Saturday, May 31, 2014

A fun trip with Noah!

We knew that Grammy and Gramps were coming this weekend, so we decided to do a little "recon mission" and check out the fishing at the Gates. Luckily, Noah was able to join us, the weather was pretty good, and the fish were biting...  fun was had by all!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Just a little fun!

A fun little fishing trip! Baiting a hook with Daddy.
 and showing off her HUGE catfish!
 Then she got poked by the catfish and didn't think it was so great anymore!
 Then while I was working on some cakeballs, the kids got out the hose and had some fun.
 Then they got hosed down!
 But, the cake balls turned out pretty good!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fun visit with the Belote's!

We made a trip out to Lee and Susan's today to visit, and see how they are doing. Well, needless to say, we totally lucked out and the kids got a fun opportunity to spend some time with a couple horses that are boarded out there! It started with a handful of treats, then the owner showed up and offered to let the kids ride. They were SO EXCITED!
 It was hard to be patient!
 But, they each got a turn and had a wonderful time!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

One more fishing trip!

Our last full day in Mexico and we decided to make one more fishing trip.  This time we went out with Mario! He was a lot of fun and worked hard to try to get us on fish!

 Another beautiful sunrise!
 A little bigger than the lures we use at home.
 Putting some stitches in the bait...  instead of putting the hook through the fish, they put it through the stitches.

 Hooked a nice grouper shortly after getting out on the water.
 Givin' him a little smooch!
 Then Clint was reeling in a BIG fish and darn it...  the thing got away.  All he was left with was a head... :(

 After losing a few fish to the sea lions, we moved and Clint hooked this awesome rooster fish.

 and then we caught one more little skippy whippy! :)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ziplines and a "Down Day"

Well, here it is...  our last day in Mexico, and we had an amazing time! I know that once I get back to the crazy life at home, it will be hard to get blog updates done, so I'm trying to get them done while we are down here! 
While here, we actually didn't eat out much...  most meals consisted of something like this...  Fish or chicken, sautéed veggies, fresh salsa, and fruit! Delicious!
 Wednesday we went out ziplining.  It was SO FUN!  But, they wanted $65 for photos, so you will just have to make due with a few from our trip up there...  It definitely was a different type of landscape. 

 Here we are all getting ready. The crew was super funny and in great spirits; there was a fair amount of machismo and sexual innuendos...  but, Clint assured me that was fairly normal for the Mexican culture. 

After ziplining, we got to rappel down a rock wall. I must admit I had a little trepidation, but it was actually a lot of fun, and Clint, the rock star, (no pun intended, lol) got to go down twice!
Then, they showed us how tequila is made and we got to taste a few different types.
This is the agave plant

This is the pit where they burn it.
Barrels for storing it while it ages.
Bottom's up! :)  Okay, it literally was about a Tablespoon.  I tried the two flavored ones, they were pretty good.
It was pretty neat, there were lizards, buzzards, and funny shaped cactuses... :)  (Ask Clint)
Then we had a down day...  we looked for a fishing trip, and took a walk looking for some good tamales.  Well, that walk took us way off the beaten path! It seemed like every person we asked would say, "oh yeah, it's about 2 or 3 more blocks" (except in Spanish). We got some funny looks and saw some funny things. Like when we stopped next to a parked car to get the water bottle out of the backpack. There was a Mexican man sitting in that car with a baby sleeping and the windows open.  When we stopped, he locked his doors and gave us "the look"! He was certain that the gringos were up to no good!
Since the search for tamales turned up nothing, we stopped at the best taco place EVER!  Gardenias! Clint said that the coke out of the glass bottle tastes better then what we drink at home.  I think it may also be the fact that we walked our butts all over Cabo while we were here, so we were always hot and thirsty!

Clint is also great at always greeting the Mexicans with a smile, and when they offer us whatever they are selling, he replies with a kind "no thank you".  Because he is so thoughtful, you never know what they will hand you... like an iguana named Mickey! We got a good laugh with this guy!

 I'm pretty sure I was saying something along the lines of... "he better not be peeing on me". :) 


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Still having fun... fishing yesterday, ziplines tomorrow!

There are a lot of pictures of our fishing trip on this post...  some may seem boring to those who look at our blog, but we are missing our kids, and sharing this experience with them. So, we wanted to send lots of pictures for them to look at! As you all know, Dane is quite the fisherman, so he appreciates things like bait!
All of the fishing boats come up to these men who catch and sell live bait. Here they are scooping out our live bait for the day.

 Of course, there have to be pictures of the beautiful sunrise!
 and the famous rock/arch.
 Clint quickly hooked the first fish of the day...  it was called a chullo or chulla or something like that! Essentially, it's a white meat tuna and it was delicious!
 and it has big teeth, as Pedro (our Captain) is pointing out!
 Then, I caught a bonito. As I was reeling it in, we saw a seal surface and started chasing my fish in...  we barely got it into the boat before the seal snagged it! (that's why it is bleeding so bad)
 Then we had a long dry spell; Clint caught one small fish, and then he landed this trigger fish!  It also turned out to be delicious as ceviche! :)
 Here are the two kinds of live bait that we used.  Can you believe the trigger fish (above) ate the fish that Clint is holding in his left hand? Crazy!
 Close up of the needlefish!

 This is the resident sea lion.  He has been known to steal fish from fisherman who are posing on the dock. 
 But, he took this leftover bait very gently from my hand!
 This guy was begging as well.  Pedro referred to them as "his friends", and feeds them his leftover bait each day.
 It was a fun day on the water!

 This was a roosterfish that was caught by another fisherman!