Shawn O'Connor, our most amazing son-in-law, has a birthday. Shawn, we hope you and Teagan have a wonderful day in the mountains of Field. We know you love your little cabin in the mountains and we will toast you tomorrow from Mexico!! This is one of your favourite flowers, hibiscus, at least that is what we think, since it is tattooed on both Doug & I. Beautiful pink. I think you would really love the sounds of the birds here. They were carrying on with quite the performance.....Have a great and happy birthday!! We will be thinking of you!!
Bruce Ewing, our very great and dear friend, is our next birthday celebrant for tomorrow. We have known Bruce (...and his lovely wife, Cindy) since 1988. Wow - that hardly seems possible, does it guys? They have been unwavering friends since. Our favourite memory is of them walking down our old street, carrying their kids' swing set when they were moving in. We decided then and there that anyone who could walk three blocks, carrying a swing set would be great neighbours and friends and they are! It is so wonderful that we can now meet them just a few miles away, in Nuevo Vallarta for the day tomorrow at their resort. We will leave our mciro-bikini and banana hammock in Bucerias so as we do not embarrass you!! We are SO looking forward to our day with you!! Nuevo Vallarta may never be the same!!! We will ensure that you have a great and amazing birthday, our friend!!
Won't lie, I "borrowed" this from the little kid next door,
Really, couldn't he have kept it blown up, for heavens sake!!
It's nice here at Marco's Place. If a person is looking for any "stars" on a hotel, this is not the place for you. It is a quaint Mexican hotel with a little pool and very kind owners. And, sometimes having "stars" isn't what you need. First, we started off with a breakfast of fresh pastries. A nice gentleman dropped into the courtyard with what is essentially fresh (still warm) fruit pies. If I become a diabetic here, this will be why:
Mine was better than Doug's. It had pineapple and his had apple...
(personal opinion, I suppose...)
Then we decided that we would walk the market and then the beach. The market is, basically a very intense few blocks of many people trying to sell as many things as possible. I appreciate their efforts but it made me miss my market in Valle de Juarez. It is more like an outdoor shopping mall. Still, everyone has to make a living. We did find that our new Spanish phrase, taught to us by our very own Professora Contreras... "no gracias, solo mirando" to come in extremely handy. In fact, it usually stopped any vendors in their tracks. thanks Barb!!
Beach walk is always great. For some reason it seemed a good idea to try and walk all the way down the beach to Neuvo Vallarta to try and find the resort that Bruce & Cindy were staying in. Not that we could have gotten on the property without them setting the dogs on us, but still, we could see where they were staying, since we are "officially" going there tomorrow as their guests (dogs will be kept inside....) Well, it turned out to be a 2 hour walk one way. Make no mistake, when you look down a beach and think "oh, that's not too far" think again. It's a mirage my friends!! We were nearly dead from thirst and sore feet by the time we got back to Bucerias. Oh, and it was 2 hours ONE way!!!! We straggled back, barely alive and managed to make ourselves a margarita and then go out for a quick dinner. (Dinner by the way, was not that good and was WAY too expensive for what we got. Welcome to the beach town!!) Anyway, here it is, in a coco"nut" shell, so to speak!!
Barb - I think we need one of these for the campground!!
Love this door. This is for Bob Bortolin. I know how you
liked the doors in Italy. I will show you this one when you are here!!
Looking south towards Nuevo Vallarta. We walked almost to the
farthest bit of land you see on the beach.
Like the shoes in the restaurant last weekend, I don't know why I take pictures
of these things. Dead fish. Not more needs saying......I know....
Water rushing up at you. Pretty sure that we got wet for this one....
(I know, like you haven't seen the beach before!!)
Random boats at one of the resorts....
We thought this place looked pretty garish and out of place.
Just our opinion....
We literally trudged our way back and that IS the only way you can describe our walking for the return trip. Like a couple of doomed people....just trudging. We then "found" ourselves at a little restaurant just down the road from our little hotel. It certainly wasn't the best meal we ever had but the location was nice and there was an entertaining parrot who paid us a visit....
To the right....
and to the left...
THIS looks like the perfect place for our little Gus!!
(did we mention that he has his own passport now??!!)
Pretty cute except that right after this, the little bag bit my finger. Turns out she really only likes men!! I had her put into my taco....she was good. Just kidding!!!!!!
See our little friend on Doug's shoulder?
Just for the record, the little bag bit him too!!
We wish you were all here!!
Thanks for hanging in there tonight for all my dribble, drabble!! I do have pictures of the inside of our little room but I will show you those tomorrow!
Again, Happy Birthdays to Shawn and Bruce tomorrow!!
Tea time for us!!