Odd Place for a Door

The first month of the year 2020 passed and I failed to post a door.  I’m trying to get this posted tonight as it’s the last day of January so I can say that I did a post in the first month of the year.  I was traveling in December while everyone was on a door break and I didn’t find the opportunities to do any doorscrsions but I managed to find something.

I visited Cancun, Mexico for the first time with the family just before Christmas; we stayed a week at the resort but half the time it stormed.  The experience was something like being on a cruise ship except on land; everything was prepaid except for optional adventures so you find yourself eating and drinking all day if you wanted to.  We decided to take an optional trip to visit the Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins to take a break from the food and drinks.  The guide took us to the newer pyramid and told us we could check out the older ruins on our own in another location on the site.

Our guide pointed out this door but I didn’t hear what he said it was; was it the door to the underworld?  I couldn’t find any reference to it on the internet but it was probably installed over the opening to prevent unauthorized access.  All of the steps were bordered by images of snakes with their heads at the bottom.

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This is what the Mayan calendar looks like; how they hang it on the wall must be some feat!  The calendar pyramid has 4 sides and the guide said it wasn’t built by any alien beings; his theory is it was a natural human development to logically build high structures with a solid base with each level being built on the last level.  The 4 sides represent the seasons and the facing of each side faces the 4 sides of the compass.  There are 90 steps on each side accounting for the number of days in the year and I forgot how they added the extra day for leap year; the chief and other officials and family were required to climb to the top.  At the top, they have 3 doors on each side.  These pyramids were not used for sacrificial purposes as their purpose was agricultural and markets; they had other warrior class settlements that dealt with those kinds of things.

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This is what the older ancient ruins looked like.  You can see some “door” openings.

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These last images were taken last week closer to home; it shows a door opening but I don’t recall seeing any door on it.  It looks out of place because the base of the bunker has eroded and it looks like a building on a rock mound.

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The sunset on that evening was an epic burn (last photo).

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Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

9 thoughts on “Odd Place for a Door

  1. That last picture! I can’t stop staring at it.

    Great pictures of Chichen Iza. I was almost there, once. I would have loved to see them and was very close. But the temperatures were so high that I didn’t want to leave the shade, not even to go swimming in the sea.

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    1. Thank you, Angela! The temperatures in Mexico can be extreme depending on the time of the year. Our first and only cruise on the Mexican Riviera was during the summer and I understand when you high temperatures. Cancun in December was humid and it rained and stormed (I shot images of the lightning strikes from the balcony and later thought, I was really lucky to not get struck) so try to find a mild weather month to go there.

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  2. Chichen Itza is really neat isn’t it. Those steps are so steep I came down on my bum until near the bottom where I sort of crawled with my hands and feet.😀

    That sunset was amazing!
    The old bunker looks like it has seen more erosion and graffiti.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! You were lucky to be able to climb the pyramid steps in Chichen Itza; they were blockaded and I think they didn’t want the tourists causing any more destruction to their historic sites. I like that old bunker, too; it makes a great foreground (or background) image in compositions! That sunset was amazing; I was shooting at the bunker when the Ranger told he would close the parking lot soon but he told me to take my time and as I made my way down to the parking lot I look left towards the ocean and the sky was ablaze in firey colors.

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