Tropical Island Getaway: Jamaica Part 1

If you’d have told me in January that before the year was done I’d be making a trip to Jamaica I would have laughed. Not because I don’t know that anything is possible but it just wasn’t on my radar as something I’d do.
We’re still recovering from a financially challenging few years. Money for a tropical vacation is not part of the budget. And a getaway for just The Man and I is definitely not part of the plan. I’ve been sticking away any extra non-budgeted funds in hopes of taking a family vacation to Disney in the next year or so.
But God had other plans for us and The Man “won” a trip for two to Jamaica through a sales incentive program at work along with about 40 other managers in the company he works for. It was certainly an unexpected and sweet blessing for us.
I admit, as excited as I was, I was equally as anxious about going out of the country without the kids. My parents were happy to take care of them and I knew they were going to be in good hands but I hated the idea of being so far away from them.
In the weeks leading up to the trip I spent a lot of time reading the Bible and in prayer about my feelings about leaving the kids. It was a very sweet time of God revealing just how completely dependent I am on Him and how to live and enjoy each moment as it comes.
Two Sunday mornings ago, when we boarded the plane for Montego Bay, Jamaica via Atlanta, I was able to relax and look forward to the trip. There was a company dinner planned for our first night there and we arrived at the resort about an hour before it started. We freshened up and then enjoyed our dinner on the beach while getting to know the other managers and guests but the real fun started the next morning.
{This is the view that greeted me each morning. I loved spending my quiet time there each day.}

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After breakfast, the Man had a meeting and I walked around the resort before heading back to the room to just chill a bit before lunch.

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When The Man got out of his meeting, we made last minute decision to join a group of others from the company who were headed over to Dunn’s River Falls. I’m so glad we did because it was definitely a highlight of the trip.
The drive itself was an adventure. They drive fast, pass frequently and honk their horns a lot there. Our driver stopped to let us take pictures at on overlook between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

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After an hour and a half we finally reached Dunn’s River Falls. I couldn’t take my camera on the climb up the falls so all the pictures we took there were taken with The Man’s phone.
At the bottom of the falls, ready to start our climb.

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Taking a photo break before the final part of the climb.

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Our crew at the top. We made it!

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The Man and I after the climb.

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The climb was an absolute blast and we’re so glad we made that spur of the moment decision to go. But that wasn’t the end of our Jamaican adventure. There was more fun to be had the next day but those pictures will have to wait a little longer.

To be continued….

Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at frugalandfocused.com where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.