I wanted to post about the resort we stayed at because it was so MASSIVE and fancy and fun- it truly felt like a vacation. But almost all of my photos are at the pool! Hahaa. This place had the largest pool bar, surrounded by the ocean; there was a waterslide made to look like an ancient pyramid ruin; there was a lazy river around the resort. I loved seeing all the iguanas and kittens!
When the iguanas see unattended snax, they go for it. This dude’s face of guac! Haaaa!
We won poolside trivia 2 out of 3 times, in part because no one else showed up for trivia. By the third time they came up with actual questions for us. Was fun!
I went around the lazy river 4x and down the waterslide 3x. I could not get enough.
Lived my longtime dream of throwing a drink in someone’s face. Jason’s face. 3x cuz I had a hard time hitting him squarely in the face.
On our last night, there was a 5.6 earthquake! Sam and Mike felt it at the hotel and it broke the elevators for a min. Jason and I were on the beach and didn’t notice.
We ended up walking down the beach from our resort to the Nuevo Vallarta marina to watch soccer matches and eat a nice dinner at Maizul for Mike and Sam’s anniversary. I got the impression the resort put a lot of work into keeping the beach tidy on the resort side cuz when we went off campus, there were dead eels, dead pufferfish, iguanas everywhere, and LIVE BABY SEA TURTLES making their way into the waves!!! We saw a lot of awesome sunsets on this trip but the best ones were probably here.
taro ice cream
A woman told me that just a few years ago, sea turtles were a rare sight but now they’re much more common. Nice to hear! These little guys are so cute- palm sized!
So many iguanas on the docks and rocks. One of the guys had some chips and they all went running toward him.
Happy 20th Anniversary!
More ceviche and my first time trying huitlacoche (also known as corn smut or Mexican truffle). I liked it! The fish was good too
Jason’s friends Sam and Mike invited us on vacation to Mexico’s Pacific coast. It was my first time meeting Sam and Mike and my first time in Mexico! From Vallarta, we took a guided hike through a hilly jungle and along a coastline- Boca de Tomatlan, to Playa Los Caballos (Horse Beach), to Las Animas. In town, we did a tequila tasting and drank beers while watching the sun set over the ocean.
The view from the roof of our hotel
Lots of chickens and cats (see the one in the doorway?) in Boca de Tomatlan
Our guide Joel was great!
This beach was pretty remote- just us and another couple with their dogs!
Ceviche on the beach!
Really cool to whip by all the places we’d hiked on the boat ride back
tequila straight from the barrel! It was Sam and Mike’s anniversary- she engraved a bottle to commemorate
Puerto Vallarta is where Elizabeth Taylor fell in love with Richard Burton (the first time)
Extremely thankful to have spent Memorial Day weekend at the beaches – kayaking thru mangroves covered in tiny crabs and spiders, sifting for shark teeth, and holding sea creatures. Jason’s friend Spinach showed us so many cool, fun things!
Stops on the way back home!
Hong Kong Willie’s
Muffler Man with wasp balls!
Haaaa! I loved Buc-ee’s, Jason did NOT.
The joy of feeding flamingos and having them brush against you in FLAMINGO LAND!
First stop, Gainesville! We made quick stops at Paynes Prairie both ways- checked out Bolens Bluff on the way down and the Alachua Sink on the way back. Both rad!
all those dots in the water are alligators!
gator in a wig!
Jason’s friends at Satch Squared. We got the waffles which were excellent, but I’m getting pizza next time!
I’ve been to Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden a few times now and every visit is special. This time, we stayed at the bungalow right on the property– which gives you unlimited access to the garden since it’s right in the backyard. Listened to Elvis at the chapel under a full moon, ate VERY WELL, I caught an Uno winning streak, we cuddled the cats Calvin and Hobbs (Hashbrown tail!). What an amazing weekend.
Psyched to do the logo and this hy pup cover art for my favorite local band Weaponized Flesh! Love seeing their demo cassette out and it’ll be the best day when they can play shows again.
First practice! I was there hanging out and sewing my Halloween costume.
Quick stop back at the Rock Garden, giants stomping around Lilliput.