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Friends from Home

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

We discovered that some friends from Dallas, Lin and Russ, were staying in a time-share just down the road in Nuevo Vallarta.  NV is, as the name implies, a new section of condos and hotels on the beach just north of Puerto Vallarta.  Unfortunately, the road into NV is riddled with pot holes.  No attempt is being made to fill them in.  I guess they figure that as long as the construction continues, the trucks will continue to tear it up.  So, why not wait?

We made arrangements to pick up Lin and Russ and give them a personal tour that wouldn’t be offered by the hotels.  We drove south about 45 miles and  picked them up at 9:00 AM.   We immediately headed north to tour some of the smaller towns and beaches.  Our first stop was the very touristy town of Rincón de Guayubitos.  This is a popular destination for North Americans and Mexicans alike.  Every weekend brings dozens of busloads in from the interior.  The shore is lined with hotels and the streets are one shop after another, generally selling the same stuff.  We ate breakfast down this street somewhere, on the left.

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Visitors from the US and Canada are finding this town to be the perfect spot and are tossing up McMansions in great numbers.  The typical house in this area is between $750,000 to $2,000,000. and that is US dollars.

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From there, we headed to Lo de Marcos.  It was a little chilly and very few were at the beach.  We were also able to give Lin and Russ a tour of our current home RV Park.

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From here, we stopped in the quaint village of San Francisco, also called San Pancho.  It is more rustic than most of the towns in the area, but it is also the only one with a hospital.

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Then it was back to our old stomping grounds in Sayulita for a chilly lunch at Don Pedro’s, the beach restaurant we used to frequent when the Cowboys played football.

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We discovered that we were low (nearly empty) on power steering fluid, so we made only one more stop this day at Punta de Mita.  We spent a few minutes walking on the beach and then we headed back to Nuevo Vallarta.  Lin and Russ returned to Punta de Mita a few days later by bus.  They took a whale watching tour on a small boat that could handle six people.  Apparently they had dozens of close encounters with the huge humpbacks.  From what they say, we may have to try this tour.  More information on humpbacks can be found at:

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/whales/species/Humpbackwhale.shtml

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A couple of days later we picked up Lin and Russ for a lunch in Puerto Vallarta.  We left the truck at Walmart and took a cab to PePe’s Taco Stand.  Unfortunately they didn’t open until 5:00 PM.  So we headed to the beach and walked about a mile to the main downtown strip, the Malecon.  After looking at every menu along the street, we settled at the “No-Name Bar and Grill”.

From our vantage point on the second floor balcony, we were directly across the street from a very long pole sticking up in the air.

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On top of the pole were four men, dressed in traditional Mexican Indian outfits, playing flutes while sitting or dancing.

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Notice the large spool of rope.  That should tell you that there is more to come.  After they find that a large enough crowd has gathered, they drop themselves off of their perch fastened only by one heel and spiral down upside down.

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This process took about ten minutes.  This shot is as they approach the ground.

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Believe it or not, they played their flutes the whole way down.

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Upon reaching the ground, they scattered, along with some associates, to collect tips from the fascinated crowd.  They even found us on the second floor balcony.

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From our same perch on the balcony, we were treated to a seagull feeding frenzy.  In the background of this photo are two gulls diving into the water. I hope they don’t have the same target in mind.

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Followed by a large splash.

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We wondered where seagulls went when they were not stalking your snacks.

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We really enjoyed visiting with friends from home.  Thanks Lin and Russ for your vacation time spent with us.

New Home – Lo de Marcos

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Well, we moved from Sayulita and up the road about 12 miles to Ron’s RV Park in the town of Lo de Marcos.   

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Lo de Marcos, a small town of some 2,500 people, is easily accessible by National Highway 200 from the north (San Blas: 1½ hrs) or from the south (Puerto Vallarta: 1 hr) and by National Highway 15 from the east (Guadalajara: 4 hrs).   Lo de Marcos is surrounded by hills covered with lush semi-tropical vegetation, has beautiful beaches and enjoys summer-time weather year around.  And, unlike the neighboring tourist towns, Lo de Marcos has maintained its small-town charm and unhurried life style. With the exception of Holy Week, around Easter, Lo de Marcos remains unperturbed by the hustle-bustle of the outside world. The casual tourist or would-be resident finds a tranquil atmosphere, friendly people and a welcoming attitude where discos, fast-food joints and malls have not yet intruded. 

Lo de Marcos is home to about 7 or 8 RV parks.  The largest, Villas Tlaquepaque and Trailer Park also know as El Refugio, has a couple of hundred spaces, pools, beach access and is associated with a really nice hotel.  See Comments:  It has been pointed out that Villa Tlaquepaque (El Refugio) has only 70 spaces, not a couple of hundred.  Hmm, it seemed larger.  That will teach me to finish my research.  One listing shows 32 full hook-ups. Well, I guess they are wrong too. Two new parks opened in December.   One has the barest of essentials, and the sign labels itself as “New RV Park”.  Another is Savage RV Park which is very nice with a small pool and will handle 15  rigs.   Construction is underway for a new park that will accomodate about 50 rigs.   Ron’s RV Park is about a block off of the beach and has been in business for 5 years and is quite unique, as Mexican RV parks go.  The facilities are more like you might find in the US or Canada.  The power is good, water pressure good, the grounds are spotless and they didn’t hold back on pouring cement.  We’re not burdened with the sand and dust that generally filters through the air and settles on everything.  There is even a separate parking lot for the trucks and tow vehicles.

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Backing the rig in from the street was a snap with Ron’s guidance.

Those of you that are experiencing winter may not show much sympathy, but for the past 3 weeks, we have suffered through a cold spell.  Most of the regulars indicate that this is the coldest that they have ever seen it here.  Some days only get up into the mid-70’s and the nights are down-right cold, approaching 60 degrees.

Our next door neighbors threw a fish fry the other night with some halibut and salmon that they brought with them from Alaska.  We gathered at the palapa nearest the pool for the party.  You can see how everyone  is bundled up. 

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 We ate at tables on the other side of the pool.

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You’ll be relieved to know that our cold snap is finished and with the help of the solar cover for the pool, the water is above 80 degrees.

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The only blemish on the last few days happened when the microwave door-release button failed, trapping our thawing steaks that were destined for the hot grill.  Removal and dissassembly of the entire oven was required to get to the release mechanism.  4-hours and a little super glue fixed it right up.    I can’t believe it, but one guy on our Montana Forum had already prepared a slideshow demonstrating the repair.  I guess we’re not the first to experience this problem.  By the way, the steaks were thawed out by the time I got the door to open the next afternoon.

Preparing To Change Neighborhoods – January 7, 2008

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Yesterday’s blog definitely qualifies Rick as a Dirty Old Man !!!!!!!!!!!!

We have to move from our spot here in Sayulita because another 5th wheel is due in our place in a few days.  This popular RV park is always full at this lovely beach. 

We took a short trip to look at our new RV Park in Lo de Marcos, about 16 kilometers to the north.

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We wanted to be sure there was a spot for us before we headed there in a couple of days.  There was someone in our place.  But they were busy cleaning and packing up and will move out tomorrow.  Thank goodness!!!  We have lots to do ourselves tomorrow to get ready to move.  Everything needs to be in a locked down mode as we travel.

Ron’s RV Park – our new home!

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We always have to check out the local dining establishments.

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Notice the brick ceiling.  These are very common in MX.

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Glancing out the restaurant window, bird watching appears to be pretty good here also.

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