Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mar 11

We arrive at Totonaka RV in San Carlos and meet up with Hanneka and Rolf again. Romeo and Vreny left a week ago heading back to Canada. We decide to stay for 5 nights. 

We do some touring around. One stop is at a beach south of Guaymas that is totally covered with all sorts of shells. We spend a couple hours looking and picking up shells. We also tour thru San Carlos. The area around here us pretty bare. More desert with few trees. 

We are leaving San Carlos and heading to Bahia Kino west of Hermosillo with R and H and will soend a few days there before heading to Yuma.  This will be our last few days in Mexico :-(
Feb 21
After  a week in Chacala we left to go to Teacapan. RV site was right in the beach. Paying for a week avg out to 192P a night. The is also a pool. The RV site itself was not great. Pretty bare. No humidity here. The closest town is 28 km away.

Feb 28
Dwayne's birthday is spent driving to Mazatlan. We meet up with Hanneke, Rolf, Vreny and Romeo. Together we all go out for dinner to celebrate Dwayne's birthday. We stayed Cerrito's RV park for 4 nights at 300p/a night. We got to see the Carnival parade while there. We left on Monday to go to El Fuerte  to start our Copper Canyon trip

Mar 3
Get to Bugainvillas Motel in El Fuerte and meet up with Emmy and Leo. They are also going to Creel by train. Camped out in the field 175p/night. This is where we leave out rig for the next 5 days while touring Copper Canyon.

Next day we took the train to Creel. 2nd class 1300p for 2.  This is an 8 hr ride thru beautiful canyons. We arrive in Divisadero after 6 hrs for a 20 min break to have lunch and see the view of the canyons. 2 hrs later we arrive in Creel to stay at Casa Margarita's 400p/ night for room eith 2 double beds and bathroom. Nice view if the plaza

We took tours thru small villages and akso down to La Bufa which is about an hour from Bilopilas. The road is in the process of being paved which is big improvement from the gravel road!!

Day 4 we took a bus to Divisadero. There we stayed at a rustic place Cabins at Copper Canyon Trail. 400p Very cold here. Had to put the heater in in the room. We went to the Adventure park and took the tram ride - 250p each. There is a zipline but didnt do it because you have to walkover 2 suspension bridges which is not something I like!  Also because of my broncitis breathing at 2500 meters is difficult

Next day we did some walking around and caught the train back to El Fuerte at 1:30pm. Arrived in El Fuerte at 7:30. The next day we packed up and headed to Alamos

Mar 9
Drive up to Alamos was interesting. We travelled thru heavy rain and then hail. Enough hail fell that it was on the roadside and ditches making the ground white!  As we enter Alamos we have to take a detour because the highway is being repaired. This is not good because dont know what we are going to come across!  Not long into the drive to get to a corner that is to tight to turn at. Now Dwayne has to backup to figure out what we are going to do. We create a bit of a traffic jam until we can straighten out. We then took another side road hoping it would work. At the end we had to rive aways ahead then backup to turn the trailer to make the corner. The next corner was tight but again made it. Now we are finally on a wider road. We see a tour bus heading towards us so we know we must be on a good road. Not long after we are on this road Dwayne pulls over to let the built up traffic thru. A policia comes up to us and asks where we are going. We tell him and he says to wait. He goes ahead and checks traffic. He stops traffic and waves us around the corner. Then there is another policia holding up traffic so we can turn left into the campground!  They were very helpful. Even came into the campground to tell us where the office is. We register get the trailer set up ( we are the only ones there). Then go for a walk into town center. It is still raining abit.  That night we ended up having to take out our heavy comforter it was that cold!! And we not even that high. Only about 350 meters.

This town has alot of Canadian and US expats living here. We rode our bikes around to check out the town and also to find a better road out for when we leave the next day.  We found the road and were happy with that. Took a little tour around town later in the afternoon via tour car. The driver spome English so told us interesting facts of the town. Very beautiful little town

Next day we left to go to San Carlos with no problems at all

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Feb 13

Arrived at Chacala and found a prefect stop along the beach. No one else around. Hoping that Rocky and Ronaye will arrive this weekend in their sailboat. The weekend got busy with lots of locals enjoying the beach. We had bought 2 hammocks and had prefect spots in the palms to swing and people watch. The water is so much calmer here so enjoyed lots of water time but split my boogy board on the first big wave! Monday came but no Rocky and Ronaye. So went to the internet cafe and checked email and found out that they were still waiting for their dinghy motor to be fixed. Probably not ready until Tues night. Wrote back that we have decided to stay until Thurs so hopefully they could still come by. After that we went into the water and using our boogy boards swam around. On the way out I stepped on what I thought was a stringray in the sand and got stung on the foot. Started yelling at Dwayne that something had bit me. I paddled to shore and saw that the sting was bleeding and my foot was going numb. It really really hurt. Limped to the trailer's outside shower and washed off the sand. The pain was unbearable. Got in the truck to find a medical clinic and was lucky that there was one 3 blocks away. Limped in and saying how much it hurt and the medic said "stringray" and I said think so. He had to get Dwayne to go out a d find hot water and in the meantime he gave me a shot of pain killer.  Dwayne got back about 10 mins later after getting hot water from a restaurant. Put my foot into it and the pain was almost gone. Seems that is about all that can be done. After awhile we left with the hot water. But since I didnt have my foot in it after a few minutes the pain came back again!  Once we got back to the trailer I quickly got out and Dwayne brought the hot water. And that was how the afternoon went - Dwayne changing the water to keep it hot. Finally I was able to keep for foot out!  Checked out the wound and saw the red line from the bottom of my fot up the inside of my ankle. It was very sore.  The pain was finally almost gone by Friday!

Rocky and Ronaye made it go Chacala by Wed afternoon. Once they got anchored they cMe to shore. We had a few rums and had a great visit. Then off to a shrimp dinner at one of the local restaurants. We said we would like to see their sailboat next morning before they left. Said we would swim out to their boat

Next morning we did swim out to their boat against some big waves. Finally made it and got onboard. After  a tour of their boat I had to get off because getting seasick just bobbing in the bay!!  I know I couldn't enjoy this lifestyle!  But they definitely love it!!

Feb 1

I volunteered to help out at the silent auction for Amigos de Lo de Marcos. This was held at the main plaza. They had lots of things to bid on.  I wanted an electric fondue set but was out bid by the person who donated it because a friend of hers' wanted it!  I didn't bid on anything else. There were lots of other things happening at the plaza so after my shift was finished we walked around some more. There was going to be music and dancing later in the evening but passed on that. The 3 of us went for dinner then back to the trailer

Feb 3

Market day in Guayabitos so took Mar there.  Then we walked the town since she was looking for dresses for her grand daughters and one for herself. Never did find anything. But since we were going to PV the next day I told her she would find something there

Feb 4

We drove the truck in to Walmart in PV and then took the local bus into centro. Got to the malecon and started shopping again. Or at least Mar was. We would sit and enjoy the view of the bay. She didnt take long before finding what she wanted. Also found the Pandora store 😊.  After that we jumped on the bus again and went into Old PV.  We were looking for a place to have lunch but found all the places pretty expensive. So walked about 3 blocks away from the beach and found a prefect little place with burritos for only 50p!!  After that did a little more walking then again back on the bus to head to the truck. Once there drove to Buscerias for Mar to see the little town.  Again a little more shopping but this time it was me- found a nice round plaque with Bienvenidos for our house in Honduras.

Feb 6

Last day for Mar's visit.  Took her to the airport for 3pm and then we headed to the Grand Palladium for the next 3 nights to visit with Judy, Marcel, Rand and Jacquie.

Feb 9

Had fun at the Paladium with lots of food and drink!  But now time to head back to the trailer to get ready to move. Will be leaving for Chacala on Thurs

Jan 27 2014

9:00 left Lo de Marcos with Margriet with us to go to Guadalajara for 3 day trip

The road to Compostela is very windy!! Thinking that ghe San Blas cut off is still better to take

Just after leaving Compostela we have our 1st tole 35p instead of 70p because removed one set of tires from the duals

Now that se are the mountains the temperature is alot cooler. At 10:30am it is 21C we are now at 4200ft

We get to Chapilla and take hwy 15 Libre. We are now in the valley (2760 ft) and there are lots of sugar cane fields. The air is very smokey from the burning of the sugar cane

We got to Tequila and looked for a tour. When we did find it we couldnt find any parking for our truck. Decided to go onto the next town Amititan and check one out recommended by a fellow RV'er. Got there while it closed between 2-4. We had passed one that was open so went there. The fee 250p for 1,5 hr walking tour. Thought since it was already 3 that would bring us into Guadalajara late dspecially since we had to drive thru the city to get to find our hotel

So continued on and in about 30 minutes we were on the main hwy into Guadalajara.  I was following maps with me app on the ipad and was the trucks gps to make sure I was on track. Things were going real smoothly. Then when we got to our turnoff we couldn't exit. Took next exit then made our way back and tried a second shot at it but this time stayed on the lTteral not main hwy. found hotel shortly after that. Checked into Hacienda de Sol which also has co eted parking. The room worked for us - a king bed and double bed.

Once we got unpacked we went out to find where to pick up the Red Double decker tour bus the next day. Never did find it but did find the main square where there was a lot of activity.  People had stalls set up selling DVD's, toys, different roasted nuts and of course food!!  We had the local tacos - always a great taste for the peso!!  At 7p each we had 4 each. Then of course dessert- vanilla layer cake for me, carrot cake for Dwayne and blue berry cheese cake for Mar. All were great!  Then did a little shopping around and headed back to the room

Jan 28
Next morning we were ready to go after breakfast to find the Red Bus. This time found the stop and after asking around found out the bus didnt get there until 11:15 and it was now only 9:30 😔.  This gave us lots of time to walk the shops and see their wares. And there was lots!! Stores full to the ceiling with pottery items like plates,bowls and pots

Well it finally came time to get back to the stop. A few minutes late the bus arrived. All excited to finally get on we were told the bus wouldnt be leaving until 12!!   So we waited a little longer and THEN got to get in. Once on the upper deck got settled and ready for the tour.  The bus went to Talaquepaque first. There we changed buses an on the Guadalajara centro. Once there we got off the bus and had an hour to walk around.  Had a quick bite of more tacos (cant ever get to many of those ;-). And back on the bus for a furthur tour of Guadalajara for an hour. Then back thru Talaquepaque to Tonala. We really wanted pizza but couldnt find any so for a change had KFC LOL!!!  Mar did some more shopping and then back to the room and crashed!!  First we checked the map and decided we had seen enough stores and since we really dont drink alot of tequila we would pass on the tour and taking the same route home. Instead we would head west to Barra de Navidad and check out what is there for RV sites.  Booked a room at Haceinde de Melaque then lights out!

Jan 29
In the morning while checking out the route decided it would  be nice to go to Lake Chapala and see what it is like.  First we had to find an Autozone because we need a new air filter. After Dwayne went behind the counter to help the clerk find it there was only 1. Which was unfortunate because since the filter was not in their system we were  only charged 92p for air filter that would cost about $55 in Canada

Now I used the truck's nav to get us out of town to Lake Chapala which it did pretty good. So off to the lake with no problems. It's only about 50 km southwest of Guadalajara. We were there for a late lunch (ceviche-me fish fajitas- Mar and chicken burger -Dwayne. We hurried because we knew we had about 4 hr drive to Melaque. Once we got onto Mex 80 we figured out why 258km would so long!!  We were driving up windy mountain roads then down then a small pueblos and back over the next mountain range. And so on so on!! These roads were built for motorcycle riding!! Will have to google the hwy and find out if anyone has ever counted the curves. The views were wonderful, the road crazy and when near the summits (4200') no guard rails!  Shrines on many curves. We were 7km from Barra before the road finally straightened out. Quite the hwy!! We travelled over 3 different mountain ranges.

Found our hotel Haceinda  de Melaque. We just dropped off our stuff and headed to the beach to check it out. Was pretty quiet. Found a restaurant and ordered seafood salad - a mix of shrimp octopus and conch. Dwayne had garlic shrimp but wadnt to happy with it since the shrimp werent peeled. After that walk

Jan 30

We took a drive into Barra de Navidad and checked out the market. Mar found a few items to buy and I bought some nice looking strawberries. Then off we went back to the hotel to get our suitcases and head back to our trailer.

The drive north took us again on a windy road. We thought this was not really where we wanted to drive with our trailer. We stopped at La Manzanillo which has a really nice beach and very few people. But the road in was not one to bring our trailer thru.

A few hours later we were in Puerto Vallarta and found a Pizza hut to have pizza for lunch. Then stopped at the Supermercado for groceries and were back at the trailer for dinner

The next day we met up with Judy and Marcel at the hotel. We were going to stay there and visit for the day but that would mean paying $60 each since it is and all exclusive. So we scraped that idea and took them back to our trailer. Had a nice afternoon on the beach and had a good lunch at the "red chair" restaurant.  After taking them back to the hotel we went to a Fiesta in Lo de Marcos which included dancing horses, charro cowboys sowing their roping skills. Even standing on their saddles and jumping thru the loop. The horse didnt move an inch! There were also dancers dressed in traditional attire doing wonderful dances. Great evening!

Feb 1

I volunteered to help out at the silent auction for Amigos de Lo de Marcos. This was held at the main plaza. They had lots of things to bid on.  I wanted an electric fondue set but was out bid by the person who donated it because a friend of hers' wanted it!  I didn't bid on anything else. There were lots of other things happening at the plaza so after my shift was finished we walked around some more. There was going to be music and dancing later in the evening but passed on that. The 3 of us went for dinner then back to the trailer

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Jan 1, 2014

As we reflect on the past year, we can say we've had an awesome 2013!

We started the year by flying to Thailand from Honduras. We had arrived in Honduras in Oct 2012. Enjoyed a few months there. We really enjoyed the Thailand trip even though 29 hrs of travelling gets a bit much. But once we got to Bangkok and rested a day we were ready to see the city! Didn't take us long to figure out the skytrains and getting around. We travelled north by bus and by train. Both exciting and fun. We also bused into Laos for a couple days before flying back to Bangkok and travelling south by train. It was all a great experience.

We also got to travel from Halifax to New York City with our 5th wheel. Really get to see the sights that way. Had a great RV site right along the Hudson River across from Manhattan. The subway was close so we travelled all over the city. Also took a hop on hop off bus tour so got around  to even more areas. Bicycled around Central Park and took in a baseball game with hotdogs at Yankee Stadium.

Then returned to western Canada thru the states where we had not travelled before. Taking in the city of Elkhart where most RVs are built. Along with visiting the RV museum displaying all sorts of RVs from years ago. 

Our summer travels took us to Comox then Kelowna and finally to Edmonton. While in Edmonton we were there for the birth of our 7th grandson. 

By mid Oct we were travelling back south heading to Mexico for the winter. We travelled with 2 other couples and finished up at Lo De Marcos which is right on the beach about an hour from Puerto Vallarta. Even though the waves are big at times it is so nice to be by the water. 

After a 3 week stay it was time to fly back to Canada to visit the kids for Christmas. We spent time in Edmonton then flew to Comox and finally back to Kelowna for Christmas day. We had great visits at all places. By Dec 28th we headed back to Mexico to end the year on a nice warm beach where it also started.

We give thanks often for being so lucky as to enjoy this lifestyle we have chosen - which is being Gypsies 

Back in the Honduran groove :)

It's now been 2 weeks since we have arrived back at our house.  Unfortunately Dwayne is still fighting with the fridge to get it working...