Saturday, 30 January 2016

Day 2 - The Riu

Spent a lovely day in the sand and sun (but not too much sun). Visiting and loving it. My Mom she's a gamer and is keen for any gathering and good for any toasts we may do. Love having her here with us.

View from Mom's room!

Grandpa and Gus....at the bar! 

Then there was a good hour of sand time.....

These hands.....(Paula and Jerry will get it.)
 

...he's back!!

Isn't that EVER so pretty???? Remarkably though, it
does feel better than yesterday. It is turning a lovely shade of purple!

 


The posse

These boys really like the water!!
 
 
Kids pool area - where the real fun happens!!

Like this - Jasper was not nearly so impressed with the slide though!!
 
Peace - time for dinner!!
 
Thought for the Day: You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.

 

Day 1 - The Riu

Okay - finally a different title!!

The lobby at the Riu has unlimited internet but only in the lobby is it free. I think you can arrange for it in your room but it is quite expensive, $190 ps ($14.66 Cdn) per day. No thanks!! We will come down to the lobby and do our computer time.

So, sorry to be a day late but there was just far too much fun happening with everyone arriving at the Riu (including us)!! Pretty fair sized resort. Very clean and the rooms are really nice. Of course, after nearly a month living in Euri, anything looks HUGE to us!!
We will have an action packed week of visiting and enjoying the warmth and sand and sea. Love the beach! We are here from Jan 29th to Feb 5th…..

I will leave you with these few photos of Friday’s hanging out and Saturday beach and fun times!!
 
We found a beach and Gus is already digging!!
  
All my boys, in one picture.....perfect.
Auntie Dayle and her trusty sidekick, Jasper. 
Me and "one" of my sidekicks!
 
Yes, this is another big one! 
...and the littlest one, Jasper - learning to stand and walk.
 
Kathy and me - love this girl!
 
Nice rooms and great views west.....
  
Ah yes, the ankle story. When Doug and I first arrived, we were just walking down some stairs and I, stupidly, looked up just as I came to the bottom of the stairs. Don't do that, it's funny how when you miss that last step, it's a long way to the ground. Likely a sprain. the nurse of the group, Miss Dayle told me to get ice on it and I did. Kinda sore.....
 
 
Peace everyone and have a great day. See you tomorrow!! 
Thought for Day:  You're off to great places, Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way....Dr. Seuss

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Day 20 - Mazatlan

Feels funny today. This is our last full day at Las Jaibas RV Park. We have really enjoyed our time here and we will definitely be back. Well run, spotlessly clean bathrooms and the day maintenance gent, Raphael is a real gem. The night maintenance and security gent, Henry (Enero) is also a real keeper. They keep this park running the way it should be. Our hats off to them both. After this many days, it feels like we will be leaving one family......

.........FOR ANOTHER!!!!!

Our group arrives here on Friday at 11:25 am. Josh, Kathy & boys, my Mom, Nadyne, Kathy's folks and her three sisters are all coming (brother Ted not coming) and it will be a really great Mexico/homecoming. It probably seems silly to some that we are taking a "vacation" from our "vacation" and I suppose it is but we are REALLY looking forward to some family time and all that the Riu has to offer. We will have to sort out the internet situation when we are there. I will post at least the first day and then play it by "ear" to see how things work. I will keep you all up to date.

Anyway, we will pack up here in the morning and Bill and Carol have graciously said they would drive us up to the Riu. It is only a few minutes away but since we are keeping the van here, with the fridge plugged in for the week until Feb 5th we don't have anyway to hoof up there with all our crap. We return here on the 5th and immediately head out for points further south. Should be very fun and we are really looking forward to that.

So, today's happenings......

Last few pictures of Euri, parked here at Las Jaibas RV Park

Not a bad morning coffee spot, huh?

As I mentioned the other day, there is a caravan company here with 17 rigs. They often
have tour outings planned. Today, about 8 pulmonias arrived, like a parade,
to pick them all up. Most of they were pretty much gone for the whole day.

Quite the sight when they were all leaving!!

The "not so glorious" side of our camping time.
Cleaning the grill from the BBQ. 

 
We had the pleasure to meet one of our blog followers, Norman and Susan today up at the Looney Beans coffee shop up in Cerritos by the Riu. They are really way more seasoned Mazatlan travellers than us as they have spent lots of time here. It is always especially fun for Doug and I to meet people following the blog. We haven't had the opportunity very often, so each time we appreciate it! Thanks you two, for spending a few hours with us. Great to get to know you both!! Oh, mostly, thanks for always riding along with us. We appreciate the company!!"

Great to meet you Norman and Susan!!
 
On our way back from coffee, we rode past this great little open air car (sort of like a pulmonia but my car guy advised me it is a VW Thing). I thought of our friend Ken Semenoff. A greater Seahawks fan, I do not know anywhere. So, this one's for you Ken!!! And it's for sale too!!!! Want us to tow it back, behind Euri???


 
Always something going on here. Young fellow up the cell tower doing some kind of repair or maintenance. Carol said it was one of the first times she can remember seeing them use a harness!!


Just so you can appreciate how high up he was!!
 
We all went out for dinner to a nice Italian restaurant. I had the waiter take a picture of us all and I thought it turned out okay and it did not. I will get one last picture of the "posse" tomorrow!!
 
Peace everyone and goodnight!!
 
Thought for the Day: May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears…..Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Day 19 - Mazatlan

Cruised the town today. Bill was looking for some tiles. always interesting to see different parts of the city that we wouldn't normally see.

Just good, old regular neighbourhoods. A lovely mix of business
and homes......the best.



Aren't these fancy, schmancy, Grecian looking bathroom fixtures?

Cruising the town, Mexican style!


On the way back we stopped in at a really great "pottery" store. This is the pottery that comes shipped from Dolores Hidalgo, a town in Mexico we hope to see next year. Very famous for their pottery. We could have spent all day and our meagre family fortune in here!
 
The store is filled with not only Calavera Catrina ladies and gents but frogs, donkeys, etc, in all shapes and sizes. Some seemed to be nearly life-size. 

Some history, according to Wikipedia....

La Calavera Catrina ('Dapper Skeleton', 'Elegant Skull') is a 1910–1913 zinc etching by famous Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer , Jose Guadalupe Posada. The image depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat befitting the upper class outfit of a European of her time. Her chapeau en attende is related to European styles of the early 20th century. She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolutionary era. She in particular has become an icon of the Mexican Día de muertos, or Day of the Dead.
 
Anyway, tons and tons of spectacular representations of Calavera Catrina styles here and a HUGE amount of other things. Hint: leave your wallet in the car/at home!!
 
This one was at least 4 feet tall....
 
This frog was about 2 feet across.

Quite problematic for Doug. He spotted these. I have wanted a cow skull with
horns (guess that's a bull skull) for a long time now. Well these are pottery ones
with beautiful paintings (sorry it's blurry). We are coming back at the
end of our trip when we are headed home to buy one (as promised by said husband).
No, I do not know where I will put it on the drive home....maybe in the front seat!
 
But this is the masterpiece. A bull fighting scene.....About 2 feet in diameter and about 18 inches high. Spectacular details and the following pictures do not do it justice. It was just amazing. Can be yours for $12,000 ps ($919.32 Cdn).YIKES!!! 

It is shown sitting on a glass shelf with another
piece of pottery underneath the shelf.

Notice some of the figurines are holding beer bottles?

 
Fun day all around. A 17 vehicle caravan pulled in today. I am sure that makes the owner here VERY happy!! They are here until Saturday when some of them complete their tour and head north and some stay on and head inland a ways. Same caravan that Kevin & Ruth will lead from Guanajuato back to Melaque in February - small world indeed!! Two of the people in it are folks that we met in Oasis Palms RV Park in California at the beginning of the month so it was fun to see them both again. One is from Nevada and one is from Salt Spring Island!! 
 
Peace and goodnight everyone (....only two more sleeps!!)
 
Thought for the Day: When I see lovers’ names carved in a tree, I don’t think it’s cute, I just think it’s strange how many people take knives on a date....