Rocky Point, Mexico: An Invite to Family Traditions

I’ve been a bit quiet lately; forgive me, this mommyship took sail to Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, a small fishing/resort city on the Sea of Cortez.  While it’s also known for its dune-backed Sandy Beach and Bahía la Choya’s tidal pools. Donna’s family might also tell you it’s perfect for swimming, seashell hunting, and yes hermit crab hunting too, who can forget the high-speed diving pelicans, spirited dolphins, and my friends long lost seal Shelly (who did not pay her a visit on this trip). Honestly, this is just a tiny description of what one can experience while frolicking in the Sea of Cortez! It’s no wonder her family has been visiting for over 30 years! And this is no tiny family–Donna’s parents have 19 great grandchildren and still counting! I should also mention aunts, uncles, and friends who they call family. Seriously, this is no tiny gathering, and I am blessed and thankful for the invite.  

Where did we stay? Why the Play De Oro of course.  It’s a simple RV campsite that sits adjunct to the beach–making seaside adventures quickly accessible. Did you hear that? Yes the beach is perhaps 50 ft away–so I don’t know if that appeals to your family or not, but it was extremely convenient when we forgot the sunscreen in the tent, or if we just wanted to pop down to the beach because the dolphins were carrying on a show, as we did not have far to trek! 

Yet, the  magic of this family vacation is gathering everyone together to simply bond. Why not explore together and find a way to make it a family event! Better yet make it a tradition so everyone can depend on the expectation that FAMILY TIME will happen.” It’s cliche I know, but “life is short.” I meet so many people who say they are not close to their families.  Perhaps traditions like this one can help families bond. Families are no different from teams: you have to work at building a strong foundation in order to strengthen the base of the family.  As Walt Disney said, A man should never neglect his family for business. 

On that note, you’ll have to stay tuned for more about my own family who could not visit with me. I have not mentioned until now, but my husband is active duty Air Force and unfortunately is not authorized travel through Mexico’s border.  He’ll be retiring very soon, and he’s already heard about the beauty that lays at the Sea of Cortez.

Until then, please enjoy these pictures! Donna and I had so much fun playing around with photography (pictures below are taken by both of us)–I think I might have a new hobby!  I have quite a few impressive photographers in my own family; maybe they’ll be happy to hear that all their commentary is finally swaying me to have patience for the right shot. 🙂


Tide Pool: where the adventures of tide pooling await.

dsc03836 “I just love mermaids. I was a mermaid in my past life. I just feel it when I go in the sea. I just feel a connection there between me, and the water, and the fish – they speak to me – and the shells – they ring out to me.” Ella Henderson

Shhh…I think Donna may, in fact, be a mermaid. 


Tide-pooling in action: the hunt for hermit crabs. Donna’s grandchildren, Briana, Ariel, Johnnie, and Logan (front to back).


Ariel and her hermit crab. 


I had to take a picture of this guy! He looked so stoic and in charge!  Sergeant Major fish beware!


Audrea: even with all the adventures, there is nothing like a mother’s love.

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Cheyenne (Donna’s youngest daughter)and Audrea: an aunt’s love will do too!

imgp5005Donna and Heidi (oldest daughter)“Every mother and daughter should make time for a trip together. It’s good for the soul.” Anne Robinson


Julio and Heidi: “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” David Viscott


Donna’s parents, Thomas and Janice with Audrea: the 18th grand-baby… “Say cheese!”

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” Alex Haley


Me…thank you for stopping by. Be sure to comment on your ideas for family bonding. 🙂

18 thoughts on “Rocky Point, Mexico: An Invite to Family Traditions

  1. Thank you Sharon for joining our family vacation, but then you have been included since the day I met you. You and your family ARE family and as complicated and chaotic as a family can be the utmost important thing to remember is unconditional love and to share in the smallest of things for they are the greatest of the moments in one’s life. And yes, I think I may be a mermaid. Lol.

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      1. Hopefully without the expectation of the perfect vacation! You know that might be an interesting blog–you the Griswold at heart. Could be fun! 😊

        And great movies! A Griswold Christmas is family tradition in our house. Almost that time of year too!

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      1. Yes a good camera helps, but you don’t have to have a great one. Lighting matters and removing any noise from the photos. I’m in a family of amateur photographers, and I’m always hearing their tips. My dad has some pretty amazing shots though…I don’t think he’s an amateur, a few of his shots have been selected for USA Today’s Your Take. I’ll place a link if you’d like to view:

        I hope to get more of my own photos on my blog soon! I hope you can too! 😊


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