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Jan 12, 2009 - Lo de Marcos

Life in Lo de Marcos – Part One We are starting to settle in and feel at home. Our Jeep is completely unpacked and we’ve organized ourselves in our little casita. Furnishings are sparse but the view of the ocean can’t be beat. We have running hot and cold water, a shower, gas stove, decent sized fridge and bottled water. We have no dresser and no closet or hooks, so we’re going to live out of our suitcases for the next 3 weeks. No complaints as we really only need swimsuits, shorts and a few pieces of warmer clothing for the evenings. The...

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Jan 11, 2009 - Puerto Vallarta

We have so much to see and already we only have a few more days to show him everything. Today we decided to cram in a trip to Puerto Vallarta, since the rest of the week is already booked for other trips in the area. No trip is complete without a visit to “The City”. We drove into town and parked at Wal-Mart; just north of the main downtown and then grabbed a bus for the rest of the trip downtown and into Old Town. We had to check out the ever growing skyline and the buildings that seem to get taller and bigger on every trip. Then we...

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Jan 10, 2009 - Lo de Marcos

I am finally writing this blog on my new computer. You probably won’t be able to tell the difference, but I sure can. My brother in law, Richard, came down for a visit while he is on Winter break from school teaching, and he brought me a new laptop since mine is definitely on its last leg. It’s wonderful to actually have a functioning machine and even better to have him here to offer tech support. Richard arrived by plane on Thursday afternoon and we had him back at Lo de Marcos by 4 in the afternoon, just in time to get him settled in to...

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Jan 8, 2009 - Mazatlan to Lo de Marcos - 365 KM

We started the day with a very easy drive from Mazatlan to Tepic. We LOVE “Gerri” our GPS!! It’s saved us many times from getting off on the wrong track. The only challenges seem to be one-way streets in major cities. In Mazatlan, Gerri kept trying to get Joanne to drive up the same one-way street. We did manage to stay parallel and it turned out fine. I don’t know how we’d manage without it. The first part of the drive from Mazatlan to Tepic was quite straight forward. Mexican toll highways, called “cuotas” are very good. Speed limits are...

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Dec 13, 2008 - Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, Mexico

Happy Birthday, Katie (my sister) Not too many miles to drive today, but probably some of the hardest 200 miles we’ve put in. There is a new toll road between Mazatlan and Tepic, which is nice, but hugely expensive. We took it anyway, because as soon as you turn off the toll road to head out to the coast, there are about 75 miles of steep, narrow, windy roads filled with potholes and topes and all manner of unseen obstacles. With this large trailer it was slow going and sometimes harrowing. The GPS was somewhat useless, the streets that...

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Mar 2, 2008 - lo de Marcos

The El Refugio Campground is located on the property of the Tlaquepaque Hotel just south of the town square in the small community of lo de Marcos. It was a little tight getting down the mainstreet and making the turn into the campground, but it was well worth it. The campground is gorgeous with lots of flowers and other vegetation. Even more surprising the campsites are first class and way above the standards of the other parks we have visited. Throw in wifi and a small hotel TV station that broadcasts in English and this is a first rate...

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Feb 7, 2008 - Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, Mexico

We got an early start this morning in hopes of reaching our intended final southern camp spot, Lo de Marcos. We left the state of Sinaloa and arrived in Nayarit. Nayarit is also largely an agricultural state, but out near the coast here, the main crop is Tobacco, so driving south you see hundreds of tobacco drying sheds in amongst all the jungle. The further south we go the more tropical it is, the weather is hotter, obviously, but it’s also more humid and the vegetation on the hillsides is more lush and vibrant. There are far fewer cactus...

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