Saturday, March 24, 2012

Day 60: Sunny Vancouver

Woo Hoo, the sun came out in North Vancouver, and even though it is still cold, everything just looks better when the sun shines. Actually went outside for the first time, but like the proverbial gopher, I ran back inside my home predicting another six weeks of winter.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Day 59: Sorting Photos

Avoided going outside again by spending the day sorting through the nearly 4000 photos I took while I was away. Getting no sympathy from Sue about how cold I am. Even with the heat turned up I am walking around with a sweater on. Damn, I miss the sun.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Day 58: Withdrawal

What a shock.

After living for 8 weeks at 27C in Sayulita, Vancouver seems like the North Pole. Dark, Gloomy and cold. Cranked the thermostat up to 25 and spent the day unpacking and washing everything, and not going outside.

Day 58: I'm Back

Well I am back in freezing Vancouver after 8 weeks in sunny Sayulita, and I will be updating this journal so stay tuned...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 57: Going Home

Janet making sure Glen goes home to Sue
Today is the day we fly home, but since we only leave in the evening we had a whole day here first. We also had arranged for a late checkout at 3:30 so after we packed up our bags we headed down to take out a couple of paddle boards one last time.

The ocean was still very choppy but we were determined. However neither of us could catch our balance enough to stand up, so we paddle out to the anchored boat in the bay on our knees, and then called it quits. Had a last breakfast at Panino's of bacon and egg on a baguette and a soy latte.

Afterwards we lounged reading by the pool and worked on our tans until it was time for Jorge to pick us up and take us to the bus for the airport. We had been told to allow three hours at the airport, so we arrived at 5pm for our 7:45pm flight only to find the place empty. We checked in without any delay and spent the last of our pesos at the bar.

The flight was on time and arrived at Vancouver just before midnight. We cleared customs quickly and walked out into the freezing weather that Vancouver has been experiencing. What an incredible shock to the system!

We picked up Janet's car from the long-term parking and she dropped me off at home around 1:30am.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 56: Going Live

Saying goodbye to David and Michael at Tres Vistas
We wanted to make the most of our last day here. The plan was to go paddle boarding, but the weather was still blustery and even from our place on the hill we could see the whitecaps on the ocean.

We had originally planned to meet with David and Michael in the afternoon, so we switch to the morning to see if the weather would improve later. Janet had brought them down a WIFI extender but I was unable to install it as their old router would not cooperate. We did manage to finalize the Xocotla website and with appropriate fanfare David pressed the button that made the site officially public.

David and Michael then came to see Tres Vista before we had to sadly say goodbye.

The afternoon continued to be too choppy for us to attempt taking boards out, so we hung around our pool with our books. We planned to have a last great meal at the wonderful Italian restaurant Miro Vino that Sue and I had gone to, but I forgot they were closed on Tuesday's. Bugger.

So we ended up at Calyso's once again and a afterwards sat on the beach and listened to the soothing sound of the surf one last time.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Day 55: Windy

Up early to go paddling before breakfast. Pickup up our boards from Stand Up Sayulita and headed out into some choppy water with an on shore breeze. The conditions made paddling difficult and we manage less than an hour before we headed back tumbling through the waves to have a tasty smoothie at the back of the board store.

We read our book waiting to see if the wind and chop would settle down enough to take the boards out again, but it never let up. Bumped into David and Michael and chatted with them over some beers. Arranged to meet tomorrow to finalize the Xocotla website and hopefully make t go live. They have never seen Tres Vista where we are staying so we invited them over tomorrow to see the place.

Familia Veryka again
We went back to Calypso for dinner and I had their excellent baby pork ribs again. Afterwards we stopped by Don Chow's for a drink and to see what music they had going, and were thrilled to find that the band they planned had cancelled and was replaced by the fantastic music of Familia Veryka again. 

They were rocking and we stayed until the place closed. What a great way to end this trip.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Day 54: Recovery

The therapy pool
We both drank too many margaritas last night listening to the great music at Don Chow's, and neither of us felt our bodies were up to paddle boarding.

We lounged on the beach reading our books to see if we might feel like it in the afternoon, but as this is a long weekend the beach was crowded and we went back up the hill to our private pool instead.

Went to dinner again at Don Chow's but the band was so bad they drove us away early.