(Since this is the first non-themed day on my blogs since Thanksgiving, here goes:) our Thanksgiving feast, with fancier tableware than usual, and plenty of tasty food. We’ll be eating the leftovers for a while yet.

Thanksgiving feast

We’re on vacation in Ashland. Last night, we went to one of our favorite restaurants here, Plancha, which features tasty Mexican food and beverages.

Then a quick stroll around downtown, including a pause at the duck pond.

And a glass of wine at the OSF member lounge, before the evening’s play, All’s Well That Ends Well.

Hawaii day 3

Yesterday we spent the morning in a rented “cabana” overlooking the ocean; a joined pair of recliners with a shade canopy:

View of the pool area behind the cabana:

It came with a bag of snacks and water bottles:

View of the ocean from the cabana:

A mai tai, our preferred drink of Hawaii:

Then in the afternoon, we headed down the coast for a dinner cruise from Kailua Kona to Kealakekua Bay:

More mai tais:

The face of Pele in the cliff face, from lava tubes:

The Captain Cook memorial, near the spot where he died, and apparently a small patch of British soil:

Buffet dinner:

Windy selfie:

Flags:

Setting sun:

Jenn watching the sun:

Lower:

Almost gone:

Next, a road trip around the island on day 4.

Cancun vacation, day 5

Today was pretty much the opposite of yesterday: just lounging by a pool, instead of a long excursion.

We had a buffet breakfast, and I enjoyed the fresh-from-the-comb honey:

We then spent the day lounging by the pool, facing the beach:

An iguana visited us:

And a number of birds:

One of several cocktails:

A gazebo over the water:

Dinner at an open air restaurant:

We reluctantly head home tomorrow. It’s rare to not be ready to go home after several days away, but that’s how we feel now.

Cancun vacation, day 4

We had an all-day excursion to Chichén Itzá and a few other places today: about 11 hours round-trip.

Chichén Itzá is a collection of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

Here’s the famous wonder of the new world, El Castillo:

The ball court:

Stone carvings of figures:

Inside the ball court:

More of the ball court:

A wall of skulls:

Feathered serpent heads:

The top of the pyramid:

Steps:

Ruins:

Observatory:

Hole:

More ruins:

Iguana:

Pillars:

The pyramid again:

Next we headed to a local village for a tasty lunch (plus sangria and horchata, rice water):

Lunch entertainment dancing:

Then we headed to a cenote (water-filled sinkhole)… with more dancing on the way in:

The cenote has a tunnel path to the water level, so people could go down to jump in to the frigid water:

It was certainly a long day, but definitely interesting.