As always, our trip started out in the cold and grey skies that are BC and Washington during January. We were lucky to travel south with our good friends, Al & Colleen Unrau. It was fun to have someone with you. Always there are funny road stories, right guys? Like getting gas in Tepic.......By the time we had made it to Mazatlan, Al could hardly believe that he had "made it driving", all that way with their, new to them, motor home, Sunny. It does feel like an accomplishment, especially the first time. We were so happy for them!! There were LOTS of crock pot dinners on the way down. the pot cooks on the way via a 12 volt hook-up in our van. Doug liked smelling dinner at 10 am!! Jazzy, their cat, tried really hard to enjoy herself but she was waiting for the sun that she was promised!!
Sunny and Euri, ready to roll!!
I am sitting by the floor vent because I am cold and I don't see any sun yet!!!
Al looks surprized about something!!
Gotta have a toast!!
Well, maybe one too many toasts!!
We continued onto our destination, Valle de Juarez and Hacienda Contreras. It was a bit like "coming home" for us. So good to see Sal & Barb again. Many new friends there to meet too. Al & Colleen left in the middle of March to head for the beach - on their own!! Hold it, what about us??
See you friends! Travel safe!!
At the beginning of March, we left for a week to the coast (Bucerias) to help our good friends, Bruce and Cindy Ewing celebrate Bruce's birthday. They treated us to a wonderful day in their all-inclusive. Thanks guys!!
Cindy and Bruce Ewing
We welcomed three visitors this time. Doug's sister, Diane came on her own in March for 10 days, all the way from Alberta. Quite an accomplishment for someone who has never been to Mexico before! Also, we welcomed our dear friends, Bob and Danna Bortolin, who came in the third week of April for 3 weeks.
Danna and Roberto Bortolin
We left the second week of April to head over to San Miguel de Allende for a week. Wow, we are so glad we got to this town. So wonderful, so beautiful. We met up with some friends there. Mary-Pat Sherman, Renate Hoven and Mike & Terri Church. So much fun!!
Mary-Pat, Renate, Terri & Mike...Doug and I
San Miguel - one of our favourite spots!!
We had many new experiences. Like tasting fire roasted garbanzo beans, pajarete, home-brew mescal. We went to two birthday parties, parades, a caballero (cowboy) celebration, the dentist. We watched kitties grow, enjoyed the dogs and tried to love the snot out of two adorable donkeys....
Fresh, fire roasting garbanzos...
Home brew mescal...
Another birthday party for Dona Raquel...
...and the Caballero parade.
A trip to see Dr. Lissett
...and the caballero celebration! Hats all in a cross...
A trip to see Dr. Lissett
Mommy cat with Bandit, Chip & Oliver
Nico the guard dog...
Me and Oliver...
...and no, I never did enjoy the veggie/fruit washing!!!
Oh, and the foot shots - you know the ones I mean. Hope you all don't think I am too weird, but here are just a few:
Mostly though we have to thank our amazing hosts, Barb and Sal Contreras. They have a knack of making everyone feel welcome. They also go out of their way to show off their beautiful Mexico. We thank you both, a million times over!!
Our favourite, the fiesta tree at Hacienda Contreras...
Thanks for coming along!!
So, from Mexico and us, to you all. thanks for following along. We will say that this Mexico adventure, for this year, is a wrap. It was amazing and unless I re-do the entire blog in this post, I can't possibly capture all that we did and all that we learned.
BUT, don't forget us!!! Now that we are back in Canada, the adventures will continue. First adventure on the board is the trip backup to Tofino, on Vancouver Island's beautiful wild, west coast. However, we have more exploring to do in Nanaimo and I think a walk around Westwood Lake this weekend is in order!!
Thanks for riding shotgun with us - we enjoyed the company!!
P.S. - One of our favourite signs, from Mike and Kathy Barnes in Capitola, CA!!