Well, it was indeed an adventure.
We went to Puerto Vallarta Mexico for Spring Break and stayed at a lovely and serene resort where we could have happily stayed put all week (delicious food, friendly pool butlers, unlimited smoothies, warm and gentle ocean swimming–see next blog post!) but simply relaxing was not enough, so I had to insist we did an excursion off campus…
We took an early morning boat to a secluded beach hideaway in the Bay of Banderas called Las Caletas, former home of the classic Hollywood film director John Huston. It was a pristine beach backing up to a densely forested mountain and the terrain was rough–after I got Dashiell situated in the kids activity area (zip lining! monkey encounter! burro ride!) I wound my way back down the hill to fetch my “welcome taco.”
Now mind you I was wearing sensible shoes but the light was very dappled and the path was uneven. I rolled my ankle something good on the way down, but didn’t think too much of it. I could still walk. Still, I elevated it when I could and the cool bay waters (snorkeling! kayaking!) felt good and kept the swelling down. It wasn’t until I tried to get up after lunch that I realized I couldn’t walk…but the day wasn’t even half over, and we still had the boat ride back and the dolphin swim we’d scheduled.
When we arrived back in Puerto Vallarta (after a boat switch! One does come to realize how much walking there is, and how many steps there are in everyday life that the able-footed take for granted!), a kind gentleman carried me (yes carried me) on his back and we moved onto the Dolphin Encounter. At first I thought I should just watch from my wheelchair, but since this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance I figured as long as I could get in the water I’d be fine.
And I was!
In the photos and the video you can see my right foot at an odd angle. The cold water did feel good and the dolphins only bonked into it a few times (ouch! but worth it).
Still, we had a great day at Las Caletas, which is also home to several trained parrots, monkeys, and other wildlife. As you arrive by boat, the parrots fly out and welcome you, making several low swoops to say hello, which makes for a very dramatic entrance!
Here are the stills and videos from our exciting day at Las Caletas!