Hope I’m not going to be drummed out of NaBloPoMo. I wrote this post in Mexico, hopped on the plane and assumed I would upload it when I got home. I assumed wrong. My host, who seems to have chosen THIS month to do an extensive migration, wouldn’t give me access. So, in the interest of full disclosure, this is yesterday’s post today. Post-dated. So sue me.

This is as good a time as any to wrap up our four day attitude adjustment in Puerto Vallarta. I would highly recommend renting a villa, as we did, rather than staying in one of the many vaguely Stalinist high rise hotels. First, the economics were right. With a private chef, the cost came to about $150 per couple per night (with three couples staying in a villa that could have held at least three more couples.) For my money, Puerto Vallarta isn’t THAT exciting a destination in terms of historical sights (none that I could see), architecture (not much of interest), historical artifacts (none), so you might as well just hang out in the sun by the pool and the beach. Which I can take for about three days, so this was perfect.

Our villa was Villa Celeste, which I would highly recommend.

I should mention that not all of us draped ourselves over deck chairs and vegged out. Andy and Keith did go on a two tank dive near an off-shore bird reserve. The most interesting thing they saw under water were sea turtles. The most interesting thing above the water were these guys:

It's the Blue Footed Boobie! And this is one of the few places you can see him outside of the Galapagos. Photo: Shutterstock.

It's the Blue Footed Boobie! And this is one of the few places you can see him outside of the Galapagos. Photo: Shutterstock.

Meanwhile, those of us manning beach chairs marveled at the huge Frigate Birds:

Our final wildlife encounter involved feeding bananas to our friendly neighborhood iguanas.

 

Heres the little female iguana.

Here's the little female iguana.

 

Heres the male iguana.

Here's the male iguana.

 

 

 

About those pictures. Note to self: if you boost the ISO up to 800 for a night shot, change it back to 100 before you start taking pictures under bright sunlight. Guess my photography is still squarely in the amateur category at this point.