SHARKFEST at TRONCONES ONE MORE TIME

 

We took the bus out to Troncones drop off point, and then began to walk to the taxi stand which isn’t far.  A nice young couple in a mini van with 3 kids stopped and offered to take us part way in, we were in the process of accepting their hospitality when the “combi” pull up behind them.  We thanked them for the offer, but would have greatly over crowded their rig and we took the combi to the Inn At Manzanillo Bay.

Bungalow #8 poolside with the ocean a few steps away ocean
Bungalow #8 poolside with the ocean a few steps away ocean

Our room was a charming bungalow with an ocean front view and a hammock from which to enjoy it and the sunset on our patio. It also came equipped with a 10-12 inch iguana, who had established territory in the wall pocket where the door slides.  I asked if we got charged extra for the

Our unexpected roommate
Our unexpected roommate

iguana and was told it came free of charge.  The windows are all wood louvers including the sliding pocket doors where you are cooled by an overhead fan and a nice sea breeze.  So cool that the Senor got up in the middle of the night and turned off the overhead fan.  Before dinner we went for a swim in the pool, then changed for dinner.  The Senor enjoyed a sirloin burger, while I had quesadillas of cheese shrimp and mushrooms.  We retired to our patio and had drinks before calling the lovely romantic (that translates to no TV) evening quits.  It appeared that the iguana retired else where for which I was thankful. In the morning I convinced the kitchen staff to give me a little yogurt to mix with my protein stuff and we were  ready for the short walk to Hacienda Eden to sign in for Sharkfest.

This is my second “Sharkfest “swim at Troncones . It is a 1.1 mile fun swim, not a race but still a competitive event.  It is not for novices, but for folks who swim a mile in a pool in 50 minutes or less.  I just barely make it as I average a 46 minute mile. At 70 and 11/12ths, I’m the oldest swimmer, the youngest was 21. My goal is simple, to complete and not come in last. I was successful coming in about in the middle, unofficially number 10 of 17 swimmers.

Me finishing the Sharkfest swim
Me finishing the Sharkfest swim

We start in Majahua  and swim out around the point ending at Hacienda Eden. Many paddle boarders help mark the course and keep people like me from swimming out to sea.

Paddle boarder with his dog
Paddle boarder with his dog

One paddle boarder’s dog rides with him.  As this was my second swim it was easier in respect I knew what to expect, but I think there were more swells this year keeping it interesting.  It’s a fun event!

As we walked back to the Inn at Manzanillo we noticed the sign posted on one of the residences requesting the fruit vendor to stop.  It’s like

Sign requesting fruit delivery
Sign requesting fruit delivery

businesses at home putting out the UPS sign when they need a pick up.  Near the entrance to the Inn was this huge boulder encased by the tree’s roots.  The tree was tall and the roots thick and most likely quite old.  So how did this happen?  Did the tree grow on top of the boulder and an earthquake push the boulder up, or did the tree grow in dirt and the boulder got push up into the roots, or did rain and erosion finally wear the dirt away or was it unearthed in bulldozer construction.

Tree growing around a boulder
Tree growing around a boulder

Some  things you just have to ponder . I’m the pale one in pink with fins in the group picture.

Sharkfest Class of 2015
Sharkfest Class of 2015

Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like as I'm semi retired. I prefer that phrase to working part time. I would travel to new places, my husband Doyle, not as adventurous as I is more comfortable with the tried and true. Thus we have fallen into a routine (not a rut) of going to Zihuatanejo for 3 months January and February, March. Pendleton Oregon for the Round Up. Plus numerous short trips. We are "RVers". For hobbies I make and sell stone & shell bird houses, garden and read my new kindle. I'm a Wedding Officiant and officiate at about 40 weddings a year, and also operate a small delivery service. Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency, In 2016 My husband began chemo for Chronic lymphoma Leukemia, while doing well this has changed some of our travel habits. Relaxing in Mexico suits him well, for that I am thankful. KO

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