Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cabo Ops Trip

I've been rather busy lately. More than usual (seemingly endless tutoring hours that I definitely did NOT have time for). Everyone has the same amount of hours in the day, but this is the first week in the last six or so that I've felt like I've had room to breath and time to sleep.

Anyway, I'm going to attempt to catch you up on some of the going-ons of the last few weeks starting with....

Cabo!

Because of the specific position I hold at my work (chiefly in document preparation), I don't get to travel with my work very often. In an effort to counter that and to bring all of the Group Operations together, we planned a retreat and site inspection at the Fiesta Americana in Cabo (at the southern end of the Baha Peninsula in Mexico).

The Thursday night before, the entire company and guests gathered and had a barbecue/party to celebrate us all being in the same place (three of the staff work remotely in Utah, Texas, and Washington). We had good food and played a variety of games (corn hole, tennis, ladder toss, and others).

Waiting for our flight!
Fiesta Americana!
Friday morning the seven women in our company gathered at the airport and caught our flight to Cabo. We arrived, took our transfer to the Fiesta Americana, had a quick break and then toured the property before dinner. Throughout the entire tour we were met everywhere with drinks and bite size food. By the time we made it to dinner, we were already stuffed. But our three course dinner awaited us. And it was delicious. Let's just say that by the end of dinner, though my taste buds were very satisfied, but the rest of my body was very unhappy. People often give Brandon and I funny looks or a hard time when we share a dish, saying we eat like birds or are just trying to stay slim, but the truth of the situation is that eating that way, when portions are so large, consistently results in us feeling much better by the end of our meals. If you've got a big appetite, more power to you, but understand that the main motivation in our small portions is to allow us to walk away from the table content in every way. Friday night was not one of those nights. We walked back to our rooms, changed into out swim suits (because everyone wants to wear a bikini when they've eaten far far more than they should have), and head to the pool to relax while our stomachs tried to recover.

Veranda.

They made our logo out of rice!

Dinner the first night. 

Saturday morning we got up bright and early and headed back towards the airport and farther to a zipline location. The zipline course was incredible, complete with hiking, repelling, rock climbing, rope walking, and various zipline styles (upside down, in tandem, superman style). Very fun. They didn't let us take our cameras with us for "safety" reasons, and the photos were a tad expensive, but we had a great time. In fact, the only complaint about that was the bus ride to and from the location. Between the bus being hot and the bumpy road, all of us felt not so great immediately following the ride either direction. And the perfect solution for that? A massage. We had some spa time scheduled then and it was incredible. Granted, because we were doing a site inspection, everything seemed a little cushier than it might otherwise. But inside they had a sauna, steam  room, hot tub, and ice bath. We did all of those things before and after the massage. Additionally, following the massage they treated us to frozen grapes and whatever type of beverage (I had chamomile tea). Very cool.

Sunrise Saturday morning!

After Zipling!

Spending some time on the beach.

We spent some time on the beach and relaxed (And had about a dozen virgin Miami Vices) before heading to our second dinner. Friday night had been seafood focused and the restaurant the second night (the resort was all inclusive, by the way) was Italian. Probably the best risotto I've ever had. And then tirimisu! I did better on walking away from the table not quite so full, but not by much.

Dinner Saturday night. 

Sunday morning (after finally getting a morning run, an experience which explained why I don't want to live in Cabo - because you're pouring sweat even before the sun has come up!) we had some meetings in the morning (because we had to get some work done, right?), spent some time on the beach, and headed into downtown Cabo San Lucas for a few hours. I totally fell in love with all the Katrina dolls they had. We headed back just in time to grab a few rolls of sushi (the sushi bar was never open during the day when we were free to go and get some and then our dinners were always scheduled for us in the evening) before heading to our "Barefoot Elegance Dinner." For the record, this was not a normal thing for us to do. Very cool, yes, but something that we were experiencing solely so we could get our clients to consider it for their VIP guests. Essentially, it was grape crushing, a 30 minute foot/leg massage with small food and herbal infusion samples (I think they usually do it with wine, but they noticed that most of us weren't drinkers and creatively switched to tea), and then dinner made for us on the beach. Really amazing.

Sunrise during our morning run!

Cabo San Lucas!

With a Katrina Doll. 

Playing in town. :)

Crushing grapes. 

Dinner on the beach!

Evening on the beach!

Monday morning we got up (third morning of getting up early enough to see the sun rise), had breakfast and hung out on the beach until it was time to clean up and head back to the airport. Done and done! And we even got to see the Grand Canyon from above as we were flying home!

Sunrise Monday morning from our room. 

Sunrise from the beach. 

The still pool. 
And, as usual, there are a ton more pictures on Facebook.

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