Sunday, January 2, 2011

what day are we on again?...

Day... whatever. Puerto Vallarta!

Let me start by saying that if you ever need somewhere to funnel some money for "tax purposes" ... 'Anne Needs A Vacation' is an excellent cause and your funds will be well spent at a resort in Puerto Vallarta.

It. Was. Beautiful.

(after we got past the throngs of carnivorous tour companies, massage therapists and bartenders laying in wait at the end of the gang plank. I'm not kidding about the massage therapists.)

After a quick cab ride to the beach, we decided to head into the jungle! Santa showed up in board shorts and brought me a Zip Line tour!

Expecting to be shuttled to the Canopy site by van, we were a bit surprised and amused to be loaded into an Indiana-Jones Style 14-Passenger Jeep.

But 45 minutes and a lot of pot holes later- we arrived! At the set for the Predator Movie. You thought I was kidding, didn't you.

We weren't allowed to take pictures on the tour (apparently hanging 400 feet in the air with one hand on your camera's zoom button isn't safe?) ...

But suffice it to say that Santa. Did. Good. It was the most amazing experience of my life. We hiked UP and UP and UP to fly across huge expanses of jungle and rivers.

(in an attempt to liven things up, a Mexican in a Predator costume jumped out of the bushes every so often.

Said Chicano nearly got beaned in the head with my rather heavy zip-line pulley while I shrieked, "DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!" the third time this happened.)

We headed back to the beach after the tour and walked down the main drag to look at art

and the cathedral at the center of Old Town.

It was - far and away - my favorite stop and I can't wait to find the opportunity to go back and explore the town, the smaller beaches and jungle hikes that we missed.

After a good adrenaline rush and a great dinner ... we decided to to soak in the hot tub under the stars for a while before heading to bed - happy as could be.

Days... 5-6... CRUISIN' !

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