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JimmyBo and Family Cruise Over New Years

Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:48 am

This past December was my parents 30th anniversary so they decided to take all their "kids" on a Mexican Riviera Cruise. The stops were in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta with 3 freakin days at sea. I am not a fan with days at sea since this cruise ship wasn't really that big and there wasn't much to do after the first day at sea. I got a new camera for Christmas since my other one decided to crap out on me at Cedar Point earlier this year. Most of these pictures are me getting use to the new settings on my camera. Enjoy

Boarding the Ship and Day 1
After finding out from Cassie's parents that it snowed earlier in Tucson we headed to the ship to head to paradise. My mom always likes to get to the ship earlier so we can check it out before all the huge crowds of old people show up and slow everything down.

On to the pictures for more of the story...
Here we are getting on the ship. Dad, Cassie, Me, Mom, Meg and Jeff
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Here's our ship, it's a midget compared to the one Robb and Elissa were on. Or to be PC, it's a little guy
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Here's our room. We styaed in the Royal Suite because we have connections unlike Big Mike says he does.
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More of the suite and Cassie running away to check out more of this huge room
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The Master bedroom compete with mirror on the ceiling just like those "fancy" rooms in Las Vegas
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Another view from the master bedroom looking out to the balcony and main room
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This is half of the bathroom. The other half had another sink and the crapper. This portion had two sinks, 3 cabinets for towels, jacuzzi bathtub and shower with three shower heads
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Jacuzzi Bathtub and shower with 3 shower heads. which you can turn on all at once (which is how everyone should take a shower in the morning)
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Balcony with a beautiful view of Los Angeles harbor and the smell of fart
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BTW, there was a working grand piano in our room complete with a mirror on the ceiling for when youa re playing some awesome solo's
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Cassie testing out the piano. It works! You could even set it to play music for you and it moved the keys just like in the Haunted Mansion
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View from our balcony
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Alright, enough of our awesome room, time to check out the "little guy" ship
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Shuffle Bored...yes, spelled that way for a reason
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The Viking Crown lounge where the was much dancing and booze to be had later
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Smoke Stack for all those smoke stack enthusiasts
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Looking up in the centrium
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Looking down in the centrium. They still had Christmas displays out for those that celebrate Christmas and are not Jewish
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Cassie checks out the gingerbread houses
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Pretty amazing piece of artwork if you believe in Santa Claus
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Jeff posing with a very happy looking jester
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Time to check out the Casino when it's not filled with smoke or people losing money
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These slots are about to get a workout. People pulling on their shafts and slapping the sides of their faces and screaming profanaites at them. It's an all out orgy once these slots open up
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Take a note: You tend to lose your mind when visiting the Casion on Cruise Ships
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Checking out another lounge and dance floor in the back of the boat
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Here's the Theater where the best thing in here is that they played Dark Knight at 12am everynight. Other than that, the shows usually really suck hardcore
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Meg chillin in the Theater waiting for Dark Knight to start playing in about 8 hours
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Here's our dining room. Take note people: Second seating is usually better because the waiters don't feel as rushed and if there are extras of anything they usually bring them out to you. I got 5 servings of escargot one night and three servings of some fancy desert. Second seating is the way to go!
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View from our table. The ceiling reminds me of Posieden Adventure when the ship flips over and one guy falls of a table and into lights on the ceiling that look like that. Great flick to watch before youtake a cruise...along with Speed 2:Cruise Control
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Cassie getting ready to the stupid "Here's your lifeboat and we are taking roll-call" Drill
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The proper way to wear a life jacket
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At the drill. Yeah, I didn't have a life jacket in my room so if the boat were to sink now I would have to pull a Jack from Titanic and tough it out. Titanic, another great film to watch before a cruise!
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Meg very unpleased that her brother doesn't have a life jacket.
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Walking back to the room Jeff had to use a tissue from this very large tissue box
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Our room was so cool, we could talk to the captain since the bridge was right next to our balcony. The captain was from Hungary
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Bon Voyage! Let's get the hell out of LA before we get shot
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I'm looking for the real drinks behind our very own wet bar.
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Cassie's first cruise ever...let's hope this goes well. And me, when I'm just glad there are drinks to be had
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Good bye port of LA, you suck
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As the sun slowly sets in the West and a light house can be seen in the near distance...
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...two people have already dranken to much champagne
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The sunset to darkness...eerie
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The first night was Formal Night. Why? I don't know but they made us dress up
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The real family picture
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No one can tell us to behave at dinner!
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It was disco rama Night that night too. Dancing Queen! Yes, I just quoted ABBA and no, I have not seen Mama Mia even though it played 3 times a day every day on the cruise.
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Like Father like Daughter. Scary!
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Jeff's having a good time with his very very dirty Martini
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That's the end that night...Next up, a day at sea
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Day at Sea #1 starts with wine tasting!
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Meg watching to make sure she gets enough wine
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While Cassie and I walk around the ship. Wine is not our cup of tea...actually I wouldn't like tea either. Give me a beer any time
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Checking on the rest of the group...yep, still wine tasting
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That was our Day at Sea #1. Very exciting. Here's dad looking for whales (which we saw quite a few)
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The sun sets over the ocean, the green flash appears (if you don't know what the green flash is than wikipedia it) and next stop Cabo San Lucas
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Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:43 am

Cabo San Lucas

I've been to this place before and I must say that the snorkeling here was probably the best that I have seen. But since I already did the snorkeling thing Cassie and I decided to ride horses along the beach. The rest of the family went off-roading in Jeep. The only bad about Cabo is that it looks a lot like Arizona but with a beach and ocean.

On to the pictures for more of the story...
Here's the view from our balcony of Cabo
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It was the day of my parents anniversery so they open our gift to them...a family portrait
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Getting off the ship they usually take your pictures with some stupid mascot. Here it was with a dolphin. But the picture guy was so amazed at Jeff's height he wanted a picture with him. Funny little asians
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This store is in Tucson. It's true! Cabo is like Arizona but with a beach and less Mexicans walking the streets
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It's the Fiesta Ship. Party on this thing and you have experienced Cabo in it's true fashion
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More of the port at Cabo...here's a lighthouse for housing light
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Hard Rock Cafe, Burger King and around the corner was Johnny Rocket's. Ok this isn't like Arizona because we aren't cool enough to have a Hard Rock Cafe
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Mom, Da, Meg and Jeff take off to fo off roading in the desert. I said I could do that at home so why do it in Cabo?
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"Time to burn some dust. Eat my rubber!" Quote the movie.
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Dad is a little excited about getting some airtime in a Jeep
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See the little white sheep on the cliff. He was stuck there and the rest of the group just kept walking
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They stopped at a church to pay respects to Jesus because the Jews killed him.
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Then they drove by a Starbucks. Oh how Cabo is so Americanized
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Alright, time to open up this puppy and really haul ass
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Meg and Jeff are having a blast going over jumps and fishtailing all over the place.
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They stop at a school where Meg, a teacher, checks out the differences between American Teaching and Mexican Teaching
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The kids had a Christmas Tree because they aren't Jewish
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"You're doing it wrong!"
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That was the end of off-roading...Time to check out what Jim and Cassie are doing
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Cassie and I took an hour long bus ride to this ranch out in the middle of BFE
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We are here to ride horses. Cassie had the smallest horse but the most pissed off one as well
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Cassie and her horse. The story behind her horse is that when the horse behind her would get close her horse would buck back and kick the horse in the face. Amusement to me but not to Cassie because her horse was PMSing and had boundary issues
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Me riding a horse in Mexico...with my new 5 dollar sunglasses on
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Sure looks like Arizona minus the Manchester, UK tourist in front of me. Maybe she's a friend of Lou
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Hey look, Cactus. Just like in Arizona. BORING!
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I added this picture in because at this moment the lady in the red lost her hat, it fell to the ground and then all the horses walked over it. She left it there
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My horse, he was the sh*t
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We finally get to the beach...very pretty beach but not good for swimming because there was a massive current
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Cassie riding along the beach and her horse is doing ok so far
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Horse and a dog, they make a cute couple
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Cassie and I on the beach riding horses.
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Just down the beach, the family was taking a picture. Their tour stopped on the same beach. Crazy!
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Making our way back to the stable
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Here's a Mexican Cowboy, more authentic than an American Cowboy
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Time to take the tender back to the ship. If you don't know what a tender is, Wikipedia it.
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Cassie and I going back to the ship
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This is the famous "Lover's Beach" and "Los Arcos" of Cabo San Lucas. It's basically why people come to Cabo except for Cabo Wabo
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The captain's ready to leave, the sun is setting...let's get the hell outta here
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Beautiful sunset that evening
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Here's my future yacht, complete with helicopter and helipad on the back.
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Los Arcos at sunset. Postcard picture I am selling to Cabo for 50 pesos (A cheaper version of 50 cent)
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As the sun sets down in Cabo...
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...it's time to celebrate Mom and Dad's 30th wedding anniversary
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Time to get crazy!
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Even my dad's getting into it
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I might as well join in on the fun too
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Jeff's waiving his napkin flag for the party!
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Even the entire waiting staff of the dining room sings to my parents. We have the connections unlike Big Mike! Top that Big Mike! (And being on Jay Leno doesn't count)
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Our waiter, Michael, was awesome and taught us how to fold napkins every night
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Time for cake! Hell yes!
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I guess the other guys need some cake too!
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Sun sets and next up is Mazatlan
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Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:16 am

Home of Pacifico Brewery. This place really didn't much to offer, Cassie and I went kayaking around an island, Mom and Dad drove ATV's on the beach, and Meg and Jeff went on a Tequila Factory Tour. Again, this place had nothing. It was all about later that night because it was New Years.

On to the pictures for more of the story...
Mazatlan sells cars. I really really cheap cars too. If you get hit by a bike in these thing they blow up.
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Mazatlan is famous for really large statues of mariachi players
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Scratch that, it's famous for Pacifico, the best mexican beer since piss.
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Cassie and I kayaking around an island. Or should I say, I'm kayaking around an island...Cassie just went along for the ride.
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Behind Cassie is where we kayaked from...only about 30 minutes away
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I look happy but I definitely got my workout in for the day since I don't have my Wii Fit with me
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After the kayaking we got to chill is this exclusive hut
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Again, we got the hookups and VIP treatment. Big Mike is a fake
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That island out there...that's what we kayaked to and around and back again
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Cassie on the beach in Mexico
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Aww, how sweet. We made our mark in the sand
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We got a couple hours to kill, time to relax
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Totally relaxed and almost ate a palm bush
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On the other side of the island my parents got on some ATV's to drive on the beach
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My dad saying, "When are we going to drive on the beach?"
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"Ok, beach. Who cares? We have this at home. Can I please drive this ATV along the beach now?"
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Don't come across the bandita on an ATV or she will run into. She'll run into you because she's a female driver on an ATV...god help us all!
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Cassie and I are awokened from some loud sound coming off in the distance
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Sure enough it was my parents driving along the beach. I think my mom was a little excited to drive an ATV...the other 5 people she hit while driving, not so much excited
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Time to take a party tender back to the cruise ship
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Take a note: This was the first time 4 cruise ships were in port at the same time in Mazatlan and they are building another docking pier so one day they could have a total of 6 cruise ships in port. Funny thing, it didn't seem that crowded that day.
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On the way back we saw someone's catch. Poor Florida Marlins, they will never be as good as when they had Josh Beckett and Dontrelle Willis
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Meg and Jeff started their day at the Mexican 7-11. It's OXXO
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Jeff got the normal goodies everyone should have before tasting tequila
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First they visited a local church on a hill
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Is it just me, or does Jeff look like a cardboard cutout in this picture
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They drive by some Blue Agave. Do you know what comes from Blue Agave? If not then Wikipedia it
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They arrive at the tequila factory ready for some tequila
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Inside the factory where they have you sit and you drink tequila and dance to the song Tequila just like in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
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Hey look, Blue Agave. Still don't know what comes from Blue Agave?
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TEQUILA! This is a drum on tequila. It is so tall that Meg had Jeff take a picture from the top because it was taller than Meg.
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Tequila tasting. How many do you think Jeff has had already?
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Meg sipping her tequila
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On the way back they visit a local shoe maker. He makes the Nike's of Mexico
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It's totally want I pictured a Mexican Nike to look like. Michael Jordan would kill to have some of these
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Jeff on the beach with Deer Island in the background.
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Meg on the beach in Mexico
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The tour guide said they would get snacks. If this is a snack then what the hell is a meal? ACEers would love this place
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The sun is setting on the last day of 2008
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Leaving port and I'm pretty tired from rowing all day
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Setting up for the perfect picture of the last sunset of 2008
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Instead of a sunset, there was a huge fireball off in the distance. Did Fugi-Q finally get the atomic bomb? Did Pacifico finally realize their beer tasted like urine and blow up the factory? Did all the deers on Deer Island spontaneously combust at the same time?
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After the fireball came the real sunset
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Sun sets, and it's New Years Eve night and another formal night
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Since we were in the Royal Suite we had a photographer come to our room to take pictures for us. We are one sexy family
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Hot damn, we are extremely good looking
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A little celebration before dinner and craziness was about to happen
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Next up, New Years. And yes, all that champagne had to be dranken and I was one to drink quite a few
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Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:23 pm

Oh man .. fantastic pictures, and it looks like you guys were having an amazing time. I think I will be in line behind you to purchase that yacht with the heli-pad!


PS: Did anyone else get a little excited at the site of a giant barrel of Tequila??

Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:37 pm

Cameron wrote:PS: Did anyone else get a little excited at the site of a giant barrel of Tequila??


That is a crap load of amazing pitures, Jimmy. One of the best TR's I've seen in a long time!

Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:40 pm

Dude! New Years on a cruise! That rocks! It looks like you all had a blast. I can't wait to see the rest. =)

Oh and Te-kill-ya! And drinking! and ATVs! and drinking! and eating! and visiting churches cause the Jews killed Jesus! and drinking! :Pr

Guy "Cruises are sexy!" Koepp

Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:44 pm

I was on that ship in 2004!!!
I do miss Puerto Vallarta and those
Bimbo Donas Snacks!!! :cry: :lover: :dude:

Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:30 pm

Oh Lover's Beach in Cabo. Jasmine and I once got stranded out there when our water taxi driver decided not to come back and pick us up. We were stranded with three drunk Mexican men from Tijuana and ended up sharing a taxi with a Mexican family of 15 other people. I was the only white one on the boat. What an experience!

Thanks for the great pictures!

Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:38 pm

Jimbo Dude laying down the challenge to Big Mike about whos VIP status is higher!!! LOL

It's on Buddy!

I will officially admit defeat in the girlfriend catagory as you really lucked out and Cassie is getting cuter every time I see her!

Thanks for the 3 shout outs :)

Glad you had a great time pal, but who are we kidding here, you would rather be hanging with me because you KNOW Big Mike is the ultra VIP!

Peace, Big Mike

Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:29 am

Ok, first the awesomeness of Elissa and Robb's cruise, now THIS! Those are some really gorgious shots and panaramas.

Seriously awesome!
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