Saturday morning dawned bright and gloriously sunny. I went for a nice long run along the waterfront -- the first half with Justin, then by myself to tackle some hills. When I got back, I discovered a condo full of people and terrific spread of delicious breakfast! It's hard to beat fresh fruit and an omelet on a deck with views like this.
After breakfast, Justin and I left the rest of the group lounging on the roof and hopped in a taxi to visit the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens. They were about 30 minutes south of town, straddling a jungly ravine with streams at the bottom. We bought our tickets and set out to explore -- and by "explore", I mean "take close-up pictures with our fancy cameras."
|There were enough free range air plants |
to blow a Portland hipster's mind.
|I loved these delicate little irises. I hadn't expected to see them.|
|Wings looking a little worse for wear, but still kind of cool.|
|Anyone know what kind of plant this is? These |
weirdly alien flowers dangled from a thick vine.
|Purple pompoms everywhere!|
|Water taxis and a strangely empty beach at the Boca de Tomatlan|
|The taxi took the folks with the early dinner reservations first, then came back to pick us up.|
|Too windy on the boat to wear hats!|
|Wait a minute -- SINCE WHEN HAVE I HAD ABS?!|
|We selfishly wished the yacht hadn't invaded -- we could have had the beach all to ourselves.|
Once seated under the shady thatched roof, we placed our orders and sat back to enjoy the views.
|Virgian pina colada|
|Grilled octopus with olive tapenade, paprika potatoes and mango salsa|
|Key lime pie. Seemed appropriate for the location.|
|We initially draped our towels to dry on the railing. Our scandalized server immediately |
whisked them off out of sight. Probably the right call.
|Justin, Jon, Todd, Jed, Randall, |
Vince (the third Seattleite, who arrived late the night before), and then moi
We got back to town a little before sunset, so we went straight upstairs to our infinity pool to talk and watch the sunset until it got dark and was time for bed. It was a quiet, simple evening, but also really great. After three full days together, we'd gotten to know each other and a fun group dynamic was starting to emerge. People were more relaxed and easy with each other -- that lovely moment when acquaintance shifts to friendship.