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Old 12-12-2008, 03:08 PM   #226
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I just can't wait for more pictures. You're doing such a beautiful job with this report. Thank you so much for sharing all this.
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:31 PM   #227
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Oh my gosh! This is a perfect picture of paradise!!! Wow...that is breathtaking.
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Old 12-12-2008, 04:25 PM   #228
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:20 AM   #229
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Wow~ Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing! Your tour looks really interesting! That is something we missed out on in PV for sure
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Old 12-14-2008, 12:15 PM   #230
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thanks for the spa pics...maybe i will change my spa appointment to this vs a couple massge? Looks awesome...your photos make me feel like we are there! One month, 14 days but who is counting?
thanks again for the post!
The rasul is kind of a do-it-yourself massage, if you know what I mean... We did massages on Thursday, too.

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WOW... Those pics are breath taking.

Really think im going to have to get to the gym next time. Sounds like such a cool way to work out.
It is an AMAZING way to work out!!

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I just can't wait for more pictures. You're doing such a beautiful job with this report. Thank you so much for sharing all this.
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Wow~ Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing! Your tour looks really interesting! That is something we missed out on in PV for sure
I think everyone I saw at Chankanaab was impressed with the beauty of it. It truly was a tropical paradise.

I'll be back soon with our dolphin swim- I've been sick, so too tired to be any good at writing about it-

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Old 12-14-2008, 05:25 PM   #231
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I'll be back soon with our dolphin swim- I've been sick, so too tired to be any good at writing about it-

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Ellen - Well that stinks being sick this time of year! I hope you feel better soon!
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:51 PM   #232
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:55 PM   #233
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:21 AM   #234
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:44 AM   #235
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Dolphins!

Hi! Thanks for all the get well wishes- I'm feeling much better today! Nothing like sleeping for nearly 24 hours to improve your health, I guess-

Anyway, I believe it was time to talk about the dolphin swim....

So, Boyspapa et al was signed up with us to do the Royal Dolphin Swim- we were brought to a room to watch a short video, then divided into groups (we were together with another couple). They took us over to the platform, we put on vests, and got in the water which was nice and warm- thank God!! I was dreading being in cold water for this like we were in the Bahamas years ago. The Royal Swim is the best experience they offer at Chankanaab, it includes a dance, kisses, a double fin ride and the foot push, along with just hanging in the water with the dolphins. We were standing on a platform, and when we would have to go out a little for a kiss or whatever, DH was helping our boys get out far enough by grabbing their vests and holding them out to the dolphins.

Hi there! (One of Boyspapa's DGS's is smiling with a dolphin in the backround)



DS9



I have no problem with DH kissing another girl, as long as she has fins!





Another of Carl's DGS's-



DS9 is going for a ride-





Donna & I make some new friends-





Hitching a ride-



DH gets a foot push (in the Bahamas, he had a hard time getting up out of the water- this time was much better for him-)



DS11 gets some kisses and a dance-







And then it's time for DH11 to fly-



Followed by me and then DS9-





We were all out of the water more than what these photos show, with DS9 looking like he was running on top of the water! It was hard for him to get started, and they were nice enough to send a trainer out there to help him get on the dolphins- they did not, however, do this for Boyspapa's younger Grandson, so he didn't really get to experience this. The trainer seemed to be more patient with my family than Carl's , which I really don't get. They should have sent a helper in the water for their youngest one, too.Anyway, we all did various amounts of things with the dolphins even though we all tried everything, but I think everyone would agree it was an amazing experience. I know DS9 STILL hasn't stopped talking about it, and I believe it gave both of my boys a lifelong love and respect for these mammals, which means alot to me. Prior to having kids, I was obsessed with dolphins- I used to volunteer at the NY Aquarium as a Docent and talk to people about the Beluga whales there, and I used to volunteer with the Marine Mammal Stranding center here in NJ. They are called to rescue any stranded sea mammals on any NJ coastline, including dolphins, whales and seal lions, and they also help out sea turtles. Anyway, it has always been important to me that my kids have an appreciation for the magnificence of these animals, and this experience, making a HUGE impression on them, succeeded in doing that. When we were done with our swim, they herded us all in a room to watch ourselves on the video that was made- which of course, we all bought along with all the photos they took. No way could I leave them there!!!



Next- hangin in Mexico!
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:55 AM   #236
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Love the dolphin pics!!! We are doing a Dolphin Excursion in June- and cannot wait!!!!
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:37 AM   #237
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Old 12-16-2008, 12:06 PM   #238
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Even more at Chankanaab...

A few more dolphin photos- in this one, you can the platform under the water-









Pucker-up, Boyspapa!



All that swimming made us very hungry, so next on our list of things to do was to eat lunch. The DSs had authentic Mexican chicken nuggets!



DH had a quesadilla-



And I had tacos, which I thought were yummy-



In case you were wondering, there is no alcohol served in the park. Not that we asked.

We wanted to go to the pool, so that's what we headed to next-











After the pool, we wanted to go see what this little cove was all about. We knew we were coming to the end of our time here, so didn't rent the snorkeling equipment. But as soon as we got into the water, I remembered what I had forgotten- watershoes!! I had read on here that the bottom was rocky, and the Dis does not lie!!



Well, DH was not interested in looking for fish anyway. He was interested in seeing the backs of his eyelids. So he plopped in one of these chairs, and according to him, this was the best part of the day!

White chair-GOOD!







The boys were getting restless- they were asking when we were going back to the boat so they could go to their clubs, so we made our way out of the park and back to the port. Bye bye, Chankanaab-



Hello cheesy tourist stuff!







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Old 12-16-2008, 12:42 PM   #239
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I love your TR. What an awesome day in Mexico. Did you find Chankanaab crowded (doesn't seem like it in the pics)? Pool looks nice!
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:06 PM   #240
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I was thinking your DH is so photogenic that he looks like a game show host!
Of all the posts I just caught up on (and believe me, I've been sitting here a LOOOOONG time, neglecting work!) this one had me laughing so hard!!!! Kept thinking you were gonna tell us about your lovely parting gifts or something!

And NO, we didn't make it to WDW this month - wow, I sound like a spoiled brat, don't I? But we totally missed out on all the lights this year. Oh, well, there's always next year.

Your report is wonderful!!! I keep bringing it up to DH and he just rolls his eyes at me. He tells me we need to try this el cheapo Carnival cruise that leaves from here in town, just to make sure we enjoy the whole cruise thing. I'm a little concerned about it though..... Think we're gonna do something on Carnival in the spring to "test the waters" so to speak. I'm afraid that I will feel obligated to hop off in each port and rush rush rush. When we go to Jamaica, we do NOTHING but float in the pool, float in the ocean, oh, and hang by the pool bar. We have yet to see Dunns River Falls, we just do nothing but relax. We never leave the resort. So on a cruise will I feel like I HAVE to disembark in each port? That is the question.

OK, enough about me! On to your report! It's awesome!
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