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Mayan Ruins

30 March 2012 | Gasparilla Marina
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I have added the Mayan ruin picture gallery for you to see. During our trip we visited 6 different Mayan ruins in three different countries and still felt like we had much more to see. Tikal in Guatemala, and Chichen Itza in Mexico are the most famous and most visited . However we also visited Talum, the only coastal ruin, and the one that lasted into the 1500's as well as Ek Balam in the Yucatan of Mexico which although smaller has the best sculptures preserved.
The picture attached here is the huge ball court at Chichen Itza. This is the best preserved ball court we saw but most of the cities had many ball courts many much smaller but still there. There has been much speculation as to what was done there. Matches to decide whom to sacrifice? Re enactment of battles won for the city state? Simply a game? No one knows for sure but what we learned at the pictured site was that the acoustics were astounding. There is just the slightest angle to walls that creates an echo that reverberates 14 times! In fact archaelogists improperly restored a section at vertical and were obliged to return and redo the work at the appropriate angle to regain the echo.
Speaking of echoes if you stand in front of a large temple and clap your hands loudly the noise that echoes back is the sound of the Quetzal bird which was sacred to the Mayans. The temple at Chichen Itza at the summer soltice when the sun rises creates a shadow that comes down the corner of the temple and ends at a snake head looking like the god Kukulkan! All this took place and was thriving when Europe was nothing but a collection of dirty mud huts (900AD).
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Vessel Name: Sound Effect
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour385
Hailing Port: Tacoma WA
Crew: Jim & Connie Merritt
About: Jim and Connie have been sailing since 1975 and have owned four different boats. Racing and cruising Puget Sound Jim has earned a 100 Ton Coast Guard License and US sailing instructor credentials
Extra: Dreaming about full time cruising for20yrs, Jim and Connie have been actively planning for 5 years since participating in the 2005 BaJa Ha Ha
Sound Effect's Photos - Main
Slip Away tipped on the Okachobbe to transit the railroad bridge
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Created 14 November 2012
Mayan ruins in Mexico
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Created 29 March 2012
Side trip to Tikal and flores from Rio Dulce
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Created 20 February 2012
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Created 12 February 2012
Sound Effect transits the canal October 10-11 2011
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Created 14 December 2011
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Created 28 July 2011
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Created 22 June 2011
Boat trip up the estuary known as the jungle cruise
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Created 6 February 2011
Bird Sanctuary
16 Photos
Created 6 February 2011
Train ride to Copper Canyon January 2011
24 Photos
Created 23 January 2011
45 Photos
Created 21 December 2010
Sailing Cabo to Sea and back to La Paz
18 Photos
Created 28 November 2010
San Diego to Cabo
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Created 6 November 2010
10 Photos
Created 8 October 2010
Two Harbors to Avalon
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Created 1 October 2010
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Created 8 September 2010
Delivery of Sound Effect to San Francisco
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Created 29 August 2010

Who: Jim & Connie Merritt
Port: Tacoma WA