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Old 03-17-2010   #61 (permalink)
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Roni, thanks again for the link to this blog, I am really enjoying reading it....we MUST make a stay in PE and Mazunte a priority!

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How high up above the water were you when parasailing, Maggie? It looked pretty high!

The ziplining looked fun, but OMG on those scorpions crawling on your friends. NO way!

Great pics!! Looked like a cool way to spend your Bday.
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How high up above the water were you when parasailing, Maggie? It looked pretty high!

The ziplining looked fun, but OMG on those scorpions crawling on your friends. NO way!

Great pics!! Looked like a cool way to spend your Bday.
I don't think it had a stinger? Poor thing. I still wasn't going to hold it. shiver


I think only about 200 feet in the air, about, when parasailing? maybe 300 at most? Not that high. It's pretty cool.
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The guys that took us out said that they had 750 feet of rope out and that we were probably up 700 feet??!!
I really don't know my distances

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I don't think it had a stinger? Poor thing. I still wasn't going to hold it. shiver


I think only about 200 feet in the air, about, when parasailing? maybe 300 at most? Not that high. It's pretty cool.
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The guys that took us out said that they had 750 feet of rope out and that we were probably up 700 feet??!!
I really don't know my distances

Good grief! I guess I don't know mine either! I have no idea....I read somewhere 300-500 feet is average.

But one guy we met at the hotel claimed he did it somewhere in the Caribbean and went up 1500 feet...that would be higher than I would want to go!


I am not a good judge of distance. After we went scuba diving for the first time Don pointed out in our back yard how long 50 feet was, which was how deep we were....it looked like nothing!
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Your pictures and the "distance" look quite a bit like ours, so if they were telling us the truth Maybe you need to ask Don how high he thought you guys were.
That is why I was uterly petrified up there This wasn't the first time I'd done it, but it certainly was the highest



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Good grief! I guess I don't know mine either! I have no idea....I read somewhere 300-500 feet is average.

But one guy we met at the hotel claimed he did it somewhere in the Caribbean and went up 1500 feet...that would be higher than I would want to go!


I am not a good judge of distance. After we went scuba diving for the first time Don pointed out in our back yard how long 50 feet was, which was how deep we were....it looked like nothing!
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Your pictures and the "distance" look quite a bit like ours, so if they were telling us the truth Maybe you need to ask Don how high he thought you guys were.
That is why I was uterly petrified up there This wasn't the first time I'd done it, but it certainly was the highest


Yeah, that sounds too high to me!

I will ask later how high he thought we were.

I am gearing up to finally finish today!
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Okay, Friday!

It's always a sad feeling when you are down to the final days. Since we have been typically going for two weeks in recent years, the last couple of days came WAY too soon on this one-week trip.
One week is not even worth it!!


The boys went fishing again today, and this time they had much better luck.


Does he look excited??














And (this was a first) they had a female first mate!



She was the captain's wife.


The big fish was an amberjack which are quite tasty....not sure about the others (bonita?). They let the captain keep all the fish he wanted to.


Once again this morning I had ordered room service...for ONE person, yet again I got for two people...also I had ordered it for 8:30 and it arrived at 8 AM. Not sure if they just screwed up again or maybe some jokers changed the card in the hallway in the middle of the night. But oh well!


Jocelyn and I and the kids met by the beach at around 11 and the guys got back about 2 or so...we spent the rest of they day lazing around, boogie boarding, and having a few drinks....so many that by the time the sunset came I was too tired to go shower and get cleaned up so we went to dinner looking a bit disheveled...oh well.


Zach got hold of his sister's camera and was taking pics at dinner...








soon we were mugging for the camera



and worse






like that guac, Mike?




yeah, have some more wine






I think it was a bit of an early night again tonight.

Don and I had plans to get up and go SOMEWHERE in the morning....not sure where yet but north up out of the bay.
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Don and I got up fairly early, about 7:30, and went for breakfast. I was so excited to be escaping the AI for the day it was sort of pathetic.





We talked about where we should go, it was either south or north- we decided to just go and talk to a cabbie to see if we could get him to drive us to check out Punta de Mita and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, both are towns north of Bucerias, which is a resort town just north of Nuevo Vallarta. We had been to Bucerias before on our summer trip a few years ago to Sayulita.

After finding a taxi driver and chatting with him, we agreed on those two plus Sayulita as well....I was looking forward to that, as we had absolutely fallen in love with Sayulita during our ten day trip there and really wanted to go there again. The town is like a combination of Mexico and California, a really funky and picturesque surf town with a great vibe.


Our taxi driver was 62 and named Ignacio/nichknamed Nacho. He spoke very good English and told us a lot about this area. He was born and raised in the area, his hometown is Valle de Banderas, the municipal seat for the bay area. Great tour guide. (We paid 1000 pesos for him for the day- actually about 5 hours total.)

Here he is telling us about the folklore tale about the devil tree- the devil wanted to design one tree and so god let him but he said that he got to design the foliage- so he made the leaves in the shape of crosses. Anyone know what this tree is called?





A cemetary near Bucerias.




The namesake in the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.



Destiladeros Beach










big cactus!



Rodeo ring.




Photos from the surf town of Punta de Mita....looked like a nice place to stay.



girls going to catch a boat to go surfing at a nearby beach.













A palapa church.



Apparently the President was in the area, and both towns were FULL of military and police, armed to the teeth, in vehicles and on foot. It was kind of eerie since other than them, both towns were pretty much deserted of people on the streets.

We went through two checkpoints as well, which Nacho didn't seem at all bothered about but made us a teeny bit nervous...just not something that happens every day, that was why.

We passed by this huge resort on the tip of the point that is just being built. Nacho said the government was building it. This is where the meetings were being held. Big SUVs lined both sides of the road and there was heavy security for a mile in each direction.










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Sayulita!

We arrived by the 'back highway' (across the plain of the point) to Sayulita.

It was pretty much just how we remembered. We did wish we had come earlier in the week, since it was Saturday and far more people are there on the weekends. But it was still the town I remembered. Such a great place!







Paddlesurfer














The same legless man who we bought little copper wire scorpions in PV Tuesday was here doing shoe-shining! small bay!



The square...Don walked around barefoot just like when we were staying there...it's a must.





Licuados stand



Wow- talk about a good hot sauce selection!



We saw a sign advertising Chope beer and since I love darker beers, I had really been wanting to try it. Have to say we were not overly impressed- to us it tasted just like a light Mexican lager...maybe with some molasses added for colour.



Watched the surfers for a bit.







Went back to the beach and wandered around...








Frigates were wheeling...



Then I left Don laying on the sand and went up to see where we had stayed last time...

We bought roast chicken both Saturdays from this fellow who makes it every weekend in his home.



We went fishing with Fidel a couple times....apparently he is still around!



The gas man...



Many people get around the hillside town on these...




I guess they have perogies here?!?



This lot was vacant when we were here...same peace sign, even.



Up the hill....this walk was more rutted in the rainy season.




Here it is, Case de Ensueno...$500 a week, what a deal, for a HUGE villa room with a king bed, full kitchen, living and dining areas, and a big patio, also a plunge pool.

Looks like they are doing some minor renos.





the view across the street








Then I wandered back to get Don (who was napping and watching the topless sunbathers)







and we went the other way down the beach in search of some lunch. The beach goes from finer to more pebbly for a while in the middle of the bay.



It was a nice day for a day trip, a bit overcast and warm, not hot.




I went to take a photo of the tenting area and didn't even notice the couple making out until I got home!



THEN I went to take a pic of the cute perro and got them again!



Candy man taking a rest.



We found a place to put our toes in the sand.




I ordered a Michelada, Don a Sol, and we shared some shrimp tacos and ceviche.

And then I saw him! The coconut cookie man! I had to buy a bag, these are the BEST cookies in the world....shredded fresh coconut with honey and carmelized...heavenly!




Shrimp on a stick??





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We had arranged to meet Nacho back at the car at three, so we started wandering back there. On the way we noticed this little restaurant (closed now for siesta) called The Iguana Oasis.....the trees were laden with HUGE iguanas! Obviously they feed them so they stick around.












I think I'd be worried one would fall or jump on the table.


Lots of neat artwork on buildings around the town.








We spotted a flock of hippies selling their (very lovely) hippie jewelry...




And we saw that the the Red Dragon was still there, great live music and Chinese food.





The highway from Sayulita back down into the Bay is very scenic...heavy jungle and TALL trees....I couldn't quite capture it.




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Nacho said he had a 'good, cheap place' to take us near Bucerias to get our alcohol to take home....turned out to be a Mega! He very nicely came in with us to the store and even helped carry our bottles-one Havana Club and one vodka.


We arrived back at the hotel around 4 and joined the others for the final couple of hours of sun in Mexico. Sigh.


That night we had made reservations to go to the Mexican restaurant...we all had the ribs, they were quite good. We had a nice 'last supper'.










arrrrrriba!






It was a good trip, fairly relaxing, the weather was great, and we had fun with our friends.


A week is definitely too short, though. And staying AI just is not our favourite. And I doubt we will stay in Nuevo again, ever.

I had bought a dress, some copal incense (pictured here with those 'devil tree' leaves).



I snagged these bullfighting advertising posters too...I might frame them.





One last story before we left....all week whenever Don ordered a Starbucks coffee....they thought his name was Tom. Cute.




We bought that right before heading through security- they put it inside a big tub ina cupholder and irradiated it in the X-ray. I had never seen that before.


Flight home was crappy. Never again. We got on the flight an hour and a half early, about 2 AM, then arrived in Saskatoon at 7:30 AM.

It would not have been too bad other than I couldn't sleep plus I had to sit in the middle between Don (window seat) and this poor lady who was puking in her airsickness bag the whole way home. I guess they had a wicked cab ride from Rincon to the airport and she gets motion sickness easily and then she felt sick the entire flight.

I sure was glad I was not her, and I did feel sorry for her....but I could not help but wonder why one of her three family members seated across the aisle would not switch places with her so she would not have had to sit next to a complete stranger and puke for 5 hours. Oh well!

All over for another few months!
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Sayulita looks really cool. How close to the beach was the place you rented when you stayed there before? Did you do a trip report for that one?

Micheladas and coconut cookies! You are my sister, I know it!
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Sayulita looks really cool. How close to the beach was the place you rented when you stayed there before? Did you do a trip report for that one?

Micheladas and coconut cookies! You are my sister, I know it!


Here is the report:

http://www.playa.info/playa-del-carm...sk-report.html

Most places in Sayulita are quite close to the beach, it's a small town. Casa de Ensueno was up on the mountain, south end of town, about a ten minute walk to the beach. Both mountain and ocean views ( pics in TR).

There are dozens of places to rent in Sayulita, half the town is villas with casitas to rent owned by Californians, it seems. Check out www.vrbo.com. There are so many that it keeps a lot of the prices down, although there are fancy places too. It really is a wonderful place.

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nice pics..
thank you...
good to see theother side of mexico..
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