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Home Again, Home Again

Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12, 2015

Donna and Lyle came with us to the bus depot in the morning. They went off shopping after saying goodbye. We climbed on the bus and rode the 8 hour trip to Puerto Vallarta, with only one stop at Tepic for 15 minutes. It seemed a very long trip, not alot of interesting scenery. As we got close to PV it started to rain and there was some kind of a traffic jam that slowed us up for awhile. We checked in at the Comfort Inn by the airport and found there was no water running in our room (at least not in the sink, there was a pool of water on the floor by the air conditioner). I guess it was such a heavy rainfall it affected the hotel's water supply somehow. We went across the street for some supper and they had it fixed when we got back.
Today we get the plane early to Calgary and then on to Saskatoon. Hopefully that all goes well.

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Cerritos Beach

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Early this morning, Don and I went for a walk to see if we could find any birds. We had found a possible route on Google that circled a small body of water nearby. We noticed a watch cat on guard at a resort - he seemed to be taking the job very seriously!
Cat on Guard

Cat on Guard


As we walked down the street that would start the circle, we were stopped by a security guard. We couldn't go the way we wanted to but we could go the other way. So we changed our route! We were walking past scrub brush and came to a trail into it. It led to the lake/pond. As we stood on the shore, we saw fish jumping out of the water. Some of them would jump 4 or 5 feet in the air and come down 6 or 8 feet from where they came out of the water! An amazing thing to see and lots of them doing it. So we tried to video it, but of course, nothing happened when the camera was recording! So you will just have to take my word for it, it really happened!!
We did manage to see several turkey vultures and one great blue heron, as well as assorted smaller birds. We returned to the condo for breakfast and to pack up. Donna and Lyle had to move from the 2 bedroom condo to a one bedroom for 2 nights. Then they get to move to another 2 bedroom. We will be sleeping on a Murphy bed that comes down out of the wall in the living room tonight. We got everything moved over - it is in another of the four buildings here.
The chandelier in our new place

The chandelier in our new place


We took the bus north (away from town) to the end of the peninsula where there is a little fishing village. Down at the water we watched the fisherman bring their boats and catches in to the beach. They had ingenious carts made from car wheels that they loaded the boats on so they could pull them up the beach above the tide. They are such heavy boats it took 4 or 5 men to get them onto the wheels and up the beach.
Bringing in the boat

Bringing in the boat

Getting it on the wheels

Getting it on the wheels

Pushing it up the beach

Pushing it up the beach


Fresh fish catch

Fresh fish catch

Oysters brought in by a diver

Oysters brought in by a diver


Donna, Lyle and Don went for a swim while I sat in the shade. Both Don and Lyle tried one of the fresh oysters brought in by a local diver. Then we went for lunch at a little seaside restaurant with the freshest fish possible. We sat with a couple from Montana who have been coming to Mazatlan for many years. They had some good stories to tell and we enjoyed our fish lunch very much. We then walked home (I'm well past my 10,000 steps!) and had a swim in the pool and a read down by the ocean. We ended up walking part of the way back north to go to Scorpio Tacos by Henry, which is a small outdoor neighbourhood eatery. Very good food for a very good price!
Now to just get ready to catch the bus back to PV in the morning.

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Adventure to the Beach

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Don and Lyle went for an early morning walk north to the bay past the point. Don had thought it might be a good snorkeling spot, but it didn't look very promising. As they were coming back along the beach they found 3 dead pelicans and a dead pufferfish. Don did get a photo of a gorgeous bird, the Black-throated Magpie Jay. Wish our magpies looked like this!
Black-Throated Magpie Jay

Black-Throated Magpie Jay

Dead Pufferfish

Dead Pufferfish


Donna had made arrangements to meet a friend for lunch, so Lyle, Don and I set off to visit Stone Island - which isn't really an island, just a peninsula which comes up from the south so you have to cross the harbour to reach it. We took the bus to the end of the line and with one wrong turn which was quickly sorted out, we found the ferry terminal, paid our fee, and were in the boat. Two cruise ships were in today and we were hoping to avoid any big crowds of tourists. The small ferry boat only takes 5 minutes to make the crossing. Then a short walk down the path and we were on the best beach we have seen for awhile. Very firm fine sand and it looked pretty empty when we arrived.
Lovely Stone Island beach

Lovely Stone Island beach


We found a beach restaurant for lunch and after lunch, the guys went swimming. Then they investigated renting a kayak to go out to a little island to try some snorkeling. They finally settled on one and away they went. I stayed at the restaurant, in the shade, and enjoyed the beach scene. Some young people playing beach volleyball, lots of hawkers going by, and a couple of twin boys (about 3 or 4) playing by the restaurant.
View from the restaurant

View from the restaurant

Hawker going by

Hawker going by


When Don and Lyle came back, they reported they hadn't snorkeled at all - Lyle was very uncomfortable in the kayak and so they didn't stay out very long. We got the ferry boat back and managed to get the right bus home.
We went out for supper at the resort restaurant, it was seafood special night. Don and I had grilled tuna steak, with different sauces. There was a talented guitar player who did lots of old goldies for all the seniors there (which was most of the audience!) A very nice evening.

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More Exploring

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

After breakfast, we went out to catch the bus downtown. While we were waiting, we watched a man in the palm tree, trimming off the coconuts and some of the fronds and lowering them to the ground. It seems the resort does this before the coconuts are very big and/or ripe, so no one is hurt by falling coconuts.
Trimming the coconuts

Trimming the coconuts


I also watched a hummingbird chase a butterfly away from his flowering bush, not once but twice! He also chased away another hummingbird. Very feisty!!
Feisty hummingbird

Feisty hummingbird


Once we were downtown, we found one museum we wanted to visit - it was no longer a museum. It had been turned into a restaurant and wasn't open until 6:00 pm! We stopped in at a very artistic shop with many different kinds of masks and paper mache dragons, etc. We did visit the Archaeological Museum, which was very small. We had a lovely lunch at Angelina's Kitchen before returning to the gelato shop for more gelato. Yum!

As we walked the streets, we saw some great graffetti and a few other interesting signs. See the photos!
Graffetti

Graffetti

Just lovely!

Just lovely!

Walk thru coffee?

Walk thru coffee?

Official store?

Official store?


As we took the bus home I sat beside a young school boy and tried to talk to him. He said he did take English in school, but his English and my Spanish were probably about the same level, so we really couldn't communicate. But we had some fun trying.
After another yummy shrimp supper, Donna and I tried playing Scrabble with a Spanish set. There were different tiles - like one that is LL and RR and CH. And the letter distribution is different as well. Challenging but fun in away. I think we'll go back to playing Scrabble on the computer.

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Slow Day at Home

Monday, December 7, 2015

After all the activity yesterday, we were all happy to have a very relaxed day here at the resort. Don went for an early morning beach walk and then took the bus down to the Shrimp Market to get some more shrimp for supper. Donna and Lyle had breakfast in the restaurant with a couple of the timeshare representatives. Then Lyle went for a beach walk all the way up to where we had supper last night and back again.
We did some layabout by the pool, with the occasional dip. Don competed in a ping-pong tournament and won a mickey of tequila!
The shrimp boats were out on the water all day and Don got some photos which show all the birds perched on their rigging.
Shrimp boat

Shrimp boat

Frigate birds

Frigate birds


At 5:00 the resort had a "Welcome" party, with some draws for prizes, free drinks, and some really good Mexican dancers and a singer. Imagine being able to dance to very fast music with a lighted candle on the top of your head!!!
Lovely dancing

Lovely dancing

A lighted candle on her head!!

A lighted candle on her head!!


It is a little difficult to believe Xmas is so close when we are down here. But the resort seems to put up more decorations every day, so here is a little taste for you.
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