March 17, 2015

Mexico: Cabo San Lucas

SPRING BREAK CABO! Just kidding, but not really. We happen to be in Cabo San Lucas during Spring Break week which means I think we saw Cabo at its best... or worst. Definitely a place I don't need to visit too many times again but at least I came, I saw, I (sort of) conquered. 

{ Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort }

Since we had no idea it was Spring Break week, Laura and I had only one resort option when we booked the week prior, Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort. So us 29 year olds pilled in with the college kids for an all inclusive week of laying by the pool and getting the tannest I have ever been. You could say we were a little bit out of our element since we had just come from 9pm bedtimes in Loreto.

{ The Office }
{ The Office }
We did manage to make our way down to Mango Deck and The Office for some margs and Cabo entertainment... so this stuff really happens? It's not just in the reality shows? 

Peace out Cabo! We are rolling home...

March 15, 2015

Mexico: Todos Santos

After three months of living in Loreto and checking off the bucket list it was time to pack the rental car and say goodbye. I most definitely didn't want to leave the life of weekly spanish classes, beach walks, pool floating and hanging out with my main squeeze, Bailey, but my three months were up. 

Laura and I rented a car through Avis to drive down to Cabo San Lucas with a two night stop in Todos Santos. After plowing through La Paz during a down pour with a quick stop to stock up on car snacks we pulled into Pescadero Surf Camp just outside of Todos Santos. With dark clouds insight we set up our tent and cracked open a beer under the palapa roof pool bar. I love when places surprise you and turn out to be the coolest. Pescadero Surf Camp had great camp sites, a clean pool and an outdoor kitchen. It is a place you visit and never leave. 

{ Havienda Cerritos }
The next day we drove out to the beach next to Havienda Cerritos and played in the waves and watched kids learn to surf. The Pacific Ocean... we had made it! The beach was crawling with tourists catching some sun and vacationing. With Havienda Cerritos over looking the beach we decided we had to see this boutique hotel for ourselves so we drove up and explored (put our two person tent to shame ;)). 

Welcome to the Hotel California, such a love place, such a lovely place. 

To my surprise the Hotel California is in Todos Santos! It is safe to say this song was stuck in our heads all day. 

Todos Santos was full of artist shops, seafood stalls and friendly locals. With only a few small streets we were able to take our time and explore every shop and side alley. I know there is more to Todos Santos then these few blocks and I wish I had the chance to live there and be a local. I already miss it.  

We wrapped up a great day by heading to the beach north of Todos Santos down Mango Road and watching the waves crash against the shore. These were the biggest waves I have ever seen. Laura and I could have sat there all night photographing the light through the waves which gave them this turquoise glow. 

March 11, 2015

Mexico: Loreto Blue Whale Watching

Since Laura and I were living the life of the retired we found ourselves at the pool A LOT. Nothing was more relaxing than laying poolside or floating on a floaty under the Mexico sun. We ended up meeting a few people while we were at the pool and before we knew it we were joining our new found retired friends for a day of blue whale watching off the coast of Loreto. It is amazing that these massive mammals are swimming just a few feet from Loreto. 

It was a beautiful sunny day and one of the most fun. When you stop for beers before 10am at Puerto Escondido's marina you know it's going to be a good day. With a Modelo in hand we whale watched all day signing along to oldies and enjoying everything about Baja. For lunch we had Mrs. Baggetts pre-packed sandwiches on the southern tip of Isla Carmen. The southern tip of Isla Carmen is definitely worth a lunch stop, the water is amazing.

Sometimes, you just don't want the day to be over. 

March 9, 2015

Mexico: Loreto Weekend

{ Is the seashell heart too much? }
Our friend Shannon booked a flight down to Loreto for a weekend in Mexico. Sometimes you just need a margarita straight from the source. And yes, we may have been regulars at Orlando's over the weekend but they have the best margs, what can you do?! 

Since I loved Play Santispac from when my mom and I camped there during our Baja road trip, Shannon, Laura and I rented a car and packed up the dog to drive north for the day. The road along the Sea of Cortez is beautiful and as long as you can remember a left blinker doesn't mean the car in front of you is turning left, driving in Baja isn't hard, since Mexico 1 is in good condition. 

We pulled up to Anna's Restaurant at Play Santispac by lunch to feast on tacos and quesadillas. For a restaurant in the middle of no where their food is top notch. Following lunch we rented two kayaks and paddled around the bay. The wind picked up by the afternoon so we spent our hour battling the wind and winding through the sail boats anchored off shore. 

The next few days we spent walking Bailey along the Malecon in Loreto, swimming at the pool and eating. If there was any question, we definitely became regulars at the pool. We had to get our MexiTAN! 

March 4, 2015

Mexico: Isla Coronado

{ Happy hour starts at 5 }
After returning back from an eight day kayak trip I had a busy three days of packing for another kayak trip and meeting my friend Laura at the airport! Laura quit her job and flew down to Loreto to join me for my last month in Baja. We were fortunate enough to get invited on a three day kayak trip to Isla Coronado with Baja Kayak Adventures. Which, included a panga ride to see the blue whales, largest mammal on earth. Leaving near Doctors Point the paddle to Isla Coronado was a quick 45 minutes. We had camp set up by lunch and ate a beautiful greek salad while enjoying the white sand and turquoise water. 

{ Blue Whale }

As the weather report predicted by the second day the dark clouds rolled in and so did the rain. We pilled on the rain gear and loaded into the panga that had come from Loreto that morning. A little rain wasn't going to stop us from seeing the blue whales that spend their winter off the shores of Loreto. We also had the chance to circumnavigate Isla Coronado to see the sea lion colony. And naturally a pod of dolphins joined us and played off the bow of our boat. Life couldn't have been any better, except for the fact that I was numb from the waist down.  

By day three we had settled into our rain coats and hunkered down for the paddle back to Loreto. We couldn't wait for hot showers.