Mexico Recap V.1- Whale Sharks and Isla Mujeres

My #1 bucket list item, swimming with Whale Sharks. I’ve always been fascinated by their massive size but extremely docile nature. Seth and I planned a pre-deployment vacation earlier this year, and it was between Playa del Carmen, Mexico or Bora Bora, to do, for the most part, nothing. We chose Playa del Carmen, because each June/July Whale Sharks show up to filter feed on the rich plankton filled waters near Isla Mujeres.

We pre-booked our tour online, received confirmation and were set! It was our first tour in Mexico, so we arranged it early in our trip. We were picked up at our resort, picked up a few others along the way, and headed to Cancun Harbor. There was a group of 10 of us, 2 guides, and a captain. We proceeded far off the coast, for a little over an hour, and then all of sudden the boat came to a sudden slow, and we’d stumbled upon our first Whale Shark. Everybody got ready, in groups of two, and waited to drop off the edge of the boat into the water, to swim along with the shark and our guide. We swam with this first solo whale shark and then set off to find more!




DCIM101GOPRODCIM101GOPRODSCN0211DCIM101GOPRODSCN0215I cannot even put the experience into words. Not once, despite their massive size, did I ever feel threatened or concerned, I was just in total awe of them. Jump overboard, get your bearings, look around and then out of nowhere, here comes a 35ft, 20 ton whale shark swimming right toward you, minding its own business. When it reaches you; just keep swimming! Truly an amazing experience!!

When we finished swimming with the whale sharks, we headed to Isla Mujeres, a small island off Cancun, for some snorkeling and lunch. After snorkeling we anchored in 3ft deep water that was as clear as anything I’ve seen. They served us fresh guacamole, fresh ceviche (from fish caught that morning!) and cervezas. It was truly one of the more memorable days of my life.


Mexico Vacation Recap!

Lack of blogging = 10 day vacation in Mexico. Good excuse 🙂

Here’s a recap of our trip, and upcoming individual blog posts that I’ve laid out:

  • Swimming with Whale Sharks
  • Visiting Chichen Itza
  • Visiting Tulum
  • World Cup Soccer Games
  • Low bg (blood sugar) episode
  • The food (OMG THE FOOD)
  • Lipedema/shorts/dresses
  • Women outside the US (fun observations)

I’ve come to realize that travel is teaching me as much as schooling ever did, about life and what’s really important. Stay tuned, and thanks for still being here with me!


Joshua Tree

For several years now, I’ve talked about going to Joshua Tree (Seth might say incessantly). For some reason I have had this strong draw to go there, maybe to just be surrounded by nature? To get away from the daily grind in a big city? For serenity? Then I told my dad that Seth and I were finally heading to Joshua Tree, and he told me it was one of the places my Grandma Hazel actually remembered in her late life dealing with memory loss. Having such a special relationship with my Grandma, almost a kindred spirits type connection, now I knew why I was so drawn to go.

Seth and I went away for a long weekend over Memorial Day to a resort in Desert Hot Springs, and got up at 3:45 am one morning to drive the hour to the middle of the park, so we could watch the sunrise. It was everything I’d hoped it would be; beautiful, silent, serene and peaceful.

If you haven’t been, I’d recommend it. I realize it’s just a lot of pokey trees, but there is truly something magical about it.IMG_0213[1]IMG_0148[1]IMG_0156[1]IMG_0151[1]IMG_0164[1]IMG_0172[1]

Suite D Guest Post: Traveling with Type 1 Diabetes

Talking this month on OmniPod’s Suite D Diabetes Blog about Traveling with Type 1 Diabetes. It adds a whole other dimension to the travel mix.

Suite D Guest Post: Traveling with Type 1 Diabetes

Although I am no travel expert, I did kind of take off from San Diego, to Belize, to Africa, all in the same year, so I feel that gives me a little credibility. If I’ve missed something important or you have additional insight, please do share! 🙂