Company is Coming - Prairie SeaShell Sea Stories

We spent our first day together enjoying the pool, and planning our adventures for the next week. There were many evenings aboard PSS spent talking, laughing, and just enjoying the company of my family.

We took the bus into old town, strolled the malecon and saw the sand sculputres. Introduced Donna & Kimberly to a typical Mexican lunch, chicken tacos, mole chicken and tortilla soup, all served by a waiter who wanted to be Kim's new novio!

The following day, weather was just perfect for a sail around Banderas bay (the bay of flags). We had a great day, saw turtles and whales. We followed along with a whale watching boat and were treated to many sightings. This time, I had a really good excuse for not getting any pictures, we were too busy sailing! We did about a 20 miles round trip, almost to Bucerias. We had both big sails up, about 850 sq ft of sail and at one point we were doing over 7 knots, a very unusual occurance.

After our sail, we sat by the pool for a bit and talked to a couple from Winnipeg who recommended the Chinese restaurant on the dock, so off to Suzie Wongs' we went for dinner. Quite good and fairly reasonable, except for the glass of wine at $6.50, which was the same price as the whole bottle from Mega.

Next day, we took the bus to Bucerias to check out the local market. Unfortunately, it has been tourist-ized with all the t-shirts and trinkets etc not anything like the local markets we have seen in many other small towns.

Our next excursion found us at the Botanical Gardens at El Tuito. We got stuck in a major traffic jam on the way downtown, apparently there was a student protest and roads were blocked all over the place. I flagged down the El Tuito bus in the middle of the road and it took us all the way to the gardens along a windy mountain road. The gardens are very new, so trees are not well developed, but signage was pretty good, and in English, so we knew what we were looking at. We had lunch on the patio over looking the river, elevation about 1300 ft. Don had tortilla soup with sour crème and what looked like little pine needles for decoration. We walked to the bus stop that was adorned with a shrine and horse parking.

Next day was girl's shopping day. First we walked over to Wal-Mart, past the Hospital Naval, kindly referred to as the Belly Button Hospital by Kimberly. Then checked out a craft market which was much better than most gringo type markets. Also wandered thru Galerias Vallarta, a very high end designer mall, then bussed over to Nuevo Vallarta Paradise Village Mall. Quite a nice mall, not really expensive as I had expected it would be. Went back to the marina for a light supper, then looked at all our pictures until it was time for our nightly fireworks show.

We got an early start the next day to go to the zoo. Didn't have much luck with busses though. The Tunnel Bus (Express) wouldn't stop for us, so had to take El Centro. Next tried to get the Mismaloya bus which we had taken previously to go to the Botanical Gardens. We waited where we had seen it stop previously, but today all the busses seemed to be taking a different route. Crossed the street, and missed yet another one, finally flagged one down, and got off right at Mismaloya beach. Checked out the palapa's on the beach to see where we would stop for dinner, then walked thru the town of Mismaloya, right past the Don Crispin Tequila factory to get to the zoo.

After the zoo, we returned to Mismaloya Beach for lunch, and Ramir, our water, who had lived in Washington, was most friendly and attentive. Think it had something to do with the fact that we had a pretty "gringo" girl with us. We walked over to the site of the "Night of the Iguana" movie then headed back to town.

We stopped at the Plaza and watched an excellent performance of traditional dances representing many of the states of Mexico.

All too soon the 10 days are over and it's time for Donna & Kim to pack up to go home. Time only for a quick drink at the pool before the taxi arrived. Although I wasn't sure what a week in tourist town PV would be like, I have enjoyed having company and PV is starting to grow on me.

Think we'll stay for a bit, maybe wait for Anders & Eliz to arrive, and catch up with Guiding Light & Willow. We stopped in for a quick visit with Mike & Liz on s/v Argonaut (they were they first cruisers we met when we arrived in San Francisco) and they are heading off across the pond, so we won't be seeing them next season. They gave us their Moon Pacific Coast guide book that Don didn't put down until bedtime. Lots of interesting reading, and he began researching our next adventure ... Guadalajara.

Company's Coming Photo Album coming soon.

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