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Nov 29

Smoke Filled Sunset

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Smoke Filled Sunset

Every year around this time there seems to be a spike in wild fires. Smoke fills the sky, ash covers your house and car, the sun turns red and it gets hard to breath. Wasn’t always like this though, 12 years ago there were never any wildfires, the first big fires I can remember happened in 1996… But, as more and more people have moved to Southern California, is seems like more and more fires are started every year, kind of a shame, don’t you think?

Smoke Filled Sunset

Smoke Filled Sunset

Smoke Filled Sunset


Nov 17

Hoey Cruise – Costa Maya – Port #4

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Costa Maya, Mexico

Our fourth and final port of call was Costa Maya, Mexico. Costa Maya was definitely an odd place, it was built out of the jungle only 6 years ago exclusively for the Cruise industry. Then, in August 2007 the whole area was completely wiped out by hurricane Dean. Our ship was only the second to dock in Costa Maya since the hurricane hit and the destruction was still very prominent. I think the most surreal part about the whole place was that while we were amid all the destruction from last year, we could see hurricane Paloma slowly moving across the horizon towards Grand Cayman, a port we had been visiting only days before…

Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya, Mexico

Watching Hurricane Paloma off in the Distance

Hurricane Paloma off in the Distance, slowly moving towards Grand Cayman.

Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya, Mexico


Nov 15

Hoey Cruise – Belize – Port #3

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Belize City

Our third port of call was Belize. We were scheduled to go on a cave tubing/zip line jungle safari… But, after almost missing our ship the day before and all the stress involved with that, Lauren and I decided a “Private Island Beach Break” followed by shopping and a few drinks in Belize City sounded like a much better idea… However, my Parents and Sister did go through with our original excursion choice, and apparently it was a lot of fun, I guess we’ll have to check it out the next time we’re down in Belize…

Belize

Belize

Belize

Belize

Belize

Lauren Jacobs at the Bar in Belize


Nov 15

Hoey Cruise – Cozumel – Port #2

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City of Cozumel

Our second port of call was Cozumel in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Cozumel was by far my favorite stop, I only wish we could have stayed a little longer. We took the ferry across the channel to Playa del Carmen, and then headed down the coast to the ruins at Tulum. Everything about the place was amazing, Lauren and I will definitely be coming back. The only downside was that we almost missed the last ferry back to Cozumel… we caught it with less then five minutes to spare…

Ruins at Tulum

Ruins at Tulum

Ruins at Tulum

Ruins at Tulum

Ruins at Tulum

Ruins at Tulum

Ruins at Tulum

Ruins at Tulum

Our Ship the Carnival Legend

Sunset from the Boat


Nov 13

Hoey Cruise – Grand Cayman – Port #1

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Cayman in the Morning

Our first port of call was George Town, Grand Cayman. Weather wasn’t the best, scattered thunder showers was the order of the day… But, none the less, we had a pretty full day. We visited the Turtle Farm, went straight to Hell, swam with Sting Rays and did a bit of snorkeling in the rain…

George Town Tour Guide and Bus

Wende Crabtree at the Turtle Farm

This little guy weighed easily 50lbs

Welcome to Hell

The Devil in Hell

Lauren Jacobs Getting Rained On

Swimming with Sting Rays

Swimming with Sting Rays

Lauren Jacobs Swimming in the Pouring Rain

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Calm Before the Storm