On a trip to the Mayan Riviera, I found a dried bed of coral. A variety of succulents had made their home in the rocky, salty outcropping that jutted out from the beach, a few feet from where waves crashed on the rocks.

Classic Lake Louise

Lake Louise

A classic shot of Lake Louise on a calm morning.

I took this early on a Sunday morning, and the boardwalk/beach was practically deserted. I met the only other person out that early, a woman from Ontario. It was her first time in the Rockies, and she was desperate to take in as much as she could before she went home.

But it’s never enough.