I knew this would happen. I knew I would start blogging and do a great job writing frequent post…for a little while. I knew I would eventually fall off the blog-wagon and wouldn’t know what to write, felt I didn’t have anything to say, or just plain forgot. Now it’s been two weeks and I’m feeling the pressure!
When I started this blog I didn’t want it just to be about my DIY projects and such, I wanted to share parts of our new life in Ohio. So, while I haven’t taken a break from being creative around the house, I decided to take the time to share about life in general.
One of the most exciting adventures lately was our spectacular Carnival cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel last week. Being the seasoned cruisers that we are (this was our second) we knew we didn’t want to spend the oodles of money for excursions through the cruise line. We spent what seemed like an endless amount of time researching things to do in our two Ports of Call. The thriftiest of our adventures was in Grand Cayman:
Walk five minutes from the port to Eden Rock dive shop….$0
Rent snorkel, mask, and fins……………………………………..$14 each
Rent a locker for the stuff we brought but didn’t need……….$5
Walk ten yards to the ocean………………………………………$0
3 hours of snorkeling in one of the most popular spots…….$0
Grand total for Grand Cayman……………………………………$32 What? That’s pretty awesome! It would have been at least $50 a piece if we went with Carnival. Plus, we would have been bumping elbows with a bizillion of our closest shipmates.
On to Mexico…From the beginning I’ve kind of been against Cozumel. I hate how touristy it is. Having spent time in Zacatecas, in central Mexico, for a service trip years ago I couldn’t handle the fact that people get off a ship in Cozumel and think that is what Mexico is like. The thought infuriates me, as Jonathan will tell you. So, this time around (we went there on our honeymoon cruise too) I thought I wanted to go into the actual town, and shop at actual Mexican shops. Once we got off the ship the heat and touristy-ness was way too overwhelming so we hopped into a taxi with another couple from the cruise and went to our heavily researched and planned destination…Paradise Beach.
So, apparently Cozumel is lined with beach club after beach club and you could probably go to any one of them and have pretty much the same experience. Paradise Beach turned out to be a great way to spend the day for not too much money. For $14 each we got beach chairs, umbrellas, access to kayaks, snorkel gear, inflatable ocean toys, and a fabulous pool.
Add in about $12 each in food and drink and it’s a pretty good deal. My absolute favorite part of the day was the inflatable ocean toys like the Iceberg and slide. We had a blast swimming out to the toys and attempting to scramble up them like we were 12. I conquered the Iceberg on my second attempt. It is harder than it looks.
All of our time at sea was spent in and out of the pool and in and out of buffet lines. To accomodate for this factor I wore maxi dresses…everyday. My expanding waistline thanked me. It was a great cruise and we enjoyed ourselves. We especially enjoyed the conversations we had with random people in the pool. Those were the best!
Finally, since it is Friday and I foolishly set out to make a photo post every Friday I will leave you with this: