First Sight

For our cruise excursion in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, our family chose to become a pirate for the day, which included snorkeling.  This excursion promised entertainment, food, and snorkeling.  Sounded good.

Our Welcome

We were welcomed onboard the pirate ship by a scary pirate that was in full gear, down to eye patch and sword. While we cruised to the bay, where we were going to snorkel, they entertained us with a swashbuckling pirate show.

Pirate Ship Vallarta is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Pirate Ship Vallarta is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The kids were very entertained.  By the end of the show, we had arrived at the bay and two pirates leap from the crow’s nest into the water.  The kids went wild.

You Want Me To Walk The What?

The surprise for the guests, at this point, was that in order to get into the ocean we had to walk the plank and jump in!!!  It was a little scary to do that.

After the snorkeling, we dined on a great lunch, as we sailed back to shore.

What Was That?

As we sailed home, I happened to look ahead of the ship and was a little perplexed by what I was seeing.  I asked one of the crew what it was.

“Oh, that is just our Rays.” He said it as if it was of little consequence.  I then bombarded him with questions. “How high do they jump? How far do they soar? Does this happen all the time? How……How…Why…”

Cape Stingray Ocean Water Mexico

I was in awe.  I could not get enough.

This was the highlight of my day.  Talk about making memories.

If you ever are in Puerta Vallarta, be sure and watch for flying rays.  And, definitely become a pirate for the day.


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I am Wease, and my traveling days started early with a father that loved to travel. As a family, a large one, we always traveled and always by car. No matter how far we went, we made the famous road trip. My father’s mantra on these trips was “we are making memories”. No matter what happened on those trips, whether good or bad, we always made memories. These memories are very precious to me. My husband and I have continued this tradition in our family, with our children, of traveling and making memories. I have learned some valuable lessons and tricks and I plan to share these with you here. Here is what I live by: “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we have been, and the memories we have made along the way”. Anonymous


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