After being together for almost 22 years and married for almost 15, we decided it was time for our first beach vacation. We had spent a day here and a day there at beaches before, but never done a true beach trip. We decided on Sayulita, Mexico as it would give us a chance to see Chris and Ashley (our Aspen Lane neighbors who moved there a few years ago), it came highly recommended from several friends, and it wasn’t touristy like most well-known beach areas.
We decided against racing at Steamboat on 05 April an instead had an amazing Whiskey Ski Tour (Alta to High West; 16.3 mile; 7550′ ascent; 9,200′ descent)
Whiskey at High West after touring there from Alta
24 hours later, our backpacks were loaded on the local Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita bus and we were enjoying a Pacifico in route to the beach.
We had a relaxing first evening walking around town and having our first of many meals of fish tacos from the numerous street vendors and enjoying a few beverages and the amazing view from our balcony.
View from our balcony
Monday Emily took her first surf lesson and I spent most of the day reminding myself how to surf. We enjoyed the first of several evening with Chris, Ashley, Alex, and Trace.
My back had given me issues the week before vacation and I was on a dose of Prednisone. As has happened other times I am on this, my immune system was weakened and just like other times, I ended up getting sick on Monday night so I spent Tuesday resting. Emily enjoyed the ocean for another day.
This area is not well known for scuba diving, but since it had been several years since we had the opportunity to dive, we took a 1 day dive trip to the Marietas Islands. It was a lot of fun to dive again. The area was all volcanic rock so there were lots of caverns and tunnels to dive through. This was a new experience for us and a lot of fun.
Heading out to dive
Underwater selfy with a GoPro
We figured we needed to have at least 1 dinner that was not street tacos and enjoyed an amazing meal at Don Juan’s. We made a great evening of it walking around the area and then as usual, retreated to the balcony to watch the ocean and have a few beers.
Enjoying another great night
Thursday we enjoyed another night with Chris, Ashley, Alex, and Trace and an amazing meal of fresh caught tuna.
The sunsets from Chris and Ashley’s are truly amazing. I can see why they love Sayulita so much.
Each day was filled with surfing, relaxing, reading, more surfing, street tacos at least once, and numerous beers and margaritas in the sun.
It was great to get up on Saturday morning and get 2 hours of surfing in before heading to the airport. Just 24 hours after surfing, I was back on skis in the Wasatch feeling refreshed from the week.