Guess what!

I went to Mexico and got engaged!

And lucky you, I have tons of pictures to share.

Steve, his sister Amy, her husband Chad, and I spent 9 wonderful days on a cruise along the Mexican Riviera.  We left port from San Diego and headed to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, back to Cabo San Lucas, and then finished the excursion with an entire day devoted to Puerto Vallarta.

I'll do my best to narrate along with the photos.

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Cabo doesn't have a port large enough for cruiseships, so we shuttled over in tenders.

Hi, Amy!

During our shuttle, we passed El Arco, the extreme southern end of the Mexican Riviera.  It is also a hot spot for sea lions, as you'll see later.

In order to get to get around, just find a water taxi driver and he can zip you anywhere you would like to go.  Sure, you could walk, but some places, such as Lover's Beach, are completely remote.  No restaurants, no shops--just beach, surf, and your loved one.  We enjoyed breakfast (huevos rancheros!) at The Office with Amy and Chad before heading over to Lover's Beach.

Now I know why he's smiling...

See that little cave to the right?  That's where he proposed!  I had photographed it along the way.  Coincidence?  Destiny?

At this point we had gotten off the water taxi,  and started to walk towards the cave.  I-oblivious at this point-started to go off on my own to explore and shoot the rocks while Steve was laying down a beach towel.  I should have known that something was up, since Steve and I tend to be on-the-go type of people.

He called me over and, to my surprise, pulled out two champagne glasses and offered me champagne.  Yes, I'm still oblivious at this point.  We have a moment together, sitting, drinking champagne, watching the water taxis float by when he repositions himself and props up on his knees.  'What's he doing?' I thought and looked over at him, still oblivious, only to see him holding a tiny white ring box in his hands.

Normally, I'm a pretty laid back person.

Nothing really phases me.

Until this happened.

Tears immediately began streaming down my face and I turned into a huge mess, saying "Oh my God, yes!"  I lunged at him, we embraced, and I kept crying and thinking, 'Oh my God did I just get engaged in Mexico? I just got engaged in Mexico!! I gotta call my mom!'

We had gone on casual ring shopping excursions before, but I couldn't really decide on a style that I liked.  Still, I trusted that I would "know it when I saw it".  The problem being that I was on a tight deadline and had no idea!  So, Steve used his grandmother's ring to propose to me until we got back to the States.  How sweet is that?!  It was such an honor to be given such a special gift, I loved it!

When I regained composure, we asked another couple to take our picture.  And here  is our first official engagement picture...  :)

We packed our things and headed back to the main part of Lover's Beach so we could relax and recharge before heading out to explore Cabo San Lucas!

But that didn't last long...

I love you so much, Steven!  Thank you for being my best friend, my mentor, my #1 fan, my everything.  I can't wait to "take only photographs, and leave only footprints" with you.  I'll always be your girl :)

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(More pictures to come)

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