Hosting houseguests usually means taking them to favorite places, which is what I´ve been doing for this past week. We visited:
Punta Negra ("Black Point") beach is a long strip of powdery sand just south of Puerto Vallarta. This week, the 79 degree water was extraordinarily calm and clear and filled with thousands of small fish close to shore. Scores of pale pelicans with outstretched wings cruised over the bay before tucking in their wings and diving arrow-like into the glittery water close to where I was swimming. Emerging immediately, pouched throats were thrown back, the catch gulped down and then a brief, bobbing break before another diving capture.
|PLAYA PUNTA NEGRA - PEZES Y PELÍCANOS|
KALI ECO PARK is located in the approximately 2300 hectares of ejido land in Playa Grande, named after the sandy beaches that used to exist next to the Pitillal river.
|RESTAURANTE DE KALI ECO PARK - PLAYA GRANDE|
Northeast of centro, and winding through green countryside, it takes about 25 minutes to arrive by car to to this gorgeous jungle-covered cantera hill land. We saddled up in the small village of Playa Grande and rode along the river, which has several lovely swimming holes, to the very attractive, open-air restaurant. Food and service are very good and hammocks and chaise longs are set up next to the swimming hole in the very clean river.
One can find the location by using Google maps or call for pick-up at MacroPlaza in the Kali vehicle - a flatbed with seats. For reservations -horseback riding, bird watching or zip line: 114-2846
BOTANICAL GARDENS: For the membership luncheon on Saturday, February 2nd - a delicious and abundant buffet with open bar and a wonderful performance of folkloric dancing. Acres of hiking trails in the native jungle, strolls in manicured gardens and cool, invigorating swims in the swirling Tomatlán river below.
|JARDÍNES BOTÁNICOS - NADANDO EN EL RÍO DE TOMATLÁN|
The annual, one-week book fair at Aquiles Serdán plaza took place January 27th to February 3rd.
|FERIA DE LIBROS EN LA PLAZA DE AQUILES SERDÁN|
|PLAZA PRINCIPAL - VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT|
|CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO|
| RALEIGH NAAS Y SU ESPOSA - CLÍNICA EN EL DORADO|
|MANGE/SARNA - DE LA PERRA CUANDO FUÉ RESCATADA EN MEZCALITOS - FEMALE DOG WHEN RESCUED IN MEZCALITOS.|
Male Dogs -26; Female dogs -57; Male cats - 23; Female cats - 31 TOTAL: 137
PLUS pregnancies terminated for 2 cats with 5 fetuses each.
|CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO - SUS MASCOTAS CON COLLARES Y CORREAS DONADOS EN LA CLÍNICA|
PETS WITH COLLARS AND LEASHES. HUNDREDS WERE DONATED BY WINNIPEG RESIDENTS.
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN VALLE DORADO - 1,540 PESOS
THE CLINIC VALLE DORADO IN WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM FONDATION MARCHIG (Switzerland). www.foundationmarchig.org
LOS TAMARINDOS - A quiet neighborhood of Ixtapa named after its many tamarind trees. A 45-minute drive northeast, one makes the turn fatthe road to San Sebastían, driving past the large prison and turning right at the tamarinds, easily recognized by their pod-like fruit. The pulp is edible and also used for traditional medicine and metal polish. Its leaves are used in Indian cuisine. The clinic took place an empty building next to the sports field.
|CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO|
|REGISTRANDO MASCOTAS EN LOS TAMARINDOS|
Plus 1 pregnancy terminated for 1 cat with 6 fetuses.
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN LOS TAMARINDOS: 960 PESOS
|MAMÁ Y 3 BEBÉS Y PERRITA - LOS BEBE´S ESTÁN EN ADOPCIÓN - LOS TAMARINDOS|
|ESPERANDO CON SUS MASCOTAS -LOS TAMARINDOS|
THE $5,000 USD GRANT FROM THE MARCHIG ANIMAL WELFARE FUND (SCOTLAND) RESULTED IN THE STERILIZATION OF 430 CATS AND DOGS.
THE GRANT OF $5,000 USD FROM FONDATION MARCHIG (SWITZERLAND) RESULTED IN THE STERILIZATION OF 428 CATS AND DOGS.
THANK YOU TO MARCHIG FOR UNDERWRITING THE STERILIZATION OF A TOTAL OF 858 CATS AND DOGS.
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
Sara Olesker - medium-size folding dog crate
Vallarta Adventures - 5,000 pesos worth of vet supplies (monthly November-May)
Lilka Jones - $17 USD (monthly)
Lucy Buckborough - $75 USD
|CON SU GATO - LOS TAMARINDOS|
|LESLIE CARATACHEA - PREPARANDO GATOS PARA CIRUGÍA - EL DORADO|