Usually when our family takes beach vacations – we become sloths. Katy and I lie around the pool, rising only to use the banos (bathroom) or to get a refreshment. John will wander off to dive or go to the gym. It is a relaxed schedule of generally accomplishing nothing.
Planning for this trip required a bit more imagination – with a 5 year old and a 10 year old along – sunbathing for the week was not going to cut it.
My Aunt Cathy and Uncle Grant arranged the first outing – Puerto Vallarta Zoo. It was great – this was by no means a North American Zoo. Admission got each visitor a bag of food to feed the animals: carrots, bread, nuts, etc. Animals were in cages – but there were no moats, no cement barriers – it was more like a piece of chicken wire separating man from beast.
The next activity was swimming with the dolpins. Obviously, with my aversion to water – I was not one of the participants. Wyatt, Rhett, Corri and Katy were the aquatic stars. The highlight of the hour long swim was when each person grabbed onto two dolphins’ fins and were pulled across the pool.
Our biggest adventure was ziplining through the jungle canopy. What a rush! The guides fit your harness, helmet and gloves and then you begin a climb to the first tree stand – 300 meters up. Once we made it to the top – the fun began. They hooked your line up and away you go, across a canyon and river. The longest run was 450 meters across. Wyatt and Rhett had no fear – they clipped their lines on and away they went. At one point, Rhett let go of his handle to ride upside down. It seemed like the older you were, the harder this was on your heart. Definitely a highlight.