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April 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Keith

Filed under: Travel,Travel in Mexico — Heligypsy @ 12:37 pm

Yesterday, actually. The double nickel. Clever way to phrase it, I thought.

Saturday night we camped at a brand new RV park, Rancho Buganvillas in La Placerita, Mexico – the place is not even on Google Earth yet, they’ve only been open for 5 months. Beautiful hilltop park overlooking a nearly deserted stretch of beach. We were invited to a dinner that our hosts were putting on for friends. The idea of having a steak for the first time in six months sealed that deal – that it turned out to be filet mignon was even better.

Turns out it was a birthday dinner for a woman named Beverly from Ontario, Canada. Actually, all the guests were from Ontario, though Bob and Sherryl have been living in Mexico for the last 18 months. There were two other guests from Quebec, they left shortly after the meal. The owners of the property, Sandy and Cynthia, surprisingly, are from Catalina Island, California. Cynthia asked at one point (already knowing the answer) for everyone at the table who is an Aries to raise their hands.

Beverly (3-29), Sherryl (4-6), Bob (4-7), Me (4-8), Keith (3-31), Cynthia (4-14). The only two hands that stayed down were Sandy, and Don – they knew they were in for some trouble, ha ha. Actually, they both just stayed fairly quiet and the rest of us (except Keith, really) competed to own the conversation. It was a fun dinner, more new friends, and Aries to boot, this has been a great trip ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday we had to put in a little bit of driving to get to the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta, our new little slice of heaven on earth. There was not much I could do for Keith for gifts or cards, I told him I’d take him to a nice dinner out (which is for the both of us). After setting up camp we went for a walk along the beach. It’s a steep beach, popular with the surfers. At times it gets extremely rocky, the sound of tide rushing out over the rocks reminds me of doing school projects cracking marbles in hot water.

Keith is a rock hound, and knowing I wanted a gift to give him, said I could find him a birthday rock for his collection, said he’s short of red rocks with black in them – they are very hard to find. Scanning the glistening pile of rock and shell was challenging, especially when it came to retrieval…I had to grab quick before the waves would return and wash potential scores back out to sea. I found a couple itty bitty red things, nothing spectacular, a few very colorful polished rock-looking shell remnants, and, though I was not looking for anything green my eye caught on an interesting shape and color that I managed to scoop just before the water could steal it from me.

The Birthday Love Rock –


Keith says it might be one of my best birthday gifts yet. I laughed and said “Even better than the Ipod that I loaded some of your favorite tunes on?” He says yes, because this one was found. It’s meant to be, just like most everything else on this trip.

Dinner topped off another perfect day. The recommendation was to go to Don Pedros on the beach, Monday night is Salsa night! Well, we skipped the dancing, but had a fabulously fancy meal of seared tuna, ginger mahi-mahi, thick horseradish infused mashed potato, seaweed of some description, shitake mushrooms – you get the idea. Finished off with chocolate mousse, we were two very happy campers. We sat in the candlelit patio over looking the ocean reminiscing about other meals in other countries, grateful for the memories we share.

Yes. We do know how lucky we are. (That’s for you, Bonnie from Freddies)


1 Comment »

  1. Happy Belated Birthday, Keith! The rock is soooo cool! I’ve given a rock or two as gifts in my time. I think they’re more personal than a Hallmark card ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by JennH — April 5, 2008 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

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