Well rested from a relaxing day on day 6, today we were ready to overexert ourselves again. We started out in the morning for the lighthouse hill. It's about a 1.5km walk from our house to the base of the hill. It's a beautiful walk that took us along the ocean, past two schools, and across a man-made pier that connects to the lighthouse hill that used to be an island.
The hike up the hill was about 1.1km with a vertical rise of about 150 meters. By the time we made it to the top, we were hot, sweaty, and tired.
But, the view was absolutely amazing. We could clearly see Stone Island, where we had been a few days before, downtown Mazatlan, the harbour where the large cruise ships were docked, as well as beach as far as the eye could see in both directions.
The trek down was much easier than up, but we were still too tired to consider climbing the stairs up to the restaurant that Kim, Shayne, and their family wanted to go to. It turned out to be a good choice, as it turned out the stairs near the top were broken, and they had to come back down anyways. A nearby merchant told us the stairs broke 2 weeks ago, and you now had to go around the hill and get to the restaurant from the other side. I think Kim and Shayne went somewhere else for lunch. We went back to the house and ate leftovers.
That afternoon, mom, dad, my daughter, and I went to visit friends at Posada La Mision. La Mision is the hotel/motel I stayed at the last time I went to Mexico. It is located on the northern end of the Golden Zone. (I'm not sure where exactly the Golden Zone begins/ends.) So, once again we walked downtown to the Mercado to catch the Sabalo Centro. We visited for a while, then I showed my daughter around La Mision a little bit before we caught the bus back home. I also took note of a restaurant that had been under construction the last time I was there. The sidewalk in front has "Las Joyitas" carved in it with two seahorses. I had assumed that would be the name of the restaurant. I was wrong. Welcome to... "The Purple Onion." (No, we didn't eat there. We had a bus to catch.)
Once again we stopped at Farmacia Guadalajara for a treat. We took a 2 block detour going home so I could snap some pictures of Mona's, the Tortillaria, and Fruteria Ordonez.
I had promised my daughter she could swim in the pool today (she hadn't yet) so, even though the sun was setting, and the air cools off really quickly, we went in the pool for a bit. The water was warm. The air was not.