|Fisherman coming in from bailing - another fisherman is inside the blue boat bailing water|
We are back from our travels safe and sound although we have now experienced our first Tropical Storm which actually happened to be on hubby's life list. We landed in Cancun on Friday afternoon and by the time we got to the hotel it was quite cloudy but calm. We ventured out for a fantastic first night meal of tacos and shrimp and wandered out to the beach to see fishermen trying to take those boats that could be beached out of the water and hotels tucking away all their seafront tables and chairs. The concierge at our small Mexican hotel mentioned that bad weather was coming. We weren't exactly sure what that meant as the forecast on all the weather channels indicated possible thunderstorms with a few millimetres of rain - no mention of a storm approaching. Obviously the locals are much more in tune with their own weather.
|Fishermen inspecting their boat during the storm|
Saturday morning hubby looked out our patio to the water and told me it was raining. Disappointing for our first day in Playa Del Carmen but I said no problem, we will just go for a walk in the rain on the beach. He then told me to come have a look as the rain was coming down in sheets and the wind was blowing about 70-80 km an hour. Yikes - we get a lot of rain on Vancouver Island but I have never ever seen so much rain come down in buckets like that. At the time the news was calling it an unnamed Tropical wave as apparently it was a group of "unorganized" thunderstorms. We never saw lightening or heard thunder - just high high wind and unbelievable rain. We spent a couple of hours in the hotel room and then ventured out. Mexicans are an extremely hardy people - the only things closed were beachfront. Two blocks inland all stores and restaurants with any sort of overhead cover were open for business. We ran in the rain with my little umbrella until the wind inverted it then dived into a tourist shop and invested in two rain ponchos. There were very few tourists out but we were all sporting the same attire.
|The beach in front of the hotel|
|5th Avenue Playa Del Carmen - our sanctuary during dinner|
|View to the sea from our room during the storm.|
|Flooded street in front of the hotel|
Blogger won't let me upload any more pictures today so my next post will show the end of the storm. Don't let these pictures worry you - we had five good days on our trip and our holiday was not ruined plus we can now say we've been through a tropical storm!