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March 07, 2009

Messages in a Bottle

One thing I forgot to mention about our trip to Mexico was the fact that I found our 3rd message in a bottle while there.  We love beachcombing and the ultimate prize to us is the message in a bottle.  Our first bottle was found by our youngest crew member (Ellie) about 1 1/2 years ago:

We were on Patos Island on our friend"s (Bob & Shari) boat Pearl.  Shari, Ellie, and I were doing some beachcombing when Ellie came up to me with something behind her back.  She said "Mommy, I found two things......an apple (she showed me), and this".  I couldn't believe that my daughter found one before I did, but I was so excited to see the message.  We waited until we had the whole family together and read the letter:

It says "We are having a great time in Sucia...Tom, Nancy, Denny, & Eddi".  Sucia is an island pretty close, but still it was pretty cool.  The bummer part was that there was no date.

The next message was found by Scott last summer up in Canada.  We found it at Bucaneer Bay on South Thormanby Island.  It was in a plastic bottle and it was pretty waterlogged, but Scott carefully pulled it out to dry:

We called the number and found out the bottle had been sent 3 years before around the Vancouver, B.C. area.  We corresponded with one of the people who sent it via email.  It was extremely fun hearing about it.

So, Scott and I were walking the beach in Lo de Marcos while Grandma & Grandpa watched the kids.  We were headed back and I could see the bottle sitting on the sand like a wave had just brought it in.  It must have just brought it in, because we didn't see it on our way down the beach.  I actually ran to pick it up.  It was my turn!!  I was so excited.  We could tell by looking at it that it hadn't been out there long.  The label looked brand new, but it was still exciting.  We headed back to open it up with everyone there. and here's the message:

From what we could translate it says "Seeking woman for life".  We could be wrong.  If we are, please let us know.  We tried to email, but have not had any response yet.  I wrote it in English, so that could be the problem.  Oh, well.  It's so much fun and I really hope we find more in the future.  Zak needs to find one now.


Mexico - Part Three - Back to Lo de Marcos

Pictures from this part of the trip

I was ready to get back to the nice, quiet town of Lo de Marcos.  I caught a cold while in Sayulita and was ready for some more relaxation.  Scott's brother and family left the day after we got back and so things quieted down a bit.  Once again we enjoyed our daily rituals of going to the beach in the mornings, then to the pool.  After lunch we would hit the pool again, get cleaned up and then relax in the hammocks before dinner.  What a great way to enjoy vacation.  While we were away the kids found a restaurant off the highway that had a little puppy and a boy around Zak's age.  They ended up playing and having fun, even without being able to communicate.  It was so great:

We also took a couple trips to nearby towns.  Kathleen had a dentist appointment in La Penita one day, so we explored the town a bit while she was taking care of that. We also decided to explore the town of Rincon de Guayabitos since we hadn't done so in the past.  What a great town.  The beach looks like quite a bit of fun and if we ever go back we will plan on a day at that beach.  It was also a great place to shop for souveniers. 

The night before our last night we decided to have dinner on the beach and the sunset was beautiful:

That night was my Mom's birthday, so we called her via Skype on the computer.  I was worried we wouldn't be able to wish her a Happy Birthday, but we even were able to see each other during the call:

It was great!  Our last day was going to be spent at a new beach.  We started off the morning hanging out in the hammocks:

I'm sure going to miss this.  And then we headed out to what we now call Tidepool Beach.  It was a beautiful place with great tidepools for exploring.  We all enjoyed some exploring time, ate some lunch and then relaxed:

The kids made a new friend (Carlos):

Once again, they couldn't communicate, but they sure could play good!

I have to admit, it was a little hard to say goodbye to the locals that we dealt with on a daily basis.  The people are wonderful in the small town of Lo de Marcos.  I will definitely miss our time there.  The next day we headed home.  I think when we left the temp was around 83 degrees and we got home it was around 32 degrees.  Quite a shock to the system.  Like always it was great to step back aboard Ghost.  I keep dreaming about the day we will be taking Ghost to Mexico with us.

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