Our two months here has been a whirlwind to say the least. The trip down was uneventful, but always great to arrive. We have spent lots of time with family and friends this year, with the pinnacle being Ellie and Sean’s wedding on February 6th. Once again, a big Thank You, to all that were able to come and share this joyous event with us. Hopefully we will see some of the first time visitors back again some other time. Judy and I both think that the wedding was even better than we had hoped for.
We have seen some firsts this trip for us. RAIN! In all of our trips since 1997 we have never seen a drop of rain until this year. Starting with the little thunder, lightning, rain and wind on our first Friday night here. This also included a two hour power outage. Then 3 days before the wedding, it started to rain and rain and rain, for two days. We received about 12” in 36 hours. Then the sun came out and the weather was perfect for the wedding.
It is always fun for us to visit with all of the friends that we have made down here. Whether it is on the beach or running into them downtown, we always enjoy it. We have seen a few places in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa that we haven’t been to before. It is always fun to check out a new restaurant or rental unit. The water in the bay has been exceptional this year for cleanliness and for warmth. This week we have been enjoying more gentle breezes coming in off of the water. We have also seen a lot of our friends head home over the last week. Tonight is reserved for dinner with two couples that are still here, and will be leaving a few days after us. Thought we would go for one last dinner at La Escollera. Always a nice view, good food and service.
Timeshare update: Yes we did go for a timeshare presentation. No, we did not buy anything. It was really more to help out a new friend that makes his money booking the presentations. They are beautiful with a great view, but we are happy with what we have going on for now. The presentation was actually nice and really no pressure. They tried to throw a little bait out in front of us, but it wasn’t very fresh and had a bad odor to it. Besides, we have friends that own up there, so we can visit them and use the facility once in a while. Maybe someday we might be ready for a little more comfort and service.
Next year is already set. We will be moving back to a one bedroom suite just behind where we are now. Alfredo was a little concerned that he wouldn’t see us. I told him the other night that I will be watching him from up the hill now. He is fine with that. I might even get a scooter ride to town once in awhile. We will miss not seeing him every night, but knowing that we have a friend for life down here is comforting for all of us.
Judy and I carried out one of Ellie’s wishes this week. She decided that she wanted to give her wedding dress to someone that can’t afford one and needs one. After asking around a little, we took it down to Liliana’s. She cuts Judy’s hair and does her nails. She is also a seamstress. She understood what we wanted to do. After we dropped it off, we went down the street to Casa Café for a late breakfast. The owner’s daughter works there and we were telling her about the dress. One of their employees is getting married on the 27th of this month and can’t afford a dress. Lisa was also thinking about using it to renew her vows in their church later this year. They went and looked at it that afternoon. We saw both of them later that night at another restaurant they are part of and work at. They found someone to alter it for them and it looks like it is going to work out. What do you do with a wedding dress after you wear it once? It seems like we have been in that pay it forward mode this year. It does feel good, and doesn’t cost you anymore. We already paid for the dress last Spring. Thanks Ellie!
We survived the tsunami last Saturday afternoon. That could have been one of those events that would ruin your day real fast. Thankfully it was pretty much a non event here. The water did suck out a little, then, came back in a little higher. I wasn’t interested in going to the beach to watch. If it was going to be a problem, we could just watch it come up the street toward us from the safety of our elevated location.
Birds: Normally I have seen and reported on lots of different birds down here. This year was a little slow, with only a couple of unusual birds showing up. I have been watching a pair of wild parrots across the street. You can hear them squawking but can’t get very close. I have seen them the last couple of years flying by. There appears to only be one pair, but they always fly together. Occasionally they will sit in a large tree about a 150 yards from the house. Hard to get a good look, but you can see them.
Time to wrap up the blog for this year. Tomorrow we will be gathering up and packing barrels and bags. We head out of here on Monday at 5 PM, then overnight in LA and leave for
See you at home next week.
Warren and Judy