Friday, April 4, 2008

The Best Trip Ever! The Beach Chapter

In the last chapter our travelers were reveling in Dave's big win in the dart competition. Our best laid plans to shower before we headed off to our new home base were cast aside as we discovered not only was there no HOT water. There was NO WATER! Ah, the little reminders that we aren't in Kansas anymore, Toto. We are in Mexico where sometimes things like water and power work flawlessly and sometimes they just don't. And, quite oddly, that is part of the charm.

A whirlwind of packing and we are in Antonio's Suburban heading off to a little resort just outside of Sayulita, a funky surf town full of ex-pats, good restaurants and dogs in the streets.

After 3 busy days of exploring PV and the Sierra Madres, arriving at what was to be our home away from home for the next 5 days was truly an injection of relaxation. We entered the gates thinking we would follow what has been our normal routine of a beach day followed by an exploration day. Those plans of exploring Sayulita, San Pancho, and San Blas were displaced with day after day of relaxation. Not the pretend kind where you are still secretly thinking about your life back in the "real world", but the kind where your conversations and thoughts start with:

"Which book shall I read?"
"Is it time to turn over to sun the other side?"
"How many sand crabs have we seen today?"
"What do you want for lunch - homemade guac or shrimp tacos?"
"What time is my massage?"
"Is that whale waving to us with his tail?"
"Tonight's sunset is even more spectacular that last night's sunset, isn't it?"
"Want a margarita?"
"Shall we go for a dip in the pool?"
"Do you think I'll need earplugs tonight with the surf being so close?"
"How did that kitty get into our room in the middle of the night?"
"When do you wanna come back next year?"

We've been back to reality for 3 weeks or so and find ourselves pulling out special memories to reflect upon and relive. Each time almost smelling the salt air and talking about how this trip is right up there with our 2005 trip to Alaska as the best trip ever. So - it is really "one of" the best trips ever! Certainly my cell phone thought so as it opted to stay in Mexico and party (more on that one later).

And, the trip did its job...breaking up the winter and keeping this girl sane until Spring arrived in Boulder. Now it's back to real life and living for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June!

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