This post will be a lot of pictures because they're so fun! For our honeymoon, Ryan and I wanted to do something neither one of us had ever done before. We'd both been to Europe and we travelled across the U.S. together when the band was on tour (that post will come later, I'm sure). We really wanted to go somewhere we could lay on a beach but Ryan had been to Hawaii before and we really wanted something new and different! We decided on a cruise!
Our cruise started in California, stopped in Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. It was a week long and we were so excited for our adventure! In Mazatlan we had signed up to hike to the lighthouse which just so happens to be the lighthouse at the highest elevation in the world. We're from Colorado so the hike was easy but it was really fun! In Puerto Vallarta we ziplined! It was an incredible course! We climbed rope ladders, walked across plank bridges, and cheered each other on the whole way! We planned to rest on the beach in Cabo before the boat headed back to the States.
Princess Cruiseline was recommended by many for us as "honeymooners" and they did not disappoint. We arrived to balloons and congratulatory wishes.
After a day at sea we were in Mazatlan! In the morning, we hiked:
In the afternoon, we took a water taxi to the other side of the city. There we swam in the ocean and ate shrimp and coconut. We suspect that my incredible coconut drink was what in fact gave me Giardia though there's no way to know for sure...
The next day we were in Puerto Vallarta. The zipline tour took the whole day and was incredible! We weren't allowed to bring our cameras but they had a professional photographer there. I have a gorgeous picture of Ryan and I on the 90 foot rope ladder but can't find it! You'll just have to trust me, it was amazing and so much fun.
Another day at sea and we got to Cabo. Cabo was an adventure. We didn't really leave the pier. We wanted to go to the beach and swim and we did for a little while... then... I was stung by a jellyfish!
We ate at a little restaurant (could have given me Giardia... I ate the raw veggies... duh...) after stinging, I mean swimming! Ryan wouldn't pee on me (he didn't think it would be a very "honeymoonish" thing to do) so my arm hurt for the whole day!! We took a leisurely stroll back to the ship and prepared to go home.
On the ship, we couldn't have asked for better weather, better service, or a better overall experience. The ship was beautiful, the food was incredible, and we were treated very well. We took part in a stellar wine tasting (complete with Veuve Cliquot, my favorite!!!) and even had a "pub lunch" with bangers and mash! The entertainment was great and there were very few kiddo's to trip over! We played virtual golf, swam in a few of the pools, and took many a romantic stroll.
The last day and night on board were pretty rough as the weather had turned and we were both feeling a little ill from our meal in Cabo. We spent the day in bed watching TV! There were movies on repeat that we hadn't seen before (Twilight, 500 Days of Summer, and another one, I can't remember). We locked ourselves in our room all day, talked about what an incredible experience it was, and planned for our future together.
Our honeymoon was the last vacation we took and one of the best weeks I've ever had! Since then, we've moved twice, had a baby, and I've changed jobs more than once! We could sure use another vacation but re-experiencing our honeymoon via the pictures I took leaves me more than happy! I couldn't have asked for a better adventure with my husband!