Entries Tagged as 'ferry'

Brian and Sara’s Wedding Ceremony

March 17th, 2012 · No Comments

Waiting for the boat at the Mocambo Restaurant.

Our ride, the Caribbean Princess.

View of isla from the ferry.

Larry, Josh, Brett, Todd and Marty boarding the boat.


“I’m on a boat!”

Andy couldn’t resist the pole!

Arriving at Zama.

The seating cards were inserted into limes. Neat idea!

The menu – Tixin-Xic Fish, Carne Asada, Potatoes au Gratin, Steamed Vegetables.

Emily & Mitch

Christine, me, Vanessa

Damian & Vanessa

Josh, Lynda, and Trevor getting drinks.

Kilmer & Jess were in our row for the ceremony.

Vanessa & Lynda were in front of us.



Brian and Officiant Josh.

Todd, Danielle, Nate

Adam & Chloe

Mike & Carrie

Sara & her parents

Sara & her parents

Sara & her parents

Sara & her mom

Josh did a great time conducting the ceremony.

Danielle, Chloe, Carrie

The Rings

The Kiss


Sara and Brian were married at the Zama Beach Club, which is a gorgeous venue located on the shores of the secluded Sac Bajo area of Isla Mujeres. To get to Zama, all of the wedding guests took a short walk from our hotel, Ixchel Beach Hotel, to the Magana Dock, which is next to the Mocambo Restaurant. While many of the ladies preferred to be in the enclosed lower level of the boat so they didn’t mess their hair up, I thought the open upper deck was the place to be. The ride was really fun and very beautiful. Even if I did have to watch Andy pole dance (not so beautiful).

Upon arrival at Zama, we all walked down a long pier to get to the beach club. There was a big open palapa with a bar and a marble dance floor, a smaller palapa where we’d be having dinner, and seating set up on the beach for the ceremony. There was a bit of time (15 or 20 minutes) before the ceremony was to start, so of course, everyone got drinks… which we still had while being seated and watching the ceremony. If you know any of these people, this is not odd!

The guys were all dressed in casual suits with tropical flowers on their lapels and the girls all had gorgeous, long, plum-colored dresses. Sara looked beautiful, of course, in her long, strapless gown, carrying flowers whose colors coordinated with the girl’s dresses. Josh was the wedding officiant and conducted a very heartfelt ceremony that included both Mayan traditions and personal touches that you’d only know if you were friends with Brian and Sara. Very nice.

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Ferry to Isla Mujeres

March 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments

The ferry boat.

Looking back at the Gran Puerto.

Singer on the ferry.

The shuttle director gave Vanessa and I these roses.

Dallas and me.

Damian and Vanessa

Todd gave me and Vanessa and all our luggage a ride to the hotel in his golf cart. The others walked.

View from the cart.

Dallas and I took a long weekend trip to Mexico for our friends Brian and Sara’s wedding. I had been in Mexico when I lived in San Diego, but just on short day trips and just down in the Baja California area. Brian and Sara got married on the tiny island of Isla Mujeres, a four-mile long island off the coast of Cancun.

Damian and Vanessa were our traveling partners on this trip. We booked the same flights and even had adjoining rooms at the hotel. I liked traveling with them and it was nice to have some friends with us to figure everything out. The flight to Cancun was pretty simple. It’s only four hours from Chicago and is in the same time zone so there is no jetlag. After going through customs, we got a shuttle to the ferry in Puerto Juarez. The ferry took us to Isla Mujeres, where we spent the next five days.

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Ferries, Trains and Cable Cars

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments


Damien, Rachelle

Looking back at Sausalito

Another view from the ferry

…. and we’re off!

After hanging out in Sausalito, Dallas and Billy drove home while Ging, Damien and I took the ferry to San Francisco. Damien loves all forms of transportation – train, boat, airplane, cable car – probably because his mom specializes in transportation and traffic management! Oh, except the car. He hates his car seat (“Ouchie, too tight!” haha).

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco

Alcatraz Island

Pulling into the Port of San Francisco

Bay Bridge

The ferry is a passenger ferry (no cars like the ferries I took around Seattle and Maine) and goes from Sausalito across the bay to San Francisco. Damien was super excited to ride on “the big boat”! Ging said they’d never taken the ferry before, so I was glad to do something they hadn’t done 100 times.

Ferry Building

Boccalone – I liked their tagline, “Tasty Salted Pig Parts”

Blue Bottle Coffee

Latte from Blue Bottle Coffee

The ferry we took is also a commuter ferry on weekdays for people who live in Sausalito and work in San Francisco, or vice versa. On the San Francisco side you get out by the Ferry Building, which has an awesome high-end marketplace. It would be so nice to get out here and grab dinner or flowers or coffee or whatever every day. So nice, and so broke. I happened to see Blue Bottle Coffee, which I knew from Steve is all the rage in San Francisco these days. The line was obnoxious, but Ging wanted to get Damien some Caio Bella sorbet anyway, so I gave it a whirl. I got a latte and a decaf latte for Ging (and the baby!). They were so delicious! I also grabbed 2 bags of whole-bean coffee for home.

The Embarcadero

Ferry Building

Occupy San Francisco

Ging and I had a loose plan to walk up to Telegraph Hill to check out the wild parrots, but it was getting late.. and dark. We ended up just walking along The Embarcadero for a bit then taking the cable car (Damien’s favorite after airplanes) back to the Ferry Building where we got on the BART train (Damien’s favorite after cable cars) back out to the East Bay. Oh, and before the BART ride we passed through Occupy San Francisco, which Ging said has been very peaceful, organized, self-sustaining and clean. No run-ins with police like in other cities.

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