cabo pulmo

best of spring — escapes, endeavors, and improvements

simultaneously sunny and stormy

simultaneously sunny and stormy

I haven’t written a general update post in awhile, and I think they’re important.

I was told recently during an argument that I have a hard time “turning off.” That simple observation stuck with me more than whatever we were fighting about, because it’s true. I think I tend to live my life at such a constant break-neck pace — a pace that ensures distraction — because I’m afraid of what will happen, or what I will feel, when I stop. I find that I’m sometimes scared of unstructured time or absolute silence, unless it’s on my own terms. I suppose that’s because I know what feelings seem to creep in during those times…feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and fear.

This spring season has offered several opportunities to reflect on that simple fact, to act on it, and to work at reversing it. The spring, true to tradition, was a time of new beginnings, cleaning (both literally and figuratively), improvements, and escapes. Here’s a look:

1. méxico escape: We booked incredibly-priced tickets to Cabo Pulmo in early May for a long weekend of vacation with Chase’s family. The trip came at the perfect time — just after a major work event, and in the depths of bipolar spring mountain weather. The trip was rejuvenating, but I also came home with the new realization that I have a hard time fully letting go and relaxing when on a brief trip, which is just not ok with me and something I’m going to work on. Regardless, the trip kicked off with an incredible (although belated after a flight delay, three u-turns and misleading road signs) at Flora Farm in San Jose del Cabo. I think I could move there tomorrow and live a happy life between the gardens, orchards, cottages, wine shop, espresso, boutiques, and crazy delicious restaurant. The rest of our Mexico time was spent fishing (although my fishing experience was hindered a bit by a double dose of dramamine), time on the beach, and great food and company. The other lesson I learned: Put sunscreen on your lips. Always.

happy to have made it on the plane!

happy to have made it on the plane!

first stop, flora farm

first stop, flora farm

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shopping for some mother's day treasures

shopping for some mother’s day treasures

had to make a stop at the wine/espresso bar

had to make a stop at the wine/espresso bar

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i think the chairs suited us well, no?

a brief awake/aware moment

a brief awake/aware moment

jenna committing to the fish

jenna committing to the fish

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cabo pulmo bound

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lighthouse beach

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it was a little too crowded…

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Pablo and Ingri

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the cruiser

2. krista detwiler, Stella & Dot Stylist: In April, I signed up to be a Stella & Dot stylist, and I am having a blast so far. I originally fell in love with their products almost exactly a year ago. I hosted a show at my home a few months later, and my admiration for Stella & Dot’s product line and business philosophy grew — I love that Stella & Dot was founded by women, for women. I work in a full-time job, which I’m very fulfilled by, but Stella & Dot offers a fun and flexible addition. My goal is to put some extra cash in the bank for my honeymoon and home improvement purchases. Check out this interview with the founder with my former classmate, Caroline Fairchild, and if you have your eye on some new jewelry and accessories or need a great gift for someone in your life, here’s my Stella & Dot page. Thank you for your support, and keep an eye out for an invite to my “Launch” show on June 14.

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3. home improvements: True to my original Marie Kondo revelation, I’ve been making an effort to make pointed home improvements. I now always have an eye for de-cluttering, and I’ve been able to better prioritize those home purchases that would, you guessed it, spark the most joy. I’ve been doing my best to pair these purchases with my very best bargain hunting so I can strike when the time is right. I purchased these world market atlantic blue dining chairs for a little drama in the dining room (complete with a feather pillow from The Gardens), as well as this incredible west elm chandelier — let there be light! My wedding registry has also created a fun opportunity to imagine my ideal home. Next up, I’m going to paint some walls! Woohoo!

stella & dot plus chandelier

stella & dot plus chandelier

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4. southfork of the snake float: More to come on this most excellent Idaho Adventure, but a group of us took advantage of the three-day weekend and spent two nights on the Southfork of the Snake River in southeastern Idaho. It was an incredible experience with great friends in a beautiful setting, with plenty of yummy camp food and lots of laughs. We can’t wait to go back again this summer for part 2!

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ultimate relaxation

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camp food done right

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hot potato

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parley’s day in paradise

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baby blue

5. wardrobe updates:  Being engaged has done some crazy things to my online shopping habits…Good thing I gravitate toward those sites that have incredible return policies (ahem, revolve, get out of my head). Here are a few of my absolute favorite purchases of late:

enida schutz heel

enida schutz heel

j brand super skinny floral pant

j brand super skinny floral pant

tularosa x revolve charmer plunge romper

tularosa x revolve charmer plunge romper

alice + olivia jaya top

alice + olivia jaya top

nasty gal carousel embroidered dress

nasty gal carousel embroidered dress

breeze to death floral kimono

breeze to death floral kimono

6. may babies and celebrations: turns out many of my favorite people were born in May. I’ve had so much fun celebrating their big days, along with nothing at all — from a “fish fry” to impromptu late night green chef meals, to hikes and dog walks, I am so thankful to be surrounded by great friends and positive people.

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the fish fry master

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coloring with the coloring master

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tori and some beautiful birthday cupcakes

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7. those brief moments: I had a moment when I was driving home from a movie last Sunday afternoon — I’d just eaten a pound of popcorn, had a movie theatre glass of wine, and laughed until my belly hurt. The sun was shining after two days of frigid snow and rain, the windows were down, and driving home was like an instagram sensation. Spring here is both brief and brilliant — the rapid growth of blossoming trees, bright green leaves, bushy wildflowers, and even weeds is the stuff of emo daydreams. Couldn’t tell you what it was, but the perfect song was playing on the radio, and I was headed home to a man (and two dogs) that love me. And basically, that was all that mattered, and in that moment, I was sublimely happy.

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Wishing you all an amazing summer. I know they can fly by, so I hope you can all pause more — like I am trying to — and enjoy the brief moments of simple perfection.

 

the baja — mexico escape

cha-se excited for some mexico fishing

cha-se excited for some mexico fishing

November in Sun Valley = slack season. Only the locals remain in town, and many of them head south to catch some final rays before the busy ski season starts.

I had been planning my escape for about 6 months, and I finally succeeded in making a plan with my two best girlfriends and their boyfriends to join me and Chase and his lovely parents at Chase’s parents’ incredible home in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico. Here’s a look at the trip — I highly recommend exploring this incredible area!

the hurricane: You may have seen the Cabo area in the headlines recently due to Hurricane Odile. Thankfully, Cabo Pulmo didn’t suffer too much damage aside from windblown satellite dishes and lots of water. The effect in November was beautiful — it was so green! The hills looked like they were coated in a deep green velvet, and the wildlife was a little out there…including tarantulas the size of my hand, other giant spiders of unknown origin, moths the size of my face, grasshoppers the length of my middle finger, and also some truly beautiful butterflies. I’d never seen anything like it! In the case of the large insects, minus the butterflies, I really don’t need to again.

the incredible foliage on a hike right by the house

the incredible foliage on a hike right by the house

cabo pulmo

cabo pulmo

cabo pulmo

cabo pulmo

cabo pulmo

cabo pulmo

cabo pulmo

cabo pulmo

cabo pulmo

the preserve: All that aside, Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, is a true gem. It’s about 1.5 hours north east of Cabo San Lucas (where all those crazy kids go to rage during spring break) and located on a marine preserve. You access the town after about 40 minutes of winding dirt road flanked with skinny vacas, topes (aggressive speed bumps) and lots of local flair. Cabo Pulmo is run on solar power and generators, has a bustling recycling system, three scuba diving businesses, four restaurants with charmingly unreliable hours, and is free of pesticides and other toxic chemicals to preserve the incredible sea life. There’s a true Idaho and Ketchum connection there, and the population is comprised of both gringos and Mexicans.

Our favorite stops are The Coral Reef and La Palapa — both have great food and great local service!

the coral reef

the coral reef

the beaches: Find your beach. Every beach in the area is like your own private Corona commercial. It’s uncommon to see another soul on the same beach, especially one that camps out right next to you. Our favorites are Lighthouse Beach, Rincón and Arbilitos.

mermaid beach — it's about a 15 minute sea-side walk to this secluded, protected beach

mermaid beach — it’s about a 15 minute sea-side walk to this secluded, protected beach

lighthouse looking toward cabo pulmo

lighthouse looking toward cabo pulmo

lighthouse beach

lighthouse beach

the water was about 85 degrees — like bathwater!

the water was about 85 degrees — like bathwater!

beach camp at cabo plum

beach camp at lighthouse

the snorkeling in cabo pulmo is incredible!

the snorkeling in cabo pulmo is incredible! Especially from Arbilitos beach

the fare: A trip to Cabo Pulmo = clean, simple living. The days consist of fruit salad, smoothies and coffee for breakfast (with some occasional bacon), sandwiches or tacos made from leftovers for lunch on the beach, totopes (tortilla chips), fresh made salsa and guac, insanely delicious and fresh corn and flour tortillas and fresh caught fish (either via bait, spear gun, or fly rod). And then…There are Steve’s/Pablo’s margaritas. These things are legendary for a reason.

Taggart with some pompano

Taggart with some pompano

some incredible tuna that we enjoyed back in Idaho

some incredible tuna that we enjoyed back in Idaho

the trip to town: While I’m appreciative of the pace and simple living that Cabo Pulmo brings, the company and atmosphere isn’t very varied, and the “culture” is very quiet. A trip to San José, which is close to the airport, is always a great call. It has a charming, almost European feel, which is filled with a pretty church, a central square, lots of art galleries, a brewery and some great restaurants.

There’s an art walk most Thursdays in the evening, and the past two years, we’ve eaten at Mi Casa, which has an incredible outdoor patio, delicious food and great gift shops. Baja Brewery is a must-see — their peyote and mango wheat beer are incredible, and their t-shirts make for a great souvenir gift.

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baja brewing company

baja brewing company

san jose del cabo

the square at san jose del cabo at sunset

the square at san jose del cabo at sunset

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the great company: I was thrilled to spend the week with Chase’s incredible parents, my best friend from home, Kacie, her boyfriend Taggart, who is also great friends with Chase (we introduced them in high school), my best friend from college, Jen, and her boyfriend, Carson, who is an Idaho boy. It was a great group, and I hope to take a trip with all of them again soon!

carson and jen

carson and jen

kacie and tag

kacie and tag

papita, a cute dog that we befriended on the beach

papita, a cute dog that we befriended on the beach

a mignon friend we found at a Mexican grocery store

a mignon friend we found at a Mexican grocery store

the hosts: A huge shoutout and thank you to Ingri and Steve for hosting so many groups of crazy kids throughout the years. what a special place! We are so lucky to be able to share it with you.

cheers krista

 

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