Viva la Cancun!

“In Mexico, anything is possible!” rental car agent

Traveling the world has always been a dream of mine. A dream that I share with a woman who’s been my wife for 10 years in May. Unfortunately, because life seems to have a different plan most times, we have never been able to do that. We’ve traveled for work and personal trips, but never together.

My father and his wife enjoy 6 weeks every year at a villa in Cancun, Mexico. They’ve invited us in the past, but we could never make it happen. This year, we decided that being married 10 years was worth putting in the effort to make it happen. Having a place to stay was certainly a deciding factor.

I’ve never been to Mexico. Having seen so many images, I had an idea of how it would be. I was surprised to find Cancun very similar to Las Vegas. Very Americanized. My expectation was for more of a native experience. Honestly, I was slightly disappointed, but once I accepted the fact that I was there to enjoy the sun, the amazingly blue water and the tequila, everything fell into place. Spending a week with my wife, my father and his wife was priceless. A week I will never forget.

We visited the Maya ruins at Chichen Itza and along the way, met some amazing Maya natives who worked at the resort. Tammy and I walked the flea markets, took a trip by car to Playa del Carmen going through a Federal checkpoint where the guards had Uzi machine guns and even went para-sailing on a stormy sea.

I hope we have the opportunity to go back again. I know I’ll add a few more outings to explore the real Mexico and capture it in images. All of these were captured with my amazing little Canon Digital Elph point and shoot. I only say that because I think it’s important to note that you don’t necessarily need professional gear to create great images. Having a point of view and knowing how to use the tools you have are far more important. Enjoy a few of my favorite images from our week in Cancun!

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Tammy

    I miss Cancun! It was a very magical week my love! I hope we can make this an annual trip and maybe, just maybe, we’ll bring our kids…but then again…ha.ha.

  2. Mat Hayward

    Dude! Beautiful photo’s..what a great trip that must have been!

  3. Gill

    Looks like you had a lot of fun … the sun sea and sand look wonderful ! More photos soon, I hope ?

  4. alexis

    Mexico is amazing! We’ve been to Puerto Vallerta and loved it. The water wasn’t bright blue though! Would love to see the mayan ruins and explore. I’m sure you’ll go back…sounds like you’re hooked!

  5. Chris Hodney

    Wow, great pictures of your trip Randy. I’m glad you and your wife were able to enjoy a trip together. I’ve yet to make it down to Mexico but it’s definitely on my list:)

  6. Brian Laurent

    Wicked pics. I’m happy you had a good time and made it through the checkpoint. Playa del Carmen is not immmune from the spiraling drug violence plaguing our southern neighbor. I must point out your (extreme) modesty; you’ve made those images fantastic both by your talent for seeing, but also for eeking out all that texture, detail, contrast and color. Your bring those P&S shots alive!

  7. Colleen

    Amazing images from a point & shoot! Just proves again, it’s not the tools, it’s the mind behind them. Love the magical properties of tequila sign.

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