Trip Start Feb 10, 2006
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Working with the disabled children and the dolphins has been incredible. We have had at least 2 families here since I have been back, with a record this week being 10 families! I have seen the behavior, attention span, eye contact and general mood change in just a few days time. I am one of the luckiest people I know! We are in the process of getting some professional brochures printed up, and later this month Vallarta Adventures is paying to send me to a conference on autism. At this point in time our greatest goals are to help as many people as we can, and find an investor so we can build our own center for therapy. We pay Dolphin Adventure center for the use of the dolphins, and have to work around their schedule. With our own center we would be able to provide therapy to anyone at any time of day or year
I have also had the opportunity to scuba dive over 6 times in the area, and have seen sea horses, manta rays, dolphins, frog fish, needle fish and a whole lot more beautiful sea life. A friend of ours has a 60ft sail boat, so the weekend before last he took us to Los Arcos, and I got to dive without a dive instructor for the first time. It was amazing, except for the fact that my equipment was broken and I didn't know it until I was 40ft under the water! IT was a bit scary for a moment but I was able to stay calm and surface without loosing my air completely. Last Saturday my roommate Daniel took Katherine, Kia my sister, and I out camping in an unbelievable spot! We drove about an hour and a half south of PV, then dropped down onto the beach and 4-wheeled for another 45 minutes! We finally got to this point where Daniel likes the waves, and we set up camp. We had air mattresses and a tarp as a sunshade, and Daniel even brought his massage table! That night we built a huge bonfire, enjoyed each others company and fell asleep under the stars. In the morning we swam and boogie-boarded (tried, at least) and all got massages. As we were driving back towards PV, Daniel's MOM passed us!! Both cars went off the freeway and drove about two hours on a dirt road through brush, past animals and two pueblitos until we reached a tiny fishing villages on the inside of Cabo Corrientes--the south point of the Bay of Banderas. We feasted on fresh oysters, fish, and shrimp before hitting the road again. It was one of the most memorable trips I've ever taken, just for the sheer knowledge of untouched areas that Daniel shared with us. We camped where no one had been before! Daniel pointed out some faded tracks in the sand and proudly told us they were his from the last time! Amazing. Katherine took a video of us driving over rocks and through the surf that I'll try and post that soon! COuld life be any better?
I am still working on downloading the rest of the pictures from Guatemala, and some recent ones from Mexico!