December - New Year's
Final exams were upon us at Westminster and it was that time of year everything starting coming together before our eyes. Can't go without saying it got a bit stressful, but I was stoked for getting a month long break from school and Salt Lake City. The annual cold snap and cloud cover arrived, so I flew to California to meet up with family before heading down to Yucatan and Quintana Roo. After a sleepless red-eye flight from Tijuana, plus a 5-hour layover in Mexico City, we arrived in Merida, picked up the rental car with no accommodation plans and immersed ourselves in what the region had to offer culturally and ecologically.
Our stops included diving in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Valladolid, Sian Ka'an, plenty of Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza, Tulum, Xcaret, and Corba along with countless cenotes (sink holes) in the region. With lots of good food, beer, music, and people in the mix, I was excited to call this only the start to my semester break and head up to British Columbia for dramatic change of scenery, temperatures, and activity.