We are back! We had a wonderful vacation on the Carnival Cruise Ship. This was our first REAL trip together; no family, no friends, just us. I thought I would share some of my favorite beard photo’s from the trip. I know, having the word “favorite” and “beard” in the same sentence doesn’t seem like me but I have grown (har har) to live with it. Keep on reading to find some descriptions of the photos:
1. Beard just boarding the ship:
It was really a smooth process to board the ship. We drove from AZ to Long Beach at around 6AM, arrived at around 12:30, gave our luggage to the port people, waited in line and we were in the lunch buffet line by 1:30. This photo was right after lunch (Garrett had a cheeseburger and I had some mongolian; nom) and since we were a bit sleepy from the drive over, we both had some coffee. We were going to get our money’s worth in food. Eating 24/7.
2. The beard on formal night:
This was the second night on the ship. Garrett can really clean himself up. The beard, not so much. That dinner was delicious though. It was lobster night. Garrett doesn’t really care for seafood so he had steak. I had lobster, 2 of them actually. The older gentleman who was one of our table mates had 4. He ruled.
3. The beard on a fancy elevator:
I surprisingly really like the theme of this cruise ship. It was very art deco in architecture and color. You can sort of see it in this photo with that turquoise egg. I enjoyed the look of the elevator and it’s hard to get a full length picture of us (as there are only two of us and you don’t want to ask tons of people to take a photo).
4. Beard on a bike:
This was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. The first stop was at Catalina Island. We didn’t book any excursions through the ship, we decided to take our chances on land (especially because it’s expensive through the ship sometimes). We rented bikes for only $5 each and rode around the island. Most of it was uphill so it was a bit of a work out. We stopped at “lovers cove” to rest and take some photos. It was so much fun. Afterwards we got some chips, salsa, and guacamole at a local place, went back on the boat, and ate lunch. (Then took a nap, woke up, and ate some more)
5. Beard at sea:
This was taken on our last day, which was a day at sea. It was in the morning right after breakfast. Since the Beard has been in the humidity, it was a bit frizzy.
6. Beard in Ensenada, Mexico:
This was on the 3rd day, where our stop was Ensenada. This was my first time to Mexico. We didn’t have anything planned and found a semi-sketchy shuttle to La Bufadora (apparently it is the largest blowhole in the world) and a flea market. I was expecting a geyser, but what can you do. This was $15 each. If we had booked it through the ship it would have been $32 each. This photo was taken while walking through the flea market. The vendors would YELL at you to come into their stores; it was a little scary, especially because you didn’t know who was going to scam you. We knew the vendors were yelling at us when they screamed “Hey Fidel! Come in here!!” or “Mr. Whiskers, HEY MR. WHISKERS!” Hilarious.
7. Beard in the sun:
This was what we basically did on our day at sea. It was nice to lay outside and not sizzle in the sun. Here is Garrett and the Beard relaxing and reading his guitar repair book.
**If anyone is keeping count there are about 4 months left of beard growing**