Spring Break 2015

Our view from Villa La Estancia

It’s been a while since I took time to post. Really, I’ve just been legitimately busy. Between MPRE preparation, worship weekends at Church, and law review publication determinations, there hasn’t been a lot of free time to sit down and put some memories on the page. But here we go, I’ll give it a shot.

Back on March 6th, Rachel and met up with my family for a relaxing Spring Break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. From the moment our flight landed in Mexico, we were in paradise. We even (legally) sipped cervezas as we rode from the airport to our hotel. We stayed at Villa La Estancia, a beautiful condo resort on the Sea of Cortez. Not only was the ocean easily visible from the hotel, but we could spot whales jumping into the air from our balcony. Because the current in the ocean was fairly rough, we spent most of our days lounging near the pool drinking corona and Cuba libres, catching up on some leisurely reading, or taking on fellow tourists in beach volleyball.

Chorizo tacos for 18 pesos at Taco’s Gus

While our days were spent relaxing, we used the evenings as a time to explore the local nightlife. One night, Rachel and I spent the evening sampling local cuisine at Taco’s Gus and Las Guacamayas, two small establishments located a few blocks from Sammy Hagar’s famous Cabo Wabo. We both agreed that these two small, affordable places had the best Mexican food. At Taco’s Gus, we ate 2 chorizo tacos and 3 legendary pork tacos for less than $10. Not to be outdone, Las Guacamayas had the best Margarita I’ve ever had, and Rachel loved the authentic quesadillas.

On a separate night, Rachel and I accompanied my family to a small beachfront restaurant where we enjoyed dinner on the beach as the tide washed up around us before heading out to El Squid Roe, a popular night club themed as a maximum security prison. We didn’t stay too late, but we did enjoy dancing and some excellent people watching.

The arched rock formation near Lover’s Beach at Land’s End

Toward the end of the week, we used a few days to take excursions. One day, Rachel and my sister spent time parasailing while I watched from the Mango Deck, a wild beach club filled with Spring Breakers down from the west coast (somehow, I missed the wet t-shirt contests). On Thursday, we took a water taxi as a family to Lover’s Beach, a small beach with a scenic view of ancient rock formations at Land’s End. On our way to the beach, the captain took us near the rock formation for a photo opportunity and my mom was able to see (and smell) numerous sea lions. Once we arrived at the beach, Bryce and I ventured to do some bouldering while Rachel and my sister snapped photographs and searched for shells.

On our last day of the trip, my dad somehow convinced us all to go tubing in the Sea of Cortez. While the tubing looked relatively mild from afar, it was equally exhilarating as it was terrifying. We were all screaming and laughing at the same time as the boat swung around sharp corners and sprayed salt water in our faces. Rachel, who was tubing for the first time, clung to the tube for dear life while I jumped from seat to seat. It was definitely one of the most memorable aspects of the entire trip, and frankly, we were lucky to make it out alive.

Overall, this was the best Spring Break I can ever remember. Aside from all of the activities discussed above, we simply enjoyed spending time together, relaxing after a busy year, and absorbing the sun’s warmth. Not only did I spend cherished time with my darling wife, I spent time with my parents, my sister, and Bryce just as all of us plan to spread out across the country following graduation. Let’s do it again soon.

Best family. Best Spring Break.
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