Only the second full day here and I feel like it has been weeks. All worries are gone and life could not be better. Once again it started out with a glass of Kombucha and a nice relaxing morning on the palapa. We like to watch the boats pass through the canal in front of the house, from small fishing boats to huge catamarans there is a huge diversity of people who are headed out to sea. Regardless of their reason, a common joy is shared through all of these adventures.
Perhaps the most beautiful view for a lunch on the peninsula is Mango’s, a beach bar just north of the village in Maya Beach. As we walked up the front entrance stairs I was instantly blown away by the view through the restaurant, nothing but ocean as far as you can see. I started my meal with a glass of fresh pineapple orange juice, so sweet and delicious. As I went out front to get a video of the place, the chalkboard at the door showed the lunch special: Lobster Tail, Shrimp Skewer, & Fish Filet with a side of coconut rice and beans…I couldn’t pass this up.
I had only actually had lobster one time before, last summer in San Pedro on the first day of Lobster fest. That time it was chopped and fried in coconut breading, but this time it was a full tail grilled (served with butter that I happily passed on). The fish was a nice filet lightly fried but not greasy (yes the Grassfed man is enjoying a few lightly fried treats before the internship begins) and the skewered shrimp was grilled to perfection. Overall the dinner was incredible, a little more expensive than I thought it was worth but very enjoyable.
After leaving there we traveled north to Coco Plum, an insane development a few miles north of Maya Beach. The whole development is 224 acres, spanning a huge portion of the beachfront. Needless to say there is every sort of living situation you could imagine here: Condos, houses, Cottages and more. A little too fancy and out of town for me..but it will be interesting to see where it will go in the next few years.
The evening consisted of trivia night at the Tipsy Tuna, home of Mia and Ziggy (the most incredibly athletic dogs I have ever seen). These dogs will come to your table and drop a stick at your feet and wait for you to launch it in the air so they can leap and catch it, they rarely drop it…even Ziggy who only has 3 legs. A mixture of horrible questions from the commentator and a crowd of drunks lead to extreme entertainment in between throws of the stick. It probably been even more fun if I was as drunk as the rest but I haven’t had a drop of liquor in a few months and I don’t plan on drinking at all this whole trip..so they got a little annoying after a while.
After getting home and watching the hurricane news from Florida I got a call from my brother Chris, the oldest of the 4 boys and 3rd oldest kid. Chris and I have always been closer than me and any of the other siblings as long as I could remember, I was always his tool to get chicks when I was little (it worked). As he tells me how proud of me he is, I can’t help but think how awesome it is to have such a strong support system behind me as I start such a journey as this. We ended up talking for 3 hours about everything you could imagine, I think every set of brothers should have a connection like this. It really makes you appreciate the opportunity to have people like that around.
So remember, be thankful for the people in your life that want to see you succeed, these are the ones that push you to be all you can be. Always remember who has been on your side from day 1.