PLACES. PEOPLE. THINGS.

"People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." Leonardo da Vinci

GONZAGA BAY

MAY 2015

We recently went down to Gonzaga Bay in Baja for the weekend with a couple of friends. This is the same place that Danny and I took our first trip together, four and a half years ago. On that trip we brought a canoe, for this one we brought our little inflatable so we could venture out to the islands to fish. We ended up catching more fish in the canoe! But even with crappy fishing conditions, there is something really special about being offshore in a little boat in such a wild place, surrounded by the mountainous desert landscape and rocky islands. This place always reminds me of what’s important in life (to me), to continue having experiences that make you realize how beautiful and diverse the world is. Because nowadays its a pretty easy thing to forget.

 


 

HOMEMADE PRESENTS

My best girlfriend recently asked me to make a gift for her sister’s bridal shower. I love doing crafty projects so I happily agreed. My friend and her sister are both into baking, so the shower and the gift were to be kitchen themed. My friend gave me a quote/recipe that she wanted me to design and frame and asked if I was willing to create a recipe box, of course I jumped at the chance to practice my woodturning skills. Finally we decided that a custom apron would be the perfect finishing touch to the gift. My friend was very pleased with the outcome and I hope her sister will be as well. Creating homemade gifts for people is quite a rewarding experience, and I think it is more meaningful to the recipient when they see the care and thought that has gone into their present. I only hope that I will continue to grow creatively so I can take on more projects like this one in the future.

 


 

BACK TO BAJA

MARCH 2015

Our friends from Idaho came to visit in March for their Spring break so we decided to head back down to Conception Bay for a spring fishing trip. But on our way down we stopped in San Ignacio to see the gray whales. This is something I have been wanting to do for a while now so I was especially excited to have this experience. For anyone that isn’t aware, gray whales travel down to Baja to have their calves. There are a couple of different bays that the Gray whales will give birth in and you can hire a trained guide to go into these bays by panga to see the mothers with their calves. The whales are not afraid of the boats and will come up to check the pangas and it’s passengers out.

This was an incredible start to our trip. Seeing and touching these humungous, powerful and gentle animals was an unforgettable experience and one that I highly recommend.

After San Ignacio we continued down to Mulege for the rest of the week. A week that consisted of 4am wake up calls and non stop fishing but one that also resulted in a whole lot of yellowtail to bring home. There was also a lot of life on the water… specifically the giant mobular rays that were swimming around offshore. They were everywhere, jumping out of the water and circling underneath the boat. But the biggest highlight of the week unfortunately happened on the one day I decided to sleep in, Danny and our friend Steve saw a pod of Orca Whales! Lets just say that I learned my lesson and I’m never taking a day off again. 🙂

 


 

OFF TO ARUBA

FEBRUARY 2015

This past February Danny and I were able to vacation in a place we would have never traveled to on our own, Aruba. Thanks to a family raffle, my sister won a vacation in Aruba and graciously gave it to us as her wedding gift. This was definitely a different kind of trip for us, solely based on the fact that we would be staying in a nice resort and not in our camper van or outside. We will never be “resortists” but it was nice to live in another person’s shoes for a week.

I am pretty sure we did almost everything that Aruba had to offer. Danny went scuba diving and windsurfing, I went SUPing, we snorkeled, we rented a dirtbike, we went sightseeing, we tried to do it all. But in the end, I think we had the most fun sitting by the pool, drinking pina coladas and playing with the resident iguanas. Also, spending some quality time with my family that happened to be there as well. I don’t get to do that enough nowadays.

 


 

BAJA SURF TRIP

JANUARY 2015

Sometimes you should treat yourself to a weekend away, even if the gigantic swell means you are beach-bound taking photos/videos and doing some painting. Just being outside in a beautiful environment can make all the difference.

 


 

HOMEMADE WEDDING

September 2014

Danny and I got married this past September and we were on a tight budget, but we are the ultimate Do It Yourselfers so we decided that we were going to have a homemade wedding. I was in charge of design: the invitations, the decor, and the venue and Danny was the carpenter and the beer brewer. We teamed up and created: the beer system, home brewed bottles for our guests, the center pieces, the cake stand and loads of other wedding decor. It was not an easy task, but were very pleased with the outcome and minus the cold temperature and chilly wind gusts it was a wonderful day! Plus, I learned a valuable new skill, wood burning which I really enjoy and luckily there have been no fires in my quest for knowledge!

 

 


 

BAJA HONEYMOON

November 2014

In November, Danny and I spent our honeymoon in Baja California Sur. It is our annual Thanksgiving tradition to be in Mexico but this year was special, not only because we were newlyweds but also because we were able to spend three weeks exploring. It was my first time going south of Conception Bay, needless to say I was pretty excited to see how the landscape and life changed as we moved toward Cabo San Lucas. One thing I learned is that I am not a big fan of Baja’s larger cities, I would much rather spend my time on the isolated beaches or in the ocean or the sea. But overall the trip was a success. We visited friends and went fishing offshore and in Magdalena Bay. Danny caught his first Wahoo and Snook. We camped on a beach in Cabo Pulmo, explored its reefs and had a way too close encounter with a school of bull sharks. We took the dirtbike down to Cabo San Lucas and met a group of friendly donkeys, we even visited a brewery there. We also spent quality time on Conception Bay and I finally got in the water with a whale shark, a baby one. One thing is certain in our life, Baja will never disappoint.