I just got back to USC and was greeted by a day of freezing cold rain and relentless winds in LA. I really can’t complain though, because I am perfectly relaxed from a week of sun on a Mexican Rivera cruise. Sarah and I left Sunday morning on a Carnival cruise that stopped in Cabo San Lucas and Puerta Vallarta. On the way down to our first port, I spent the day at sea catching up on some reading (Water for Elephants), taking naps by the pool, going down the 3 story water slide, and eating of course!

Once we arrived in Cabo, we went on a snorkeling trip to a reef down the coast from downtown Cabo. We of course detoured to see the famous Cabo arch, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. On our way back from snorkeling, we passed by a family of humpback whales!


After two days in Cabo, our cruise then docked in Puerta Vallarta. Sarah and I decided to be adventurous, so we signed up for an Extreme Zip Lining excursion After getting off the cruise ship, we took a panga boat down the coast to a small village with 500 residents. Next we boarded off-roading trucks as we climbed up the dirt roads of the mountainside. Once we reached base camp, we were then suited up with our zip lining gear and put on mules to climb even further up the mountain to the canopy level. Finally we reached the summit, and we began our zip lining adventure. Besides zip lining across the tree tops, our “extreme” adventure also included rappelling down the side of a water fall and zip lining into pools of water. Sarah and I had so much fun on our all-day adventure, and we both agree it was the highlight of our trip.