|Adagio in the slip, toward the left of the picture here.....|
By shear coincidence, a boating friend of ours from back home was also in Puerto Vallarta at exactly the same time as our family. Andy arrived just 2 hours after our family and caught a cab to get to Paradise Village to deliver a box full of boat parts to Steve. Thanks Andy for the great delivery service; much more reliable than any other service in Mexico. Highly recommended :-) Well, besides the box of parts, we also wanted to see Andy! He walked up to our boat a few hours later and we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening all together. It was great to see Andy. We know his family from boating in the NW. We've been meeting up with Andy, Cindy, and children Sailor and Hudson for many years in Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island for the 4th of July fireworks and festivities. We have spent time with them other places as well. We wish the rest of Andy's family could have been here too. It would have been like old times, just a bit warmer.
|The family has arrived! We waited anxiously in the lobby for them|
|Laura, Ayla, Bekka and Cindy (snacking) in the lobby|
|Bekka and Cindy|
|Ayla, Barbara and Laura|
|Cindy, Ayla, Bekka and Kevin walking up the dock. The kids are growing!|
|Kevin hanging out at the resort's pool|
|Before we leave A-Dock in Paradise Village. |
Kathy's PopPop (Bob), Laura, Kevin, Cindy, Ayla, Bekka, Steve, Grams (Barbara)
|Ayla, Cindy, Kevin and Bekka - as we exit the breakwater for the bay|
|Whale out there.............they stopped the motor so we could hear it breathe!|
|Mom whale and baby whale. Bekka and Ayla in the picture|
|Getting ready to snorkel. Easier to float with lifejackets around your waist. Cindy and Ayla|
|Laura getting ready for her jump|
|Kevin - the water is cold (about 74 degrees)!|
|Ayla, Cindy and Bekka out there|
|They call this "Turtle Rock" - see the resemblance?|
|Back aboard the panga after snorkeling.....|
|Steve and Kevin|
|My Mom and Dad: Bob and Barb|
|Los Animas lunch - Starting lower center:|
Cindy, Bekka, Steve, Laura, Barbara, Bob, Kevin, Ayla
|After lunch and swimming in the water at Los Animas and a quick dip to get rid of sand......|
on the taxi to the panga (just to the left) that we rented, tied to a buoy just offshore
|Kevin, Laura, Barbara,Cindy, Ayla, Bekka|
(Bob and I taking pictures)
|At the mall for Gelato. Cindy, Bekka, Ayla and Sofie from sv Stochastic|
|Gelato on this table too in the mall, Barbara, Bob, Laura and Kevin|
|Laura and Barbara - at the palapa on the beach|
|Bekka, catching her breath after going under....|
|Kevin heading in|
|High fivin' boogie boarding|
|Bob/PopPop and Laura taking pictures, resort behind. Lots of thatched roof|
palapas for relaxing in the shade. The beach here is very nice.
|Sophie, Bekka and Cindy|
|Steve catches a "monster wave". Not really.|
|Kevin, Cindy, Ayla, Bekka and Sophie from sv Stochastic playing Bingo|
at the resort's pool. They call out the squares first in english, then spanish.
It really helps with learning the spanish alphabet and numbers.
To end the day we went to a restaurant called Sonara el Sur. Friends had highly recommended this to us even though it is a steak house rather than traditional mexican. In this restaurant you go to the butcher and choose your cut of meat and size, then pick two sides and they cook it to your liking. It was wonderful!
|The presentation of how to order......butcher in the back, left side|
|We spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to order: Barbara, Bob, Steve|
and the order taker from restaurant. There was definitely a bit of a language
barrier and confusion going on here :-)
|The taxi van ride and the crazy family.....................|
We felt sorry for the driver.
|Leaving and ready to catch some fish!|
|Kids on the bow!|
|The sign that tuna are around. Birds after sardines and tuna driving sardines to surface,|
Life as a sardine must be challenging.
|Dad/Pop' with the first fish on. Exhausting work bringing one of them in|
|Start of the trip, Kevin and Laura - Kevin's jacket was not on long!|
|Dad/Bob with a big tuna! Chilo the helper helping hold it up|
|Kids watching from the bow, Bekka is bringing in her fish|
|Chilo estimating the size of the fish for Bekka|
|Bekka's big fish!|
|Bekka saying this is not that easy!|
|The big tuna dinner, the fish we caught!|
The time with our family was way too short! But it was great fun and everyone has busy lives back home. We are ready to start our trek north now and may have started a week or two ago but were happy to stick around so we could catch up and spend time with family. Thanks for coming down family!!!!
The following pictures are from the Wes Mex sailing regatta. Hundreds of kids from many countries participated during the 3-day event, and it was great to see them all out there having so much fun.
|Filling the parking lot next to the Vallarta Yacht Club|
|The event that brought so many young sailors to Nuevo Vallarta/Pardise Village|
|This young girl is with Team Australia|
|One at a time. It takes a while to get them all launched.|
|One boat ramp = long lines.|
|Two older boys in a bigger boat, and in a different class for the regatta.|
I don't think we have any pictures, but there was also a windsurfing class with
lots of participants.
There is more to post and some things we missed from being here that we know of and that we may post as a second blog. We want to post this as we may be a bit off the main circuit for any internet until Mazatlan and our voyage north.
We hope everyone is well. More to come in the next blog.
-Steve, Kathy, Cindy, Kevin and Zappa cat