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Old 03-12-2010   #31 (permalink)
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Great report and pictures - you and Don are such cuties
aw, you are so sweet to say that!

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That is man code for the term "dirty sanchez".

Trust you to say THAT! I guarantee you he has NO clue what that even is.

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If it were not for the fact that I do not want to give Maggie big head,

I would say she is a hottie

Big head or A big head? Thanks Ron. I know you like to hear about different spots in Mexico. I really think you guys would enjoy Sayulita and San Pancho. And Boca de Tomatlan and Yelapa (but I think you have been there, right?) There is more to come about the area north of Nuevo.


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nice report. we are thinking about a trip this summer or next to guanajuato then bus to p.v. we have friends in yelapa. as you know, we love that part of mexico.
Yes, I know, I am with you on that. It is amazing how much difference in the water there is from the city of PV down the coast to Mismaloya....it is so gorgeous down there.
When we did the canopy/zipline tour we went to Las Juntas, and WOW...what a pretty setting for a town, by a river in the mountains.
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If it were not for the fact that I do not want to give Maggie big head,

I would say she is a hottie
She definitely is
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Monday, March 1

We woke about 7:30, very refreshed! I was glad we ended up staying awake all night, that was the best choice, otherwise it might have been like trying to get over jetlag.

It was nice and sunny....most days it was clear until later in the afternoon and the wind would come up and it would become overcast. But it was warm to hot every day, and it didn't rain all week, so we can't complain about the weather at all.

Sometimes PV winter weather can be iffy (unlike like Pacific coast resorts farther south which are reliably hot and sunny almost guaranteed) - and this El Nino year has been very unsettled around PV, they have had far more rain than normal and a couple of out-of-season storms even. As a result the mountainsides were nice and green- usually in winter everything is brown and grey.

The female half our friends foursome slept in every day, but Mike and Zach had gotten up with the sun and went for a stroll over to the complex called Paradise Village next door. It is mostly timeshares, I think, and is pretty amazing. There is a very nice marble-floored mall...




It had a large grocery store with a very decent booze selection (we got a couple of bottles of red wine to take to dinners every day there), several clothing stores, smoke shop, a couple of silver shops, internet cafe, a few gift shops, a Senor Frogs store, gelato, a Starbucks, Dominos, McDonalds and a Subway. It was really nice having this a short walk from the hotel, actually.

The boys had somehow gotten past security and onto the complex and ran across a zoo of sorts....Bengal tigers ...poor tigers.













We caught up with them after breakfast, then later the ladies finally showed up.




This is where we were most of this day...




doing more boogie boarding...





Poor Mike. He has a bit of a bad tummy, and today he was not feeling too great. He was with us for a bit on the beach and then headed upstairs to rest for awhile. He was the only one out of who felt sick all week, but with him it was expected, he gets sick quite often.





later we also moved to the pool area and watched the kids play some water volleyball...




Did I mention the pool was heated....it was nice and warm. Very rare to find a heated pool in Mexico! It was almost TOO warm, IMO....I like pools to be refreshing. But it was nice.




Sometimes Shelby put up with her little brother very well...



and sometimes she would snap at attempt to drown him. Siblings!






one more sunset...




And then we went to dinner and it was early to bed...the guys were going fishing Tuesday morning and Jocelyn and I and the kids were cabbing it into Puerto Vallarta to do some shopping.
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^ Poor tigers!!!

Hey! That beach is beautiful and I loved the sunset pic!
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^ Poor tigers!!!

Hey! That beach is beautiful and I loved the sunset pic!

Beach pics sadly don't make the beach look as nice as it does in person. The sand looks greige, where it is really a nice sparkly gold in person. But it was nice and wide and the sand was lovely and soft, not pebbly or rocky like it is in PV.


I have SEVERAL sunset pics...
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aww those poor tigers, I feel so bad for them.

Looks like the kids had fun, Shelby has such blue eyes! So pretty
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aww those poor tigers, I feel so bad for them.

Looks like the kids had fun, Shelby has such blue eyes! So pretty

Yes, she is a very pretty girl....all the younger waiters quite liked her. They called her 'Princess' all week. But she does NOT act like a princess at all, both kids are very well mannered, quiet and shy- which made them perfect kids to travel with!


(Just taking a break from doing this report for the weekend....back Monday to post pics from our trip into Puerto Vallarta and then the ziplining tour. )
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Beach pics sadly don't make the beach look as nice as it does in person. The sand looks greige, where it is really a nice sparkly gold in person. But it was nice and wide and the sand was lovely and soft, not pebbly or rocky like it is in PV.


I have SEVERAL sunset pics...
Yes, that was my experience in PV......we had a lot of vendors stroll by on the beach too.......not a book reading place at all............great if you're a shopper though!
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Yes, that was my experience in PV......we had a lot of vendors stroll by on the beach too.......not a book reading place at all............great if you're a shopper though!

Dowtown PV is far more crowded with vendors. There were just a few up in Nuevo, and they were not bothersome at all. Very polite and quiet and they would not approach you at all if you were napping or reading. A far cry from the shopkeepers' style!


Not that I read much....I took three books for this trip and barely finished one!
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So- like I said, Mike had been feeling pretty crappy on Monday (literally!) and Don was wondering if he would be feeling well enough to go out fishing Tuesday morning...but he, like Don, is a fishing machine! He was only ever ocean fishing once before in his life (in Cancun, and they did not catch a thing) so he was bound and determined he was going fishing no matter what.


We had gone to the market to stock up on 'essentials' the evening before...juices, granola bars, peanuts, cookies, beer- and Pringles. Bright and early, they left- around 6:45 I think they met in the lobby. Zach has a little issue with boats- he never went because they were going out quite a few miles, to the Marietas Islands. (They fished with an outfit called 'Master Baiters'.)


This hotel had room service cards you hang on the door- I had never had room service before-cool! Plus I know those other two ladies are going to be sleeping in.

So I filled out the card, one of everything- fruit, yogurt, juice, breads, coffee. I put the time down as 8 AM, and had set my Blackberry alarm to go off at 7:45....after Don left I fell back asleep. I was awakened by someone knocking at 7:30...yup, it was the room service dude. I blearily staggered out of bed and grabbed the 20 peso note I had left for him and let him in...embarassing, but I am sure he is used to seeing rumpled, half awake people.

He also brought me two of everything. Oh well! I did my best. Could not eat that funky orange papaya though ....that melon tastes like dirty FEET smell to me!!!


I meet Joss, Shelby and Zach in the lobby at about ten and we stroll over to where the cabs are. There is a big sign with all the posted prices for cabs all over the area, so we know it is 160 pesos to the malecon in downtown PV and back again. I love it when they have those signs around- they should have them in ALL resort areas.

I had asked the Sunquest rep where we should get out, and he says at the McDonalds since it is sort of 'the start' of the malecon.

The last time I was in Puerto Vallarta was 2000. It has really grown in the area north of the airport and marina, and of course the whole Nuevo Vallarta has sprung up since then. Busy, busy city.


and since there was a cruise ship in, it was busier yet downtown.














this guy was balancing this rock...he did it too! Everyone applauded.




This local Huichol Indian troupe do this stunt a few times daily on the malecon.












This part of the malecon farther south was less crowded.




I think-old unexploded mines??








We went to the river flea market that is a PV landmark, it runs all along the Rio Cuale which sort of divides Old Town from New Town....not sure they call it New Town.



view across the bridge, I think the houses on the hill are called Gringo Gulch.



a hanging walking bridge...




Toad purse, anyone?





How about some Saskatchewan Roughrider (football) stuff- they had ponchos, blankets, bags- even green and white wrestling masks!



I did a lot of waiting for the other three....they were more into shopping than I was.

I did buy a really nice larger pair of silver hoops earrings for 350 pesos though. About half what I would pay for similar ones at home. Silver is a lot cheaper here because of the proximity to Taxco.




Zach even bought a necklace with 'his name on a grain of rice'...



This fellow wanted some tips...he must have been waiting a long time...



Aztec?




We stopped at the River Cafe for a drink...






and I desperately wanted to buy this gorgeous painting...only 28,000 pesos!






Some street views...so nice in Old Town...





Bomberos!



We went to lunch at a nice little licuados place, we all had broiled chicken tortas and strawberry smoothies....and Joss and I had a beer each. Then we went and caught a cab home. The guy quoted us 200 pesos, oh no senor, I know it is only 160...okay, okay, 160 (sheepishly)....and off back to Nuevo we go!



mango tree (edit- not!) We did pass a grove of them, laden with ripe looking mangoes.....yum.



man that was a HUGE ship (ugh!)




I have to admit, although I DID find Nuevo to be too much of a manicured resort area- it sure was a lot more quiet and relaxing than staying right in the city would have been.


'home' again...



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I should also report on the fishing...they did not have a great day fishing. It was quite rough out there- the waves were coming over and drenching people on the malecon in town, even.

The Marietas Islands:





I believe those might be blue-footed boobys up there!





Fish they caught....





and that was about it for that first day. Not great! Don was pretty annoyed with the captain they had, for various reasons. He called to cpmplain and the owner promised him a better crew for Friday, his next booking- and they did, and they had much better luck. Pics of that day to come.
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I really like your TRs Riss.

Somehow, I suspect opening up a frog's gut for ice cream change might impinge negatively on the experience.

The Marietas Islands look like a real good way to sink.
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I believe those might be blue-footed boobys up there!





You said booby's
Great report. Thanks for taking the time.
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I did, didn't I, Friday?


Here is some more info on them if anyone who might be reading is into birdwatching at all.




The Marietas Islands' Blue-Footed Booby


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I really like your TRs Riss.

Somehow, I suspect opening up a frog's gut for ice cream change might impinge negatively on the experience.

The Marietas Islands look like a real good way to sink.

Yes, I bet they sunk more than a few ships in their time. Hazardous! We went on a catamaran booze cruise out there once, you can snorkel and dive around there on calm days.
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Wow those birds are just beautiful! Look at their feet!
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