It was on this vacation my two little men had two wishes on their list one was to zip line and the other was to snorkel with the fish. It was when we came across a boat trip to the secluded beach Las Caletas that it would be the perfect excursion for the whole family.
In the early morning we hopped on a boat sailing off into the deep blue only to be greeted by two shy whales and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the Los Arcos as birds flew over our heads. The destination itself was a private getaway full of white sand, crystal blue water, and activities for everyone.
The first thing our children wanted to do was the zip-line adventure! On this mini-adventure they climb rope walls and zip at high speeds through the canopy.
However, what we did not know is that we would be pulling our children up a steep hill by donkey.
My Son Called, “Mom! Come pull-me!”
It was with this my oldest hopped on the donkey and I began to slowly pull him up the steep hill.
It was only halfway up the hill when my donkey decided to take a break. He gave me a look that said “I dare you to try to pull me!”
I never back down from a dare especially a donkey so it was with that I pulled, I stomped, and negotiated for the donkey to move. He dug his feet into the ground and huffed “Not likely!”
I was more determined than ever to get him moving as the back log of parents were stopped by my donkey leading the path, my son laughed, “He sure is stubborn.”
“Yes he is!”
It is with that one of our guides gave the donkey a pat on the butt and whispered in his ear. She gave him a knowing smile and he gave her a wink! He then gave me a satisfied smile of letting me know it wasn’t my charm that made him move along the way.
After we watched the kids zip and whoop through the tree line heading back to the beach for a snorkel. My oldest turned to me and said “Mom it looks like you meet your match! I think you are just as stubborn as that donkey!”
It was with that I sighed, put on my snorkel gear, and headed for the water. I snorkeled admiring the angel fish, watching the sting ray below me, that I reflected on my brief time with the donkey. I learned that sometimes to get someone moving it takes more than pulling, commanding, and stomping. It takes creativity, charm, and the ability to whisper sweet nothings into an ear in order to motivate a donkey!
Have you ever been referred to as stubborn as a donkey? What did you do to earn the title?