January 12, 2005

Our wonderful fabulous gorgeous January vacation

As promised, here's a bit about our recent trip to Acapulco. You can check out all the pretty pictures of our wondrous adventure here.


Sunday, January 2, the day we were to leave for Mexico, it was raining and we lost power twice after dark. Luckily, I had finished packing that afternoon, so it didn't bother us much. The thought of getting far away from the rain made it almost fun. My mom drove us to the airport and we took off at around 12:45am Monday morning. We flew Continental; the movie was Without a Paddle. It wasn't good, but I can't sleep on planes so I was content to watch it. We landed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas just after 6am (CST). We had a 3 hour layover, but made our way over to our eventual departure gate to check out the food situation. We took the tram to terminal C to terminal B (I always love airport trams - a touch of Disneyland in every city), but terminal B didn't have nearly as many options as C, so we took the tram back. It was still only about 6:30, so not everything was open, so we had what was available and wasted some time taking dumb pictures (this was my very first phoon). We were kind of disconcerted by the smallness of the plane that was to take us to Acapulco and it was kinda scary since there was a lot of turbulence going over the Sierra Madre. Aaron and I played some highly competitive one-on-one Uno to distract ourselves and I got some awesome pics of the coast and the Sierra Madres.


As we flew into the Acapulco Airport at around 1pm, I saw huge plantations of palm trees in the surrounding area. It looked strange since all the other vegetation in the area was low-lying brush, but still pretty. We had to take a little tram/bus to the terminal, which wasn't a long trip, but I was glad since the heat (probably about 85 degrees) and humidity while not overwhelming, were a big change from San Francisco. We had to fill out our customs and immigration forms inside the airport because the flight attendant had given us the wrong forms on the plane. My bag didn't make it onto the plane at Houston, so I gave the airline reps my name and hotel to be dropped off when the next plane from Houston arrived. Taxi drivers swarmed around us as we came out of customs, but I had pre-arranged our ride to the airport with Expedia, so we just hopped into the Expedia rep's van, who told me to contact a "Pablo" at the hotel to arrange our return ride. We drove about 5 miles east of the airport. Along the way, we passed some of the huge golf resorts along the open ocean, like the Fairmont and the Mayan Palace, a Costco, the construction site of a new Wal-Mart - I noticed the earth was red and that strip malls are no stranger to Mexico. Then, we went down a long, windy road to the Hotel Camino Real Acapulco Diamante. The hotel is located on north-east end of the Bahia de Puerto Marques, just over a hill to the south-west of the Bahia de Acapulco, which is where most of the hotels, restaurants and attractions are located. Camino Real is a line of hotels throughout Mexico and the area we were in is known as the Diamante (Diamond) district of Acapulco because it's filled with beautiful, large, overpriced vacation homes, all of which seemed to be empty at the moment.


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I was going to comment on how, yet again, the top viewed photos in this gallery are of bikini-clad Kristina, until I realized that the current leader is actually shirtless Aaron laying next to a bunch of tequila. Body shots, anyone?

Posted by: sean at January 12, 2005 11:40 AM

you could theorize that all the exposed dr v flesh is drawing in the toms, but i think it's the almost-expression he's making that shocked me the most.

Posted by: didofoot at January 12, 2005 11:47 AM

There was indeed an unusual amount of exposed Dr. V flesh on the trip, which was just fine by me. He seems to have a little more color in his face and definitely has some new freckles.

Posted by: Kristina at January 12, 2005 03:14 PM