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Feb 24, 2009 - Puerto Vallarta Here We Come

We had heard that the campgrounds in the Puerto Vallarta area had decreased in numbers, folks buying the property and building houses on the water, so we were a bit concerned as we left Mazatlan for our next stop. The trip south was interesting. We did a short stint on Mexico 15D which was a pleasant no-toll road. Orchards and fields of tomatoes were plentiful in this state. Perpetual cattle can always be seen whether one is in the city or in the country. Another federales check point loomed ahead. This one, however, was for vehicles going...

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Feb 24, 2009 - A Cowboy He Aint

This past Tuesday, Jill and I engaged in another episode in our ongoing quest to create international peace and understanding here in Mexico. We were invited by Lou and Jo (see numerous previous installments) to take part in another of their “rallys”. Perhaps this term suffers a bit in the translation from the French, but we were pleased to find that Lou’s idea of a rally did not include being recruited to sell Amway and had nothing whatsoever to do with a tent revival for Christ. This rally was essentially a day trip from Guayabitos to a...

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Down Mexico Way 2009

Feb 18, 2009 - It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time

This past Monday, the circus came to town. Faithful readers may recall that last year we enjoyed a circus down here. Any way you look at it, this year’s version gave every appearance of being far superior to last year’s. Like any good Mexican product, the advertising of this event involved plenty of word of mouth promotion – make that extremely loud word of mouth. There are clearly no public loudness statutes down here, as any number of product vendors (fruits, vegetables, bread & muffins, fresh shrimp, discos, even LP gas) announce their...

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Feb 13, 2009 - Murph "Gets Lucky" on Friday the 13th

For those of you not totally familiar with my advancing years, later this month I will be 25% into my 60th year on this earth. It pains me to admit it, but for over 50 of those years I have had a dirty little secret, a private desire that I could never seem to overcome. I would hear stories about it, read magazines about it, even dream and fantasize about it. Occasionally I would hear of others with similar desires who had successfully rid themselves of this curse and I would be deeply, horribly envious, potentially even covetous. But all...

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Down Mexico Way 2009

Jan 6, 2009 - Los Ayala - Beautiful, But Not A Clue What It Means

Despite being only 90 minutes (40 miles) from our winter home, we regularly stop at Paraiso Miramar for the night before heading in to Rincon de Guayabitos, or in this case, Los Ayala. By arriving in the morning, we can make the needed final gas stop (so we have a full tank when we leave in March), fill up on LP if needed, and (most importantly) navigate the narrow streets of these beach communities before much traffic is out and about. Once we’re in place, it is handy to have the rest of the day to set up all the accoutrements that help...

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Down Mexico Way 2009

Jan 5, 2009 - Interesting Wildlife - Well Sort Of

The good news Monday morning was that power had been restored overnight, so Jill could run the microwave for her scone and, far more importantly, her hair dryer. The bad news (of course you knew this was coming) was that the g*& d#$% slides would not even think of coming in. Talk about raining on a previously quite happy parade! Of course those miserable mechanisms didn’t just take 10 minutes to come around, or 20 or even 30. Nope, this time they set a new record and took 40 whole minutes of wiggling this and jiggling that, clicking this...

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Down Mexico Way 2009

Nov 14, 2008 - Puerto Vallarta

Lunga notte on the bus! Ma alla fine ne vale la pena! Continuing along the coastal road passing uninhabited beaches, mango, coconut, and papaya plantations, our destination is the world famous Puerto Vallarta, which is stretched out along the lovely Bay of Banderas. A former a quaint seaside fishing village Puerto Vallarta is now a vacation destination for many travelers, with its charming old town, seaside promenade and multitude of inviting white sand beaches. Here we can take it easy or partake in snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing or...

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MEXICO 2008

May 18, 2008 - Second Wind arrived in San Diego on May 9

What HAVE we been doing since leaving Guadalajara on March 31st?? We wrapped up our time in Puerto Vallarta having the Andersons as guests aboard for a week (April 5 to 12). It was interesting to see things through the eyes of eight-year-old Hannah. The Andersons arrived with only a few duffle bags and easily adapted to life on the boat. We tried to show them a number of different sides of Mexico (as in life beyond Paradise Village). They can crew with us anytime!! We ended our time in PV with some farewell fun over four days with Dorothy...

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Apr 22, 2008 - A FANTASTIC Excursion in Puerto Vallarta

Our Puerto Vallarta excursion was wonderful! Started out on a boat headed out to a snorkling/kayaking place. The crew was friendly, attentive and funny. The restrooms on the boat were clean and in working order. They served a terrific-looking continental breakfast (which we didn't eat since we'd already had breakfast onboard the ship . . . . note to my CEAHOW pals!). The only downside of the day was that the tide was coming in when we reached the snorkling place so the water was too murky to see any fish. Not the fault of the crew. Bill and...

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Mar 11, 2008 - Preparing to Head North

We spent some time a couple of days ago visiting a couple of interesting towns and beaches to the south of lo de Marcos. Our impression is that things get more and more busy as you move south toward Puerto Vallarta, 40 miles to the south. San Francisco and Playa de Pancho are only about 10 miles south of here. It is a more developed area than lo de Marcos with more vacationers and fewer RVers. The beach is much like lo de Marcos, but has many more upscale houses and hotels. Another five miles south is Sayulita. This is a swinging beach...

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Mar 8, 2008 - No PETA Around Here

One of the truly distinct differences between the United States and Mexico is the heavy reliance down here on audio advertising. Even though we are a block off the "main drag" here in Rincon de Guayabitos, we are constantly subjected to trucks with blaring loudspeakers selling the wildest array of products you can imagine. In just one 24 hour period recently, we've had the opportunity to buy shaved flavored ice (like a snow cone truck), fresh shrimp and fish, fresh baked bread and muffins, watermelons, a variety of fresh vegetables, bottled...

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Feb 24, 2008 - So Close, Yet So Far

Numerous readers of last year’s Trip Journal have been regularly e-mailing with requests for an update on my golf game. Of course I’ve been holding off, hoping I could combine that update with the announcement that I’ve registered my first hole-in-one of my long and undistinguished golf career – some would suggest I was simply procrastinating, but what would they know?. In any event, given that I started playing the game at age 8 and I’m age 58 currently (well there were a few off years in there before I stumbled into a job where they...

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On The Road Again

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