On the way to Palenque, we stopped along the Gulf of Mexico to pick up seashells and coral. It was a beautiful beach and we had it all to ourselves. We arrived in Palenque on 3-3-15 and stayed 2 nights at the Maya Bell campground. It’s within walking distance of the ruins, so the location couldn’t be better. You could hear the howler monkeys all night. The restaurant in the camp was not really great and service was a bit slow, but we got by ok. For those of you have have not been to these ruins, make sure to put it on your list of things to see. These ruins are in a beautiful rainforest with a great waterfall. While at the ruins we saw a toucan squawking in a tree, then he flew right over my head real low. I kept trying to click the camera and take a picture, but in my excitement, I didn’t take the lens cap off, so no picture. This is why Bob is assigned the task of photographer. A troop of about 9 howler monkeys were playing in the trees and I did manage to snap a few pictures of them. Oh, and we also saw some amazing ruins. We climbed many of them, however, as most of you know I am not the most graceful of walkers, so climbing can be a challenge for me. I usually walk behind Bob so in case I fall I will land on something soft. Wouldn’t you know the one ruin I went up by myself was the one I fell down? Fortunately it was towards the bottom step and some nice Mexican man came and helped me up. Now headed to Catemaco, Veracruz.