Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Trek Up Bernal Heights Park


I had seen photos of Bernal Heights Park on Instagram, and immediately put it on my list of places to check out ASAP. Even after all this time in SF, I've hardly explored this part of the city. But on one sunny, clear day, I was in the mood to explore after work, and decided it was the perfect opportunity to check it out.





The path up is a gradual uphill, and only about a mile. The view from the summit is absolutely amazing on a clear day - there are sweeping views of the city, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge, and all the way out into the East Bay.

Gorgeous!




Would definitely love to come back again (and do a shoot here!). I'm sure the view would be pretty spectacular at night as well!









Tuesday, September 27, 2016

R&R in Cancun



It is officially fall now, but it (finally) feels like summer in San Francisco. This warm weather has me thinking of sitting on a beach all day, so I thought I'd post a recap of our Cancun trip from earlier this summer.

We had done the all-inclusive resort thing when we went to the Dominican Republic last summer, and had a fabulous time, so we decided to do it again. My idea of a the perfect vacation is usually running around any given destination trying to do as much as possible, so I had worried that I'd be bored. But I was perfectly happy to laze around the pool/beach, reading as many books as possible with a pina colada (or other fruity cocktail) in hand, and actually RELAXING for once - and I enjoyed doing this again.







We stayed at the Gran Caribe resort. We had a lovely stay there! The rooms were super nice, and all the staff we encountered were super helpful and just lovely. We didn't use the pool at all, but the resort is right on the beach, and we spent all of our time there. The beach area is well-maintained with plenty of chairs and it never felt crowded.

The water was just an amazing aquamarine color, and it almost seemed unreal. You know how when you see postcards of the Caribbean, you think, "there's no way that is real"? But it *is* real. I really was blown away.



We generally liked the food at the resort, and definitely indulged ourselves (#allinclusivelife). We enjoyed Il Pescatore, the Italian restaurant, and Maria's, the Mexican restaurant (which also had a fabulous new specialty margarita every night).



One thing I will say about food in Cancun is that you aren't going to find super authentic Mexican food while in the resort, or on the main hotel strip. We did go find some fish tacos outside the resort, but coming from California, with its abundance of amazing Mexican food everywhere you go, we weren't super blown away. (I'm spoiled.)


On our second day, we headed out to Isla Mujeres for some snorkeling. The blue waters here were absolutely unbelievable.




The excursion took us to Garrafon, which offers a variety of activities in addition to snorkeling, such as kayaking and zip-lining. The admission price to the park includes snorkel and kayak rentals, as well as use of the hammocks and pools, and lunch and an open bar. There is also a VIP option, which gives you access to an air-conditioned lounge with upgraded food and better locker facilities, which may have been a good idea since the "normal" food was quite bad. 

We snorkeled for a bit - we didn't see much at first, but once we ventured out a bit further, there was much more to see. We also ventured out of the park and walked around the island for a bit. We went to the Punta Sur cliffs, which is actually the southernmost point of the island, and the easternmost point in Mexico and where the sun rises first.

There is also a sculpture garden and Mayan temple just outside Garrafon.

We ended up relaxing in the hammocks the rest of the day.





Our last two days in Cancun were pretty overcast, with intermittent periods of rain, but that didn't stop us from enjoying the beautiful waters.


This also meant that the sunset on our last night was absolutely spectacular!



We will definitely be back for another relaxing vacation!