Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Our Sweet Escape

Wish I could have brought a pocket full of sunshine back with me.
The weather was upper 80s and absolutely perfect while we were in Cabo this past week. I really felt so grateful and blessed for the opportunity to be on this trip. Kevin worked hard last year to qualify for the trip and the timing of it was perfect for us to be whisked away together. I'm not a big fan of flying at all, but certainly would not have passed up this opportunity for anything. We left Tuesday evening and drove to Indy so we could be there for our six am flight the next morning. There were 19 in our group. It was so much fun to travel with and be there with our friends from Northwestern. We arrived in Cabo around noon on Wednesday the 18th. We stayed at the RIU Palace right on the beach. Here's our room. The resort was all inclusive. 24 hour meals, snacks, drinks and room service all included. When we got to our room, I couldn't get my bathing suit on fast enough.In this picture: Julia, Jeff, Melissa, Tammy, Matt, Me & Kyle

On the first full day there, we took a taxi to downtown Cabo for some shopping at the market and to see the harbor.
Kevin's goal was to find a hat that day. Being downtown and experiencing the culture was Kevin's favorite part of the trip.
This is Tammy with an iguana on her head. It's amazing what the people will do for tips there. Back to the resort for more pool time.
My favorite time of the day there was early morning before most of the people were up. Each morning there was a different cruise ship coming in to spend the day in Cabo. Kevin and I took walks on the beach each morning to watch the sunrise. It was so peaceful at that time of day. I loved it!
A view of our resort from the beach sideMy favorite part of the trip was our two-hour boat tour out on the Pacific enjoying God's beautiful creation. I was so glad we were able to go with Jeff and Melissa on this boat trip! They really made it fun! We saw over a dozen whales. I almost hyperventilated...it was so EXCITING!! I didn't get the best pictures of the whales because I was trying to take it all in. All of a sudden a whale would pop out of the water real close to the boat then go back down underneath...so cool! They also would blow water out the top and water would spray up in the air. We also saw tons of dolphins. They would come right up to our boat and jump out of the water...I practically could have reached my hand out and touched them at times. They would swim right in front of the boat. Once again I was a snap too slow with the pictures, but it was awesome!

It's hard to see in this picture, but the dolphins are swimming right next to the boat.
more pool time after lunchpool side serviceDinner at the Krystal Restaurant - we enjoyed talking with Cisco and Amy We saw three weddings on the beach while we were there.

pictures at sunset
On our last day, we took a water taxi boat over to lover's beach with Matt & Tammy. Beautiful rock mountains and formations...we were feeling adventurous and climbed up a little... barefoot. :)Flying home

I was really hoping to see a celebrity while in Cabo and on our flight from Cabo to Phoenix, Natasha Bedingfield was sitting right across the aisle from us. She is a pop singer and sings the songs "Pocket Full of Sunshine" and "Unwritten" (both playing on my playlist). I knew her songs, but did not know her name and had not seen pictures of her before then...so I didn't recognize her. I just remember looking at her and loving her outfit and hair while thinking to myself that she would make a great movie star. :) She sat right next to another couple in our group and I noticed how friendly she was as I was listening to their conversation. She had a British accent. We didn't find out who she was until after the flight otherwise, I would have tried getting a picture. This is one from the web. Wow, what an amazing trip. One that we would not have taken on our own...so happy and blessed for the opportunity!


Jessi said...

Looked like you had a great time . I just love Vacations!! Thanks for sharing your awsome pictures with us. I'm sure your kiddos were excited to have mommy & Daddy home again.

cheryl said...

Ah....the beach, the sun, R&R, beauty in nature. What a nice time. It always feels even better when it's the middle of winter at home:) Glad you had a good time!

Nicole said...

oh girl what an awesome trip!! I can't wait to hear about it all next friday!!! I saw your picts. on facebook and quick went to travelocity just to see if Cabo could be in our future :) It looked absolutely beautiful!! Can't wait to catch up!

Cottonista said...

So cool! I'm glad you could go. Perfect timing!

Guatmama said...

Looks like a wonderful relaxing time. So glad you were able to cherish and enjoy every minute. Well deserved@!

Angie Keller said...

Your pics were beautiful. I want to go on vacation now. Whales, dolphins, sunsets. WOW! I was aw struck by your pictures, so i would have been hyperventilating too. Just beautiful!

Julia said...

It was a fun trip! You guys got some great pics!

Jenn said...

Love love love the pics. They are breathtaking.

Looks like you had a blast!

heather said...

Sherri, that looks like so much fun!! What a perfect time of year to be in such a beautiful warm place. Glad to have seen all your beautiful pictures

krista said...

I couldn't wait for this post! So glad to see the pics. 19 people! Wow...what fun to go with friends. I can show you some similar things at Punta Leona...NW want to send you here?! My parents would always watch the sunrise, too, in Mexico, but I could never bring myself to get up before that. But I think if we were to go again, it would be worth it. Sounds just like you to have that special time!