Lyn and I finally took some time to go do something. It was a beautiful Sunday. The weather was perfect. So we went to Yelapa.
Yelapa is a a small beach town south of Puerto Vallarta. You can only get there by water taxi, and that takes 45 minutes. It was well worth the ride. This little cove is a slice of heaven. The shore is lined on one side with palapa bars and restaurants that serve amazing food. We actually had the best meal we’ve had so far right there on the beach. Coconut shrimp with rice, steamed vegetables and toast. Delicious! The margaritas knocked me on my fanny, but that didn’t stop me from meeting some lovely new people and engaging in very interesting conversations.
While the prices for things here were a bit higher than in Vallarta, they were very reasonable by American standards. Our delicious lunch cost us about $15 US. My margaritas were $5 each. The boat ride was the most expensive things we’ve paid for since getting here — a whopping $640 pesos (about $30 US). That’s round trip.
We spent the few hours we had relaxing by the water, watching other tourists do those things tourists do, like parasailing and such. The waves were a bit rough, so I didn’t get in the water all the way, but I did get more than my feet wet. Score! I can’t go back to the states without having been in the ocean. I just can’t.
Of course, there were the many people selling their wares along the beach. My heart went out to the children trying to sell conch shells they had found. At least in Yelapa, when you tell them “no thank you,” they stop asking. In Vallarta, they just keep after you. It drives me mad!
I did meet my new best friend. For those of you who know me, I just LOVE iguanas! This big boy was partnered with a young man who, in addition to shopping for paying photo ops, was selling some weed. I served as translator for him, which landed me in the wonderful position of having his iguana all to myself. I did give him a tip when he finally came around to gather his pet. I loved this mini dinosaur! They are so amazing, colorful and calm herbivores. I really want one! Oh well. Not sure how Jack the cat would respond. Izzy would have a field day with one, I’m sure.
The Week to Come
This week is our last here in Vallarta. Fortunately, both Lyn and I are teaching adults. My class starts early tomorrow, so I won’t keep at this much longer. I need my rest after today’s excursion.
Fingers crossed, by the end of the week we will know where we will be living. I’ll let you all know as soon as we find out. Saturday we we will be heading back to Idaho to tie up all those loose ends before moving to Mexico for real. Lots on the horizon.