Lakeshore waterfront at Pogradec, Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Pogradec, Albania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Shkoder, Albania on May 19th!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy 50th Birthday Ruth!

Well today is a special day! If you look on the left sidebar it says "We are almost 50 years old" I'm going to have to change that because one of us is 50 years old!

So we have a bit of a day planned. We are taking a whale and dolphin watching tour that includes snorkeling and fishing. Yes, it's a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

A guy had been coming by regularly trying to sell us this boat tour. He started off a couple of days ago at 160 pesos ($12.48) each, and then he came down to 140 pesos ($10.92) each. Yesterday, we made a deal at 130 pesos ($10.14) each, and the boat leaves at 10:30 this morning. Should be fun!

The bay at Rincon de Guayabitos

Yesterday morning, we went for a walk over to the next little town of Los Ayala. It's a quieter place than Rincon de Guayabitos, but it doesn't have as nice of a beach. There are a couple of RV parking areas, we checked with one guy who had three or four sites, all of them empty and the best deal he would make was 800 pesos ($62.40) for a week, and that was just for parking with no hookups. And it wasn't that great of a place. We are happy where we are, so we'll stay put another day or two.

The beach at Los Ayala

We spent the afternoon on the beach. Walked the entire length and back, and then sat and watched the beachgoers from our spot in the shade. Our friendly caretaker Antonio sat with us for a while and talked. He also rents out chairs and umbrellas to people. They have three little girls, 10, 8, and 3. The oldest one came over and asked to borrow our binoculars. She thought they were pretty neat!

A nice afternoon at the beach.

Notice the floaty thing for a baby? It's in yellow, and has a roof attached to it. I think we're going to buy one for our grandson Cameron who is coming for a visit in January!


  1. Happy Birthday Ruth, enjoy the day!

    What a bargain for a three hour boat tour, enjoy.

  2. Happy Birthday Ruth!!

  3. Happy Birthday Ruth. You're still a baby!

  4. Ah to be 50 again! :-)
    Just looking at these pictures makes me feel relaxed. Wish I spoke even two words of Spanish, I would definitely consider following in your footsteps.


  5. Happy Birthday Ruth, Have a great Day and have a Birthday Cocktail tonight . we will have one here for you.Hope you get that floater for your Grandson, With your bargaining skills the guy will probably lose his shirt on it.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

  6. Oooh, The "Big Five-Oh" in Mexico!
    Can't be beat.
    Happy Birthday to Ruth!

    Have fun on the three hour tour. If any of the passengers looks like Gilligan, maybe stay within sight of the shore line?

  7. Happy 50th Birthday Ruth. Hope you have a fun filled day and you enjoy the boat trip. Tony and Helen xx

  8. Happy Birthday Ruth! My 50th is coming up in March, and you guys are certainly giving me some great ideas on where and how to celebrate it! Enjoy your 3 hour tour today!

  9. Happy Birthday Ruth. 50 was so long ago I don't remember much about it. Have a great three hour tour today.

  10. Happy Birthday Ruth! What a great place to be to celebrate your big day.

  11. Happy Birthday Ruth! Enjoy the day you have planned.

  12. Happy Birthday, Ruth! What a perfect way to spend your day!
    Grace & Steve

  13. Have a Happy Birthday. Your travels in Mexico is an excellent way to celebrate any occasion, but for a birthday, it's perfect.

    Paul and Helen

  14. What a hoot your header picture is. How can that guy even push that thing. What a beautiful beach.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ruth. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  15. Happy birthday Ruth..hope you both enjoyed the tour..can't wait to see pics of today :)

  16. Love the header - so colorful! Yes, get that for your grandbaby. We had something like that for ours this summer in the pool and at the beach - nice to have a little "roof" over their head. Hope you enjoyed the tour today. Happy birthday - oh to be 50 again - you're just a kid! ;)

  17. Welcome to the Big Five O club. I joined in July !!

    Take care ... TnT

  18. Hope you had a great birthday Ruth! Happy 50th.

  19. Really hope you had a great Birthday Ruth! Enjoying it in paradise!


  20. Happy Birthday Ruth!!..hope you had a great day!!

  21. Happy Birthday Ruth! sorry 1 day late! We hope you have a wonderful and healthy year ahead - plus safe travels!

  22. Happy Birthday Ruth ~ Hope your day was GREAT!
    Have fun & Travel safe

  23. Thank you everyone so much for all the birthday wishes. I had a wonderful day even if we didn't see any whales or dolphins. We are in paradise and we are loving life.

    Sorry for the lack of communication on my part but I really haven't had much internet access and I am really missing being able to follow everyone's blog. I will do my best when I have a good internent connection and lots of powernto catch up on them all.

    Thank you again everyone.

    Ruth (and Kevin too!)

  24. Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY "old gal".. Trust you had a good one. Glen and Steve x


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