On the best of days it is difficult  for me to disembark the water taxi  on the Zihuatanejo side. The pier is way to high, it takes 3 men and a small boy to haul me up from the boat.  Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate the help. But this year due to the very recent knee replacement my knee just isn’t bending properly yet. And the thought of having someone yank me up to the pier causing my knee to bend more than it wants to is terrifying.  But I love Las Gattas , swimming to there was out of the question as I have a great fear of twirling propellers and  I decided the best way to go was to was to paddle there.

My friend Bonny thought it would be great fun, so we rented two kayaks and set sail.  The Senior, not up for such an adventure, took the water taxi and he met us there. The beach at La Madera had big waves that day but  Andreas took us out and showed us

20171205_095801 Bonny
Bonny paddling

when to start paddling to get over the waves and it was easy going from there. It was a beautiful sunny day, while the water was not flat it wasn’t too choppy either.  About 40 minutes later we were pulling up in front of Gloria del Mar and my favorite waiter Jose pulled us in and stored the kayaks out of the way.

IMG_0570It wasn’t long after the Senior arrived and we had a lovely lunch of red snapper, I tried out my new full face snorkel mask. I think I’m really going to like it.  I’m great in the water, but I can’t back onto the beach. Between the waves pulling me back, sand moving under my feet and stiff knees I feel a bit  like a beached whale and needed the senior to come haul me up to a standing position.



With Jose’s help we relaunched the kayaks and paddled our way back to Playa La Madera. Here again we had breaking waves to deal with and I have to admit that Bonnie made a perfect landing, whereas I came in a little to much sideways causing my back pack to get a bit wet, but no harm.  Next year I’ll remember to bring a dry sack.  Signing off KO


Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like , but I plan on doing more. After working full time at Mount Rainier National Park during the summer of 22 I have decided to retire completely and forever. Prior to that I was semi retired as a Wedding Officiant I officiated at about 20 weddings a season, and with my small delivery service I handled the distribution of a local high-quality Home and Garden magazine . Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency. I now plan to travel to new places and exciting places, getting ready to do that as a solo as the Senior is no longer with me, his choice, and I am OK with that. For hobbies I'm a reader and love my kindle. And I enjoy writing.


  1. Good Morning,
    I really enjoyed reading about your trip/adventure to Las Gatas via Kayak. We are planning to come to Zihua for a couple of weeks in February. Our hotel used to have Kayaks for us to use, apparently, they got rid of them this season, don’t know why. Where did you rent the ones you went to Las Gatas at? Keep blogging, I love Zihua and you keep me wishing I was there. Bill


    1. Thank you for your kind words, I’m never sure if anyone reads the blog or not. I rented the kayak on Playa Madera, but I think there are places on La Ropa also. It was just a plastic sit on top type, not fancy but I sure enjoyed getting out on the water. Andreas is based under an orange umbrella that has lots of water toys and a couple of kayaks. The kayaks are big enough for two.


      1. Thanks for your reply. Sounds great, because we stay on Madera at Aura del Mar. I’ll look for Andreas. Sounds like you are enjoying your winter stay, have fun! Happy Holidays. Bill


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