Monday, May 8, 2017

Cabo 2017

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and fought hard thru her treatment over the last six months.  Today, she is officially cancer free and undergoing radiation and other therapy to help prevent a return.  We celebrated her successful battle with a girls trip to Cabo over Easter weekend.
My mom, sister, sister-in-law Holly, and Holly's mom all traveled to the same house in the neighborhood of Palmilla where Rick and Palmer and I went several years ago.

The neighborhood and home was even better than I remembered it last time.  The landscaping of Palmilla is so lush and it's hard to beat the scenery off of our home's balcony.

Highlights included enjoying coconut margaritas and desserts from the incredible neighboring One and Only Palmilla resort.
Samantha booked us a cooking class at the Flora Farms restaurant outside of San Jose Del Cabo. 
This was hands down the favorite outing of the trip.  We spent three hours wandering the 100% farm to market grounds learning about the produce and techniques the kitchen uses to put food on the plates. 
Then, we were taught the traditional ways to make roasted salsa, pico, guacamole with rosemary, and tortillas before feasting on the freshest and most luscious lunch.  The scenery and experience is worth recommending to anyone who plans to travel to the area.

A trip to Cabo isn't complete without a (perhaps one and only) visit to the beautiful arches.  We scored a water taxi and admit that the scenery was beautiful.  However, the moment was lacking a little prominence due to the other 30 water taxis that surrounded our boat, also filled with tourists just like us.  I think the Catholic holiday weekend of Easter added to the large crowds as the nearby beaches were also filled with local tourists.
The weekend was so fun and ended on a bitter-sweet note.  We celebrated my (Easter) birthday with a full day, including a special Saturday night dinner and desserts.  
Then, we returned to our home to learn that my beloved Grandpa died of a heart attack over the weekend.  Both of my grandparents are now gone, within just a couple years of each other.  Grandpa was nearly 93 and driving and living alone until the day he died.  It's a blessing that his life was full and he had that independence and full schedule until his dying day.
In Cabo, we celebrated life in so many ways.


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