Well, I don’t even know where to start here. This has been a super crazy past few months. I have looked back through my drafts and I can see that I started an update style post in September but I never got around to posting it.. I think for today though I am just going to leave you guys with one of the wildest stories I have..
Bobby and I went to Mexico in early September for a mini vacation, it was supposed to originally be our honeymoon but… Since we didn’t end up getting married in July like we wanted it turned into just a vacation for us. So, let’s start with this, this was our first ever international flight style vacation. We’ve been on several international cruises, but we have never flown internationally before. Customs. I was expecting it to be a lot bigger of an issue, but don’t get me wrong, there were a few hiccups with flying. I got searched before we even left the country, and then we flew into Houston for our connecting flight and it was still under quite a bit of water from Hurricane Harvey, but thankfully that wasn’t a very big issue, and getting in and out of Mexico was actually really easy. We had to make sure to re-check our bags when we got back into the US but again, not as difficult as I was expecting. The hardest part of the entire trip actually happened after we got down there. I had booked the entire trip through a Mexican travel agent, including the travel to and from the airport to the all-inclusive resort. It was supposed to be a wonderful trip. Here is where things took a turn for the not so fantastic. We got off the airplane, go our baggage, and found our airport shuttle all with no problem. We got dropped off at our resort and it was GORGEOUS! Talk about excitement. I had never been to an all inclusive, and as much as cruises are all-you-can-eat, they are NOT all-you-can-drink. So we were really looking forward to that aspect of things. Drinks, sunshine, and the ocean. Definitely all things in my top 10. We get to the resort, it’s stunning, and then we hit our road block… After calling the week before we left to verify with the hotel that we are booked, I get the confirmation number and everything, we found out when we got there on Monday afternoon that our “travel agent” cancelled our reservation before we got there. And therefore pocketed the $1500 we had spent just in the travel agency fees and resort fees/booking fees. So we were essentially stranded in Mexico until our flight left on Friday afternoon and out the money we needed to stay at another resort.. At this point in time, I was about convinced we wouldn’t even be getting married because he was pretty upset and no matter how this ended we were about to be dead broke. To say that this was shaping up to be the worst vacation we had ever been on would be an understatement.. So I did the only thing I could do. I got on my Expedia app and booked us into another resort on my credit card (ouch…) and we had to catch a cab to get to the new resort. So the cab ride was pretty.. interesting. We left the resort section and then entered the part of Mexico they hide from the tourists. I might also add for atmosphere here, it’s pouring down rain during this time and the streets down there have NO drains or drain systems and the rain added up pretty quickly. We were also riding in a tiny Chevy Sonic standard cab that I was convinced was going to float away with us and all of our belongings in it. Now, if looks could kill, I would not be writing this right now, at this point, driving through 14 inches of standing water through the back alleys of Mexico, Bobby was DONE. I remember looking up at one point and there were bars on the windows and doors.. Yeah, not the Mexico they show you when you’re on a boat just floating by. We finally float/drive out of the bars on the windows joints and we look out the window and now there are gated communities outside. I was starting to feel a little better at this point, like at least we weren’t in the ghetto anymore. Then it happened.. We kept right on driving and drove straight down this tiny one lane dirt road into the jungle. This isn’t like the woods back home, when we were rolling down this road we passed a sign warning us about JAGUARS crossing. This place was WILD. And there were no street lights, no other cars, and not a single thing out the window except jungle. Jaguar infested jungle. Now, I will admit, at this point even I was a little worried, I thought we were about to become a statistic about the dangers of travelling. We finally start to slow down and all I can see from the road is a tiny hut with a uniformed guard in it and of course that’s where we pull in. The cab driver is telling this uniformed man that we are guests of the resort, and the man in the uniform is checking a clipboard and shaking his head “no”. I leaned forward at this point and showed him my receipt on my phone and explained we had just now booked the reservation for that evening. He took my phone and took a really long look at it before he finally opened the gate and let us through, and what we saw at that point was nothing short of perfection as far as we were concerned. There was, back in the jungle, a HUGE resort. 9 stories tall and looking very much like an upscale place to be. We got dropped off by the cab driver and the concierge service rushed forth and took our bags for us, we didn’t have them at the check in counter or anything because as soon as we checked in, they took our bags to our room for us. Now, let me just insert that about… a mile down the road from the tiny hut the rain had stopped, didn’t look like it had rained at all. Which should have been a sign from God that things were going to be alright after all. We got to the front desk and they actually had our reservation so.. praise Jesus for that. They also brought up some super delicious fruity mixed drinks while we completed our check in process. We ended up being incredibly blessed with a perfect resort to spend time in. We were able to swim on the beach or in one of the FIVE heated pools they had on the grounds, and it just so happened to also be an all-inclusive resort. We ended up only paying $75 at check-out, all of it was gratuity that we chose to pay. It ended up being a truly magical time and place for us. We swam with sting rays, snorkeled in the beautiful water, kayaked and even tried our hand at stand-up paddleboards (I am not good at it, turns out). We toured some of the ruins and we just spent a lot of time together relaxing on the beach. It turned out to be just what we needed but to say it started out stressfully is the understatement of the century. I was right though, we did come home dead broke, so it’s a good thing that the wedding is already paid for, a small update on how the reception planning is going.. I got my dress!! It’s gorgeous and everything I had ever hoped to have but knew I would never be able to afford. I can’t wait to wear it down the aisle, and again at my reception for my friends and family to see. The rest of the reception is finally falling into place. We have decided on a color scheme and that was the majority of the battle for me. So, it looks like things are going to be okay as far as that goes. Until next time.. Enjoy my crazy wild Mexico wilderness story and let me know if you have any of your own crazy travel stories!