Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
Welcome to summer!…at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere anyway. A lot of you are probably heading out to a beach soon and I look forward to seeing your pictures since we’re off to the mountains instead and then to a landlocked country (thank goodness for the Mekong River for water views and kayaking). But if you can’t get away to a beach until after summer is over, I have a destination for you – Zihuatenejo, Mexico! These photos were taken several years ago on a family vacation where it felt just like summer in November. Just beware of the crocodiles and cute baby turtles…
Playa del Ropa beach in Zihua is a long and wide crescent with calm cool waters. Our nieces who’s ages ranged from one to eight-years old could really enjoy playing in the water without worrying about big crashing waves, but I’m laughing as I write this since ironically we realized at the end of our vacation that there were crocodiles in the water with us the whole time!
On our last day, my husband and I wandered up the hillside right at the edge of the water and saw crocodiles swimming straight towards two tourists who obviously had no idea they were there! We tried yelling and waving our arms to get their attention to no avail, so we raced downhill to give them the warning, luckily just in time.
After the incident, we learned from the locals that the crocodiles really are no danger at all to swimmers. Apparently they are well fed up river, far from a tributary that gives them access to the ocean. So I guess that means they just come down stream for a leisurely swim in salt water and would have had no interest at all in the one-year old niece we were throwing around? Apparently so, and our family’s daily frolic in the waters for a week without losing any limbs is a testament to that!
Aside from the excitement of crocodiles, we also had the thrill of watching lots of tiny little baby turtles hatching out of the sand and scuttling haplessly into the ocean! I was surprised that it was happening in the middle of the day. Soon after word got out that they were hatching, some conservation people came to quickly gather them up, apparently part of a protection effort. Too bad I didn’t have my camera. The baby turtles were so cute, especially their baby waddles in the sand.
Even without any of this excitement, Zihua has all the trappings for a great vacation: good food, cute town, lots of water sports, and a relaxing atmosphere. See for yourself…