It’s not a surprise to us, we knew it was coming, everyone has been talking for months about the off season. But seeing the town clear out so thoroughly, not just the expats and tourists, but many of the Mexicans who travel into the area to work the tourist season, it’s a little unsettling.

There’s no lines, anywhere.

Shops are closing. The beaches are empty.

Not everyone leaves, of course.

But there’s a definite shift.

I think it will be a nice way to experience this otherwise tourist-packed beach area. Cole spent the afternoon the other day at Entre Amigos, a non-profit for the children in San Pancho.

And next week I’m starting what I hope will be a regular volunteer gig at the orphanage up the street from us. I’ll help clean and Cole will play with the youngest kids while the big kids are at school.

And of course, there’s always the beach. And throwing rocks.

And learning Spanish.

If we’re not too shy.

It’ll be a good summer.