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North America » United States » California » Carlsbad March 9th 2014

We were all up by 7 am drinking lattes by the fireplace. Ken made oatmeal for everyone. We sat around discussing what to do today-another gorgeous day. I found a place to visit-The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch-(50 acres of color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. For over sixty years, the rolling hills of Carlsbad have been a spectacular and coordinated display of natural color and beauty. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are in a full bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year - from early March through early May - literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area's local heritage, is also one of ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Keys March 9th 2014

3/9/2014 - Today was a day to relax and sit around the rv site. Shelby T and Jack fished from the dock at the site a bit with no luck except Jack caught the ugliest fish ever seen. Failed to get a picture, but was so ugly that Jack would not touch it to get it off the hook and when he put his foot on it to remove the hook, it puffed up very big :-). Later Aleta and Shelby T grilled butter and garlic chicken, with blackeyed peas, baked potatoe wedges, and rolls. For dessert, Aleta cooked an AMAZING buttered apple cake and topped it with French Vanilla ice cream. THIS THING IS AMAZING!!!!... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler March 8th 2014

Most people expect getting into the US to be the most harrowing immigration experience on the planet. It immediately conjures images of small rooms and cavity searches. Let me tell you, after only getting 2 questions from the officer at LAX I thought that the Canadian border crossing would be a breeze... comrades under the Queen and all that. I have never been interrogated so much before entering a country in all my life!! From where I've been, to where I'm going and for how long, to "I notice you were in Fiji... How long were you there?". Of all the countries like Egypt, Russia and China that are in my passport and she picks Fiji? A country that has no guns and very, very few drugs? "Where are you flying out of?" I have no ... read more

North America » Mexico » Nayarit » Lo de Marcos March 8th 2014

I never really appreciated the aptness of the snow bird term used to describe those who head south from the snowy and cold northern states and provinces until now... the Canadians here are beginning to become agitated and restless...a few are breaking away early and heading north this week...many more to follow. These little towns will be deserted soon... We took the bus to San Pancho on Wednesday. It is a very sweet little town about 20 minutes south of here. In the 1970's, a former President of Mexico tried to make it into a model village, building a hospital and schools, planting many trees. Sadly, his corruption caught up with him and he had to escape the country, taking his money (well, the Mexican peoples' money) with the town is not the self-sufficient ... read more
Beach:  San Pancho
Breakfast San Pancho
Campground at San Pancho

North America » Mexico » Guerrero » Ixtapa March 8th 2014

The whole point of going to an all-inclusive resort was to avoid getting sick if at all possible. If you read the previous blog you'll know that we headed back to the room on about night 5 and found that Kyla had a fever. The next morning she tested at 102 degrees. After another bout of baby paracetamol we headed out to breakfast. Being paranoid first-time parents, we took the thermometer along with us and it seemed that she was getting hotter and hotter. We threw some food down our throats as quickly as possible and then rushed back to the air-conditioned room where she quickly tested cooler. We decided that the best course of action at that point was to get her into bathers and put her in a cool shower and head to the ... read more


North America » United States » California » Temecula March 8th 2014

We got up at 7 am and had our lattes inside by the fireplace. Ken made oatmeal, Henna cooked hashbrowns and bangers on the grill. It warmed up enough to eat outside...another beautiful day. Afterwards it was time for showers. We then drove to Lake Skinner Park to check it out. They have a campground and we want to see how the fishing is in the lake. The park is really run down and the lake is not stocked. We asked some fishermen if they caught anything and they said no, not even a nibble. We then drove in to Temeculah Old Town. This is where the Rod Run is. Friday night was the actual 'Run' where they cruise up and down the street. Today the cars will be parked along the streets to walk by ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan March 8th 2014

I got into New York City at 6:30AM completely exhausted and not in a good mood. Bus arrived at the Port Authority which is right in the middle of Manhattan. I couldn't check into my hostel until 11AM so I could wander around Manhattan until than. My first mistake was to eat at the first breakfast place I ran into. I will say that Mama's kitchen is a terrible place to eat. The food was expensive and the omelet, toast and coffee was just terrible. The bacon was just about the hardest bacon I have ever eaten and I am really disappointed with the meal. So I condemn Mama's kitchen for such a terrible meal. OK that is enough about my breakfast. I didn't have a fixed plan for today beyond my broadway show at 2pm ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Puerto Escondido March 8th 2014

Sat., March 8, 2014 It was another early morning wake up alarm for us. We slathered on the sunscreen, walked up to the highway and waved down a colectivo that took us a few miles west where we got off to walk about a mile and a half to La Barre #1 where a surfing competition was being held. Our friend David told us the winners would be going on to compete in Ecuador. We were hoping to cheer for him but David wasn't there as he had to go meet with the city to fight them about the legality of him putting tables on the sidewalk in front of his cafe. The waves weren't exactly cooperating but we did see some pretty good surfers. We also liked seeing the bird life in the estuary there. ... read more
La Barre
La Barre
La Barre

North America » United States » Florida » Keys March 8th 2014

3/8/2014 - OK, headed to our far south point - Key West. Actually staying at Bluewater Key RV Resort on Saddlebunch Key. This is about 10 miles from Key West itself. We pre-paid for this site some many months back. We are on site #3, the sites had a private tiki hut, a dock, and we lucked up on a canal site. Site and park are amazing. If going to the bottom keys and don't mind a little pricey definitely stay here. Make reservations very far in advance. We will be here for 7 days. The Resort is gated. Once we got setup, we drove back up to Marathon Key for the Marathon Seafood Festival. A lot of food, vendors, and music. We asked around about a seafood restaurant with good shimp and was directed to ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Long Key March 8th 2014

Now this is what I'm talking about! We arrived on the Keys only to be stuck in one traffic jam after another, but it's easy to see why everybody wants to be here. We left little Quebec, a nick name for my last campground because of all the French Canadians, about 12:30 pm and headed south on the turnpike then south on US 1. So did the rest of the world. It was an easy drive with a beautiful cool breeze as a cold front went through the night before. So instead of 85 and humid, it was 72 and clear as a bell. So at each traffic stop there was a delightful breeze with a smell of the ocean to it which made the waiting tolerable. We arrived at Curry Hammock State Park, on Marathon ... read more
the beautiful beach
resting between dives
getting ready

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