Another day flew by...we went to visit friends at Paradise Villageand lucked out with some animal action. The kids saw the big tigers up close and a parrot show that made Liam smile ear to ear for an hour...I have tons of shots of parrots on bikes, rollerskating, pushing a shopping cart you name it! They did tricks on the table in front of us and he was insistent we get a close up of each parrot skill and has already admired them all on my camera several times today.
Then while in the swimming pool they announced a sea lion show and this HUGE sea lion was suddenly in the pool with everyone! Honest, it was slightly crazy. It gently swam around everyone then hoped on the little island and did tricks and each kid had a turn to pat it and get a fishy sea lion kiss captured by the resort photographer. Ryan was vibrating with excitement. I snuck a couple of my own of my boys...despite the tempting close up for sale. Paradise Village was fun for the day but I wouldn't want to stay there...it's too Americanized and busy for us. Don't get me wrong or be offended American friends...I just didn't come to Mexico for Starbucks and McDonalds!
After they were waterlogged and animaled out we rode the resort trolley car around the resort for no apparent reason except for three cheering boys who sat on the upper level and thought it was the coolest thing ever. We ended up getting off in an unusual spot with a bunch of local Mexicans and had some fun givng the kids Silly Bands until a bus came going in our direction.
Back at DelCanto we hit the beach for a two hour walk and shell hunt...the boys invented a new game called Eel hopper leaping over a gross big dead eel, poked at a puffer fish and washed up rock fish attempting to resuscitate and ended with an evening swim in the pool. No turtles were discovered today but the rescue center in front of our beach has several new mounds of eggs in the protective shelter until they are hatched. Noah stepped on a bee on the sand and got stung on his foot and we used a beach plant a local Mexican fisherman showed us to relief the sting. He crushed the leaves and made a paste on the sting and was up and back at it in minutes...wish I could smuggle some home for wasp season.
Here are a few more shots from the start of our trip...
I booked a hair appointment here for tomorrow....Cesy! Just kidding, I love Mexico, and their sign is charming in a man with a woman's hairdo kinda way, but I am not nearly daring enough to try a Sala De Belleza with haircuts cheaper than First Choice.
I've seen bananas growing before but never with with big dingle flower thing hanging down...it was very interesting. I want to walk by again tomorrow and see if it's bloomed or something. Coconut, passion fruit and banana trees line the streets, it's very tempting but we haven't picked a thing yet. I am a big fan of the vendors selling cut fruit despite my Mom's leeriness but I haven't got sick yet...this time I've even forgotten and drank tap water a couple times and hadn't had an issue. The meat on the street looks so tasty but I haven't been that brave yet....I am sure it's fine and we are much too anal in Canada but you never know.
Who wants monkeys? Loved the little handmade monkeys this boy was selling. My boys saved our bottles and cans since Christmas and we did a huge return it day and they used the moula to buy a wack of Silly Bands to give to kids here...and two small model planes to build to give me time to pack the day before we left. It's been a great way for them to interact with kids here...even though I often have to make the first move as they are pretty shy...except for Ryan, he says "Ola, I'm Ryan" and puts out his hand to most everyoe he encounters these days.
Little smiles like this have left happy memories of giving in all our minds this trip. Some of the kids just stop and sit and admire the shapes in awe of these small silicone offerings (thanks Stacey for your contributions too!)
Children living such different lives having something in common and sharing with each other, it's beautiful.
Leaving you with that cutie pie smile for tonight...sunrise comes fast and I want to be ready for another day of beaching bright and early with the boys, only two more days before we leave and I don't want to waste it being tired.