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The Jones Gang, aka hogfamily, 2010 Isla de la Mujeres Adventures # 19.

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Date: 9/24/2010

Today we planned on spending the day at Garrafon de Castilla with Cyndi and Roaul.

We started the day with breakfast at Bucanero. It was a great breakfast. A staff member gave me a quick tour of the hotel and a couple of the rooms, they are really nice.

On the way to breakfast.

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Bucanero’s restaurant staff.

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The staff was wonderful and the breakfast was too.


Ahhh another relaxing day at Garrafon de Castilla Beach.

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I’m sure this is the first photo ever taken of feet in front of the beach / water, (I’m so original).

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Taking a break for a snack and a drink, (or two). I love vacation!

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Snack time for the fish.

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Well we were having a great time. The Adults lounging on the beach with a cold beer, taking a swim every now and then to cool off, the kids having fun swimming, snorkeling, and feeding the fish….a wonderful day……then…..a loud scream…..and crying…..like someone is in pain…..its Travis sitting on the beach holding his foot. Ruby, the waitress, is the first one to him, then Michelle, then me. Ruby says that he stepped on a sea urchin; Travis is screaming and crying “It hurts, it hurts so bad!" He had about a dozen sea urchin spines stuck in his toes and foot.

Travis has a high pain threshold, for him to be in pain like that it REALLY HURT.

Ruby calmed him down a little bit and told him everything would be ok. She told me to take him to the bathroom and have him pee on the floor and have him put his foot in the urine and that would take away some of the pain and then take him to the hospital. Travis told her that he could not do that because he did not want to leave a mess for someone else to clean up. She insisted so we did. It did decrease the pain a little. I took Travis piggy back up the hill where there was a taxi waiting. The first thing the taxi driver asked me is “did he pee on it?” We got Travis in the taxi and off to the hospital we went. We were going really fast. We were going airborne over the speed bumps. It made me think of the car chase scene in the movie Bullitt. The taxi was bottoming out on the landings, sparks flying…..I tried to convince the driver to slow down so he would not leave the bottom of his cab on the road.

Meanwhile Travis is inconsolable, he is obviously in a lot of pain. In an attempt to take his mind off the pain I was telling him he would have a great story to tell his friends and classmates when we went back to Alaska. He said that he did not want to remember any of this because it hurt so bad. He was not going to tell anyone.

When we arrived at the hospital, sliding sideways into the parking lot, (I could not convince the driver that he really did not need to drive fast), the driver jumped out of the taxi and ran into the hospital to tell them we were coming and what happened. As I was carrying Travis piggy back through the front doors of the hospital the receptionist came up to me and asked “did you pee on it?” Travis, the taxi driver, and I said “yes he did.”

We were escorted to the emergency room, the nurse told me to put Travis on the exam table, looked at his foot and asked “did you pee on it?” Travis, the taxi driver, the receptionist, and I said “yes he did”.

When each of the three doctors came in the emergency room each one asked “did you pee on it?” We all answered “yes he did”.

After a quick exam the three doctors all told Travis that they see this all the time and that he would be fine.

They numbed his foot and removed the spines that came out easily. They asked me to go to the store and buy a couple liters of vinegar so that he could soak his foot in it and hot water for half an hour. They said that the vinegar and hot water would take the pain away and help dissolve the spines that were still in his foot. They said that they would all be gone in about three days and the best thing Travis could do was walk a lot to help break up and dissolve the spines.

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We left the hospital in about an hour and walked to Plaza Almendros where everyone was waiting for us. On the way there Travis said that he could not wait until he could tell his friends and classmates about stepping on a sea urchin!

The doctors had him take antibiotics for a week. Travis did fine. He is still telling his friends about stepping on a sea urchin.

(A couple days later we were walking by Dr. Salas’s office and he called us in so that he could check Travis’s foot, (somehow he found about it), He asked “did you pee on it?”)


That night, (after Travis’s sea urchin encounter), we had dinner at Minino’s. Another great night and awesome meal.

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Lilu, daughter of the owner, taking our dinner order. She insisted that we order in Spanish.

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Lilu and her boyfriend.

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Family and staff at Minino’s.

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We always have a great time at Minino’s!

Next time Hogfamily invades Contoy!


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