Saturday, January 14, 2012

Puerto Vallarta

Brandon and I had an awesome vacation to Puerto Vallarta. It was a lot of laying by the pool or the ocean. A lot of drinking margaritas, and a lot of eating!! I was proud to come home and still maintained my weight! Thank you metabolism! We knew going to Puerto Vallarta that we wanted it to be a very relaxing vacation. It was just that. The only thing we did (well Brandon didn't my mom and I did) that was scheduled was went Whale Watching.

The only thing I wanted to see Whale Watching was a whale. I would have been happy seeing A whale. Our tour guide Nikki was a 31 year old zoologist who was AMAZING!! Her parents are English and Australian. She was raised in the UK and now travels from Australia, Alaska, down to Mexico every year following the migration of the whales. She could tell you anything you wanted to know about whales. Her love of the humpback whales came through when she talked. Her face would light up when you asked her a question, there wasn't an answer she didn't know. We were lucky enough to travel down there during mating season.

Our first sighting was of two whales but she didn't like that they weren't putting on a show, so off we went looking for more. We found more....A LOT MORE!! We found a pod of 10 or so whales. She said it was likely that it was 9 males and 1 female. The males would fight and eventually the strongest one would win the female and they would mate. We saw one male come up to breach and another male hit him right in the stomach. There was blood on the fins of the whales, whales on the top of the water going absolutely crazy. It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my entire life. On our way back we saw more whales breaching, a mommy, her baby, and a male escort. I felt like my trip was complete. Then a juvenile whale was playing in the water. He was breaching, floating in the water, floating on his back and flipping his tail and waving to us. Nikki said that this is probably his first year mating and he is putting on a show for the ladies.
Nikki our tour guide

The pod of whales going crazy
The juvenile whale breaching
One of our nights there we went to El Panorama an amazing restaurant on a mountain overlooking the ocean. It was absolutely breath taking. The building sits into the mountain and has floor to ceiling windows with every other window open.
Brandon and I at El Panorama
Another view from El Panorama
Puerto Vallarta's city lights from EL Panorama
Making Sexxi Coffee It was so yummy!!
El Panorama from the boardwalk
It was a very relaxing 5 days. I missed the kids and was glad to finally be home!!

I have a 5k coming up on Saturday!! Woohoo!!

1 comment:

  1. I love whale watching!
    Every time we go to Hawaii I go on at least one whale watching tour, that's how I got the series of breach photos that I have for our bedroom. It's such a magnificent thing to see!
    So glad you had a wonderful vacation!
    Wishing I had stowed away in your bag ;)