It's also the wettest month somewhat due to hurricanes. This year, so far, has been the 3rd most active season in history.
Football is in full swing, so it depends on Mike's mood and where he'd like to watch the games as for our schedule. Since Nacho Daddy's is closed until October, we have taken to watching the games at different venues - Los Muertos Brewing or Thirsty Cougar.
Facebook friends, Tessa and Jim Armstead, who I've been communicating with for a year and fellow Washingtonians, finally arrived in PV to begin their new life as expats here. On Tuesday, Tessa's birthday, we finally got to meet face to face!! It was absolutely awesome. But, what's really funny, is that Mike remembered meeting him back in 1999 when Jim was his friend's timeshare representative here in PV while staying at Villa del Palmar. The world is a very small place, for sure.
The surprise destination was El Tuito, a wonderful old (1500's) totally Mexican town about 1 hours drive due south. Along the way, we had several stops. The first being a photo op at the Kliff restaurant turn out where I learned that the Bay is approximately 1,700 meters (5,577 ft) deep !!
Our second stop was actually a "baño" stop but the benefit was that it was at a Canopy Indio. The location was right on a beautiful river with huge boulders and rushing waters. Too bad the 10 line zip line wasn't part of the tour!
We were then off to an outcropping of rocks in a field with petroglyphs on them. Not much is actually known about them so part of the exercise was to take pictures of them and have them analyzed by experts at one of the Universities. Unfortunately for me, there were tons of mosquitos also and by the time we left, I was covered in bites despite my efforts to cover my body in Off! A battle that I fought valiantly all day but lost.
The 4th stop on our way was at a road side bakery where they make the most scrumptious bread stuffed with all sorts of fillings. I couldn't resist most of them so for 7 6" stuffed breads, I paid a total of 35 pesos ($2.60US). Oh gawd, they are good!!
And, then on to El Tuito!! A wonderful walking tour of the cultural center in the town square with beautiful murals painted in the staircase. And, I got to go out onto the Mayor's balcony because I asked.
Lunch at Mario's, an old authentic hacienda restaurant right on the square with an authentic Mexican lunch that was delicious!! While having lunch though, we heard a commotion going on out on the square, so a couple of us went out to see what it was all about. Didn't quite get a clear understanding of why but there was a cowboy on a horse holding onto a small calf that people would get on a ride. But while on it, people would throw flour or white powder on the rider. Poor calf didn't seem to happy at all!!
After lunch a walk over to the church. Not a lot is known about this church either but the original bronze bell showed 1890.
A quick stop at a family that makes cheeses before heading back towards PV.
On the way back, we made a stop at a Ranchero, which is a roadside restaurant. Only the place happened to be owned by the landlady of one of us that won the tour. We were scoping it out as a possible place for the tour to stop. It's actually down on the river with a gorgeous setting. Again, the mosquitos ate me alive because it's in a jungle setting and it was raining.
The final stop was at a family owned tequila factory. So, of course, we had to go through the "tour" and taste all the tequila. I had one sip of everything but gave the rest away to my compadres. Just too early for me to get that buzzed. LOL
All in all, a GREAT day! Thank You, Superior Tours for the honor of being your tester. I highly recommend them to anyone coming to town!!
We made the final decision to purchase Medivac coverage. This is not insurance but you buy a membership for an annual fee to have total coverage, no deductible, no forms, to pay for transportation of any type to medical facilities that give you the care you need. It could just be an ambulance ride to another hospital or it could be a helicopter evacuation to wherever you need to go or it could be a plane ride back to your home country where you need to receive treatment. Annual Family Plan membership is $390. We chose MASA, the oldest worldwide medivac company in the world. I encourage anyone needing health insurance choices to contact Mike Altman here in PV.
So enjoy your Fall no matter where you are in the northern hemisphere and spring for those in the southern hemisphere. And so our journey continues......