This past summer when we had to skip our annual family beach trip to put energy into the bakery, I was really, really sad. I LOVE THE OCEAN. The beach. Everything about it. I always feel calm when waves are in sight, and a year without touching the ocean breaks my heart. Those emotions are partly to blame for booking this Christmas-week vacation (although my family is sad not to be here with us!)
Four days before the new year, I dipped my toes, then ankles, then whole body in!
It was glorious, and I loved this mat and the mild waves that allowed me to float for an hour.
Well…almost ; )
[This is also about the time where Matt saw a sting ray and I raced back to the shore in fear!]
Before we hit the sand, we enjoyed an amazing buffet lunch. It’s no different than a Whole Foods salad bar here! They have sweet potato salads, bean salads, fish, and tropical fruit that I piled on top.
Mango sorbet to finish!
Then there was a whole lotta this:
And sips of these:
Late afternoon we had had enough lounging and we ventured over to the sports complex where I took a SPIN CLASS! How fun! It felt so good to be exercising again. Exercise is definitely on my list of relaxation techniques.
Balanced by cocktail hour:
For dinner we dressed up and enjoyed four courses: crab dip with sweet potato chips, salads, a seafood calzone and entrees: blackened mahi-mahi for me and steak for him. Desserts were banana bread pudding and a coconut chocolate pie! The portions here are really small, which is a blessing because even after all of that I wasn’t stuffed – just satisfied. The lighting in these restaurants is SO dark I resorted to flash – something I rarely do. But it helped clear the fog!
A walk on the beach..some evening entertainment..
And a run-in with El Tigre’s cousin!! Wish we had some Discovery Channel night vision cameras to capture him : )
See ya when I sea ya!