Hola coma estas! We are back from our seven day Mexico fiesta and still trying to come back down to reality. I was telling my husband that I had no idea how I was going to sum up this vacation in one blog post. There are stories upon stories. Memories upon memories. Moments upon moments. And because I blog, you probably aren't surprised that I now have over 4,500 photos on my phone. That is not an exaggeration.
So, instead of lots and lots of writing that most of you will not likely read, I figured I would just show you a few of the hundreds of photos we took on four different cameras. You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
On the days I am trying to throw some sort of pity party, I will pull up this post to remind myself of this moment in time, when the only worries we had were that the days were going by too quickly.
Let me back up for a moment, over a year ago, my husband came home dancing the Macarena through our front door saying he and a buddy bought a fishing trip to Manzanillo, Mexico in an auction. I thought this trip would never come to fruition because we had to reschedule a few times due to everyone's schedules. But, low and behold, it finally rolled around and it was hands down one of the best times I have ever had. It's a sleepy little town, not commercialized in the slightest, surprisingly authentic, holy amazing views with the friendliest locals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting in Mexico.
I am starting with my favorite photo captured. I have always wanted to ride a horse, on the beach with a boy. I can't speak for all of you ladies, but I am pretty positive that this might possibly be every little girl's fairytale dream. Yes, it was hot. Yes, I was a sweaty mess. Yes, my booty hurt like heck the next day. BUT, yes, it was just as magical as I imagined it to be.
This was the house we stayed at, Casa Dos Palapas. These were the views that we woke up and went to bed to. I literally thought I was dreaming when we drove up. For one week, we all took turns pretending that one of us owned the place. It was a floating castle in the sky, or at least it was to me.
I miss this dynamic duo already. Hector and Modi, I know you are not reading this, but you gems are two people I will NEVER forget! Your hard work, sincerity, generosity and mind blowing skills were appreciated by us all. Thank you for contributing to all of our weight gain, cleaning up after us and making a house feel like a home for a week. Modi, your hugs and forehead kisses melted my heart and the tears as we were leaving were real. I hope that we will someday hug again.
This is just a small piece of Modi & Hector pie...these people blew our minds. Breakfast, lunch and dinner pretty much looked like this every single day.
Then there was the pool. We pretty much spent the first two days right here. It was hard to venture out and explore when this was your backyard.
My friend and I got a last minute wild hair and decided we were going to hop on a jet ski and cruise the sea...just the two of us. Oh, Lord, I really wish I had a video of this adventure. It's one we laughed about the entire vacation....that's all I am going to say.
Below was the second best part of the trip. You will have to keep reading for the best part. The fishing was insane. We woke up before the sun came up, watched it rise on the water, cracked open a beer before most of the world was having breakfast and let the good times roll. We were on a mission to catch Rooster fish. I was quickly informed by my husband that these fish are hard to catch and ones that are sought after by many. They are even more brilliant in color in person and put up a tough fight. We did eat them at dinner and they are more like a steak than your typical saltwater fish. There were three proud wives and three studly husbands that found a honey hole. For the record, this girl right here went fishing for 5+ hours three days in a row. Never in a million years did I think I would be typing that sentence. It was worth every single second.
After our three day fishing binge, it was time for some adventure. We snorkeled over a ship that was wrecked in 1959 due to a hurricane. I am not going to lie, I was a little uneasy jumping into the dark ocean. Jaws left some scars on my heart, but I sucked up my fears and went for it. It was a whole other world down there. Holding a live starfish and touching a blowfish with my bare hands was surreal. I wanted more time with these sea creatures. I am kicking myself for not buying a waterproof phone case or camera. Shame on me.
Next up for the next day, horseback riding. I haven't been on a horse since I was in elementary school, but White Lightening and I hit it off from the get go. We were two peas in a pod and had a connection, or so I would like to think. He listened to my words more so than my movements to his reign. The boys weren't so thrilled about this genius idea that the girls conjured up, but at the end of the ride, all three of them were glad they listened to us. Trotting along the ocean side on a horse with my prince, stopping for a Mexican beverage and laughing hysterically the entire time was another highlight on my life's reel.
Witnessing God's magnificent paintings in the sky morning and evening were just icing on the cake. Ross and I have more sunrise and sunset photos on our cameras than anything else. These real time images are the kind that will stop your heart and everything else in your presence. I have seen some spectacular skies in my days, but these just got scooted to the top of the list.
So, I said earlier that I was going to get to the best part of the trip. Well, I am almost there. But I needed to say that the last two pics were of us "dressed" the entire time during our stay. Our friends got married on the beach Wednesday night (I didn't post the ceremony because I wasn't sure they wanted that showcased here on my blog). Anyway, it was such a sacred and special moment on the beach. Tears were flowing and hearts were full. It was also fun to actually put on some make up, straighten my hair and have the opportunity for a photo op with this handsome guy of mine.
So, in case you are still wondering what the best part of the adventure was, it was spending it with my best friend in the whole entire world. A man that has seen me through thick and thin...good times and bad. He is one person that no matter where I am at, I know I will have the time of my life.
And that my friends, is all she wrote. Thank you God, Ross, Mexico, friends, both old and new, for a trip that I honestly wish you were all there for. We made our mark and hope to one day return to do it all over again. If you have any questions about where we stayed, what we did or travel information, please do not hesitate to comment below or shoot me an email. I would love to share more details. It is a place that I highly suggest as a destination if you are looking to fish, relax and make memories.