We survived our week in Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast of Mexico. We stayed at John & Kristin's time share at the PV Marina. Took a couple of tours into the surrounding countryside and hills; toured a tortilla factory and a hat factory in small villages. "Factory" is perhaps too grandiose a term - more like mom & pop operations adjacent to their homes. Toured a tequila distillery located in a former villa - they sell only from the distillery - so I brought home a bottle (the only souvenir we acquired). Took the local bus into town a couple times, toured a zoo located across the Baya Banderas in the area where Night of the Iguana was filmed in the early '60's and took a boat ride to a live show in a jungle-theater which was sort of Circ de Soliel meets the Mayan jungle. Had a great time - other than Suzanne's 24-hr stomach bug on Sunday and my violent allergy reaction after visiting a rancho for lunch Thursday on the last tour.
Night on the town.
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Views of and from the resort.
Puerto Vallarta boardwalk at beach - El Malecon
Boat ride and show on last night
VW continued to manufacture Type I Beetles in Mexico well past the point when they quit selling them in the US. Thus, there are many still in use, although the New Beetle is also available in Mexico. Here are a couple I noticed that have been modified to fit the owners' needs.
Just so you don't get the idea that this trip was all fun and frivolity, we did comb the beach several times and brought back rocks and shells that are at this very moment in the rock tumblers being turned into treasures. As Murphy would have predicted, weather during our absence from Denton was unseasonably pleasant - in the 60's and 70's each day; that lasted through the weekend when we returned home, but is now back to below freezing, as it had been before we left. So we didn't miss any of the wonderful North Texas winter.
I am still trying new show venues to find those that provide the most effective exposure for my works.