Come Walk With Me...Through Our Trip to Puerto Vallarta!

I don't even know where to start...we had a busy, but not-so-busy week in Nuevo Vallarta....it was wonderful, it was slow-paced, it was quiet, it was peaceful.

Here's a wrap-up, cause I know some of you are tracking my every exciting step in life. I'm making it really easy for you to stalk me. You're welcome.
These are just some highlights. I'll post more details on a few specific things with pics later.

Sunday:
  • Woke up at 4am. Realized I am old and need more than 4 hours sleep to function at an appropriate level.

  • Journeyed to Puerto Vallarta, arriving at 3:45pm - realized there is a 2-hr time difference. Why didn't I know this?? I have seen a map before-I know Mexico is not due south of me!

  • Sweated out about two buckets through my travel clothes within 30 minutes of arrival.


  • Ate dinner, walked beach, relaxed in room, blahblah, fell asleep early.

Monday:
  • Sat through the stupid "we are not a time-share program(though they really are)" tour in order to get free tickets to the canopy adventure zipline tours - though I had planned on never strapping my only child to a metal wire and watching him jump off a high ledge in a forest.

  • Went to the bus stop to take a city bus to downtown Puerto Vallarta, but had a persistent taxi driver haggle with us until we got a half-price ride in his comfy car. Yay.

  • Walked the waterfront, shopped, took photos.
  • Sweated four more buckets. Started to question whether I brought enough shorts to last a week.

  • Dinner, walk on the beach, hotel show (traditional mexican dances-boring, but slightly interesting), shower, sleep a restless night filled with thunder, rain, more sweating.
Tuesday:

  • Canopy zipline tour - oh my god oh my god oh my god (is what I said as I flew on each of the 13 ziplines). Is this fun? Is this logical?? Yes, wait, this is fun! Wait, ohmygod-this is horrifying!! Should we be doing this??? Oh....wait, that was really fun! BEAUTIFUL location, right in the middle of Nowhere Mexico, way outside of normal civilization.

  • Regretted asking the safety guy to make my harness tighter about 35 minutes in....apparently a little wiggle room is important. Harnesses are not really comfortable. They should note this is in their brochure.

  • Sweated 18 buckets.

  • Best workout I've had all year - climbing hills, ladders, careening towards your death. I think I lost 5lbs...but nope, the harness is still tight.

  • Saw the biggest spider I have ever seen in my life. His web was like twine, like Kite Runner kite twine, coated in wax type....it was like an alien life form was walking amongst us. And they were ALL around us-all about this size.


  • Headed back to the hotel, showered, walked the beach, shared a margarita with my teenager (it's only a little illegal down there).

  • The nightly hotel show was really good! We were really impressed with it - it was like a cirque du'soleil show without 96% of the gymnastics and flying and such. It was like a play, but not a really-high class one, but a really well-put together one just the same. We really enjoyed this one.

  • Great sunset tonight! Yeah, we were inside during it....but it was still beautiful and well-appreciated!



Wednesday:
  • City Tour (it was free with the not-a-timeshare-program tour)- I would highly recommend you not do this tour. It might have been different due to the tropical storm (formerly known as Hurricane Rick-the-Vacation-Killer-Dick), but the tour was really sad. I'm really glad we didn't pay for this!
  • It rained about 7 million gallons of water today, but I still somehow managed to sweat an extra 17 buckets. How is this possible?? Who lives like this???
  • The vegetation here is AWESOME. I took about 50 photos of the greenery around us. If I lived somewhere with plants like this, my house would be overrun by plants and trees. The fauna is GORGEOUS!!
  • Spent a small amount of time lounging by the pool before dinner when the sun finally made an appearance.
Thursday:
  • This was our self-proclaimed beach day. No plans, nothing to do.
  • Except strap my only child to a parachute and let him be flown 900 feet in the air.

  • And we walked and walked on the beach. Collected rocks and shells and followed a beach bird for a bit.

  • And got sunburned. The Mexican sun rays laughed at our SPF 30.
Friday:

  • Dolphin day!!!!! We did the Trainer for A Day program at the dolphin center, and as expensive as it was---it was TOTALLY worth it. It was about twice as much as the dolphin swim program, but we were there with our own personal escort, one of the trainers, for five hours! More info on this later, but it was well worth every peso! And educational to boot - which means I can't lose parental points for taking my son out of school for three days. It was a perfect ending to the week.

  • Ate at our resorts reservation-only restaurant -an Italian meal- and was quite happy with it! Shared four desserts between the two of us. Fat, spoiled Americans, indeed.

  • One last walk on the beach. One last sunset. One last time combing the beach for shells.

Saturday:

  • Ick - travelled almost all day. Not fun.
  • Great to be home again!!!!

13 comments:

  1. kilax said...:

    I am so jealous! It sounds like a great time! Ha ha, I hate sitting through those time share things! We did that once too to get a free trip... never used it! We were too worried it was a scam!

  1. Aunt Juicebox said...:

    You did so much! I would love to take my daughter to Mexico. We're planning a trip to Spain though when she graduates (in 2 years LOL) though, so we're saving our pennies for that.

  1. Jay said...:

    That just looks like so much fun! Great trip report. I would love to go there someday.

  1. Sounds like you had an awesome time... I am getting ready to head off to Mississippi in November and I tell you... I cannot wait... alot of people think I am odd going to MS but we like it..

  1. julia said...:

    I'm so glad you went for the zip lines! I told you they were awesome ! :) Ah, and you fell for the time share presentation even though you were warned. lol Sounds like you guys had a perfect trip. I love the rains this time of year. Really cleans out the day even though it sometimes feels like a hurricane.

  1. Nat said...:

    Looks like a wonderful trip! I am so envious of your ziplining and dolphin excursion! I am anxious to hear all the details soon! Oh, and give you your key back. :)

  1. Portland Rose said...:

    Welcome back! Love the wrap up!

  1. katieleigh said...:

    I adore that first picture - composition is awesome! Thanks for your recent comment on my blog :)

  1. Raven said...:

    I'm impressed! You did so much! It looks like it was a beautiful vacation. I'm glad you had fun!

  1. carma said...:

    Fantastic. I am really intrigued by that zipline tour. My son would HAVE to do it.

    That spider is HUGE!!

    The sunset scene behind you is so amazing it almost looks fake!!

    Glad you had a fabulous time!!

  1. Hit 40 said...:

    Outstanding trip!!! You really did it all. The pictures are gorgeous. I have had friends who did the zipline through the jungle!! Crazy

  1. Unknown Mami said...:

    I am jealous! Not really, I'm happy you got to see all that beauty, but next time you should consider taking me.

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