Heading now to Kauai . . . should be there in about 2-weeks . . . for those of you on Kevin’s email list, you’ll get the scoop that way. Perhaps Thor posts something on Facebook? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. : )
Without further ado, A D I O S Amigos! Hasta pronto!
Featured photo caption: Father’s Day morning June 15, 2014 – The guys pulled the heavy all night shifts, and I had the privilege of “watching” as we approached Isla Isabela and the two Gaudi-esque islands, Las Moñas.
Tip of the day (this one from Marisela): paint your nails! Helps keep nails in good shape while they continually get wet during a voyage.
We’re still moored in La Cruz. Kevin and Tony have been carefully following Hurricane Cristina. We haven’t felt her effects, but that’s because we’ve chosen to stay away! If all goes to plan (as it stands at this very moment which could change as soon as I hit “publish.”), we’ll be shoving off early Sunday morning. You’ll know because there won’t be any more posts for a while.
Meanwhile, below are some shots from our sweaty, drippy, hopping fun excursion to Puerta Vallarta yesterday. We got home to Kalewa sometime around 2 or maybe 3 a.m. And that wasn’t because things had shut down, but just because WE called it quits. I have a feeling that the Cuban dance club we discovered, La Bodeguita del Medio, stays open until dawn. Here’s a review.
And while you’re at it, visit Puerta Vallarta. We’re heading there in just a bit. The guys want to eat at Gaby’s Restaurant too! Plan is to watch a movie on the white wall opposite the restaurant. In the neighborhood? Come join us!
jumped shipped on Tuesday and hopped on an eclectic mix of busses—some with a/c, some without, some big, some small—and ventured forth to Puerta Vallarta.
First, we walked along the boardwalk looking for a restaurant that Marisela remembered being good, i.e. “authentic” and not too, too touristy and expensive. We didn’t find the one she was thinking of, but we did get a good walking workout! Just what these two amigas needed.
When our mouths were beginning to get so parched that the spittle didn’t spit but stayed, we stopped at a farmacia for some agua. “Know of any good authentic Mexican restaurants that are a good price?” Marisela asked in her flawless Spanish. No was the sales clerks reply. “Nada. Todos son turistico.”
Okay den. On we went. Higher and higher away from the ocean and deeper and deeper into residential land. Just about when we hit a road dead-end (but not for pedestrians, we could have meandered further along the coastline), we saw a good looking local couple with a bambino of about 3-years. Ditto. Same question from Marisela. But this time we got a, “Si!” The nice looking young Mexican man recommended one back by the Cathedral.
Se acepta comúnmente que Puerto Vallarta fue fundado en 1851 por don Guadalupe Sánchez quien llegó a este lugar con su familia el 12 de diciembre, procedente de Cihuatlán, Jalisco. Got it?
We said Gracias and headed on our way back down hill and back into turisto land. Perfecto, we both thought. We needed some more exercise.
Again, our mouths dried up. But this time we stopped for paletas. Strawberry fruit bar for me (REAL juice and fruit, delicioso!!!) and lime for Marisela. Yum! We had to quickly lick them, bite them, ingest them in whatever way was possible before the dripped onto the sidewalk or our hand. Again, yum! Just enough liquid and fructose to carry us on our way to Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Cathedral.
Hmm, we didn’t see a restaurant fitting this guy’s description. Onward. But before Marisela left me in the dust with her professional sailor walk which magically appears once she hits shore, I eyed some quaint buildings up the hill. Hola, amiga! Let’s try going UP! Good idea, girlfriend, she replied. So up we went . . . until we found Gaby’s. : ))))) That was da spot!
“SI!” Tony and I replied when Kevin and Marisela invited us to join them on their return trip to Kauai aboard their one-of-a-kind, original (can you say MAGNIFIQUE?!!) boat KALEWA — designed and built by Kevin.
Invitations like these don’t come every day!
From where to where? you ask.
Puerta Vallarta, Mexico to Nawiliwili, Kauai.
But how can you make a post when you’re underway?
We’re not yet. There are a few details to take care of. Parts needed for this and that. And, most importantly, cousins to visit with!!!
I’ve been speaking a sloppy mix of French, Spanish, and German. BUT I made a promise to Flavio, Marisela’s cousin who’s a Biology teacher and gynecologist, that I’ll know Spanish by the next time we meet up. Yup, that’s my goal!!! Hablar con mia en espanol next time you see me. I most likely will make a mess of my reply, but I’ll give it my ALL, that’s for darn tooting!
Kay den, without further ado, below are pictures that fablisio Tony Baloney has taken so far . . .