We left Puerto Vallarta on January 6. Other than about a gazillion topes (speed bumps), the road was good to very-good until somewhere around La Cumbre. Then we hit a few kilometers of road construction that slowed us down but, fortunately, didn’t last too long. We took the 2nd turn-off into Punta Perula and found the Punta Perula RV park down by the beach on the north end of town. We pulled in and stopped. Pretty quickly, Henry, the manager came walking up to welcome us aboard. Said he hadn’t expected us for a few mored days as our e-mail had said we’d be in PV for another week. I was impressed that he even remembered I’d sent him an e-mail. He recommended a nice spot up next to the shady community get-together area and just a couple rigs away from the beach.
Pretty tight little community of snowbirds here at the RV park. They all head down to the beach for some group swimming around 3:00 and then meet back under the shade for happy hour around 5:00. Last night they had Karaoke, though Lulu and I passed on that, and today Lulu is teaching a bunch of the ladies how do make micr-macrame’d Peruvian friendship bracelets.
Yesterday we joined our Swiss friends Daniela and Pascal, who we’ve camped with before, on a panga ride out to an island in Chamela Bay that has some fair snorkeling and is also a bird sanctuary. We hiked up to the top of the island to see the brown and masked boobies as well as some turkey vultures.
The vegetation was such that this was not a path that one would veer off of.
We finally got our propane bottle picked up for filling yesterday. Hopefully it’ll be back today but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. In the meantime we only have our electric hotplate for cooking. Despite the control knob on it, the hotplate is essentially full-on or off. Not a lot of variation between. So cooking is pretty much out of the question. Last night, after the sun finally went down, we wandered into town for dinner. I had a cheeseburger and fries (EXCELLENT fries, by the way!) and Lulu had carne asada tacos. We’ll probably return tonight because Lulu wants a burger and fries and I’d kind of like to have some tacos. I may have to get an order of fries to go along with the tacos.
It’s been very hot and humid here. Daytime temperatures are in the 90s. At night it cools down but doesn’t get really cool until three or four o’clock in the morning. We had dinner with new friends Russ and Debbie a couple nights ago. They have travelled extensively in Mexico and we wanted to pick their brains about places to see. The upshot is that we have changed our plan a little bit. First off, going all the way to Chiapas, across to the Yucatán and then back up the east coast to Texas before summer hits means we would be doing a lot of driving and not much staying anywhere. Besides that, apparently December and January are the best months to visit Chiapas and Yucatán. Before and after that, it’s just too hot. As hot as it is here right now, I can believe it. So, we’re going to amble our way down to Playa Azul, somewhere around 420 kilometers down the road. At that point we’ll turn inland and head up to higher ground where it will be much cooler. This will give us a chance to see some of the interior places on our way back north. We’re looking forward to seeing Patzcuaro, San Miguel de Allende, Morelia and the nearby Monarch butterfly preserve, San Luis Potosí, etc. Right now we plan to enter the US somewhere that puts us in eastern New Mexico (though we will probably have to exit into Texas to do that. We’d like to take in NM on our way back to “home” in Puerto Peñasco. We’re kind of sad to not make it to Zihuatanejo, Huatulco, Chiapas, and Yucatan this trip but, there will be other trips. You can only see so much at a time. And, to tell the truth, I’m looking forward to some cooler nights ahead once we leave the coast. Could do without the humidity and the damn biting bugs, too.