Hola everyone! My family and I are safely back home now from a fantastic trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Our trip only lasted a week, but it was one hell of a ride. I’d like to share some of our experiences with you, so here we go…

I traveled to Puerto Vallarta with my wife and two-year old son who will be three this January. Calling me nervous would be an understatement, but my wife assured be that our son is a good traveler and I would have nothing to worry about. As luck would have it, she was right. He handled all the traveling like a champ. Of course, having a direct flight really helps and I recommend that to anyone traveling with a kid.

We arrived at our resort called the Royal Decameron which is located about 20 minutes outside of Puerto Vallarta without major incident. Of course of luggage was "misplaced", but that was resolved within 20-30 minutes. The resort itself was fantastic and I won’t go into too many details as you can read all about it on their site. They have the usual assortment of restaurants, buffets, bars, etc. But what I liked most was the beautiful sandy beach that stretched for miles. Whenever we were at the resort, that’s where you found us. But the real entertainment was found off the resort.

It started one evening, when we all took a long walk down the beach and left the resort. After about a mile or so we ran across a turtle sanctuary with dozens of people all gathered around. We asked was going on and as luck would have it, they were going to release dozens of baby turtles into the ocean. Before we even considered waiting, our son made the choice for us. He wasn’t going anywhere, so neither were we ;) We were given some quick classes on turtles and then told that we would be releasing them into the ocean! Having never released turtles into the wild, I was just as excited as my son. They lined us all on the shore at sundown about 15 feet from the water and handed out turtles to everyone. After a short countdown, everyone put them on the sand and away they went towards the water. I couldn’t help but laugh a little because the tide was coming in and the waves were easily 3-4 feet. But the guy in charge assured me that those were the least of their worries and they would weather that easily. It was quite an exciting experience and totally unexpected. We headed back to the resort and enjoyed a nice bowl of turtle soup… just kidding!

After a couple more days of roasting in the sun and walking around town, we decided it was time for another adventure. We booked a daytrip to Las Caletas to do some scuba diving and hiking. It was a little over an hour by boat, but that ride turned out to be an adventure all by itself. Midway through the trip, our captain noticed some whale watching boats and decided to take a closer look. Sure enough, there were about a half-dozen whales hanging out in the bay for mating season. If you have never seen a whale (and no, Shamoo doesn’t count), it’s hard to describe the level of excitement one experiences. You see these big creatures come up slowly and spew water everywhere then dive back under slowly. Luckily a few showed us their tail as they dove under. What was even more enjoyable was trying to explain what they were to my son. We settled on "big fishies". But the look on his face was priceless.

Once we arrived at Las Caletas, my wife departed for her scuba trip and I hung out on the beach with my son, still trying to explain what a whale was :) After a few hours, it was my turn to go diving! We ended up diving off the coast in only 35 feet of water, but it was a blast. We played underwater volleyball with a blowfish, swam through schools of fish, and saw some sting rays. No, those aren’t my pictures, but underwater cameras are expensive :) Anyways, I wrapped up my dive and headed back to my family for lunch. Not the most exciting dive, but very enjoyable nonetheless. The real fun came when we hopped back on the boat to go back. We were escorted by dozens of dolphins the entire way. They did circles around the boat and sailed through the air. Sometimes several at a time like it was choreographed. It was impressive to say the least. I’ve seen dolphins in the aquarium, but this was spectacular. I’ll look through my pictures and post anything good.

The last day of our trip we decided to do the Canopy Tour. If you haven’t seen or heard of this, do yourself a favor and check it out. You basically get to fly through the air suspended by a cable at 15-30mph. The best part is that you do this at heights of a few hundred feet and at lengths up to a quarter-mile! Once again, I’ll post any pictures that look good.

Well that’s it for now and I hope you enjoyed the read. In the next day or so, I’ll get back to the regular Religious Freaks business. But if you have any cool vacation adventures/ideas, please share them in the comments. I’m always looking for new and exciting things to do!

Have a great day!

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