Sunday, March 23, 2014

MEXICO TRIP: VERANA, PART TWO

(This is the second post about our Mexico trip - here's the first one!)

Well, Verana was truly everything we thought it would be and more.  Wednesday morning dawned beautifully, and we watched dolphins play in the ocean while we ate breakfast.  There had been whales there just days before we arrived, so we kept our eyes peeled, but had no luck on spotting those.

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We headed out for our "Paradise Picnic" package after breakfast.  We enjoyed a private beach with snorkeling opportunities and a pleasant beach dog to boot.  We mostly read and watched the waves.  The pelicans made quite a show of eating sardines, and we caught a crab dragging a tiny stranded fish into its hole.  We felt as if we had arrived amidst a nature show being filmed.

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Here is the sweet cat that wanders the Verana property - Verinita.  She eats anything offered to her, including your morning banana bread that is delivered discreetly to your "door" around 7:30 with your coffee or anything else you request.  It's your pre-breakfast breakfast.  You might be starting to see why we liked Verana so very much.

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This picture was on Thursday, our last morning at Verana.  Saying goodbye to the Bungalow was a sad moment.  It was just so beautiful.

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Here's how the luggage gets up and down the rather large hill.  You can request to have a mule take you up and down, but we chose to use our own legs.

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The first night that we arrived, there were only three couples total staying there.  Breakfast and dinner are served down near the main kitchen overlooking the water, so you end up seeing people with some regularity, if you are on similar schedules.  Much to our surprise and delight, we ended up making friends with the other guests that were there.  We normally like to be sort of reclusive on trips like this.  However, it was such a treat to have wonderful conversation and laughter to go with our meals, and on our last morning there, we ended up all leaving together and sharing a boat all the way to Puerta Vallarta.

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All of our new friends were from the San Francisco Bay area - Kristin and Mary, and Hae and Joon.  They were all amazing, and now we have some great people to meet up with in a place we have wanted to visit for quite a while.

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We got to see a whole pod of dolphins from on our boat ride, and it was so fun to see them all together.  That is the thing about Verana - it is a bit of a walk on the wild side.  We saw a bunch of these woodpeckers.

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There are these creatures that look like a cross between a raccoon and a monkey that are everywhere - the staff called them "Tejons".  Mary and Kristin baited them to their room with diet brownies and got to see them several times, but I never did get a good picture of one, because we saw them mostly through the trees.  I'm glad to say that we also never saw a scorpion, but Mary shook one out of her sweatshirt.  The staff graciously came and killed it for them.

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(those are the dolphins, not sharks.)

As a wrap up of our time at Verana - it was everything we could have hoped for and much more.  It worked perfectly for us, because we like a little bit of adventure and love being outdoors, especially in perfect weather.  I would highly recommend it to people who like those things, because it is off the beaten path, and beauty is around every single corner there.  We were able to relax completely, which is what we most certainly needed at this time in our life.  There are many options of things to do there, but we mostly read and slept - things I rarely get to do enough of in my normal life.

The last post about our trip will show our night in Puerta Vallarta.  Truly, it was a blessed trip in every way, and we are so thankful to have had this opportunity.  God knew exactly what we needed.

2 comments:

Lindsey @ A Dollop of My Life said...

so. amazing. (except for the scorpion bit... shudders). Also, I love meeting friends on vacation. Our last big vacation (which was 7 years ago) was a cruise, and we hung out with the 2 other couples we were paired with for dinner during the whole cruise. I LOVED having that. Unfortunately, we've also been paired with quite the social oddities on our cruises too, so I guess it's hit or miss. :)

kristin said...

Aw, we got a mention! Thanks and your photos are AMAZING!