“I Can Fly”

December 12, 2007 at 8:29 pm (Travel)

I really didn’t have much of a chance to post about our cruise before we got slammed with holiday stuff.

We had a great time and it changed my "I’ll never cruise again" mentality that I had after our first cruise. This 8 day cruise on Norwegian was night and day different from our 3 day Carnival Cruise.

However, my favorite thing about the whole trip was our Canopy Tour with Los Veranos Canopy Tours.

"This is Mexico’s most popular canopy tour, 
stretching over 2 miles with 14 zip lines, including a thrilling last run where a double line allows you to race each other!  In this lush, tropical location, you will glide effortlessly at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, at a whopping 500 feet above the
            beautiful Orquidias River."

We actually booked the tour independently (instead of a ship shore excursion) and saved $80 which was awesome. What was NOT awesome was us realizing after we got off the ship that someone had told us the wrong time difference and we were late for our tour. After a expensive but quick taxi ride we arrived at the tour company office. The graciously put us on the next tour which would still get us back to the ship in time. It actually worked out great because about 8 more people showed up from our ship so that was fun.

After a 40 minute bus ride into the jungle the tour guides outfitted you with harnesses and gave you all your instructions, cracking jokes the entire time. The whole guide team had so much enthusiasm. You could tell they loved their jobs and they made the entire experience tons of fun.

A couple people have asked me if it was scary and I said "No way." Of course I don’t have height problems and ever since watching Amazing Race 1 I’ve been wanting to do a zip line course. They start you out on some really short lines that aren’t very steep to build your confidence. Finally, toward the end you get to cross the canyon 3 different times, riding over the river. It was amazing to feel the rush of the wind. Once I even got to ride tandem with a guide which meant I got to ride hands-free and just flap my arms.

I love going on vacation with Mark. We try really hard to get away, just the two of us, at least once a year. A lot of times it’s just driving to San Diego for 3 days, but it’s still a great time for us to relax and have fun as a couple.



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We’re Back!!!

November 17, 2007 at 7:24 pm (Travel)

We are safely home from Mexico, off the high seas – although my body hasn’t quite registered the change yet. Haven’t found my "sea legs"…or haven’t lost them, I’m not sure which. As I sit here the room feels like it’s swaying gently. It’s a very strange sensation and slightly nauseating to tell you the truth. If it is like our last cruise it will probably last another day or so.

I’ve dubbed this the "Cruise of Twins" because, for some reason, all week long I kept seeing people who reminding me of someone. There was even one guy who looked like my brother Brad. None of them were dead ringers but it became a theme. It actually started in the airport with a girl that I could have sworn was my college roommate Nikki…except it wasn’t.

Unfortunately DH got sick the last day of the cruise with a nasty sinus infection or something. Hopefully he can get in to the doc early this week and get some antibiotics.

I’ll be back with more details about our week when the room isn’t spinning 🙂


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Mexico Travel Advice?

August 24, 2007 at 7:10 pm (Travel)

A couple of years ago hubby and I went on one of those 3 day cruises from LA to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico on Carnival Cruise Lines. I swore I would never cruise again.

We don’t drink, we don’t gamble and we’re particular about our entertainment – so that ruled out about 90% of the on-ship activities. I would have been perfectly content to sit on a chaise in the sun, read a book and work on my tan, except in order to keep from freezing I would have been wearing jeans and a jacket which kind of negates the whole point.

Mark was content to play NBA 2005 on his laptop for hours on end in our tiny cabin but I was ill-prepared w/ not enough reading material and I was bored.

Since that time hubby occasionally emails me cruise deals that sound interesting. And I reply back with some snarky comment like "Um, why would I want to do that again?"

But then a couple months ago we had the chance to get away and we went to our old standby – San Diego/Orange County – and we were bored. We decided we need to vacation elsewhere.

All that to say that we are giving cruising one more try – this time on Norwegian which has the freestyle cruising where you can eat wherever, whenever, etc. It’s 8 days in Mexico with stops in Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Cabo San Lucas.

So what I’m wondering is if anyone has any suggestions on must-see activities at those places. NCL has lots of shore excursions that sound interesting but I’m curious to hear ideas from other people.

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