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My hubby and I recently had (yet another) fun afternoon together adventuring around our current town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit. The Reds were at school and the parents went out to play!

With the recent change in temperature and lowering of the heat and humidity index, adventuring outside around noon was far more feasible and enjoyable than it had been in the previous very hot summer months. 

Toes in the sand and eyes on the horizon, we were greeted by this view, steps away from our front door:

Our Front Yard

Our Front Yard

Majestical indeed…

Heading north along the beach towards town, there are no shortage of eye-candy accommodations to contemplate the day away at:

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle~Another Great Mexican Beach Destination!

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle~Another Great Mexican Beach Destination!

Making our way up to the marina, we passed by an area where the local fishermen hang and work their nets in between the trunks of the palm trees, under the shade, hoping for a breeze. Apparently, they were on break when we passed by.

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At the end of the jetty we spotted the empty stalls and overhead tarps that host the high season’s Sunday farmer’s market—a must see if you are in the area between the months of November and April. 

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La Cruz Farmer’s Market, November thru April

 

Not a bad spot to spend the day!

Not a bad spot to spend the day!

Venturing past the docks, we continued on north towards La Manzanilla beach. I am so happy to see La Cruz taking proactive action towards environmental consciousness and look forward to more and more individuals and towns joining in this global call to care for this one planet that we all share. 

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Keep our beaches clean! #limpiemosnuestromexico

 

Playa La Manzanilla

Playa La Manzanilla

Venturing past La Manzanilla Beach we off-roaded onto the tidepools rocks, my big strong fireman assisting me along the way. Such a gentleman he is. 

Tidepool Rocks

 

Looking across the bay towards Puerto Vallarta

Looking across the bay towards Puerto Vallarta

Apparently fresh oysters were in high demand as we saw some real-time harvesting around the point!

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Oyster Time!

Soon it would be time to pick our Reds up from school so we began our return home but not without stopping first into a couple of the beachside restaurants to peruse their menus for future outings. 

Christmas is in the air~even in the jungle!

Christmas is in the air~even in the jungle!

 

La Manzanilla Beachside Restaurant

La Manzanilla Beachside Restaurant

Thirst was upon us so we stopped to get a delicious, cold coco!

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The walk home through town was fun, stopping to take pictures of various parts and enjoying getting to know our new digs on foot.

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The Green House

 

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Local & Wild

 

Cutting back down to the beach to arrive back home, we again saw the Pacific Blue backdropped up against this gorgeous and vibrant bougainvillea bush which are plentiful around the jungle here:

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I love outings like these, where you just set out and see where the adventure takes you.

Here’s to many, many more….

Hope you have enjoyed a little peek into “a typical day” in the lives of Los O’Gradys in Mexico.

Saludos,

~Katie

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Our Dream

Frank SP Sign 2013

In the four years that I have been authoring this blog and that we have been living full time in Mexico, many a curious bystander (genuine, respectful ones and a fair share of negative nellies—i.e. people who just don’t get it) have questioned whether or not we are concerned about our children “missing out on some American Dream”, if we are “sellouts” or have renounced our allegiance in some way to our country of birth.

The answer to all would be ‘no’.

Of most interest to me amongst these various inquiries is that of the “American Dream”. I am curious to know what ‘Common Culture’s’ popular definition of it exactly is?

Is it a home by the sea with a white picket fence, children who are raised by nannies, parents that are two ships passing in the night—slaves to their work? Is it sitting in rush hour traffic for hours on end, shopping at big box corporate-owned chain stores, eating GMO, not being informed as to the sourcing and treatment of your food, battling allergies and autoimmune disorders, spending a large chunk of your paycheck on medical care, commuting costs and over-inflated mortgages, trying to navigate a broken healthcare system that is pharmaceutical happy and financially—not patient-care—driven?

Is it spending more time on asphalt than in digging your toes down into something you can connect with outside the frenetic and exhausting pace of the rat race? 

If so, I don’t want any part of that “Dream”—American or otherwise.

I don’t want my family’s access to adventure, fun and the magnificent simplicities of Mother Nature to be limited to a hoped for bi-yearly vacation and therefore break from the grind of modern day life. I don’t want to live “on hold”. I want sustenance and soul to be built into the fabric and ebb and flow of of our every single day…yes, every single one. 

1899773_10203496706403278_1689931398_oMore and more people are looking for life another way. I see it in my relocating consulting business which is growing exponentially, in large part no doubt due to the dynamic political climate the United States finds itself in. 

There are ways to live a better, more fulfilling life if you are not particularly smitten with your current one. A dream and a dash of courage are good places to start. Planning, an education, budgeting, marketable skills, resourcefulness, attitude, persistence, connecting with other like-minded people…all of those help too!

Our Dream did not manifest and realize itself overnight, upon a single wish or in the blink of an eye. We are not trust babies, lottery winners nor highly skilled investors. Life hasn’t been perfect north or south of the border. We have taken our fair share of lumps—health, financial, loss of loved ones— and that is just life.

We contributed (and continue to do so in new capacities) as firefighter and school teacher. We signed up for and earned our modest pensions. We are survivors, we pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and we march forward with the focus and intention of finding the fun and sucking the marrow out of this extraordinary life!

As Oprah Winfrey so eloquently states, “Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” 

We are choosing to maximize our experience here on planet Earth, to provide access to varied and sound opportunities for our children so that when they venture out on their own, they too will have the life skills to design their own purpose and place in this human experience in a contributing, compassionate fashion. Like I tell my sweetpeas at bedtime kisses, “Be true to yourself, and the rest will fall in place.” Simple and true.

Frank, Liam & Seamus SP Sign

Our family and our children have benefited greatly from Our Dream. Mairead and Liam are gifted the presence of their two hands-on parents every single day and this carries with it multiple benefits. 

Every day counts. My “babies” are twelve years old now. We moved here when they were eight. Time is precious. 

The advantages of us living what some would deem to be an unconventional life or “out of the box” are many, far reaching and carry with them lifelong benefits…for us as a family, for Frank and I as parents, for Liam and Mairead as their own individual people on a global/human scale.

We are all in this together.

This is not our American Dream nor even our Mexican Dream. It is just simply and joyfully, Our Dream. 

What is yours?

Our Son Liam

 

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