Trip Start Sep 28, 2011
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We arrive in the costal resort town of Puerto Vallarta. It is only meant to be a comfort stop, but here I experience my first, real, Pacific coast sunset. It looks like any other sunset, we take some nice photos as the light fades. And then it explodes. A glorious painting of reds, yellows, oranges and pinks. It was as if a sky firework had been lit. I had my eye through the viewfinder of my camera, and then I just felt this wash of colour. I lowered the lense, and couldn't speak for several minutes
Then a slightly alarming and exciting realisation dawns on us. That and someone tells us the reason it's so beautiful is because there is a hurricane coming. Hurricane Jova is about to hit us head on. We decide to bed down for the night, in the hotel right on the seafront. They are very curtious in giving us a hurricane discount...
"Hurricane Jova making way over the coast. Peurto Vallerta likely to be directly impacted. Heavy rain and flashflooding likely. Stay away from the coast." So was the advice of the weather websites we poured over. So we were right in the path. Right in the path, and staying at a hotel on the beachfront. A slight sense of panicked excitement sets in as we spot all the boarded up shops and buildings, with strong tape on many windows. Still we head out for drinks in a deserted town.
Needless to say it doesn't hit and the most we get is a little bit of rain. That is two hurricane's I have been promised, and they both have failed to materialise. I am very disappointed.