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Hierve el Agua

I kept seeing signs around town pointing down the road to “Hierve El Agua” so I looked it up online and obviously knew we had to visit this place! It’s about an hour drive from Oaxaca City to the narrow dirt road that leads up the mountain to Hierve. The Mountain road isn’t too long but it’s a very slow drive. Because a dirt road here is the dirt road of all dirt roads and the edge of the road the whole way up is a very steep cliff, so it get interesting when a oncoming car needs to pass. But that drive alone is worth the trip because it’s SO beautiful. I just love seeing such different ways of life here, men riding horses in the middle of no where leading donkeys, goats, and dogs up the mountain, and people harvesting squash on the edge of the cliff. It’s pretty cool.

Thankfully for the drive there our kids kept their cool and we were able to enjoy the beauty of the desert. Once we got there though it was HOT, and a lot of direct sun on our pale skinned babes. We started hiking down to the pools not knowing how far it would be and feeling a little hot & bothered David said “Is it worth the walk or should we turn back now?” haha. Good thing we’re weren’t babies about it because obviously it was worth the 5 more minutes of walking.

The water wasn’t warm, contrary to the name, but it wasn’t too cold to swim in especially in the heat. Both the kids loved it. The water has a very high mineral content and is said to be healing water because of that. We all had a white coating of dried minerals on us when we left.

I don’t have a photo of it but from that cliff you can see the “petrified waterfall” which is beautiful but we definitely didn’t have the energy to hike over to that. The rock floor around the pools has openings to the underground canals that bubble up water flowing into the pool, so amazing, especially in the middle of the desert.

Skip wanted me to just let him go and crawl around here, he loves being in the water, it’s pretty cute. My semi-OCD husband was very strict about how close to the cliff edge we were allowed to get 😉

 And then two Vultures landed beside us… buhhhh bye.

The drive home was not quite as beautiful and peaceful, Skipper is good at a lot of things, sleeping in the car is not one of them… He puts up a good fight before he’ll fell asleep in his carseat. Driving in first gear the entire way down a mountain with a crying baby in the backseat isn’t my idea of a good time. But worth the trip, and I still had a bag of Sal y Limon Fritos & the worlds largest coconut in my lap to sip so I can’t complain.

Also, does anybody else’s husband have you spoon feed them while they drive…? David got a cup of very juicy fruit with chile for the car and I spent the last half of the drive putting each bite into his mouth and catching the juice from his mouth with my hand lol… true love right?

Puerto Escondido

This past weekend we flew to Puerto Escondido in Mexico. David visited this surf town 12 years ago, as a young hopeless romantic gazing into the sunset feeling like Ryan Atwood. So when we decided to move down to Mexico for the fall he said we needed to visit Puerto. We decided it would be a good idea to plan a vacation for ourselves halfway through our 4 month trip. We also came down here to do a photoshoot for a non-profit shop we will be launching soon at a location we booked in the tropical desert.

I thought the beach sounded great but getting there did not! It’s not far the way the crow flies, but there are only small winding mountain roads to get there, about a 7 hour drive that everyone we talked to confirmed your kids will vomit. Soundsssss awesome. But after some digging on the internet we found a pilot that does the flight most days in his little cessna, he books via whatsapp and you pay him cash when you land haha. My fear of small planes also made this option sound terrifying. But after hearing that he’s done this flight roughly 10,000 times (!!!) I felt a little reassured and said yolo. The plane in the photo above, was the “big” one we took home, the way there was a tiny little VW bug in the sky.

We visited the infamous surf beach, Zicatela, one morning and as beautiful as it was it was totally ruined by a little miss Poppy. She was hot, tired, and whining. We realized that our days of laying on the beach watching the waves are better saved for an adult only vacation and that hermiting ourselves at the resort for the weekend by the pool was the way to go when trying to relax with little ones.

Waking up to the sound of waves and beautiful sunrises is probably by favourite thing about the beach! Every morning I went out on the patio before the kids were up and did yoga (thanks to the French man that lent me his yoga mat) with this view, bliss!!! I could do that every day for the rest of my life and not get tired of it. Also nap times spent at a swim up bar happy hour aren’t so bad either, I’ll take those every day too.

The surf was quite rough at the beach we stayed at but that didn’t stop David from diving in. He found an old beach bum lifeguard (that talked exactly like Crush from Nemo) to take him out into the water and learn how the currents work. When he asked him if they should worry about sharks “Crush” responded with “There are plenty of fish in the sea bro…”. David said it was maybe the best 45 minutes of his life (I was slightly offended by that haha….). When we got home, he had already started looking into buying a wetsuit, as he was planning on taking up surfing lessons. As there were a lot of suits to choose from, he came across a review recommending something like the O’Neill wetsuits to buy online. You didn’t have to tell him twice. He was ready to get this and straight onto the phone to book some lessons. He was so serious about it all. I’m glad he was able to find something he loved on our trip.

It was really good to face my fear of small planes, I actually wake self up regularly from dreams of our family going down in a plane. This season of life has been all about overcoming my fears & anxieties each little one at a time, and it really is freeing. I’ve definitely learnt that there is no such thing as chasing safety, so why try.

I’ll post a video soon of more beach shenanigans and releasing baby turtles into the ocean!

Poppy These Days

Poppy is 3.5 on creeping up on 4 years old (in January). I can’t believe she has been around for the majority of our marriage now, It makes sense though, I really can’t remember what life was like before her. She is becoming funnier by the day, I really enjoy seeing her creativity and sense of humor develop. We have one rule though… no lame jokes. If the punch line to your knock knock joke is “bum bum” you will receive no pity laughs from us, try again. If you’re going to be the next Kristen Wigg you need to practice up.

Ten things about Poppy these days:

  1. Her favourite song is Nothing Compares To You by Sinead O’Connor  (yes!)
  2. The longer a dress or skirt is the better; more princess like.
  3. Underwear is usually off for the day by 11am.
  4. She likes to impersonate people while making a face like Jim Carey
  5. She won’t let me cut her hair because she’s going to look like Rapunzel
  6. She is obsessed with the idea of going to Disneyland (ever since her older cousin went)
  7. She keeps mispronouncing “Easter Egg Hunt”… She drops the “egg” all together and replaces the “H” with a “C” (I’ll let you figure that one out) I have some great videos of her saying it that are too explicit for the internet
  8. She speaks gibberish to the kids here in Mexico because she assumes its the same as Spanish
  9. Wakes up every morning yelling “I WANT TO CUDDLE MY BROTHER!!!!”
  10. If I let her dress herself she would wear the most obnoxious pink & purple sparkly dresses every single day

Our second hand travel stroller find

Travelling with kids is an art form… It takes planning and equipment. Before we left for Mexico I was a bit of the classic frazzled wife trying to get everything organized with a long do list. One of the things that was most important to me was picking up a stroller that would be convenient for travelling. A friend of mine told me about this isofix travel system that she got before she went on vacation, and this got me thinking that I too needed a new stroller for the kids. We already have two strollers at home; a single & a double – which I found by searching for the 7 Best Car Seat Strollers for Twins 2020 (although I don’t have twins, this is what came up with the best results for having two kids) – but neither of them fold up small and the double is quite heavy. So I wanted something more compact & light but we really didn’t want to spend money on one more thing for the trip.

Whenever I’m searching for baby gear I almost always look for used items first. Kijiji is a great resource in Canada for used items for pick up locally, I tend to go for used before new mainly because of the price. When kids outgrow gear so quickly it seems wasteful to spend the extra money on something new when you can likely find it in good enough condition used. It’s also always more environmentally responsible to purchase second hand.

I did my research on the top reviewed travel strollers and decided that the Joovy Caboose would be a perfect fit, and it has been! It folds up like an umbrella stroller, has one forward facing seat with a tray, a back seat for an older child to face forward or backward, and a standing board on the back which is great for Poppy so that she can just get on and off by herself.

I was so relieved when I found this stroller listed on Kijiji for $30 in our area, Score! We called the person and picked it up the next day. When you have a daunting to do list, making the tasks simple like that takes a weight off. I’m so thankful to have Kijiji as an online resource to be able to save money and find what we need because it really does make it more realistic for us to travel as a family. The $150 we saved buying this stroller used means we can spend it on a hotel room orrrr on an excessive amount of tacos.

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