This past week we were blessed to enjoy a full week of vacation…just the four of us. No other family visits or obligations, no preaching or sharing ministry with a church along the way…just a quiet, relaxing, restful, beach-side vacation. A rare thing, and it was wonderful!
We found a lovely 2 BR penthouse apartment at the top of an older property that faces a view of Banderas Bay (Puerto Vallarta) and is located on a twin beach (one side we never really used as it had an obvious drop-off and the waves were pretty rough there) and the other side which is obviously known by the locals as one of the best beaches in the area even though it is only about 100 meters long. It really was lovely with a mix of clean sand, clear water, as well as a rocky area that is perfect for snorkeling which we did several times during the week.
Being older and the low season, the price was reasonable and perfect for our budget. Of course, Vallarta means a 500 mile drive, but we couldn’t come up with a closer beach that didn’t require traveling through or into an area that might be considered unsafe due to the drug war violence that is spread out unevenly throughout the country. Our drive was very smooth and seemed as safe as any place in this country could be. Praise God for that!
On our return trip we spent a night in Guadalajara with missionary friends who homeschool and talked church-planting and homeschooling and a little bit about a lot of any and everything else. It was a nice way to break up the drive and to enjoy a rare visit with Dan and Melinda Nelson. They’re both MKs with our mission although they serve with a Baptist mission called Converge Worldwide.
I want to post some pics from the week so you can enjoy a bit of Vallarta from our taste of it. There are beach pics, fish pics, a sea turtle, pelicans, iguanas, fish tacos, a clown, a “whale”, too many sunsets, some boats, and well…you’ll see. I break them into a few categories and post them separately. We hope you’ll enjoy them. We just looked at them for the first time and Bethie said, “Just seeing the pictures of those rocks is relaxing all over again!” I am glad to say that “relaxing” was really the word to describe our week (apart from the crazy drive!). I think we’ll remember this past week for many years to come.