For the last few years, we have made a point to get out of town during the boys' fall break at school. Usually, we take this trip to our favorite AZ town of Greer so we can feel the cool mountain temps and see the oaks and aspens and their brilliant red and yellow leaves. It's usually the first sign of autumn for us.
This year we opted for a completely different route. We headed south. To "Arizona's beach" - Puerto Peñasco.
This was the boys' first time, and basically mine as well since I haven't been to this spring break town for 20 years. (Gasp!)
It really is a lovely family destination in the fall. We were literally the only family on the beach for the first few days. And, by the weekend, we only had to share this huge beach with 2 other families.
The water was warm enough for swimming in the middle of the day. And the tide was so far out in the mornings and evenings that we spent hours looking for shells and sand dollars.
The boys played so nicely together for HOURS. Building sandcastles and digging huge holes.
In the afternoon they got so tuckered out that they would take a little siesta in the beautiful townhome rental that was just steps from the sand.
Doug and I were able to be in full relaxation mode.
The place we stayed at was on Playa Encanto, quite a bit removed from the main drag of downtown Rocky Point. Which, really, was ideal. I don't think I would stay in town. The beaches are not nearly as nice and I prefer to feel a little isolated from the bars and the vendors.
Though, we did drive in town on a few occasions for a meal and a drink. It's really a different world than the one we live in. It was a great experience for the boys and I encouraged them to learn new words in Spanish whenever appropriate. I was relentless!
Here we were exploring at the tide pools near Manny's.
Doug tested his fly rod and another one loaned to him by the folks at our local Orvis shop.
And the boys brought home a few trinkets to remember the trip.
Guess what they are dressing up as for Halloween?