I’m a bit insulted that CNN is saying the hurricane’s landfall area was ‘a stroke of luck.’ Mostly because I’ve been there, and I don’t think the people I met back in ’04 are feeling very lucky right now. And the coral reef lining the area, well, what do you think happened to it?
(Update: My good friend Jeremy, a newspaper reporter based in Mexico City, wrote about his harrowing experiences racing Hurricane Dean across the Yucatan peninsula. Uncovering Mexico – Racing Hurricane Dean)
I hope it survived — not only is it the main draw to the area, providing an economy, and not only does it protect the villages from massive waves, but also because it and other fragile coral reefs are rapidly dying around the world. Anyway, here’s Mahahual (aka Majahual), pre-Dean:
Photos taken in 2004 in Majahual, Mexico.
Perhaps my best memory of Majahual, besides this sunrise photo taken by Brendan, was sharing meals with the owners of the Travel-Inn, a young Dutch couple who pulled up roots and moved to Mexico with their kids. They may have been Dutch, but their attitudes were thouroughly Yucatan. They owned a little red home on the beach. I hope they’re OK. We also stayed at the most luxurious cabana — with hot water, electricity (only at night), and tile floors — at the Kohan Beach Cabanas.