Hasta la Vista Playa …. 26 Nov 2014

We fly back to Mexico City on Thursday morning, for the day, departing on Friday for Vancouver at the ungodly hour of 0600 …. really, what a crazy time to depart!! That destroys holiday mode right there!

It is time to be saying good bye to the beach. We have had such a lovely relaxing time in the warmth. Hammocks, sun, sand, and walking the beach.

Yes, the beach at San Augustinillo is often this busy, but we do our best to avoid the crowds.

Yes, the beach at San Augustinillo is often this busy, but we do our best to avoid the crowds.

Yesterday we went to La Ventanilla (means the window), which is evidenced by the large rock formation in the water – with literally a window at the top of it.

If you look at the middle rock formation you will see "la ventanilla" ….

If you look at the middle rock formation you will see “la ventanilla” ….

For about an hour and a half we took a tour through the mangrove lagoon, watching birds (a nod to Wilson).

So many birds ….

So many birds ….

I think this one is called a Royal Egret ...

I think this one is called a Royal Egret …

Iguanas are plentiful … (one lucky guy gets to mate with about 25-30 women in his harem) I am sure they have another word for it when relating to a pack or tribe or iguanas … and the ever present crocodiles.

Iguanas everywhere … we were actually way to close to them for my comfort.

Iguanas everywhere … we were actually way to close to them for my comfort.

We did think Wilson might sign up for another specific bird watching tour but he got his fill (might have had something to do with the bird watching tour being early in the morning…..) We chose to go on the tour after 4:00, as once the day gets cooler, the animals and birds are more active. As the sun set the lagoon literally came alive with birdsong ….it was incredible.

As we reached the main beach area again, they were about to release some turtles – we were each able to take one and release it – so so so cool. Those little fellows just get their little flappers going like mad the moment they sense the ocean near. Put them down, and off they go. Pretty amazing to watch them disappear into the ocean, then return on a wave, then go again.

Our last night we took a collectivo truck to Zipolite -walked the beach as the sun was setting (while trying to ignore the nude males), and had a farewell margarita…. okay the boys had a beer ….

A final meal at La Providencia – amazing place if you are ever in Zipolite, and we are now home to pack up whilst Wilson and Grant have a final crib battle. .. .. .. to be continued. (in Vernon?) What else do people do in the snow? It was in the 30’s today, and right now, 8:30 at night, it is 26 …. really, do we have to come home???

Oaxaca to San Augustinillo – 23 Nov 2014

We had our taxi arriving to Casa del Barrio at 5:30 (yes, a.m.) in order to fly to Puerto Escondido.

Vivi was already worried about flying on a 9 seater to Puerto Escondido, but when she saw the small aircraft, I heard her muttering “I wish I had a pill to swallow ….” It’s true!!!

Really Wilson, I have to get on this plane???? Yes, Vivi, you do - otherwise we are going to be left behind and you don't speak Spanish.

Really Wilson, I have to get on this plane???? Yes, Vivi, you do – otherwise we are going to be left behind and you don’t speak Spanish.

Honestly the flight was unbelievably smooth and quick – totally crazy for such a small plane. We were revving the engine, the Mexicans were crossing themselves, we were up, we flew across amazing mountain ranges, we were over the ocean, we were down.

View from the plane window - it would have taken us a minimum of 6 hours to make this drive …..up up up, curve curve curve …. urch … donkey in road …..the occasional village …..

View from the plane window – it would have taken us a minimum of 6 hours to make this drive …..up up up, curve curve curve …. urch … donkey in road …..the occasional village …..

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So – we are in San Augustinillo, and you are not likely to hear much more ….

It is actually hard to get Vivian and Wilson out of their treehouse ….

It is actually hard to get Vivian and Wilson out of their treehouse ….

hammocks in front of our cabana, surf for boogie boarding right in front … (we watch - Grant boogie boards) life is pretty darn good

hammocks in front of our cabana, surf for boogie boarding right in front … (we watch – Grant boogie boards) life is pretty darn good

We wake up
We swim
We laze in hammocks
We read books
We walk to the next village for vegetables and fruit

repeat

repeat

repeat

Oh yeah, and we eat …. never as amazing as inland, but the food on the beach is never too bad.

Today we hopped on a form of collectivo – a truck that you hop in the back of to ride – I guess the driver thought we gringo’s were too slow trying to fit ourselves into the locals and as the last one to get on Wilson was kind of hopping along with one hand on the back of the truck and getting himself in as the truck started off …

The waiting lounge at La Providencia in Zipolite - comfy place to sit with your drink until dinner is ready.

The waiting lounge at La Providencia in Zipolite – comfy place to sit with your drink until dinner is ready.

The beach at Zipolite - just as the sun dropped over the horizon.

The beach at Zipolite – just as the sun dropped over the horizon.