We hadn't been for a real walk on the beach in a while, so Saturday late afternoon at the height of the heat, Mike and I walked south down Los Muertos Beach and then up and over the mountain of rocks. Yes, there is a pathway with some of it a bit of a challenge for the older bones. What concerns me most is that I don't bounce as well as I used when sliding on the sand to a hard finish. Nope, that didn't happen because I just take it a bit slower than when I felt invincible. Lol
Even though the days are getting warmer and the humidity rising, when there's a beautiful ocean breeze, which there almost always is at this time of day, and you can walk with your feet and legs in the ever warmer water, our body temps come down to a very comfortable level. At the end of our walk, we treated ourselves to a cool beer and wine at Swell's on the beach of Los Muertos. Ahhhh, the finer things in life!
Once back home, we contacted our friends Dora and Bo DuBose to see if they were up for going out for drinks and some live Cuban music dancing. And they were! On our walk to meeting up, we discovered that the Vallarta Mustang Club was showing off their wares! What a treat. Another wonderful evening of friendship and fun.
Last Sunday our friend, Helen Mlynarski, had us over for a delicious spinach and strawberry salad dinner at her new apartment along the River Cuale. What a wonderful magical place! So happy she has found such a tranquillo location for herself.
In between all the madness and going out to enjoy ourselves, Mike and I do enjoy quiet moments at the pool or just reading and evenings of just watching TV. Regular and normal living, even in paradise. Oh, and watching sunsets from our rooftop.
My new computer arrived Monday afternoon and I have been working on getting everything set up and downloaded from the old computer for most of the week. What a hassle and found that I did, in fact, loose some of my "saved" emails. Fortunately, they weren't anything that I couldn't do without but there were some tense moments until I realized that it was all going to be ok.
The other really important matter that we had to address this week was to get our Power Point presentation in order for the IL conference and submitted for review by Friday. Done! Now, Mike and I are tweaking our verbal presentation and practicing, practicing, practicing. Only 11 more days. This will be a first for Mike and for me it's been a long time. My modus operandi is to make myself crazy nuts until I get up there but I almost always relax because I know the subject well. Fingers crossed all goes well -- no double takes.
Thursday started the Gay Pride celebration here, as it is their national celebration week all over the world. To kick things off, a Drag Race with 11 contestants all dressed up with the requirement that they must wear heels that are at least 12 cm, which is 4.72" !!! Just the thought of putting my feet into those things makes me fear for my life!!
Once they were introduced they had to climb up 100 stairs to the starting point of the Pinnacle steps, which Mike and I do regularly, and then when given the go ahead had to race down the stairs, pick up a plate of meatballs, race down the sidewalk to several places, drink martinis and margaritas along the way, then back up the street for more food and drinks, then back up to the starting point. OMG, what fun!! You could place bets and buy drinks while enjoying this venue. All proceeds were donated to the neighborhood project of completing the stairway to become a place of gathering.
Mike and I decided to continue our fun by going up for Happy Hour at the Signature Lounge at the Pinnacle up those 100 stairs. One of our favorite places to watch the sunset when we're out.
Having bought a Cupocity coupon for India Gate off we went down the Malecón. I have to admit that I have never eaten at an Indian restaurant because I was always under the presumption that the spices were used so heavily that that's all you really tasted. Boy was I wrong!! I ordered the samosa (potato & green beans wrapped in a filo dough) and butter chicken in a thick butter cream sauce. It was to die for!! Yay me for trying something new and liking it.
While there, another couple came in and sat down a table away from us. As Mike and I were leaving, I made a comment to them about an incident that happened while they were eating - the man's fork had been taken away by mistake and he needed it to finish his meal. Anyway, we began talking, only to find that they were in PV to "check it out" for living purposes also. Having this in common they then invited us to sit down for another round of drinks. It never ceases to amaze me how many people we have met by being open to engaging with others.
Rob and Shauna were fairly newly retired from working with Cirque du Solei in management for many many years! They have never really had a home moving every 3 months when the show moved on to its next destination. So they said they've actually been searching for years thinking about when this time would come but never found a place that they felt was "right". That, in and of itself, is amazing!
We decided to continue our getting to know each other by heading out to Los Muertos for another round. But before we bid our adieu's for the evening at the wee hour of 1 am, we discovered that we were both planning on going to Nacho Daddy's the next night for the Texas Embassy Blues Band. So since Mike and I had planned to meet up with 2 other couples at Pinnacle for Happy Hour before going to Nacho's, we invited them to join us.
It was fun introducing everyone the next evening. This was Bill and Yasmin's last night before they headed back to Bend, OR. But knowing that they'll be back for a short visit in September and then moving here full time next January make the goodbyes not so bad. And, it was a beautiful sunset to share!
Sean Moore and his band did not disappoint, of course, and some good dancing occurred ! On our way home, Mike and I decided to stop in at Garbo's since we hadn't been there in quite awhile. A terrific Latin band was playing and we met some more great people that we talked the night away with.
I was moving very slowly yesterday after 2 nights out on the town until way past our bedtime. But we did decide to go walk down the Malecón and watch the Gay Pride parade from above at Bar Oceano.
Once the parade had passed by we headed down the Malecon to an authentic Mexican restaurant, Mi Querencia, where we again used a 2x1 Cupocity coupon and were able to watch the sunset.
A quick update on our on going saga with regard to our security deposit debacle. All legal papers have been filed for us to go through mediation. We are just waiting to hear when our hearing gets scheduled. We are hoping that that happens sometime this week.
To all of our friends in the states, we hope you're having a great Memorial Holiday weekend but remembering to honor the fallen who gave of themselves so we could have our freedom.
Thanks again for following along on this truly magnificent journey of ours!