When we last left off I had covered our first stop in LA and then days one and two in Mexico, so I thought I'd pop back in to share a couple more days of our adventure. Days three and four in Loreto to be exact!
The morning of day three we headed out early to take in a 45 minute hike up the mountain where our resort was located. The views are stunning and watching the sun come up and reflect on the water was magical.
After we got back and cleaned up, it was time for a cooking class that we had signed up for.
To start things off, we had to do a "visiting Mexico" initiation of eating clams straight from the shell, with lemon, salt and hot sauce.
(((insert queasy feeling and squished up face here)))
My mom looked a lot braver than I did before this slimy creature slid down our throats, so I snapped a picture of her instead... AND a photo of the empty shells, to prove that they actually got eaten.
I'm the sort of person who will try anything once, so that's what I did. Now I know that I just don't like clams from their shell. The End.
The cooking class at the resort was really fun and easy. We made shrimp ceviche and it was YUMMY! I'll be honest and say that I didn't know limes could actually cook raw shrimp/seafood all on their own, without heat. It was really neat to watch to process happen.
With a little tomato, cilantro, onion, avocado, salt and the citrus cooked shrimp... we had a really delicious snack to take with us for the rest of the day.
All of these fun activities, scattered in around pool time and even a behind the scenes kitchen tour at the resort, was a great way to spend our third day in beautiful Loreto.
Day four was packed with exploring the little town of Loreto itself.
I'll admit, I am a nervous traveler. I'm not a natural explorer or adventurer by nature, so going to another country... or heck, even STATE, can sometimes make me really nervous. Throw in the fact that you can't understand anything anyone's saying and not being able to use Google maps on your phone to find where you're going... and you've got my husbands kinda vacation.
I feel like this is why we work so well together in our marriage. He's a very mild mannered dreamer who doesn't let language barriers or directional complications slow him down or frustrate him, while I'm usually all wound up worrying about where we're headed and how we'll get there. In reality, most of the time I'm just along for the ride, white knuckled and camera in hand, ready to capture the beautiful scenery and way of life...
... and that's what day four was all about.
We shopped, did some sightseeing, ate the most AMAZING fish tacos and then rode out to the pier, where we were approached by a man who wanted to rent us fishing poles. We politely declined, so then he offered us a boat ride to a small island. After we declined that, he whispered to Cason, "Okay, I know what you want, I can get you marijuana, no problem." Cason's response was something to the effect of, "Uhhhhh... we're good, thanks. Just here to see the birds and fish." MY reaction was to set off into the fastest speed walk that you ever did see, with Cason chuckling behind me.
After we settled in back at our resort, I pulled out my little treasures from the market, one being a hand painted bowl for all of my small jewelry. It was perfect and I'm so glad I stumbled upon it.
I've quickly learned, being married to Cason, that even though exploring a new city, state or country can be filled with unknown circumstances and awkward moments... sometimes, that's what creating memories, growing and learning more about yourself and others, is all about.
Have a Great Weekend Everyone!