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Dec 21, 2010 - Livin la vida loca

Decemmber 11 to 21, 2010 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Wednesday December 11th I check into room #17 at the Hotel Hortencia ##photo=Room #17 at the Hotel Hortencia## in Old Town Puerto Vallarta and pick up a six pack of 'Indio' beer at the corner OXO store (the Mexican equivalent of a 7-eleven). My room has a small balcony that overlooks a busy intersection and I sit and feel the pulse of the place while I contemplate my next move. The sidewalks are a gauntlet of uneven pavement with curbs and steps thrown in every few meters for no apparent...

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Mexico o Busto! 2010

Dec 14, 2010 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Sapphire Princess pulled up to Puerto Vallarta early this morning, and instantly there was a flea market set up for our shopping pleasure as soon as you stepped off the ship. Turkey and I had received an invitation to visit Tanzanite Jewellery store, which was just North of the Cruise terminal. We had a brief visit with this store, and then headed by taxi into Puerto Vallarta. We shopped a little bit, but again, we really do not have any space in our suitcase that is not occupied, so shopping is really a waste of time for us. We headed...

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Dec 13, 2010 - Mexican Riviera Cruise

We have been at sea for 2 days now. It took us several hours to find our way around the ship. It didn’t help that I got snagged as soon as we got on board the ship. A woman came up to me and asked me if I had a bit of free time. What could I say…she had the gun! Really, she offered me a free toxic cleanse. All I had to do was be her model for 80 minutes. Of course, I said yes! So Turkey went on his merry way, and I lay in a mold of seaweed, & algae combined with galvanic and faradic stimuli. (I have no idea what that means, but the woman...

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Nov 21, 2010 - A little history

11/19/10 This was a really fun day. We got up early and went to starbucks. Then we came back to the room and had lunch here. Monroe read, and I walked down the hill into town. I shopped until I dropped. There is so much good shopping here. I found lots of treasures for very little money. And the people are not desperate like they are in Puerto penasco. I was on the streets for a couple hours and never got pan-handled. Which says they are not starving here, like they are at home. We drove out to Le Kliff, which is about 25 miles of windy,...

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Nov 19, 2010 - La Siesta

We moved south Wednesday. We decided to spend our last 3 nights at our favorite place, which is the La Siesta hotel. It is located at the top of a hill overlooking downtown Puerto Vallarta. The colonial architecture of La Siesta and the quaint “old city” charm creates an atmosphere that reminds me of old Mexico. When we get here we never want to leave the room, just sit on the balcony and watch the city and the ocean. From the balcony we see the cobblestone streets bustling with activity, and bougainvilleas that seem to grow wild...

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Nov 17, 2010 - Moving south

I seem to be having trouble uploading pictures. Every one I try, it tells me file is too large. So I think I have gotten a couple, but I'll post a link later with my picassa site. This morning we went over to Jesse and Jan Vidals for breakfast. Jesse and Monroe worked together at Coldwell Banker and were good friends. They were both in the Navy (Jesse was a Navy Seal) and they both love treasure hunting. A couple of years ago their granddaughter came to Penasco to visit them, and when they were driving her back to Arizona they had a head on...

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Nov 17, 2010 - Day 17

Day 17 - Layover in Puerto Vallarta Another day of rest! We “slept in,” had great coffee and a good breakfast and walked, walked, walked! Riding all day doesn’t leave much for exercise so these layover days are good to make sure all the moving parts are working (other than the clutch hand and the shifter foot). It was also good to catch up on “business” (like laundry (whew!)) and take in the sites of Vallarta. It’s mid-week and off-season so, unless a cruise ship comes to port and unloads it cargo (passengers from Wisconsin and the like),...

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Nov 16, 2010 - Day 16

Day 16 - Zihuatanejo to Puerto Vallarta Starting Odometer: 33745 Miles traveled today: 435 The ride out of Zihuatanejo was again perfect. It’s always our plan, now, to leave early – especially if we’re in a city. We awaken early anyway so we can easily hit the road by 5:30 or so. That way we avoid any traffic and are well on our way before the hustle and bustle. The 200 miles from Las Penas to Tecoman was another dose of blissful, rainforest riding. Large flowering trees and the vines they support reach across the road creating a welcoming...

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Nov 16, 2010 - Another day in paradise

11/15/10 Another day in Paradise. Nuevo Vallarta has a new Walmart, so we visited it yesterday. I believe every resident of the city was there. It was Sunday, and mom, dad, and all the kids were shopping. Everyone was talking and laughing. The lines were long, no one seemed to notice, just chatted in line. It always amazes me how this culture has so much patience for things like that, and Americans get so annoyed. Maybe “waiting” is so normal in Mexico that no one expects not to. We went to “Chasers” which is a sports bar with our friends...

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Nov 14, 2010 - First Day and some history

We are here. What a contrast to Rocky Point. The economy is booming, tourism is crazy. There is new construction everywhere. Our plane was sold out, and when we arrived at the airport there were at least (no kidding) 2500 people waiting to clear customs. Lots of families with kids, couples, old, young and in between. Customs was orderly and easy, it took about 40 minutes total. A brief overview of Puerto Vallarta: Downtown North: This is the heart of Puerto Vallarta. The boardwalk is here with intriguing sculptures. The streets are...

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Nov 13, 2010 - New full body scanner

We are ready to depart from Phoenix. They have that new full body scanner thing in this airport that we heard about on the news. Since Monroe has a pacemaker, they sent him through it, because it avoids the shake down/frisk stuff that he used to have to do. It was very fast, normally with his pacemaker it takes forever for him to get screened, so it seems to be a good thing.

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Nov 5, 2010 - Day 5

Day 5 - Mazatlan to Puerto Vallarta Starting Odometer: 30585 Miles traveled today: 285 Gas: Tepic Up at 5:00 a.m. to a rapping on the window by security. I didn't realize that I'd asked for wake up call, only to have hot water in the early morning (I guess they turn it on only when needed, now!)! None-the-less, we got up, got ready and searched the city for coffee. Never found coffee but got a great sense of morning routine. We saw a lot of backstreets and it became evident the sense of pride that existed. Especially interesting was that...

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