Thursday, February 26, 2009

Visitors from Canada

I've still been very busy with the final things the board needs to do to set up our homeowner association but it is starting to slow down a bit. Our friend Sharon is visiting from Edmonton and is of course very happy to be out of the snow and into the sand. She arrived on Sunday and is here for a week. Monday we went into Puerto Vallarta of course on our usual "tour" of the Malacon, Los Muertos Beach, old town and then lunch. This time we went to the Cheeky Monkey, which is a great bar overlooking the ocean and malacon. Because it is on the second floor, the views and people watching are excellent. The food is good and the beer and margaritas are only $10. pesos (about $1.00 Canadian). I'm always the driver down here so can never really participate. I have to get Gail behind the wheel next year! This is not fair!

I found out this week that there is a turtle camp (really a hatchery) in Nuevo Vallarta, about a ten minute drive from here. Volunteers patrol the beaches at night to watch for female turtles coming ashore to lay eggs. Then when she is finished the eggs are dug up and taken to the hatchery where they are released about 45 days later. It's an exciting program because all five species of sea turtles are found in Mexican waters and all five are endangered. When the program began in 1993 there were 400 nests found in our bay (El Bahia de Banderas- The Bay of Flags). Last year there were 8000!

Most nights at 6:30 you can go and watch the release of the baby turtles. We went last night and unfortunately, it was only the second day this month that no babies were born. We'll definitely try again though as this is such an amazing and magical thing to see. Hopefully, we'll be able to see some while Sharon is here. Sorry, Rosalee, Dale and Michelle that I did not know about this while you were here! You will just have to make a return visit!

Today was a another beautiful day in paradise. I picked Carol and Shannon up from the Decameron and took them home for lunch. It was nice for Carol and Sharon as they worked together at the Royal Bank and had not seen each other in about 20 years. Carol and Shannon are having a great time at the resort and it was very nice to see them. Oh, and I was hired again today for the summer, which is a good thing, REALLY! I have so many plans for things I want to do here so hi ho hi ho it's back to work I go.

It's sad to think that we have less than a month left here. We start our long drive north on March 25. I hate to think about is, especially as I heard that Victoria had SNOW today.

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