After a crazy wedding week, a relaxing honeymoon week, and a few days spent organizing our lives again, Todd and I are back to share our stories with you! I know I told you that I would fill you in on EVERYTHING wedding, which I will; however, I think that I should tell you all about our honeymoon so you will be able to read the tales that go with the pictures that Todd put up! (Make sure to head over to the menu, and look for the "Honeymoon" tab!)
The Wednesday after our wedding, Todd and I woke up (way too early) to head to the airport to catch our first flight of the day! We left the new and improved Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, in Wichita at 6:00 am to head to Atlanta! In Atlanta, we boarded a plane that took us to Montego Bay, Jamaica! We had no trouble catching our flights or maneuvering through the airports! It was a great day of traveling!
What made our travels especially easy was that our travel agent, Mary Johnson (Bless Her!!), hooked us up with what called "Club Mobay" in the Montego Bay airport. We got off our plane and headed toward customs. Before we reached customs, we met an airport worker holding a sign with our names on it! She helped us get to where we needed to be, let us jump two-hour long lines, guided us to a lounge with free food, drinks, an wifi, and helped us find the bus to our resort! If you are heading to Jamaica, look into this! It is worth the small fee, trust me!
Once we loaded the bus to our resort, we had an hour and a half long drive to Ocho Rios, where our resort, The Jewel Dunn's River Resort and Spa, was located. Along the drive, we stopped a few times to let other groups, going to other resorts, off at their stops! This ride was quite the experience. Jamaican's drive on the left side of the road. If you ask them, "The left side is the right side. The right side is suicide." So, not only was that different, but each driver droves as if they owned the road; passing, honking, turning, etc. whenever they saw fit! Luckily, my trip to India, back in college, prepared me for this. Todd, however, was in awe, saying, "These guys use horns how they were meant to be used!"
We were at our resort for a total of five days and six nights. We left our resort twice for excursions! At our resort we: explored, ate amazing food multiple times a day, drank at the many different bars and tried many different rum-filled drinks, listened to plenty or reggae music, watched some reggae dancing, swam in the two pools and the BEAUTIFUL OCEAN, lounged, read, and napped on the beach, watched a cabaret show, watched a steel-drum band (FREAKIN' AMAZING!!!), talked to and ate with some awesome couples, slept in, golfed at a pitch and put golf course, and lived a "No problem, Mon" lifestyle! Everyone who worked at the resort, was so friendly. Todd and I were treated so nicely, and we were so well taken care of!
Todd and I went on two excursions! First we went to what was called "Chukka river tubing." We loaded a bus and had what was the scariest 30 minute bust trip of my life. Extremely narrow, cracked, hole-filled roads with a rock wall going up on one side, and a fall a couple stories, straight down on the other side. On this road, full-sized buses would honk a greeting at each other, and the PASS EACH OTHER.
Once we got to the river, our experience with the tubing group and guides was so much fun! We laughed, screamed, bonded with our group, and swam in and floated down a beautiful and refreshing river! (Go check out pictures in the "Honeymoon" tab of our website menu.)
The other excursion we went on was the highest recommended by the resort staff and Jamaicans we talked to. We drive ten minutes from our resort to the Dunn's River Falls; large waterfalls on the Dunn's River that drained into the ocean. We had an awesome group and very spirited, experienced guides that helped make this excursion as fun and as safe as possible. So we walked down a large concrete staircase to the beach/ocean (where there were hundreds of locals enjoying the fresh water), got hyped up with our group, joined hands, and began climbing up the waterfall (again, filled with hundreds of locals!) This experience was my favorite, and one of Todd's favorite parts of the trip! In our water shoes, we climbed up the legit, sometimes slippery, rushing water-filled rocks of the falls! We climbed next to a group of four older ladies who were on a friend trip to Jamaica! We laughed, helped, and cheered each other up the falls. Along the falls, there were: different small pools to lounge or swim in, smaller waterfall areas to play in, a small nature-made water side, and an area where we did a backwards trust fall into the water! I would highly recommend this excursion, if you are planning a trip to Jamaica!
There are so many more details I wish I could share with you; however, this post would be about five times longer, if I would write everything that we saw, ate, and did! Please check out our honeymoon pictures. Again, they don't capture every detail, but they give you a better look at our trip!!
Watch our for the next post! Since the day after Todd and I's wedding, I have wanted to tell you about my dad and I's father/daughter dance! I know you'll love it as much as I did!