Little life update

Hola from San Felipe!

It’s been nearly two months since the last time we spoke *inserts crying emoji face here*

When you go so long without writing it’s difficult to hop back on the blogging train. Where do I start? What do I say? What to catch you up on? To get the blogging ball rolling again I thought I would do a little photo dump for you about the past two months of my life and travels.

  1. Last time we spoke I just started my month working at the Moon Farm Pumpkin Patch in Fruita, Colorado. It was a great way to get kick off the season of fall with the yellow leaves and pumpkins all around. I also learned how to make the best pumpkin pie!
  2. Disneyland, oh glorious Disneyland. The smell of Pirates of the Caribbean, squealing and laughing down the Matterhorn, It’s a Small World for the holidays, Tigger tails and giant turkey legs.
  3. Salvation Mountain and non-photographed Slab City. So interesting! The people are totally cool and the colorful mountain just makes your heart sing.
  4. I’m currently in San Felipe, Mexico which means sunshine and tacos until mid-December. Did I mention I’m obsessed with octopus tacos?

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Stay sunny!

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Valley of The Giants || San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

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This past week I had the treat of going out to Valle de los Gigantes which means Valley of the Giants….what kind of giants are we talking about? Okay, desert rats and cactus lovers such as myself, I’m about to steal your heart with this. It’s a forest full giant of cadon cacti.

There’s something very intimidating about a 30-50 foot cactus overlooking your small 5′ 3″ body. I have made a little diagram of us compared to the cactus. This sucker takes about 4 and 3/4 Mariahs. INSANE

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Unfortunately the largest cactus fell to the ground just a couple of years ago, which breaks my heart when I think about it. All the remains of the cactus is the fallen skeleton.

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Back in 1992 (The year I was also born) they transplanted a 45 foot cactus to Seville, Spain for a 500th anniversary for the discovery of the Americas. I think it would be amazing to go to Seville, Spain and see the cactus that was taken from my much loved San Felipe.

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We really lucked out on the weather, especially because we were in the middle of the desert, it was a cooler day with a slight overcast. I have heard from people that in the summer heat you can hear rattlesnakes everywhere which I honestly think would be so cool, very chilling but very neat. I am very happy that I was able to get out and walk around in the desert though instead of hike from snakes.  There were however monarch butterflies flying everywhere!  One landed on me for a brief second, which I’ve heard is good luck so now I’m debating on purchasing a lottery ticket.

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I also have a challenge for you if end up visiting the Valley of the Giants (Which should be on your bucket list now)….try to find this statue up on top of a mountain. It’s a real life game of Where’s Waldo.

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Stay Sunny!
The Wonder Seeker

Shopping in Mexico

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“Good deal for you today only!” is a common phrase you will hear while shopping in Mexico. I think shopping in Mexico is so much fun, and I’m also getting a lot better at bartering to get a better deal too. Shopping is actually really good right now too because the peso is so low at the moment which is bad for the Mexicans but good for the Americans.

I have a great love for the colorful Mexican patterns, it’s become my favorite decorating style actually. There are a few things that have been on my list to get while I was in Mexico which included a nice ring, a blanket, and a little bowl to hold my bracelets and of course a coffee mug. It’s really difficult to not want more though! I think my next shopping list is a vase and a dress.

The place we shop at is called The Malecon. The Malecon is by the sea with lots of little shops and restaurants, can you get better then that?

Since they all sell the same type of merchandise and products it’s always a scavenger hunt to find that really unique one. I like to look at all of the shops first, get prices, and then go back to the best one. Although sometimes you will get a killer price that you just can’t pass up at that moment….but you could also see one you like much better at the next place…the struggle!

Making relationships with vendors is also a very good idea when out shopping. You become a loyal customer to them and they will give you the best deals. I got my ring from someone my parent’s always go to, he’s usually down on the Malecon or at our Saturday swap meets. I love this ring so much, I’m in love with circle shaped rings and the orange gemstone really goes with my style and love of wearing warm colors.

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I loved this bowl and coffee mug, my favorite part about these that I haven’t seen before is they have some pink in them! You all know me, even a little touch of pink will make my heart sing.

I was on a hunt for a blanket to hang on my wall behind my bed as some décor, these normally run about 35-50 dollars but I got mine for about $25. There was a blanket that was all pink and I was SO tempted to get that but I knew I should have something with some more color other then all pink. (Okay, you get it, I love pink) I haven’t hung this above my bed yet because I kind of like it laying on my bed better, it’s also quite cozy! I guess this means I need to go shopping for more ideas of what to put on my wall…darn 🙂

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What cool things have you scored in Mexico or any other foreign country?!

Xoxo,

The Wonder Seeker

Beach Please

What’s one of the greatest things about being in Mexico? I’m so close to the sea!  San Felipe is located northeast of  Baja California which means we are located on the Sea Of Cortez (The Pacific Ocean is on the other side of the Baja) Where we are the water is pretty shallow and feels like warm bath water for the most part. This makes it really great to wade or sit and just soak your feet in the water. I enjoy it because I’m honestly scared of deep waters where I can’t see under my feet.

This week we took a few trips down the to beach where I waded my feet in the warm water and found treasures. One afternoon we spent time clamming during low tide…clamming is so much fun and who doesn’t love fresh clams? mmm! I got a little distracted though and wandered off and found a few treasures that were left behind by the tide, including multiple sand dollars still in tact! If that’s not exciting I don’t know what is.

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We also took a little trip to a beach that was completely deserted that day which I couldn’t understand why because it was beautiful! There were also many treasures to find there as well, it was very enjoyable. Since the water is so shallow here you won’t see huge waves of many surfers out in the water, I took my boogie board and that didn’t work so well either. I ending up just using it as a floating device.

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Stay Sunny!

xoxo,

The Wonder Seeker

 

 

Hola from Mexico!

Well, we made it to San Felipe! We drove in on Sunday early afternoon and everything went surprisingly smoothly. I was expecting delays getting into the boarder, multiple questions, troubles getting visas, etc. The greatest part was arriving in Calexico and the GPS said we were an HOUR away from Mexicali and the boarder but 5 minutes later we started crossing the boarder. I was a little frightened that maybe I wasn’t going the way I was supposed to and remember asking “Where are we?! Are we in Mexicali?!” The man at the boarder looked at me like I had lost my mind. My mind was blown. We pulled in, got our visas, and we were off! Easy breezy. The last time I was in Mexicali I felt like it was so busy and a little terrifying to drive through and I was only the passenger then so I was prepared to drive through it myself. Fortunately though it wasn’t that busy and I managed to get through it all without panicking. They didn’t even check my car at the military check point and just waved me on by to enter, hooray!

The drive from St. George to San Felipe drastically changed from Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening we stayed din Blythe California and the drive was just dry desert land. Blythe to Mexicali was actually pretty neat with more mountains. We even ran into Glamis Sand Dunes, I don’t think I’ve never been to sand dunes like that and it was so cool to see!  Mexicali to San Felipe is very interesting of course because you are in an entire new country now and there’s actually quite a bit of mountains which I think is absolutely fantastic. It took awhile for us to figure out though if we could see the sea or a mirage.

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This first week is full of socializing and tourist attractions while my Aunt is in town.

Monday we spent the morning at the pool where I played water volleyball. Water Volleyball is like a religion in San Felipe and people GET INTO IT. I actually wasn’t terrible either and even scored a point.

After getting a great sunburn we went back to the house where we had visitors drop in and visit. In Mexico when you say to someone “Stop by anytime” they totally mean it. When I mean drop in I mean someone actually knocks on your door to see if your home or literally walks in your door, it’s normal. There’s a great value of friends, family, and relationships in Mexico.

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Yesterday we spent the early afternoon in downtown San Felipe where we went to The Taco Factory. It was also national We Love Tacos day, perfect day to have amazing authentic tacos. I had two pulpo tacos, which is octopus and oh my heavens is it the most amazing thing ever. Also, let’s admire the crema. mmmmmm crema.

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There was also a stray kitten with no tail running around that I so badly wanted to put in my backpack and take home with me. After lunch we walked around and did some shopping and walked by the sea.

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More adventures to come!

xoxo,

The Wonder Seeker