Rincon Part 4

Trip Start Dec 31, 2006
Trip End Feb 27, 2007

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Jan 27 - BBQd pork chops and pot lucked with Bob and Lorraine.  Great food - a home cooked meal.  Later we went down to the zocalo and finally saw a Mariachi band play.  It was good but a liitle cool outside so we retired early.

Jan 28 - We had a little bit of sun today.  Not a lot.  Still quite cool and overcast.  The big news of the day was Dan and Pam were walking on the beach and got stung by a jellyfish.  The pain and sensation started migrating through their bodies so someone called an ambulance to La Penita.  The medical staff there put vinegar on the stings and gave them  shots of adrenaline and cortisone.  I think there will be more folks using the hotel pool now.

Jan 29 - Still overcast.  Phoned Brian and Diane Hazlett in PV and arranged to meet them on Thurs.Feb. 1.  Phoned Dave Olson to arrange a room at the Villa del Palmar for that night so we could go out on the town.  We also signed up for a Mundo trip to San Blas for Wednesday.
This morning we walked to Los Ayala, a small Mexican town adjacent to Rincon.  It took us about an hour and a half return.  We walked the beach and saw the fishermen cuttinbg up their catch.  The pelicans gather round and grab the rejects.  One of the little kids would throw a scrap into the air and frigate birds would swoop down and catch it in mid-flight.

Jan 30 - Itīs a beautiful day today.  Hot and sunny.  Twenty plus of us made picnic lunches then all hopped in Ray and Scottīs half tons (Mexican taxis) and Bobīs SUV and went to Orange Beach which is about an hour away.  Had a great day boogie boarding and sunning and beachcombing.  Itīs a giorgeous setting.  There is a turtle and crockodile sanctuary nearby so we saw some crocks in the water and a couple fair sized ones sunning themselves on the bank.

Jan 31 -   Another beautiful day.   Ten of us signed up for a Mundo day trip to San Blas to see wildlife and historical sites.  Raymundo hired a taxi and driver (Arturo) for the 2 hour trip north of Rincon.  Along the way he had us stop to experience a Mexican fruit and candy store and sample papaya, sweet bananas, coconut and candy.  We watched the girl machete the coconut then drank the milk and ate the meat.  We stopped at another little place and bought some yaka - which is a different looking and tasting fruit and was good.  Itīs supposed to make you horny, too.  We also stopped at a picturesque little cove and had cervaįa and a baņo break. 
Just outside of the town of San Blas, we stopped to go on the Tavaro River tour featuring sightings of birds of the area, crockodiles, snakes and turtles from a 10 passenger motor boat.  It was OK but we saw bigger crocks in pens on one of the boat stops than we saw on the tour.
San Blas is an historical city tracing itīs founding to 1530.  There was a fort built there in 1770 and an old church in 1769.  San Blas was a busy commercial port in the early years but also famous for launching missions to California and up the coast to as far away as Nootka in Canada.  Itīs lņess important now.  At the historical site, an old guy approached us and said he was the official tour guide and commenced to tell us the history in English and then in Spanish.  We couldnīt understand his English and the Spanish speakers couldnīt understand his Spanish.  But he was entertaining.
We headed for home after that, arriving about 5:00 PM and our good friends Bob and Lorraine took pity on us and treated us to a home cooked chilli dinner.  It was delicious.
Tomorrow weīre off to Puerto Vallarta to spend the day and night with our friends Diane and Brian Hazlett.
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