Baja California, Mexico // No. 3

There was one other beach we knew we wanted to check out on this trip, Requeson. It was beautiful. Different than Coyote, but beautiful. We had a bit more room to spread out. The beach was even more shallow. The palapas more available. When the tide is out, a sandbar is revealed connecting to a small island. The wind had picked up and that made it a little miserable, but we took the time to just chill out and enjoy the view. The pit toilets left much to be desired (both at Requeson and Coyote) but the beach was clean. Winston even braved the shallow waters all on his own. The stars were showing off one night so we sat outside just taking it all in. The moon began to rise over the horizon, looking more like a sunrise. It was magical. 

On our way out of Concepcion, we stopped in Mulege one more time for quick wi-fi fix and a stop at Marios for more fish tacos. Oh man. Those fish tacos. Best we had.

Baja California, Mexico // No. 2

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We were finally making our way to the bay side of the peninsula, where the beaches are unrivaled. Along the way we stopped in Rosalia, which I LOVED. It was vibrant. Full of life. Colorful. Busy. We grabbed a few treats from the famous french bakery, stopped at the prefab church designed by Eiffel himself (as in the Eiffel Tower) where a beautiful choir was singing during a church service, and wandered the streets. I loved the colorful buildings and town square complete with gazebos and trees bursting with purple flowers. 

After a few more hours, we caught a glimpse of our first Concepcion beach. It. Did. Not. Disappoint. The aqua blue water and white sand needed no filter. Coyote Beach had been on our radar, so we continued on just a bit farther. Just as we suspected, the beach was full of massive RV’s driven by snowbirds. Snowbirds are retired couples who head south during the winter months, then head back up in the springtime to plant their gardens. We were worried there wouldn’t be room for us, but luck was on our side and we squeezed right in between a palapa and a huge palm tree. Shade, privacy, and the ridiculously beautiful beach just 15 feet from our door. We had two beautiful days there, exploring the beach, shuffling our feet in the sand to avoid the stingrays, making friends with the snowbirds, and doing yoga on the beach with Lulu (a yoga instructor living down there indefinitely). It took us a minute to learn how to just relax, we’re not used to slowing down. The weather was perfect. Slight wind. Low 80’s. Winston even tried out his life jacket for the first time. Didn’t love it, but we’ll work on that.

Day 1: Bangkok. No Rain.

Flights: SLC --> San Francisco --> Taipei Taiwan --> Bangkok

It's never fun to realize your flight is going to be 13 hours instead of the 9 you had calculated. Luckily, after some pleading, we were able to sit together {once again, we will never use Travelocity in the future}.

We touched down in Bangkok and immediately headed to Mo Chit bus station to get our tickets for the overnight bus to Chiang Mai leaving that night. Mo Chit is the biggest bus station I have ever seen and a place I will be ok with never seeing ever again.

Trying to buy bus tickets and coordinate some in-country travel is probably not the smartest idea when you're still in that initial culture shock stage! Luckily that wore off quickly and we started to get our bearings in this new country.

We grabbed the first taxi we could and made our way through some nasty Bangkok traffic to Wat Arun and the Grand Palace where the Emerald Buddha resides! Life was good!

From Kim's Lens:

 {these steps rivaled those at chichen itza. so steep!}

{the different offerings that people left were so interesting} 

{our first meal in thailand. we had the diarrhea meds ready.}

{some of the more sturdy scaffolding we saw}

From Jesse's Lens:

We made our way back to Mo Chit and waited to board the night bus {which was awesome!} to Chiang Mai -- 10 hours away.
*We haven't slept in a bed {or showered for that matter} in like 2-3 days. Feelin nast but lovin every minute.

{jesse is 6'1. just sayin.}

The Gear: Footwear

UPDATE: It's now 2015 and we STILL have these special pieces of footwear. I can't recommend them enough, especially for light canyoneering or any river or stream adventures. They are worth the purchase and the space used on the shoe rack.


Jesse here.

Last month I posted about one of the first gear items I just wouldn't leave at home. Today I wanted to post about our footwear  of choice for a trip to a monsoon-laden country:

Columbia Drainmaker

  • Best of all? They are waterproof and drain the water out of the holes in the side of the soles. 
  • They are quick dry, so you're not putting wet shoes back on.
  • They are mega comfortable, so they can be worn around all day on your trip, and you're automatically ready when it starts raining!
  • They have a super sticky grip sole that still grips under water.
  • Bonus: tons of cool or less-eye-catching colors for everyone.

You can find them here for about $60.