| February 8
We arrived in Barra de Navidad last Thursday to find that there was no site available. The units that were going to leave RV Park Cadillac Ranch couldn’t get out due to all the rain the previous few days. Things worked out though as there was a plug available for electricity so we parked near their driving range for a couple of days while things dried out. Finally on Saturday we were able to move into a regular site – one with water, electricity and sewer. This park is quite different in that we are the only ones from BC; there is one from Ontario and all the rest (8) are from Quebec. They are not all together and they don’t all mingle, in fact at least one of the couples never seems to mix with the other Quebecers.
Saturday we spent the day setting up and took a trip into Barra for a look around.
It is a real quaint little town and very tourist oriented with many shops with tourist goodies and beach goodies with breaks for restaurants/bars. We went out to the malecon for a great view of the town and across the bay to Malaque. When we passed the dock where fishing trips take place, there was some fishers coming in and they had their catch hoisted up on hooks for pictures – great big sail fish. I wanted to get a picture but by the time we found a place to park and walk back the fish had been taken down. It would be lots of fun to take one of these fishing trips but would be more interesting if there was someone else with us.
Of course, we had to tour around the shops – managed to spend some more money. We sure don’t spend the money that we used to, I think that we are just getting too many tourist type souvenirs over the past 13 years, we just don’t need anymore.
Sunday we drove into Manzanillo to Walmart to do some necessary shopping – needed a new coffee pot and a few groceries that aren’t readily available in the small towns. Lunch time we had a real traditional Mexican meal – KFC. Although we were in the tourist section of the city and on a Sunday there wasn’t too many on the beach.
On Monday I took some laundry into a spot in town and by Tuesday late afternoon it still wasn’t done so I took it and then went to find another one. This is the first time that I have had a problem with a local laundry – I guess it was bound to happen sometime
Today we took another stroll through town finding a few streets and stores that we hadn’t been to before. Big purchases were souvenirs for the grands and fish for dinner. There was enough fish to freeze some for other meals. It was Red Snapper and delicious.
The second laundry I found go the clothes done just an hour late with the pick up so I spent that time checking e-mails and FB.
Of course when I got back to the motorhome I found out that the internet had been hooked up in the park just minutes after I left. Oh well, it was only 15 pesos (1.20) for about an hour of internet time. Still, when I got home I just had to make sure we really had it and yes, with a little adjustment on my computer I had an extremely strong signal. The rest of the day was spent packing up and just lazing around. I didn’t feel like cooking so went to the park restaurant for dinner – they don’t have much but had quite a good hamburger (just about anything I don’t have to cook is good).
Today we headed out about 8:30 on our way to Villa Corona (Chimulco RV Park). Our decision was to take a secondary road that goes straight from Maleque to Villa Corona – by secondary, I mean paved but just two lanes, no shoulder and, as it went through the mountains, very windy. The good thing is that there wasn’t a lot of traffic and we got to see a different section of Mexico that we hadn’t seen before. There were several beautiful valleys with large farm communities and several of acres of land devoted to Blue Agave, the plant used to make Tequila. Only had one slightly scary moment when a large truck came around a corner with his inside wheels in our lane and there was no room to move out of his way but we made it okay.
We arrived at the park mid afternoon and the first people we saw were Fred and Jenna, a couple we met at Rancho B last winter, they had just arrived the night before on their way home. We had a problem getting our satellite signal so moved our motorhome to an open field (still has hook-ups) – I just had to have the TV so I can watch the Opening Ceremonies and, oh yeah, the start of season 20 of Survivor. It is much cooler here as we are quite high into the mountains at about 5,000 feet.
Had to put the furnace on this morning.....it was cold and wouldn’t you know it we were having trouble with the thermostat. When Joe tried to fix it we had both the furnace and air conditioner come on at the same time and the thermostat was shut off, some sort of gremlins in it (probably dust). Out came the spray air and after a little while we finally got heat.
Going to take it relatively easy today as I am not feeling too well, just a touch of stomach something. We will probably take a drive around town today just to see what is there.
Today was a quiet day; we drove around town to get our bearings and visited a farmacia to pick up some of my prescription pills. Tomorrow we will take Joe’s prescriptions in and see about getting some of his pills. In the afternoon we went over and tried the thermal pool – it was nice to have a swim.
The pool was relatively empty but I imagine that the weekend will be quite a different situation.
We watched the Opening Ceremonies which meant we were up quite late due to the 2 hour time difference. It would have been great to have seen it on a bigger screen but I guess we have to make do with what we have. Too bad the opening day was marred with tragedy but let’s hope that that was the only serious event.
Went into town to check out getting Joe’s prescriptions but found out that the one that they had was about the same price as at home and could only get it in packages of 10. Oh well, we may try again in a larger town and a larger farmacia. The rest of the day was spent close to home as there is a Valentine’s Party at the park today.
They supplied food and drinks and the only we had to supply was snackies for the pre-dinner drinks. The dinner was Texas Style BBQ beef with beans, rice, salad, soup and guacamole. We sat with Fred and Jenna and had an enjoyable visit with them. There was dancing after but Joe and I didn’t stay, most people were just sitting around talking.
February 14 Valentine’s Day
We spent the morning catching up on the Olympics and all news. Were really disappointed to hear about the violence that happened downtown Vancouver. Why does a small group of profession protesters (masked and hooded) have to wreck the joy that has been surrounding Vancouver and the Olympic Spirit?
In the afternoon another couple that we knew pulled into the park – our neighbours from Lo de Marcos, the others that got a paint job. We went later went to a neighbouring town to have Valentine’s dinner and listen to Mariachis – unfortunately there was no Mariachis but there was a nice little group that played with our dinner. During the evening there were sellers going around selling roses so after dinner Joe bought me a red rose. After coming home we packed up things around the motorhome to get ready to leave tomorrow. Once again we had to pack a damp sun screen – it had rained overnight. This is becoming a normal type thing
Left Chimulco and heading to Teacapan. Arrived in Teacapan mid afternoon. The road into here is getting worse every time we come here; all the heavy trucks hauling peppers and tomatoes are just wrecking the surface, lots and lots of pot holes (big ones). Going to stay at Villas Onac until Friday and then move someplace north, slowly working our way home.
Internet service here is not quite up to snuff; we get a good strong connection but have problems with Hughes Net. We can pick up our e-mail and I can get my games but any other web pages we want to pull up won’t load plus it is all extremely slow. Going to have to look into some other way of hooking up to internet when traveling – either an internet key or a satellite hook up. This will give me something to research when I get home.