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Monday, January 21, 2013

Ziplining in Puerto Vallarta

With such a large group, transportation from one place to another--especially in a different country-- takes a lot of effort. We debarked the ship in Puerto Vallarta, then took taxis to the designated pick up for the bus to the mountains of Mexico.  I appreciate the hour long bus ride because it gives me a chance to catch up with siblings as we saw the sights of Mexico.

The further we drove... 

the more remote our surroundings..

We finally arrived at our destination.

After we got our gear and orientation we were ready to go.  Can you believe these two little things braved the zip line?

One at a time we all started our ride.  
The entire tour was on more than two miles of cable in a series of 14 zip lines.
Many of the lines were over 1100 feet long and over 300 feet high!


 Above, Jen flies in the sky,
Below, Brianna shows her enthusiasm as she zips through the forest.

There was a lot of hiking involved, but this kid was up for the challenge.

From the bottom, all we could see were people the size of specks zipping across the sky.
Brooke was one of the daredevils who zipped upside down and backwards.  Nuts!

Dad's red shirt made him easy to spot agains the canopy of trees.

Surprisingly, this was not one of Tyson's favorite activities.  Don't get me wrong, he's always up for adventure, but these heights made him a little uneasy.

 Brianna and Mackenzie racing home.

 It was beautiful to look down and see the river below.  Caution: looking down may also be scary.

We were really cautious about the water in Mexico, but it was hard to keep the little ones from dipping their toes in the cool water.  Each group tour took about 1 1/2 hours.  That means the little ones waited below for more than 3 hours.

Brittany and Brooke.
Mackenzie had a great time.

 On this line we couldn't even see from our platform to the next.  
It looks like Mackenzie is being swallowed up in the thick trees.

This time one of the tour guides filmed Mackenzie as she zipped upside down.

Ethan and David 

 A few years back my family took a trip to Hawaii and went zip lining there.  I was pregnant with Jacob and didn't go.  I felt bad to miss the experience and was happy to have another chance.

 Brooke was in good form.

Mom and Dad had a good time, too.  One of the fun things was looking down from up above and seeing the family below.  Jacob was completely mesmerized watching each family member ride in. 

After a full day we were ready for the bus ride back to the ship.

Naturally there were lots of tired kids who slept the whole way home.

Spontaneity is a hallmark of the Scott family. 
As we were riding home on the bus someone started talking about shopping in downtown PV. Before we knew it, half our group had convinced the driver to let them off in the shopping district.  They enjoyed the sites and sounds and Jen found the cute dresses she was looking for.

As we add in-laws and grandkids to the mix our family dynamics change.  
It is a great blessing that we all get along well and genuinely enjoy each other's company.

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