Sailing around the Caribbean

In 2007 our family sailed from the Chesapeake Bay to the Caribbean, visiting most of the islands and stopping in Cartagena, Colombia for hurricane season. We just returned to the Chesapeake after visiting many Central American countries and islands.

11 July 2009 | Kikuyu in Annapolis Harbor, Looking toward the City
29 June 2009 | The National Young Women's Sailing Competition in Hampton
15 June 2009 | Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor
02 June 2009 | Kennedy Space Center
01 June 2009 | Beaudacious and Third Boat that Joined us at Anchor in Fort Pierce
31 May 2009 | Our Friends Beaudacions' Mast was Taller than Most Bridges when Opened
25 May 2009 | View of a Canal from Las Olas Marina Boulevard
21 May 2009 | Approaching Miami Harbor
18 May 2009 | One of the Six-toed Cats Sleeping on Hemingway's Master Bed
16 May 2009 | Approaching Key West - Daniel at the bow trying to see land with the binoculars
08 May 2009 | Main Town Harbor
06 May 2009 | Maya Ritual Reenactment
29 April 2009 | Town's Harbor
27 April 2009 | Daniel at the Blue Hole
25 April 2009 | The Weather Turned Bad
22 April 2009 | View of City from Kikuyu
21 April 2009 | Dangriga Harbor -Daniel doing school work!
19 April 2009 | Whale Shark, Picture by Chelsea Tolppanen
15 April 2009 | kikuyu in the Middle at Anchor in East Harbor

The Maya Riviera in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula – Visiting Tulum and Chichén Itzá

10 May 2009
Upon arriving to Playa del Carmen from Cozumel, we rented a car to drive to two important Maya sites: Tulum and Chichén Itzá. Tolum is one of the few seaside Maya ruins that exists and it was just gorgeous. The ocean views and color of the water was among the best we had seen in our entire Caribbean passage.

Chichén IItzá is impressive! The famous "Castle", as the Spanish called the main pyramid, is majestically imposing as well as are many of the other buildings such as the Temple of the Warriors (where the famous statue reflecting a human figure or Chac Mool is located), the Temple of the Thousand Columns, the Balls Court (one of the largest of the Maya ruins), the Observatory and the Nunnery Complex.

There is a lot that one can write about these important Maya sites but it could take pages. Rather, we leave this to the experts and the works they have published. We took many pictures that you can peruse in our Gallery of Pictures and have written the names of the remains on many of the photos. If you are interested in learning more about the Maya civilization and its legacy a search online will yield a lot of important works. There is currently excavations being done by many universities primarily from the United States and they produce ongoing papers on new discoveries.

There is still a lot we don't know about this civilization. A topic of controversy revolves around the question: Why did the Maya civilization disappear? By the time the Spanish arrived to the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) in the early 1500s where the Maya lived, there were just a few groups left who were living in the ruins but were not organized as thriving groups. Some of the theories about the disappearance of the civilization say that it was because the land and crops could no longer sustain the population growth. Others argue that other groups from Mexico like the Toltecs conquered the Maya and their culture was taken over. This mystery keeps archeologists of the Mesoamerica working away to find sufficient clues to put this puzzle together.
Vessel Name: Kikuyu
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg-Rassy 37
Hailing Port: Norfolk, VA
Crew: Cunningham's (Captain: Kim; Crew: Maria & Daniel
About: Maria E. Ramos and Daniel Cunningham
We are delighted to have you as a visitor to our site. Our family (Dad-Kim, Mom-Maria, 12-year-old son: Daniel) started our cruising adventure in our minds a few years ago. We slowly began to take steps toward achieving this dream. In November of 2007 we departed Annapolis, MD in the Chesapeake [...]
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