Our next stop was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where I felt we literally pulled up along the street, and all 3,000 of us got off the boat to explore this much more modern shops.
The streets are lined with cobblestones, so if you’re out walking, make sure you wear good shoes. Today, our family divided up. Dear husband, and 3 kids went off to swim with the dolphins, 2 for 1 pricing! I found a great deal through Johann & Sandra website! It is a good reputable site to book, save money, and if the boat doesn’t arrive, you’re get a refund! My oldest son, and I went to Los Veranos Canopy Tours, and did the 14 ziplines, through the jungle. The highest being 7000 Metres and 1.2 miles long. We had to catch a taxi to the travel agency office, and then take a van load of people for about an 1hour ride. That morning, I was really nervous, and didn’t know if I was going to be able to leave the bathroom behind. Catching the taxi was great! The local men in Puerto Vallarta, really like to give flattery comments, it was all in fun! Every time you have to unhook or hook yourself up, you had to lift up your leg really high, “Sexy leg”. We had were outfitted with our harness, gloves, helmet and given our tips of how to get to and from the lines. We had to carry our pullies up along the routes, that was more tiring than riding them! There were no worries at all, that I even did the zipline twice upside down!!
After the fun was over, I went into the cages to feed the little monkeys, and bravely, I decided to have the python on my head.
WHY?!! My Son, thought I was crazy and walked away, he wouldn’t even look at me, and said I was succumbing to peer pressure (ah..there was only 1 of 2 ladies around me, that was also a willing participant). I did not go for the tartanula, and out of the two…snakes are a bigger fear for me, even though I really don’t like spiders, too! It’s was my own way of conquering “Fear Factor”… I made sure it wasn’t hungry, they say they only feed it 7 rabbits every 2 months. They know when it’s hungry when it’s eyes change colour, and it molts it’s skin. It felt like a good massage as it climbed around me…but I wasn’t listening to it’s whisperings in my ear! Well….I figure one day, I may just use it along with several pictures, along with this story, that has a lesson-
Elder Robert Harbertson- He spoke of an Indian boy who climbed a high mountain. It was cold up there. At his feet was a snake, a rattlesnake. The snake was cold and pleaded with the young man to pick it up and take it down where it was warmer. The Indian boy listened to the enticings of the serpent. He gave in. He gathered it up into his arms and covered it with his shirt. He carried it down the mountain to where it was warm. He gently put it on the grass. When the snake was warm it raised its head and struck the boy with its poisonous fangs. The boy cursed at the snake for striking him as an answer to his kindness. The snake replied, “You knew what I was when you picked me up” ( Ensign, July 1989, 77). Lesson -Warn your children against those with poisonous fangs who will entice them, seduce them with easy talk, then injure and possibly destroy them.
After the tour was over, we had a security scare that lead us back later than usual on our floating hotel. My husband and I then decided we still had some time to explore. We went to Sam’s Club, and the brand new mall, that looked like it came out of America. We both agreed that we liked this area the best, as it felt more modern, and I guess we don’t like to live without a sense of famaliarity, even though we do enjoy travelling! Christina