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Feb 17, 2020 - Santa Maria Del Oro

Our good friends Rob and Grace Gee made a return trip to Los Ayala two weeks ago. After a brief two day visit with Twin Cities friends up in Chacala, the Gees moved down to Quinta Minas Hotel here in LA on Thursday, February 13. We were able to enjoy their company for 11 days before they moved on the Puerto Vallarta this past Monday for their last week in Mexico. This was probably their 5th or 6th visit to our winter digs, so they are now old hands at the Los Ayala drill. They spontaneously joined several of the morning hiking groups to...

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Feb 3, 2020 - Everything's Up To Date In Los Ayala - Revisited

Well we have now been in our Mexico hometown for just over 5 weeks so an update on Los Ayala developments would seem to be in order. While we were gone for 9 months in 2019, several of the formerly dirt streets were nicely paved, Jill’s favorite cake lady street vendor opened a real coffee and cake shop, several new hotels were either completed or progressed nicely and -shock of all shocks - construction on the multi, multi, multi year new church seems again to be moving forward - darn slowly, but forward. Los Ayala is really a very small...

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Jan 22, 2020 - She's At it Again

Faithful readers will recall that last season Jill became quite involved in an after school reading / learn English program for underprivileged kids here in Los Ayala. Well suffice it to say, she’s at it again. I mentioned in an earlier episode that one of the elements that contributed to our vastly overloaded CR-V on our drive down from Oshkosh involved several bags of outgrown shoes and other clothing from our daughters and grandkids. Also contributing to the rear end mass were 3-4 large boxes of various teaching aids, Scholastic books,...

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Jan 12, 2020 - To Market To Market

Today, Sunday was going to be a Murph and Jill “do something together” day. We were up at our usual time, but rather than our regular morning exercise and walk, I had breakfast, we both cleaned up and by 8:00, into the CR-V we jumped. Since our plan involved visiting the lovely La Cruz Sunday market, and then heading for the spectacular Divisedero Beach, we both had our swimsuits under our normal market clothes. For the those of you out of the loop, when we first started coming to Vallarta in the late 80’s, La Cruz was a tiny fishing...

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Jan 8, 2020 - No Good Deed

So, by Sunday January 5, all the thousands of Mexican visitors to Los Ayala (another story on this phenomenon to follow), from Guadalajara and the like, were heading back to work and school, making room for a few more gringoes here at Casa Ricardo. Our first newbies from north of the border were Bill and Maxine, an unmarried, sort of friends couple in their mid-70’s from BC, who travel well together - generally. They were here two years ago when Jill and Max became good friends. Then Bill was here last year with a fun guy named Buster. A...

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Dec 21, 2019 - The Final Stretch

After six nights on the road we were finally on the home stretch for our winter home in Los Ayala. Despite her brutal night’s sleep, the Ms. Jill was insistent on getting up at 5:15. While she was showering, I enjoyed one of those OXXO ham sandwiches for my delicious and nutritious breakfast. Once I was cleaned up we left our resort behind and were out on the 4 year old Mazatlan libramiento - a fabulous improvement since traveling through Mazatlan had rivaled Hermosillo for awful traffic and driving conditions. Within 20 minutes we were...

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Mar 12, 2019 - The New Gig In Town

What started out in December as a potentially troublesome season for Jill has turned into one of her most meaningful Mexico sojourns in quite awhile. When we first got down here the girl had to deal with a bit of a double whammy. First we learned that our dear friend (and former Los Defines worker extraordinaire) Rocio and her two daughters Jacque and Jenni, were no longer in Los Ayala. You may recall that Rocio had left Los Delfines 1 1/2 years ago when she and Ricardo got into a disagreement about wages. Last year Rocio cooked for a...

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Feb 26, 2019 - Let's Have A Party

Let’s face facts here folks - I have a pretty hard time getting excited about a birthday party for a three year old. Oh, as I recall all those years ago, they were actually quite fun when we had family parties for Sara and Molly at that age. Parties for three year old grandchildren were pretty decent too, especially since the responsibility for any urpy kid who had enjoyed too much cake and ice cream was not mine. But I have to tell you, I think I really went above and beyond a couple of weeks ago when I agreed to accompany Jill to a...

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Feb 10, 2019 - Cruising For Charity

When Jill and I get down here to Mexico in mid-December there are already a pretty large number of Canadians who have been here for 4-6 weeks by then. That being said, once the holidays are over, January, February and into early March is far and away the “high season” for gringo rentals at all the local bungalows, apartments and hotels. Needless to say, the gringos come prepared with plenty of disposable cash - which also makes these months high season for charity fund raisers as well. Some weeks back there was the “Cancer de Mama” walk and...

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Jan 20, 2019 - Miracle At Campo

Most of you dedicated readers are pretty aware of my major focus down here in Mexico. Yes, I write an occasional Trip Journal or another episode in my Murph’s life story project, I really enjoy doing family history stuff on ancestry.com, and I read a ton (4 books devoured so far in 2019). But what I really love to do is golf at Campo de Ensueno. I play far more golf down here than I do in Oshkosh. Up there I’m happy if I play twice a week, but here it is usually double that. Of course I play Thursday in Men’s League (which I have described...

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Jan 11, 2019 - The Los Ayala Update

So now that you all know we arrived safely down here on December 15, I thought I’d just give you a quick update on the latest Los Ayala news in the 3 weeks since we gringos took over Unit 1 at Casa Ricardo. With Christmas fast approaching, our sleepy village quickly converted into a pretty darn popular Mexican holiday destination. Our parking lot, which had sported perhaps four vehicles on our arrival, soon had more than a dozen day in and day out. On most every day from our arrival til this past Sunday (Three Kings Day), the village...

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Dec 15, 2018 - The Other LA

Saturday, December 15 We were up again at 5:30 and while Jill was in the shower, I enjoyed my highly nutritious breakfast. Turns out that even without a microwave, lukewarm, 2 day old kraut rolls are pretty darn good. Combined with some leftover Starbuck’s OJ, the day was of to a great start. With Durango at 4000’ elevation, we kind of expected to have to scrape some frost this morning. Even though the temp registered as 28 the dry air yielded no frost - just cold. We were out on the Durango bypass by 7:00 and the sun was just coming up as...

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