Time Off

March 5, 2015

We have taken a few weeks off construction for some relaxation in the sun and sand. Ken spent one week in the Dominican (La Romana) with a group while I enjoyed a one week solitary retreat at the Ponderosa. We both enjoyed our time. Then I joined him for two weeks in Bucerias, Mexico (Bucerias is just outside Puerto Vallerta). We stayed at the Royal Decameron and were spoiled. The weather was sunny and hot, the food excellent and the service exceptional.

One highlight was the trip to the Puerto Vallerta Zoo where we had a close encounter with the animals. It’s an exceptional zoo with interaction with the animals. You buy a bag of food (carrots, corn, pellets, peanuts and bread) and can feed most of them. That’s me below, kissing a giraffe (cheeky fellow, not interested in me but the carrot in my mouth), cuddling a tiger cub (9 weeks old) and hanging out with a baby monkey. Ken is the one spending time with the alpaca.

tempting a Giraffe with a carrot

Temping a Giraffe with a carrot

Rewarded with a slobbery kiss

Rewarded with a slobbery kiss

Spending time with a 9 week old tiger cub

Spending time with a 9 week old tiger cub

hanging with a baby monkey

Hnaging with a baby monkey

Ken tempting an alpaca with a carrot.

Ken tempting an alpaca with a carrot.

It was a fun-filled day capped off with the giraffe slobbering down the front of my shirt and a baby lemur peeing down the back of my shirt. Well worth it.

Another highlight was the whale watching excursion. Four hours out in Bay of Banderas and we say several moms and babies frolicing including a couple breaching the water. Also spotted dolphins and enjoyed just being out on the ocean. I did not manage to get any great pictures but the one below shows the mommy whale’s tail and the back of her baby.

Humpback whales in Bay of Banderas, Mexico

Humpback whales in Bay of Banderas, Mexico

Bucerias is a lovely little town and nowhere near as busy or commercial as Puerta Vallerta. Almost every day we took the resort bikes and biked to the downtown area. The bikes have no gears, large seats and monkey bar handles. You paddle backwards to brake. THey were so much fun to ride and made you feel like you were 12 again. The vendors downtown offered ‘free parking’ and riding on the cobblestone roads was like getting a Mexican massage.

Biking Bucerias

Biking Bucerias

The trip was wonderful. It was great to escape the cold and enjoy ammenities such as running water and showers; however, I am happy to be back home at the Ponderosa. Be it ever so humble, there is no place like home.

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About Darlene & Ken

Experiencing life off the grid, building a home, and trying to live sustainably.
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