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2015 Mexican Riviera Cruise – Day 8

Wednesday was our final day at a port (Puerto Vallarta). This would be our best day yet! Prior to the cruise when we first started looking into possible excursions, we were concerned about Jeri’s back and thus we were hesitant to try zip lining and rappelling. Early in the cruise, after talking with some people at the excursion desk, we decided to sign up for it. We’re so glad that did!

We got ready and got off of our ship. Because we had almost an hour prior to departure, we had time to visit a shopping area close by. Fortunately a local told us about golf carts that shuttled back and forth. So we easily saved ourselves a 10-plus minute walk (each way) by hopping on a golf cart. Shopping in these little stores in Mexico is fun because it’s easy to find neat stuff at good prices.

Shopping in Puerto Vallarta. Click photo for full size.
Shopping in Puerto Vallarta. Click photo for full size.

After shopping, we were able to hop on another golf cart back to the ship where we would gather for our excursion.

Traveling by Golf Cart Back to Our Ship. Click photo for full size.
Traveling by Golf Cart Back to Our Ship. Click photo for full size.

Our excursion started with a boat ride to a location south of Puerto Vallarta. Then we boarded the back of a truck, fastened our belts, and held on as we traveled up the mountains to our base camp. The last part of the journey was on unpaved roads.

Looking Out the Back of the Truck as We Traveled. Click photo for full size.
Looking Out the Back of the Truck as We Traveled. Click photo for full size.
A Look Over the Front of the Truck. Click photo for full size.
A Look Over the Front of the Truck. Click photo for full size.
In the Back of the Truck. Click photo for full size.
In the Back of the Truck. Click photo for full size.
Back of the Truck. Click photo for full size.
Back of the Truck. Click photo for full size.

The trip started on paved roads but ended on up on dirt roads. We were held on tight as we were bounced and tossed about.

Truck that Took Us to the Base Camp. Click photo for full size.
Truck that Took Us to the Base Camp. Click photo for full size.

At the camp, we changed clothes and put on our gear.

Jeri Getting Suited Up. Click photo for full size.
Jeri Getting Suited Up. Click photo for full size.
With Our Rappelling Harness. Click photo for full size.
With Our Rappelling Harness. Click photo for full size.

First stop was an orientation session.

Tim Walking to the Orientation Session. Click photo for full size.
Tim Walking to the Orientation Session. Click photo for full size.

Jeri Walking to the Orientation Session. Click photo for full size.
Jeri Walking to the Orientation Session. Click photo for full size.

We listened attentively.

Jeri Listening to the Orientation. Click photo for full size.
Jeri Listening to the Orientation. Click photo for full size.

Tim Listening to the Orientation. Click photo for full size.
Tim Listening to the Orientation. Click photo for full size.

We posed in front of the truck.

Posing in Front of the Truck. Click photo for full size.
Posing in Front of the Truck. Click photo for full size.

Then we were assigned a burro. This was our first time riding an animal! These burros were quite strong and sure-footed carrying us farther up the mountain.

Tim on His Burro. Click photo for full size.
Tim on His Burro. Click photo for full size.

Jeri on Her Burro. Click photo for full size.
Jeri on Her Burro. Click photo for full size.

Once at the top, we hiked a short distance to the first zip line. Jeri went first.

Jeri Ready for Her First Zip. Click photo for full size.
Jeri Ready for Her First Zip. Click photo for full size.

Jeri Zips Down the First Zip Line. Click photo for full size.
Jeri Zips Down the First Zip Line. Click photo for full size.

Then Tim went next.

Tim Prepares for His First Zip. Click photo for full size.
Tim Prepares for His First Zip. Click photo for full size.

Tim Zips Down His First Zip Line. Click photo for full size.
Tim Zips Down His First Zip Line. Click photo for full size.

After a couple of zip lines, we rappelled down besides a waterfall. The scenery was beautiful!

Jeri Rappels. Click photo for full size.
Jeri Rappels. Click photo for full size.

We ended up in the pool at the bottom.

Jeri Rappelling Down Next to the Waterfall. Click photo for full size.
Jeri Rappelling Down Next to the Waterfall. Click photo for full size.

Tim Rappels. Click photo for full size.
Tim Rappels. Click photo for full size.

After some other zip lines, we did our first water slide. Tim sat in front; Jeri was holding on to him from behind.

Coming Down the Water Slide. Click photo for full size.
Coming Down the Water Slide. Click photo for full size.

We slid down the slide right into the water.

Hitting the Water. Click photo for full size.
Hitting the Water. Click photo for full size.

Although we got a face-full of water, we thought it was hilarious and were laughing so hard.

Coming Up for Air. Click photo for full size.
Coming Up for Air. Click photo for full size.

Having a Good Laugh. Click photo for full size.
Having a Good Laugh. Click photo for full size.

Now we were thoroughly soaked.

Thoroughly Soaked. Click photo for full size.
Thoroughly Soaked. Click photo for full size.

Towards the end, we did one zip line upside down.

Ziplining Upside Down. Click photo for full size.
Ziplining Upside Down. Click photo for full size.

Eventually we end up back at the base camp. We picked out our photos. Then we hopped back on the truck for a ride back to the dock.

Leaving the Dock. Click photo for full size.
Leaving the Dock. Click photo for full size.

We take the boat back to the port where our cruise ship was docked.

Returning Back to Port. Click photo for full size.
Returning Back to Port. Click photo for full size.

Passing by the Crown Princess. Click photo for full size.
Passing by the Crown Princess. Click photo for full size.

The guys that took care of us were great. Here they are hamming it up.

Looking Back at the Boat and our Crazy Crew. Click photo for full size.
Looking Back at the Boat and our Crazy Crew. Click photo for full size.

We thoroughly loved the day!

Next Day 9 – At Sea

Cruise Days 1 and 2 – Departure and San Diego
Cruise Day 3 – At Sea
Cruise Day 4 – Cabo San Lucas
Cruise Day 5 – Loreto
Cruise Day 6 – La Paz
Cruise Day 7 – At Sea
Cruise Day 8 – Puerto Vallarta
Cruise Day 9 – At Sea
Cruise Day 10 – At Sea
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