"natives" waiting for us to disembark
After 2 days at sea, we reached our first port of Puerto Vallarta
this morning. We had a tour of horseback riding planned, so we reported to the tour and boarded a bus which took us to the ranch where we were assigned horses based on our riding capabilities. Kevin and I are both novice, so we got the smaller and tamer horses I think. Our group had about 20 people, and we rode off following the guide. We forded the river twice on the way and twice on the way back. The first time in the river, my horse Morro decided to go off to the side of where the other horses had been, and went into deeper water. He lurched a little, and I was worried I might fall off the horse But no, I stayed on, although I was in the water to my knees! Our destination is a spot in the mountain side by the river and it also had a hot springs.
at dock in Puerto Vallarta
I was going to go for a dip in the hot springs, but there were people going bareback riding a horse in the river. I went to see what it was about, just to take some pictures. But after watching others I decided it wasn't that scary and tried it also. It was easier than I thought, and nobody fell off the horse. After a few more minutes of rest under a huge tree, we headed back. There was a tequila factory on site and we tasted several different tequilas. Kevin also got a corn tortilla with carne asada which he used to get when he lived in Mexico, and it was fresh off the grill so he wasn't worried about getting anything bad. Mom and dad took a walk around town, which had a Wal-mart! It was hot and sunny. Our ride in the countryside was in good temperature, the only time the sun was blazing was when we were swimming with the horse in the river, so it was just perfect. Not too hot, not too cloudy.