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An Unexpected Day

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In the week between Lizze’s departure and Nate’s parents arrival we didn’t have any plans. All we needed to do was clean up the boat, get laundry done, and grab a few more groceries before Lynn and Mary arrived in Mexico. We met a few new cruising families and hooked up with old friends that had arrived in La Cruz, and there was a fun beach party for all the kids complete with a bonfire, pizza, s’mores and paper lanterns.

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Aimee from s/v Terrapin lighting a paper lantern

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All the girls love Sully

On the way home from dropping Lizze  off at the airport, Sully noticed a Church’s Chicken/Subway with a big indoor playplace. He called it the “chicken playground” and asked if we could go. I said maybe soon and he forgot about it. But Nate didn’t, because on Sunday he suggested going to the “chicken playground” for lunch. We were bored that day and had nothing to do, but I think he just wanted an excuse to get fried chicken 😉

Sully was VERY excited to hear our plans, so we hopped on a bus and headed towards Puerto Vallarta. We ate our lunch and Sully had a blast playing with all the other kids, but there was one boy, Eduardo, that he really got along with.

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Nate and I started talking with his parents, Veronica and Gabriel, via Google translate. Veronica asked if we had seen the “cocodrilos” yet. Puerto Vallarta has wild crocodile’s that we hadn’t seen before and they asked if we wanted to come along. Since we had nothing else to do that day we agreed. We all hopped in their big SUV and drove down a long bumpy, dirt road until we came to a chain link fence. There were five crocodiles and one very brave white crane on the other side.

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I thought they would just drive us back to the restaurant, but they asked if we wanted to go downtown and walk along the Malecon. We spent the rest of the day down by the beach, letting the boys run and play together.

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Eduardo’s aunt, Fabiola, showed up in the afternoon which was convenient because she spoke English, and our phone batteries had died from using translate so much! They introduced us to the delicious sea food of Puerto Vallarta at a great restaurant right on the beach. We found out that we really love ceviche!

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Always making new friends

After dinner we walked down the malecon to the city center. Music was playing and people were dancing in the square while all the kids were running around playing games.

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We had been into Puerto Vallarta three times before this day, and didn’t think we’d go back, but that was before we saw the city with the help of locals. We had never been as far south on the malecon and found it to be much more authentic compared to what we had seen before. Meeting new friends helped us realize we need to talk to people outside the cruising community and practice our Spanish with Rosetta Stone a lot more.

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4 Comments

  1. Love hearing about your adventures!

  2. Jessie loves seeing the picture of Sully Bear. Hope to catch up with you soon. Phil’s going to get the outboard part tomorrow…He’s ready to start doing the happy dance.

  3. The crushing community is great but you said it “get outside” . I suppose I should brush up on my coffee break espanol before we head to Mexico and beyond! What an amazing life your living!

  4. Jill, definitely practice your Spanish, a little bit can go a long way! Also download the google translate app to your smartphone and download the offline language packs so you can translate without using data. That’s been our saving grace meeting new friends in Mexico! Terrapin Crew: We’re stuck in Mazatlan until Monday, then may make our break across the sea. Hope to cross paths with you again!

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