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Old 03-16-2010   #46 (permalink)
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Wow those birds are just beautiful! Look at their feet!

Yup- blue as robin's eggs!

Once we got back to the hotel mid afternoon we joined the guys at the beach for some drinks, sunning, boogie boarding....then moved to the pool. This was the pattern most afternoons. Yay- no towel game here!



Every afternoon at 3 they did a 'staff dance' too...funny but I wonder why the poor staff had to do it every day...once a week for new guests would have been sufficient?!?




Beach bar....it was very casual and fun and had good, NEW music playing in the evenings...we spent quite a few hours in the evenings here.




Goofing around with Shelby's new camera...














another sunset...





And then the regular routine, get cleaned up, and meet for dinner. This was a fairly small AI, so there was only two a la cartes. This was the night we went to the Italian one. It was actually really good- I had the caesar salad, penne carbonara, and the bananas flambe.






Later we went to the show. I think that might have been the only one Don and I went to all week. I am not one for those shows. The kids liked them, though.

The next day was my 40th birthday. Yay. Shelby and I were going parasailing!
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Just found your report, Maggie- very good, a usual! Makes me want to go back to PV sometime (although I'd really like to check out Sayulita next time)!
Nice reminders of the Rio Cuale, etc..... what a nice town.
I remember checking out Nuevo Vallarta when we were there- the marina, and some resort- the Westin, maybe? They had some giant carved/painted alebrijes there I wanted to see- very cool.
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Maggie,

You are sharp, well-informed a wonderfullly well-rounded, smart woman.

You are also one hot mama.

I like both of those things about you, if I say so myself
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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.
The first I left open to interpretation

I am sure we would like it, and I am sure we will visit - I have read one guys blog posts about a month long visit to the Puerto Escondido area (he lives in the mountains in Veracruz state), and the return trip by where the patron saintess of hallucinogenic mushroom lived.

and that series of blog posts - the vacation and all - starts with this one on Feb. 20 and goes on and on. I think you would enjoy it
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Here is her photo, later in life


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We have been to PV and NV many years ago (over 15 years ago?)....we agree with your general assessment of NV (even back then!) and have not been back...we sure did enjoy PV, the malecon, the old town and some great restaurants!

Great report.....oh yeah...you have a great smile.
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Just found your report, Maggie- very good, a usual! Makes me want to go back to PV sometime (although I'd really like to check out Sayulita next time)!
Nice reminders of the Rio Cuale, etc..... what a nice town.
I remember checking out Nuevo Vallarta when we were there- the marina, and some resort- the Westin, maybe? They had some giant carved/painted alebrijes there I wanted to see- very cool.
Thanks Anne!

Stay tuned for loads of pics of Sayulita when we did a day trip there...I am sure you would love it.

I am not sure if there is a Westin but there is a huge complex called Paradise Village, mostly timeshares, the Occidental, THREE fancy RIUs and a few more. Anyone looking for a truly 5 star pampering stay would do well to book the RIU Palace. FANCY!






Although if we did AI in PV again we would choose the Dreams or Barcelo Mismaloya over anywhere up in Nuevo, hands down.

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I am sure we would like it, and I am sure we will visit - I have read one guys blog posts about a month long visit to the Puerto Escondido area (he lives in the mountains in Veracruz state), and the return trip by where the patron saintess of hallucinogenic mushroom lived.

and that series of blog posts - the vacation and all - starts with this one on Feb. 20 and goes on and on. I think you would enjoy it
Start of Puerto Escondido posts

Here is her photo, later in life

I did enjoy that blog, very much....he is so right, the only reason PE and Huatulco are not more popular is how difficult it is to get there! THat is precisely the reason we did not go there and went to PV isntead.


Gordy sounds like my friend Neal from Michigan who spents winters in Huatulco. He was a roadie for.....um.... some seventies band I cannot recall now. VERY cool guy!

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We have been to PV and NV many years ago (over 15 years ago?)....we agree with your general assessment of NV (even back then!) and have not been back...we sure did enjoy PV, the malecon, the old town and some great restaurants!

Great report.....oh yeah...you have a great smile.
Thanks Jacko.
I bet there couldn't have been much up in NV then...it feels half-finished even now. Check out my aerial view parasailing photos I am about to post today.


Stay tuned, the rest is to come in the next couple days.

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40th birthday!

Okay, so Wednesday was my birthday. I was not overjoyed nor particularly bothered to be turning 40, but I did NOT want a big deal or fuss made about it.

But I knew I wanted to do something a bit adventurous to mark the occasion. Surfing lessons was one possibility but we had not made the arrangements ahead of time plus it meant travelling up to Sayulita and we weren't doing that until Saturday- so I chose parasailing! Don had already talked to the guys earlier in the week and made a deal for Shelby and I to go for 700 pesos for both of us.

It was always calm in the mornings so as soon as we were done with breakfast and moved out to our regular palapa- the guy came over and said we should go now because when the wind comes up it is more dangerous and they have to shut down....gulp!

He then goes on to add that it would be more dangerous for Shelby since she is lighter than I am...yeah, thanks buddy for pointing that out, I realize that.


So off we go, I never even had time to be nervous!!

The best part was the initial tug up into the air...after that it was almost a bit boring! It was about ten minutes total.





our hotel...





jetskiers...



you can see why the water around PV always looks 'murky'...look at the stirred-up sand!



Don said when they went out fishing they had to go a LONG way out to get to the nice clear water. The bay just traps silt near the shore, it's so big.



um- shouldn't that rope be tighter??







the RIUs in the distance...




my shadow...




some other hotel...




pretty...looking back south...




going down...





I had to go first, then Shelby went....taking off (this is the fun part). They had two chutes, and had one ready to go with the next person, when it was busy. Those guys make a killing when it is busy!



and landing....very nice and easy, they caught us.





The rest of the day was just spent eating, drinking, sunning, and boogie boarding.



We were originally planning on going out to dinner somewhere since it was my birthday, maybe up in Bucerias, but the hotel was having a 'Beach Party' barbecue night with the tables all out on the beach, so we decided to stay there. We were glad we did, it was lots of fun, there was a fiesta complete with a caballero doing rope tricks and dancers, etc. And the ribs and roast beef were fanstastic.

on our way to dinner....not sure why I am standing bent over so much here.






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The resort in your report that you didn't know the name of is part of Paradise Village. Even as an owner at the original one, I don't think that I can even stay there, but I believe that I could go and use the facilities.

We parasailed that same day, but later in the afternoon! And yes, it was quite windy out, I was scared s***tless the whole time I was up, but I'm afraid of heights. The other two that went didn't mind it at all. We were the only three they had "fly" that day and closed down shop after we were done. Wonder now if it was because it was too windy??
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Thursday, March 4th

Thursday dawned bright and early, as this was our one and only tour day.

We were booked to do the Los Veranos Canopy Tour, located at the town of Las Juntas down at the far south end of the bay near Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan. It was about $70 per person.



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This is Mexico's most popular canopy tour, stretching over 2 miles with 14 zip lines, including a thrilling last run where a double line allows you to race each other! In this lush, tropical location, you will glide effortlessly at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, at a whopping 500 feet above the beautiful Orquidias River.

The highlight was one line that was 500 feet above the river and a whopping 429 metres long! Gulp.

We were up early and had to take a taxi to a nearby hotel to catch the bus, which was old and rattly...it was a long ride down to the tour site, about 45 minutes. The main highway in PV goes right through the heart of the city so that slows traffic down considerably...no way around that since the mountains in Old Town come right to the ocean.

The guys who run this tour are all young and HIGHLY energetic and were constantly cracking jokes...a fun bunch. The only complaint we had was they did tend to rush us, which was a bit annoying since 11 year old Zach was terrified to do this at first.

We all went right at the end so as not to hold anyone up, but at times they were nagging at Jocelyn to go go go when she wanted to wait for Zach. Finally she actually had to get pretty firm with them and snap a bit that she WOULD wait for her son to make sure he was okay. After a rocky, nervous start, he did great.


all suited up...








the initial short training line.



and off we go!










It was so much fun! Not really scary at all. It was just gorgeous up in the mountains, nice and green too.











Don even was getting fancy and hanging upside down...Mike and Shelby did this too....not the rest of us!








After the ziplining portion, which was only about 45 minutes total, we ended up at the restaurant which was located at the village of Las Juntas.








there was a waterslide...






turtles...







They also had a little zoo of sorts, some marmosets and spider monkeys... we fed the monkeys.















How cute is he??? I wanted to take one home.








the boys played with the scorpion and snake...not me, thanks!





there was a little beach and we even went in...well, I did! It was suprisingly not that cold!!





cockfighting roosters across the river in the town...they were crowing constantly.


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Kim and I stay here for our honeymoon. Beautiful place but I prefer the Mismaloya area also.
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I really wanted to get some photos of the drive back down the mountain, but of course from a moving vehicle that is tricky....here are some anyway.





This was part of the town of Boca de Tomatlan.






of course the nicest scene I wanted to capture I caught my stupid finger in there...



The far south end of the bay by Boca de Tomatlan, those craggy mountains staggered along the coastline. Gorgeous. And the water is so clear down at this end.

Here are some better images of the area I found...it is very pretty around there. You can rent villas/condos down there.










My photo of Los Arcos...





And a much better one!









or two.




The rest of that day....we didn't do too much, I guess, I can't even remember! We got back to the hotel about 3 or so and I think just did our regular thing by the pool and then went to dinner.

The next day, the guys were going fishing again, so again I ordered room service....
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I see you went all out on the new motorcycle helmet.

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I see you went all out on the new motorcycle helmet.

very funny

They are so flimsy....I wonder how much protection they'd offer if you fell from the line and landed on your head 500 feet down on a river rock? Um, none?!?
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I love this family picture! Kind of reminds me of the one on the PI home page. I parasailed, too when I was in PV. Cool to see all the hotels and scenery from so high up. But mostly I just worried about landing.
Anyway, loving this report! Makes we want to to back to the Pacific side!
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I love this family picture! Kind of reminds me of the one on the PI home page. I parasailed, too when I was in PV. Cool to see all the hotels and scenery from so high up. But mostly I just worried about landing.
Anyway, loving this report! Makes we want to to back to the Pacific side!
If you go back to the Pacific side, try Huatulco/Puerto Escondido.....or Sayulita...or Zihuantanejo. All wonderful.

Not that PV isn't great too! But if you are ocean people at all, there are much nicer beaches than in PV.


That pic on the PI home page is the reason why I told them to jump in that picture.

They actually had a hotel photographer and they had some family photos taken and put on a CD. Some of them turned out quite well.







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