Our days in the sun

It is not news to anyone that Seattle is gray this time of year.  Although I choose to live here, this is the time of year, every year, that I question that decision.  Seriously question it.  It's also the time of year I regularly check flights to Arizona and Maui . . . a good deal should not be missed.  In all honestly, the only way we make it through the gray months is to leave and go find the sun now and then.

Last month we managed to soak up some vitamin D in Baja, Mexico with Jill, Mark, and Sadie (the sister-cousin).  We had a great time of it -- relaxing by the pool, playing on the beach, wandering around town, grocery shopping, going on a whale watch, cooking together, talking, reading, laughing, eating . . . you get the picture.

The place we stayed is a lovely resort in the corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas -- a place where we had adjoining rooms with a kitchen/living room suite facing the ocean. Each morning we woke to a lovely pink sky, the sound of crashing waves, and little woodpeckers drumming on the palm trees outside our room.  Occasionally there was a pelican floating in the pool.

We were there the week before Christmas, which meant the lights and decorations were lovely.  The resort even hosted a Posadas -- a traditional religious Mexican Christmas celebration that reinacts the journey of Joseph and Mary on their way to Bethlehem and their search for lodging.  The Posadas included traditional Mexican Christmas foods like churros, spiced coffee, and tamales of several varieties.  The evening was capped off with fire works and pinatas for the children.  I thought it was a really special way to enjoy our last night in Mexico.

Although my tan is now fading, and I am back to taking 2000 IUs of vitamin D a day in order to function properly in this dreary place, I haven't forgotten even a little how much fun we had together.


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