this case, the nuts. We drank some straight, and then I showed them that one of my favorite drinks is young coconut water with rum and lime over ice. I just so happened to have a couple of bottles of Belizean One Barrel rum on hand, that I had brought across the border in order to share and brag on its quality and prestige. Yum.
After naps were taken, we readied ourselves for the rehearsal dinner. This actually required button shirts and real shorts! Luckily we had all remembered to pack these wedding essentials. Well clad, we shuffled down the beach for some pibil
Pulled the cocos down and shared them with my friends.
Oh, and more beer and tequila, of course. Pibil
is a Maya style whole roasted pig. Traditionally made for ceremonies such as this, the pig is buried in a pit and cooked for several hours. The process involves digging the pit to at least 4 feet of depth and covering its lowest reaches with large grapefruit sized rocks. The rocks are covered with wood and it is set alight to burn down and heat the rocks. The pit is covered, nowadays, with a large piece of zinc like people use to roof their houses. After the stones are well heated and the fire is down to coals, the pig is lowered in wrapped in banana leaves, and a large metal grate is inserted over the top of the pig. On the grate another layer of rocks is set, with a fire built on top.
We didn't have a machete so we just used a big knife.
The pig is left for at least 4 hours or more before it is brought out, with its succulent meat literally falling off the bone.
This is the way I saw this style dish prepared at a wedding in Belize in '03. Additionally, they inserted another rack of 25 chickens over the second tier of fire and stone before the whole thing was covered with the zinc once again.
The rehearsal dinner was really nice, everyone said something in respect to the soon-to-be's, we ate well, drank well, and everyone looked beautiful. We even got some of the local staff to take a shot of tequila with us.
Do you think we were tired of going to the same old bar every night? Yes, at this point we were. Did we still go to La Buena Vida and have yet more beers, cocktails, and shots? Of course. We wouldn't be living up to our Red River, Austin reputation if we didn't.
Guess what!?! Afterwards everyone came to our abode once again, for beers, tequila, swimming, and singing along to the guitar.