Sunday, January 25, 2015


Friday morning, Derek and I had the bright idea to go over to Playa Las Gatas. This is a beach that we can see from Playa La Ropa but we have never been there. Two year ago when we were here, Derek snorkelled there with Freddy but they didn't actually go to the beach. The water around Playa Las Gatas is a well known snorkelling area. We knew we could walk there - or so we had been told - but had the even better thought to ask our parasailing friends to give us a lift in their boat.

As we were leaving the RV Park we ran into the guys and they were happy to give us a lift over. We just had to wait for the boat to arrive. So - we shopped at the 'temptation store' - which by the way - is right across from Audrey's hotel room. As we were going by we saw that Jasmine was putting out new shirts. I picked up the green one that is in my hand and Audrey picked out another for a gift. 

We then went back over to the hotel to get a picture of the exterior. We had originally booked the room above but due to an in house communication error we ended up with this one which ultimately was better because of the ease of entry.

Hopefully we will one day return to Zihuatanejo as fly ins - if we do we'll stay here at El Pirata. It's not fancy but it is just right - plus it's just down the alley from El Manglar. It's not necessarily quiet but it's affordable and about 20 steps from the beach. Plus we know the family that owns this entire block and really like them.

The view to the left.

Looking towards the restaurant which is on the beach.

It wasn't long until we were headed out to the boat. Without a dock at our beach we had to walk in a bit and literally jump aboard.

The four of us - picture taken by….

our friend Manuel. Here he is reaching for the camera. That's Obed driving the boat.

Minutes later and we are unloading.

Amazing water - right?! It didn't take long for Cas to jump in.

We walked the length of the beach first. It's a bit of a gauntlet with all of the waiters trying to convince you to sit at their restaurant. It's actually quite funny to listen to their stories and why you should choose their restaurant.

In the end we headed back to Simon's mother's restaurant. 
He was the most enthusiastic and a challenge to turn down.

Derek rented his snorkelling gear and was off - reasonable at 50 pesos for the day.

We had both lounge and sitting chairs, tables and an umbrella. Here we sat - Cassia spending most of the time in the water - Audrey and I taking turns joining her.

Cassia was happy to take the equipment from Derek upon his return. 

Pretty funny watching a petite five year old walk in adult flippers.

You are probably not surprised to see that they didn't last. We were amazed at how quickly Cassia took to snorkelling. She is still learning to swim but for some reason she became a little mermaid with the gear on. 

Because you get your chairs for free it's pretty much expected that you are going to buy something at the restaurant. While our food was being prepared, Simon came by to show us the fish. We had passed on the combo plate worth 530 pesos and opted for french fries and guacamole instead.

You really can't come to Mexico and miss out on a coconut.

Best fries we have had in Mexico - home cut, crispy, and tasty - they didn't last long.

If you are looking to occupy a five year old just give them a coconut and a straw. Cassia spent about a half an hour scraping out the coconut meat. Eventually Simon took it and brought back the remainder in slices.

After lunch Derek went back out for a second snorkelling trip - 
he had missed the King of King's statue the first time. Then we headed home.

We walked to where we thought the path back to Playa La Ropa was but then wondered because it was pretty rocky. The guy sitting close by assured us that that was the route….  Yikes! First we have Audrey walk to El Centro and back and now we are having her walk on rocks.

She's a real trooper though and we made it.

We'll call Audrey's trip to Zihuatanejo - her 'Mexican Adventure'!

Now back on the road that will lead to the hotel.

Nice - eh?!

It's just crazy that it took us so long to go there! The best part about Playa Las Gatas is the shallow water with little to no waves. Not sure if we'll get back there before we leave or not.

And - speaking of leaving……

We will be departing from El Manglar, Playa La Ropa and Zihuatanjeo next Sunday!!!!!!

I know! How fast did our time here go?!! When we arrived we thought we would be staying until the end of February - but that was when we thought we'd be starting work the beginning of May. With our new job posting with a start date of April 1st, we've had to move up our time line.

This gives us a month to get home. We want to dawdle in the USA for a bit…..

I've been doing a bunch of research and will tell you about our route up through Mexico soon.


Saturday, January 24, 2015


With the days of Audrey's visit flying by we've really ramped up our activities in the last few days. Still, we aren't moving at that fast of a pace - in this heat you can only go so far. We are still thoroughly enjoying her hotel room since it is shaded in the afternoon and gets the breeze coming off the ocean.

Here are the photos of our trip to Jungle Pizza Wednesday night. The waiter took a photo of the four of us - with all the ladies wearing our new dresses from our shopping spree.

We must have all been hungry because we seemed to have arrived pretty early - it was still light out for quite a while. I know - you'd think we'd check the time but we don't do that so much here.
Usually we are here just before dark. 

Wood fired pizza at Jungle Pizza.

Almost - this kitten almost got a ride back to Canada with us. She took turns sitting on our laps. BUT - we keep thinking of the logistics of taking a cat home with us in a cage for the next month of travel in the van and talk ourselves out of it again. So cute though and sad because she is a stray.

We went with two pizzas this time and even had enough for lunch the next day.

Thursday night - Derek and I decided to walk to the top of the hill as promised a few posts ago. I didn't take any pictures for the first part as I posted them here .

You just have to laugh at this. 
So - we are walking along and suddenly a car stops right beside us. The guy flies out - wanting to know about Rufus. Name - age - sex etc. Now, Rufus gets attention wherever he goes but this was over the top. The fellow then gets his phone out so that I can take pictures of him with Rufus. And then he picks him up - I finally figured I needed a photo too. Great picture with is wife/girlfriend looking on. He really wants a Husky but not a good dog for this climate.

Further along we came to a place that we could see the sun setting. Our timing was perfect for our walk. 

We stood for a minute to see the view and catch our breath. 

And then the gate opened. I was a bit worried that since we were actually standing on a gated community driveway we were in trouble. Nope - he just wants to ask us about Rufus!

And then we hoped that he didn't mind that we gave Rufus a drink from the fancy front pool.

We continued up another steep part watching all the taxis come by,which led to this - a traffic jam outside of a fancy restaurant. Instead of getting through and turning around many of the taxis just drove down the hill backwards until they could get themselves turned around.

And then we came to the end of the road. Actually the road does continue but it's gated. An amazing view of Playa La Ropa. You can see our RV Park if you look to the right of an orange building just below the large green area in the middle. You can see the fifth wheel with a white tarp over it - our neighbours and Barb and Dale's C Class.

We took a ton of selfies but none made the cut - so we took turns taking a picture of each other. We were pretty proud of ourselves to get to the top of 'killer hill' as named by Irene. It's the kind of hill that lets you know that you are really doing something. 

The last place before the gate.

From there we started back down. 

Funny that Derek turned around just as I took this picture - I guess he was wondering where I was. We are now back at the place where the security guard came out.

We stopped again to watch the sun continue it's decent.

As we sat on the wall and I looked over I just had to take a picture of this. 

From there we continued on - it doesn't look like it but it was getting dark fast and we wanted to be down the hill by the time it was. This is where we stopped last week - looking down at Pacifica Grand. 

Further along the sunset really became amazing. This is the second stellar sunset that we have seen since we arrived. 

Too bad I don't have a picture of me taking these pictures. I was standing on a concrete curb stretching myself up and over a chain link fence barely able to look at the screen for the picture. Derek was doing the same beside me. I just started clicking hoping for the best.

I'm so glad we did that - timing is everything!

From there we headed back to the beach. We thought that we would miss the rest of the sunset so we walked pretty fast. We were just in time.

Since Cassia was with Grandma - Derek went and got us two beers and here we sat drinking them and listening to the music from the nearby restaurant. 

We had another great day Friday when we took a trip over to another beach - Playa Las Gatas. Surprisingly, it was our first time. Too bad we left it so late it's an amazing place! Derek and Cassia went snorkelling while Audrey and I lounged on the beach. Those pictures next post.


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