Thar she breaches!

Yesterday we walked up to the airport and caught a bus North to Punta Mita. A little over an hour later, we found ourselves in a cute little tourist town not quite as overrun as Sayulita with beach bums and surfer types.

In town, Captain Tobi approached as we made our way toward the harbor and asked if we wanted to do some whale watching. Yes, indeedy! My favorite shot from the trip is pictured here. There are more however, and I’ll upload them when I can and make a slideshow out of them.

After the whale watching, we snagged lunch at a beachside restaurant. I had Camarones Ensilantrados — Shrimp in a garlic/butter/cilantro sauce. Yum!

Here’s Punta Mita in relation to Puerto Vallarta:

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poolside webcam

The connectivity down at the pool is great, but the screen visibility in
the sun is not. Fortunately, a towel remedies that nicely.

Today we stocked up at the grocery store on our favorites: chorizo,
Malibu, those lime-flavored coated “japones” peanuts, coconut yoghurt.
Tomorrow will probably be a whale watching expedition. Low-key stuff
today was a good idea given the monster travel day yesterday.

Puerto Vallarta, April 2009

We’re back from a great trip down to Puerto Vallarta to visit my parents and some of our best buds N&C. This was the first time we’ve ever been down there without flying through the USA to get there. We learned some stuff; I expect Sarah will post her observations later after we get a chance to deflate and unwind.

For now, here are the best pictures we took while there (slideshow below). You can click the button in the lower-right corner to play the slideshow in full screen mode if you like. N&C may have some good ones to share as well; perhaps we’ll be able to cross-post some of them.

¡Hasta luego!

Mañana volemos á Puerto Vallarta via Monaco y Amsterdam y México D.F. Vamos a gozar el tiempo y visitar mis padres, quien no hemos visto desde 2007, y el Narguito y su esposa, quien nos traen unos regalos del tipo soprano (mas o menos).

Regresamos cerca del fin de Abril. ¡Que tengan Uds. unos dos semanas buenas mientras que gastamos tiempo en la playa!

the requisite last-day-sunsets post

And so our Puerto Vallartan vacation draws to a close. We’ve actually done much less here this time compared with previous visits, but we’re treating this as the calm before the coming storm awaiting us in Detroit. Brian and Mikey got home to their critters OK and we’re clearing out tomorrow morning early. Really not looking forward to leaving this weather, though it will be nice to visit the Detroit peeps and get Carolyn’s matrimony on. You can view all the photos from this set here.