Test trip to Mexico

We have been working away on Gypsy for quite awhile now with the idea of heading off to the wild blue yonder once we are done. Well, in the back of our minds the question has been forming, what if it’s too hot? The Pacific Northwest does not suffer from excesses unless we are talking about rain, so we don’t know what hot weather is like. The only solution was to take a trip to the tropics.

Puerto Vallarta came to mind. Our friends Randy and Ruth would be there on Velic doing final prep before they headed off to the Marquesas and it would be hot. We got tickets.

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The view of Marina Vallarta from our room in the Flamingo Vallarta hotel. Palm trees and mega yachts.

We did some sight seeing. Riding the bus into town is a great part of the adventure.

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Ruth, Randy and Nina on the Malecon.
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There were many sculptures on the Malecon.
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Helpful maps kept us from getting lost.

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The beach was full of tourists.

We also sailed on Velic from Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa. Yelapa is a small town on the southern side of Banderas Bay that is only accessible by boat.

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Approaching Yelapa.
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Velic moored at Yelapa.

As we approached Yelapa a panga, a small open fishing boat, came out to Velic and offered us a mooring and water taxi services. After we arrived and got moored the panga took us ashore. We were delivered to the associated restaurant. Once ashore we were shown to our table. The locals do not like to leave anything up to chance. Luckily the food was good.

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The restaurant beach.

Lunch was a study stream of vendors. We did get some souvenirs.

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The surf breaks right at the beach.The beach was made of small gravels. It was hard to walk on with oh so tender northern feet.
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We walked to the town which is up on the hillside.
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Garden view.
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Behind the town is a waterfall.

We had a great trip and we came back to rainy cool Portland to once again continue our quest to head off into the wild blue yonder, even if it is hot.