Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Little Shopping, a Little Socializing, A Little Touring

The days are starting to run into each other now, so I'll try to capture what we've been up to these past few days before they get too fuzzy.

Every Sunday there is a market set up along the dry riverbed across the highway from Bucerias centro, so we strolled down to check it out. Like Bucerias Days, it consists of row upon row of tables and kiosks selling every kind of fruits and vegetables, used clothing, jewellery, small appliances and housewares, hardware items, prepared foods, make-up, DVDs, etc. Very popular with both the locals and the visiting gringos.

Our buddies from Saskatchewan - Grant and Inga, Nick and Connie - left the park a few days ago to head north back to Rincon de Guayabitos. As a thank you for watching things while they were away in Mexico City, they took us out for supper at Karen's, a lovely beach side restaurant. Afterwards, they taught us a great new card game, which we played until the wee hours.

It was great to reunite with those folks. The park certainly seems quiet without them. With Dell and Angel leaving Saturday, we'll be back to being all by our little lonesome's. Time to drag out the 'Rock Band' and do some serious 'wail'n' .....

Tuesday was Herb's birthday (Gary's brother-in-law), so a group of us joined him for a celebratory dinner at Fumar's, a great restaurant just across the highway from us. The waiters even sang the Mexican version of 'Happy Birthday' (and they sang WAY better than we did with our version). Lots of fun.

Yesterday Judy, Joel, Terry and I took another road trip up the north coast. We first stopped to tour the very posh marina at La Cruz.

From there we drove to a quiet beach that we found last year just along the road towards Sayulita. The road into the beach takes you past some interesting houses. The beach itself is very beautiful - white sand, blue water and very minimal people. The only drawback is the wind. It's quite open to the ocean there, so the wind is strong and the surf is high.

From there, we travelled back to Punta de Mita. This little town is full of sharp contrasts. It is home to a VERY exclusive Four Seasons resort/golf course/housing development, so on one side of the street you find very high end galleries, shops and restaurants, while on the other you find Mexican shanties.

Punta de Mita is a popular port for fishing, whale watching, scuba and snorkeling excursions. This is where we arranged for our whale watching trip last year. Joel wanted to check out the cost/details of the available fishing excursions, as his son Jeff is planning an outing while he is down here. Jeff and his wife Kim arrive Friday.

The town is also a popular spot to learn how to surf, as the waves are perfect for the beginner. We stopped for a beer at a bar along the beach and watched the large crowd of surfer wanna-be's attempt to 'shoot the curl'.

On the drive back home, we stopped at Destiladeras beach, which is another beautiful spot. It appears that a new, big development is underway there, as the regular parking area for beach access is closed off. We stopped briefly, took some photos from the bluff, and wondered about the cross planted there.

We woke up to rain this morning, so it's a quiet day for everyone. This appears to be short-lived, as the forecast is for 31 degrees celsius tomorrow. Back to the beach!

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