At the end of last month, Travis and I got to go on an amazing vacation to Mexico. Neither of had ever been. I grew up hearing my parents’ legends about their trips to Mexico in the late 70s and early 80s, so I’ve always wanted to go.
Travis was hired to shoot a wedding in Playa Mujeres, just north of Cancun, and I went as his “assistant.” We balanced poolside lounging days with exploring Mayan ruins for a week.
The first Mayan ruins we went to was Coba. Unlike 30 years ago, people aren’t allowed to climb on many of the archeological sites anymore, but that was one of my goals. So when I found out that Coba had the tallest pyramid in the Yucatán Peninsula and people were allowed to climb up it, I knew we had to go there.
On the left is Nohoch Mul, the tallest pryamid in the Yucatán. When we first arrived at Coba, we rented bicycles and rode out to it. It was really steep with really large steps. I had to practically crawl up the front, and I sidestepped the entire way down with one hand on the rope in the middle.
After conquering the big one, we rode around the rest of the site, exploring and taking pictures. We saw some pretty cool structures throughout the grounds, including the ball court above.
The next day, we hitched a ride with the bride’s family to Chichen Itza. Unfortunately, no one is allowed on any of the ruins there, but they were incredibly impressive nonetheless. Chichen Itza is huge. We spent more than three hours there, and still didn’t get to see the whole thing.
It was a bit overwhelming, because they let vendors into the park. Everywhere you go they were shouting at us to buy their wares. But I loved seeing the ruins in person.
The wedding itself was a blast. Like I mentioned Monday, I helped steam the bride’s gown and her bridesmaids’ dresses early in the afternoon, and then I assisted Travis shooting the wedding. I made a few photos of my own, and carried lights like a champ.
But the best and craziest part was a very special wedding crasher. Mario Lopez, who was staying at the resort with his family, came down to take a photo with the bride and then stayed for a bit to dance with his daughter and nieces.
Yup, that’s right. I danced next to AC Slater. Pretty wild! And of course congratulations to Rachel and JP!