Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
This is a picture of me and Gabe on the hiking trail in the jungle. You could so get lost in there!
This is the pool that the restaraunt is next to. You can swim in there and the rocks at the back right side serve as a water slide.
Driving into the jungle, we had to take a bus up a NARROW road with a cliff to one side. Our amazing bus driver is a gray haired, blue eyed native of Puerto Vallarta. All the people there think he looks like Bill Clinton so they call him Bill. I decided to have my picture taken with the President.
The island we went to for dinner can only be reached by boat. As we approached, we could see that the whole thing was lit by candles and torches and there were men standing on the rocks at the waters edge, blowing on conch shells to welcome us. You wouldn't believe how loud it was. The rest of the pictures didn't turn out too good because it was getting dark but you get the idea.
The sign says "Welcome to Las Caletas" and this couple led us to our table. We had the best food ever there. Grilled Mahi Mahi and all the extras with chocolate pie and cheese cake for dessert; all prepared on the island without the use of electricity.
After dinner we sat in an outdoor amphitheatre and the residents of the island put on a show. They beat these huge drums and played homemade instruments. They did all different kinds of dancing too, including a fire dance. I felt as though I could be sacrificed to their Pagan gods at any minute but they let me get back on the boat when it was over.
On the way back to our cruise ship, the guides hosting us on the boat had a little party. They had a full open bar and put on their own production of "Mexican Grease." One of the male tour guides dressed up as Olivia Newton John, sporting toilet paper breasts, and another as John Travolta. They were actually really good dancers. It was hilarious.
We spent the last two days on the boat, heading back to LA. We participated in some of the planned activities but for the most part, we just took it easy and entertained ourselves. Gabe tried on my sun hat one night before dinner and it looked so nice, I thought I'd get a picture. He wouldn't wear it at the pool though. It makes him look like an explorer or something, "Dr. Livingston, I presume?"
You're assigned to a specific table for dinner and eat with the same people every night on the ship. The people we ate with were fantastic and we had so much fun with them.
Before the wedding, my bridesmaid gave me a "Naughty or Nice" bridal shower. I mostly just got a bunch of lingere and Victorias Secret gift cards but one girl brought me a pair of fuzzy handcuffs. I thought it would be funny to pack them in our stuff so Gabe could find them when he was unpacking. After we got on the boat, our luggage was suppose to be delivered but it still wasn't there by 10pm. I threw a little fit and they located our baggage. Turns out my impatience was unwarranted because security had held my baggage, stating that we were carrying illegal paraphernalia. They had x-rayed the baggage and just thought they were normal hadcuffs. It was a little embarassing but mostly funny when they made me open my bags myself and hand over the furry ones. We decided they make a good story so we went to security and claimed them when we got home. We're going to hang them on the wall above our bedroom door when we buy a house.
So, to summarize, great wedding, great honwymoon, great husband, great life.
Monday, March 19, 2007
These are some fishernmen we saw on our tour. They work all day on this little boat fishing for bait and shrimp.
Gabe and I in the boat we were riding in with about 20 other people.
We stopped at a "wildlife preserve" and looked at some caymans. This is what the enclosures they live in look like. This one even has a baby in there with her.
You would run around like a chicken too if you lived with a bunch of caymans.
After our boat ride, the guides took us back to town by towing us in a cart pulled by a tractor. We went right up the beach for about 10 miles with the ocean on one side and the coconut groves on the other. they said if the tide had been in we would've had to walk back. That information was not in the tour description.
We stopped on the way back and had lunch at a restraunt and layed out on the beach. Some women came and braided my hair all into rows. I have A LOT of hair and they got this done within about 15 minutes, including putting in beads and flowers.
The finished product:
What my hair looked like when we took the braids out a couple days later:
The pelicans came to see us off as we headed back to our ship.
Friday, March 16, 2007
On Tuesday we spent the day in Cabo San Lucas. The city was typically dirty and poor but the port was very nice and the landscape was breathtaking. You could tell where the wealthy people lived because their houses were HUGE. The people in Mexico during our entire trip were nothing but kind and humble. We loved them! We kayaked across the Sea of Cortez where it meets the Pacific Ocean to a place called Lands End. We snorkeled there and spent some time walking around Lover's Beach. It was so beautiful. The coral isn't in bloom right now so there weren't too many fish but we saw a few. The water was so clear you could see straight to the bottom.
Once we left the peir and made our way into town, Gabe had a couple of stops he wanted to make. He's a big Van Halen fan so we went to Sammy Hagar's place, Cabo Wabo and Gabe had one of their famous margaritas. He was so excited to be there, he was like a kid in a candy store. After that we went across the street to another famous bar called The Giggling Marlin and got him a shirt from there.
On the way back to boat we saw a really cool Mexico edition Harley Davidson. The owner told us that it is one of only 100 in the world. This was number 75. My dad's a big Harley fan so we took pictures of it to show to him. I was wondering out loud to him about how a bike like that ended up in the poor neighborhood we were in when we saw it and my dad said, "I'm not surprised. Drug lords can afford nice things." It's sad but he's probably right.
It was a cool bike, though and the owner was really nice. He even offered to give us a ride back to the boat on it or let Gabe take it for a spin but we politely declined. We didn't need to be picked up by the Federalis for not having Mexican licenses and put in jail there. Don't nobody wanna go to jail in Mexico! I did see the Federalis though and even they were very nice and let me take their picture.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
These are pictures of our state room. It was really nice and cozy. There is a second room with some bunk beds in it but we just used that room to store our suit cases.
Our "towel creation" on the first day was a bear.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Gabe and I got married last weekend and our wedding was GREAT. It was so much fun! We left on Sunday for a cruise to Mexico and the entire trip was so stellar. We had a great time together. I got REALLY dizzy from the boat and it just started to wear off tonight so I decided it's time to put up my first post on our adventure. So, here I am, humming the song Brick House and typing away. That song was played every 7 minutes on the cruise. The other two songs that were played were Mercy Me and She Bangs. I'll be singing those songs forever. I have tons of stories to tell you guys and I got pictures to back them all up so the next few weeks will be all about me.
The first day of our cruise we were at sea so we just hung out on the boat and layed out by the pool. There is a lot to do on the boat. We watched comedy shows and ate out and all kinds of things. There's even a casino. We don't really like to gamble but we played roulette for 5 minutes and I won $5! It is a very cool experience to be out in the middle of the sea where all you can see is water.
The sunsets are spectacular. More to come!!!