Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cancun - Day 3

We spent most of our time today at the beach or at the pool.  It was lovely.

Let's start with a bum shot.

Digging holes.

Ada just washed up on the shore.

Me and Ly. She just loves playing in the sand.

The water was pleasant, but the air was a little cool.  We were able to walk way out into the water before it got too deep.

Eventually the girls were ready for some pool time.

Practicing her dead man's float.


Room service hot dog.

Chocolate cake.

Painting pottery.

We went to a Mexican restaurant that had a Mayan show. Kate was the only one brave enough to go up for a picture.

Playing on the bed.

Tomorrow the adventure continues at Xcaret!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cancun - Days 1 & 2

Moving onto 2016.

A new year, a new trip to blog about.

Our first trip of 2016 took us to Cancun.  This is the first time that we've traveled outside of the country since Lyla was born (We spent a night with Ada and Kate in Vancouver in August 2011).  We got the girls passports and got all packed up. We brought lots of dollar bills to use for tips in our resort.

Just as our Houston trip from last October, we flew Frontier Airlines and our trip once again required an overnight stay in Denver.  This time, at least, our flight the following morning didn't leave too early, so we were able to take our time.

We flew on the deer plane.  Kate is seeing what she would look like with antlers.

In January the Broncos were in the midst of their Superbowl run.  The flight boards were the Broncos colors, all of the airport signage was supporting the Broncos, but I most loved the Easter egg of Omaha! Omaha! Omaha! (Peyton Manning's favorite snap count).

Contemplative Ada.

One tip to flying on Frontier (and other discount airlines) is to bring your own snacks.  Kate's made herself a ham, cheese and cracker sandwich.

We finally made it to Cancun, we had a driver setup to take us to our resort.  After we checked-in our first stop was to sit on the beach and eat some dinner.

This was the view that greeted us the following morning.  Awesome!

The girls were excited to play their new kindle fires (They got them for Christmas, but they hadn't been allowed to play them all that much).

Kate getting her game on.

We ordered room service that first morning.  Zucaritas!

Choco Krispis!

It was pretty windy all week, which kept it a little on the cool side unfortunately.

Ada and I went on a walk along the beach to check out the area.

We stayed at The Royal Cancun Resort.  There were a couple of restaurants on-site, but we also had access to any of the restaurants at their 3 sister resorts in Cancun (as well as a free shuttle between them). This night we tried the Italian Restaurant.

Ada loves her pepperoni pizza.

Tomorrow: more lounging on the beach and at the pool.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Last October we took a quick trip to Phoenix.  I had been to Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl in 2004, but other than that I hadn't spent a whole lot of time there.

I had been keeping an eye on Allegiant flights from the Ogden Airport to Mesa. We ended up finding cheap flights, which makes it worth flying on Allegiant, where even the drinks and snacks on the plan have to be bought, but the toilets are still free!

Hinckley Airport is just a tiny little thing. We parked right next to the airport and walked to our gate.

We had to board the plane from the tarmac, which is always a novelty.

Our first order of business was to catch the Arizona Diamondbacks game. It was either the last game of the season or the second to last game of the season. This was my MLB Ballpark #22.

Too bad that Ada and Alison had to sit so far apart from each other.

We went to a few of the highest rated breakfast joints. If I wouldn't have waited a year to blog about this trip, then I would have told you where this was.

Alison got her fancy french toast.

The girls with their candy coated pancakes.

Sampling the OJ.

After breakfast we made our way downtown to the Arizona Science Center. Here is Alison on a bed of nails.



Trying to build earthquake-proof buildings on a shaker table.

Our resort had a lovely pool.

We also went to the Phoenix Zoo.

Riding the warty pig.

Like a pro.

Lyla went for the King of Beasts.

Family pic with the elephant.

It was a bit of a clammy day.

Ada was excited to see the warty pigs. She loves pigs of all types.  We got there right at feeding time and got to watch them trying to get the corn from the strings.

There was a little farm area. Milking the cow.

Gotta get that fresh milk.

Brushing the goats.

Driving the tractor.

I thought that this view looked extremely tropical.

The headless tortoise is always intriguing.

Feeding the rays.

Dinner that night was at Rustler's Roost.

Party hats.

Mac 'n Cheese.

Sweet potato fries for Lyla and a kebab for Alison.

Steak for Ada.

Steak and an enchilada for me.

Cotton candy for dessert.

Lyla and Kate.

Me and Lyla.

A couple views of our hotel - The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. It was nice, we enjoyed our stay there.

Alas, far too quickly it was time to head home.  We were really lucky to make our flight. We were sitting in the boarding area waiting to board our flight, and when I finally checked, our flight had moved to a different gate (I'm not sure the Mesa Airport could make any announcements). We were some of the last ones on.

Home sweet home.

Baggage claim at the Ogden Airport. a couple of the Ogden police officers there helping with security also helped to unload the bags. Jack of all trades at this place.

One last video clip from Rustler's Roost:

We had a great time. I wouldn't hesitate to fly out of Ogden again, as long as you know what you're getting with Allegiant, then you can have a pleasant experience.