Life just gets more and more interesting here in Mahahual. Yesterday was just another lazy, sunny day here in Mahahual, and I was doing my usual Saturday routine, sitting at the Tropicante on the beach talking to tourists from the USA and Canada.
I noticed four people walk up, and I looked and asked them if they were from the USA, they looked like Americans, and one guy answers me back in English, no why would you say that, and I said, we don’t get many Americans this time of year in Mahahual, so you must be Canadian. He laughed and said no, we are from Maine, he was just kidding.
They stopped in and we got to talking, and come to find out two of them were father and daughter, Wendy Morrill and Richard Bailey. I asked them if this was their first time in Mahahual, and they said no, in fact they walked through Mahahual awhile back, and she wrote a book about it “The Found World of Quintana Roo”. Wendy told me she walked all the way from Cancun to Belize with her father, just like the guy in the book “The Lost World of Quintana Roo”.
My jaw dropped, because that is one of my favorite books, and it is a must read if you ever considered living or, are now living in Mahahual and Quintana Roo. I have written several articles about this book on this blog, and I tell everyone I know about it, and encourage them to read. In fact, there is one copy Nancy has at the Tropicante book store that she is holding for a surgeon from Texas here because we were talking about it the other night.
I just got a copy of the book back from Xcalak, that I let someone borrow, and I am reading again it for the third time. If you want more information about the book “The Lost World of Quintana Roo”, (if you have not heard of it before, or did not read my article about it), you can go into the archives of this blog and find it there.
Wendy told me she was inspired by reading the book, and her father also is an avid hiker, so they decided to repeat and follow in the footsteps and take the exact route in the book, like the author did in the late 1950s, when Quintana Roo was just a territory of Mexico.
They camped the whole time, and all they had was a hammock, machete, and a mosquito net. They walked the whole way, and one time even had to build a raft. They did this between 2007 and 2011, and would each May come to Mexico and walk for a whole month, then come back the next year and pick up where they left off. I think she said they walked like 120 miles a week, with no other means of transportation, just walking.
Wendy informed me that her book should be coming out in June of this year,m and she will be coming back to Mahahual some time after the book is published and do a book signing here. I told her when her book comes out she will be a big celebrity here in Mahahual, because everybody I know here has read, or heard of the original book.
What I also liked about her and her group from Maine is, they love Mahahual and are thinking of retiring here some day She and her group were great to talk to, and I think they would fit in here in Mahahual quite nicely. I told her would probably never have to buy a drink the whole time she was in Mahahual after her book comes out.
You never know who you might run into sitting on the beaches of Mahahual.
I am going to include some information from her book and website now, and if you want you can check out her website..http://foundworldofquintanaroo.blogspot.mx/
“the found world of quintana roo”
“ADVENTURES OF A FATHER/DAUGHTER TEAM TREKKING THE MAYAN COAST OF MEXICO. WENDY MORRILL IS A RESEARCH BIOCHEMIST PRESENTLY A LAB MANAGER FOR THE MAINE INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN GENETICS & HEALTH IN BANGOR MAINE INVOLVED IN CANCER RESEARCH. SHE AND HER DAD, RICHARD BAILEY, ARE AVID HIKERS AND EXPLORERS AND RECENTLY HIKED 450 MILES ALONG THE COASTAL YUCATAN MEXICO, FROM CANCUN TO BELIZE. SHE WOULD LIKE TO RAISE $5000 OF DONATIONS FOR CANCER RESEARCH, ONCE THEY CROSS THE CENTRAL AMERICAN BORDER.”
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina