A Night in Malecon- Puerto Penasco Mexico
Near Midnight April 14th, 2017 Puerto Penasco, Mexico
By- Rick A. Griffith
I looked down at the red rimmed cup of beer, then up into the eyes of my wife Nicole and smiled, a second later we both chugged our beers simultaneously. As she took my hand and we cut through the mass of people I couldn’t help but smile. It had been years since I’d left the country and this weekend trip to Puerto Penasco (aka Rocky Point) Mexico had once again awoken the curious young man inside me, the same one who toke me around Europe and South America in 2010 and 2011.
Easter or Semana Santa is on of the biggest holidays and celebrations in Mexico and Nicole and I were seeing first hand how the locals and tourists liked to party.
As a quick side note, it is so shocking to me how many Americans have a completely skewed perception of this country. Before leaving, I would say at least 80% of the people who I had spoken to about my upcoming trip had said in response “Oh wow, be careful”.
However I came to find these warnings completely unwarranted. This is something I find nearly every time I travel somewhere exotic. There is so much unwarranted fear spread by so many people who have no idea what they are talking about. I remember in 2010 before heading to South America I had a conversation with a family member who will remain nameless. They told me that I needed to not trust or befriend anyone, as I may be a victim of organ robbers who were looking to cut out my organs to sell on the black market.
Talk about delusional.
The main thing we noticed was how friendly and welcoming the locals were and how easy it was for two complete foreigners to fit in in a country I’d never been too.
“All the girls are so pretty, they were trying to talk to me in the bathroom but I don’t speak Spanish it sucks!” My wife said frowning.
It was simply a magical evening; live music was pounding through the air from a dozen or so different musicians lined up throughout the towns designated parade area. Nicole and I grabbed another drink and danced our way into the middle of the street. I thought right then, when in the hell would we ever do this back home?
I looked at Nicole, if there were any question of why I loved her so much, this night was the answer. Her curiosity to learn of new people and places and her desire to venture into the unknown to create these one of a kind memories with me was exactly what I always wanted in a partner.
We stumbled down the dusty streets, laughing and drinking, curing out late night munchies at a Taco Joint in town, which to this day made the best Carne Asada tacos I’ve ever had.
The next day we woke up feeling not too bad thanks to our "electrolit" beverages Nicole grabbed us in preparation which was basically mexican Pedialyte. We brought out Tommy Bahama beach chairs and our cocktails down to the beach. We sat in paradise, periodically jumping into the Sea of Cortez to cool off, or popping over to the bar for a tequila shot or two with our friends. The entire trip was a stunning revelation to me personally, reminding me just why traveling and exiting my comfort zone is so important.
Now a week later I sit and look back from my home here in Scottsdale, AZ and I know that for us a new chapter has started. Our relationship had noticeably hit a wall after a year of marriage and yet now it feels as though we are brand new lovers, with so many new experiences ahead, so many places to discover.
We’ve already booked another 2-week stay for next month in Puerto Penasco and plan to explore more of Mexico throughout the next few years. The country shocked me and has climbed into my top 5 favorite countries unexpectedly.
New trips, new posts and much more are on the way. I started this blog 8 years ago, yet I still can see that I am just really learning how to Live Bueno.