After a good night rest (finally), I woke up this morning with a renewed energy. I went to Michael Beckwith class at 7 am. This would be his last class for the cruise. It was great. The energy level in the class was incredible. We sang, we clapped, we cheered, we applauded. I am glad I got to see him live in person. He is very inspirational.

After a quick breakfast, I was ready to go. We arrived at Puerto Vallarta today. This is where we’ll get to spend time off the ship the longest. We won’t head back until 11.30 pm at night. I could already imagined a fun-filled day ahead. Being well rested the night before, I feel like the bunny with the new energizer battery.

Group Picture at Puerto Vallarta with Oosterdam on the background
Group Picture at Puerto Vallarta with Oosterdam on the background

We strolled out of the cruise and head to downtown. We decided to go on a bus. It was $0.50 ride. The bus wasn’t all that crowded and of course it’s part of the whole Mexican experience I wanted. The ride took about 15 or so minutes. The places I saw along the way reminded me of home.

When we got off the bus, we walked around the marina. Too westernized for my liking although I am sure I would love the night life there.

Alien Sculpture at Puerto Vallarta Marina
Alien Sculpture at Puerto Vallarta Marina

Shops at Puerto Vallarta
Shops at Puerto Vallarta

Shops at Puerto Vallarta
Shops at Puerto Vallarta

Alf was here a few years back and he wanted to find the place where he ate. According to him, they have the best seafood burrito in town. Seafood? Arrggghhh. We found the place and I have to agree with him. This is the Mexico Experience that I wanted. Eating on the side of the street in a little restaurant. But since they serve predominantly seafood, I passed. I went and got myself rotisserie chicken instead. It was delicious. Yummie.

Lunch at Puerto Vallarta
Lunch at Puerto Vallarta

Lunch at Puerto Vallarta
Lunch at Puerto Vallarta

After lunch we walked around figuring out what we wanted to do. Some wanted to do para-sailing but most of us wanted to do the canopy tour at El Eden. We talked to a few tour operators and good thing we have Alf. A tour that normally costs $75 a person costs us only $45 each. So off we go to El Eden. It was a 45-minute ride to get there; bumpy ride I might have to add. El Eden was the set for the movie “Predator” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Much of the sets remain there today.

The Canopy at El Eden
The Canopy at El Eden

The Predator Figure at El Eden
The Predator Figure at El Eden

This is the first time I have ever done the rope gliding. I got to see everything below me as I was gliding down the rope. It was an incredible rush. I wish it could have been longer. We had to walk to each starting point and for those who don’t exercise, it could be a workout to itself. I was drenched in sweat. One tip. Bring mosquitoes repellent. I really have to commend Leigh for bringing one with her. :-)

This was the longest glide

Leigh gliding down the rope

Group Picture at El Eden
Group Picture at El Eden

One thing I didn’t do was taking a dip in the river. I thought I didn’t have time. That would have so much fun. Swing on the rope and then jump into the river. May be next time.

The Stream at El Eden
The Stream at El Eden

We didn’t get back to town until about 7 pm local time. Time to eat again. We strolled down the street and ate pretty much anything we found on the street. It was pretty damn good. 😉

Kendrick and I drinking coconut juice on the street of Puerto Vallarta
Kendrick and I drinking coconut juice on the street of Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Marina at Night
Puerto Vallarta Marina at Night

We hung out at a roof-top restaurant around the marina. Happy hour. Around 9.30 pm, everyone was ready to head back. I wasn’t. I still wanted to check out the town. After all I had about 1 1/2 hours before I definitely need to be back. We walked around a bit and found this beaten-down club. We stopped by and drank for a bit and hung out with a few locals. The best part of Carlos O’ Brian’s. I wish I would have stopped by earlier. There were tons of HOT girls and I meant HOT. At least I know it for next time. There ought to be some kind of competitions or something because those girls climbed on the stage and tables and danced.

I got back on the boat with 15 minutes to spare before we undocked and headed back to San Diego. I cleaned up a bit and ready to spend my evening partying. I walked around the ship and I couldn’t find anyone (anyone I know of course). After about 15 or so minutes of walking around, I bumped into Anna at the rear pool by the Lido Deck sitting at a bar. It was nice to see her again. We talked for a bit except that this time we didn’t talk much about spirituality. After an hour or so, we went to Northern Lights. We drank and talked the night away. It was a good company.

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