The boys did find time to rag on each other and, at times, tempers flared. That's exhausting! But, I love them dearly, just don't like them sometimes. LOL Guess we're just like any other normal family and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Our final stop was at Nacho Daddy's. At 11pm, my daughter's phone started blowing up. Her 43rd birthday was on December 27th and since they live in the Eastern time zone, everyone that was up back east started sending her birthday wishes.
On her birthday, we had made reservations to have lunch at the Ocean Grill, which is located on a small beach accessible only by boat. We met up with our friends who were joining us for the celebration , Jim & Tessa Armstead and Tim & Georgina Drummond, in Boca de Tomatlan.
Good thing because that quickly came to an end that night. Maddox got the 24 stomach flu that put him down for the count the whole next day. So we spent the day watching football at Nacho Daddy's.
In the evenings we enjoyed as much of the Luminaria Festival as much as possible.
By the time New Year's Eve rolled around, the flu had made its departure from our group. They joined us at our home late afternoon along with all of their luggage because they were checking out of their resort after one full week on New Year's Day.
After a meal at Los Muertos Brewing, we hung out at our place until it was late enough to head down to Old Town and the Los Muertos Pier where we enjoyed the street party and finally the beautiful fireworks along the Bay at midnight. As it's also Mike's and my wedding anniversary at midnight, there was much celebration going on!
A beautiful 45 minute ride out on the Bay. Unfortunately, we didn't see any whales or other wildlife. Bummer! But the scenery is outstanding!!
Our rooms weren't ready, which we were expecting, so off we went to find beach chairs and a place to relax on this beautiful inlet bay. Not a bad life for any of us!
Our next goal was to find a location where the Rose Bowl was being shown. As we had been assured prior to arriving that there were several options, we headed across the river. This was new experience for them. Yelapa town is separated from its beach by a gorgeous River and you must wade through it to get to either side. It is also only pedestrian, walking, donkey, horse, or the occasional ATV. But, no cars!
Our only full day dawned bright and sunny, of course!! Mike, Michael, Peter, and Maddox had made arrangements to go horseback riding up to the waterfall in the mountains. So Denise, Tim, and I left them on the beach for their breakfast while we hiked back into town for a scrumptious breakfast at Cafe Bahia at the town pier. I've eaten there several times and it's worth it's weight in gold! Good, good, good!!
Feeling blissfully full, the 3 of us walked through the narrow paths between homes and businesses watching life unfold in Yelapa. Mellow yellow kind of sums it up. Up the path to the in-town waterfall, we lingered over the beautiful wood working shop where in the past Mike and I had purchased a bowl and been given a free shot of Racilla. Then on to the silver jewelry display, where my brother had bought a piece many years ago. From there we enjoyed many, many more vendors than I remembered from past visits on the final leg to the waterfall. A part of progress.
The guys joined us after their ride having had a good time.
Another leisure day spent at the beach with all of our needs being met by our wonderful hosts at the Oasis Bar.
As we were leaving early the next day, we would not have the wonderful experience of devouring a piece of her famous pies. Mike and I have had the pleasure several times and had been talking about her so everyone was very disappointed. Turns out though that Denise ended up ordering a whole lemon meringue and prepaying for it. She assured Denise that she would deliver it on the beach before our departure on the 11am water taxi.
So after a nice dinner at a different beach restaurant, we enjoyed a quiet end to the day just as we had the day before.
This meant that we didn't have to cross through the river to get to the other side but we did have to wade through some not so nice looking water that had backed up and covering the path to the stairs. We all made it fine but had some ugly foam residue on our legs to deal with. Not to worry!! Walking up the hill toward town was a lady washing off her front porch with a hose. She kindly obliged our request to wash off our legs. Gracias, señora!!
Another great breakfast at Cafe Bahia before heading back to the beach to wait for the pie lady before our 11am departure. Ha! After a no show because everyone was under the impression that there was no 11am taxi, and a call to the Pie Lady, she assured us that she would be on the beach by 11:20 in time for the noon taxi.
Well, there IS an 11am taxi that we missed due to our waiting. By 11:20 she still wasn't there so we waited a bit longer giving her the benefit of the doubt. Sure enough at 11:30 we could see her way down on the beach. But, the sand bar had caved in creating a very dangerous crossing situation with the currents. We could see that she had given the pie bucket to a strong young man to see if he could cross. The currents were way too strong and even he couldn't make it!
As it was time to go back to the pier so we didn't miss this taxi, we found the others that were waiting a bit unhappy with us for having missed the earlier taxi. So we all boarded the noon taxi and took our seats. We were just leaving the pier when we saw another taxi coming towards us and sure enough there was the Pie Lady carrying our pie!!
In mid bay, the pie was handed off to my grandson, Peter, and all was good in our world! Cheers went up from everyone at the perseverance of this wonderful Pie Lady!! As my daughter said, Oh Yee of little faith!! She most certainly did what she could to get us the pie that had been prepaid. A terrific representation of honesty and the hard working Mexican culture. Muchas Gracias!! This is a story that will be passed on forever.
The next week was spent pool and beach side at the wonderful Villa del Palmar resort in the Hotel Zone. It was an easy bus ride for us, so we laid low with them there. The boys did wave runners and parasailing, played ping pong, water volleyball, or just hung out with us old people.
In between all of the time spent with family, we managed to have dinner with our good friends, Cathy & Jerry, who got married on Sunday, January 11 here in PV. A wonderful dinner at Bravo's was enjoyed by us all!! This is a sneak peak of the wedding.
And, during these 16 days, I managed to get together for drinks with Judy & David McFarlane, facebook friends from Toronto, Canada. We enjoyed an evening at Signature Lounge talking about all things PV, as they are looking to possibly settle here, too, as expats. A fun time!! They wouldn't let me take their photo, so this one will have to do. A few goodies that they brought me from the Toronto/Niagara area. They know me well!!
Also, good friends of ours from back home in WA, Lesley & Craig, arrived last week and we met up with them for drinks at Signature Lounge followed by dinner at Los Muertos Brewing. Again, a fun evening spent with friends!
So, the Seahawks won Saturday night and we are very happy to be hoping for another Super Bowl appearance. We shall see....
Have a great week everyone and Happy New Year!! Feliz y Prósperos Año 2015!! Again, thanks for coming on this journey with us....