Blogs from Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Baja California » Ensenada March 9th 2020

Hello all, I just realized I've been on several trips since my last post and I haven't blogged at all. I also noticed I have 8 entries that I haven't completed and published. Once I get some time t review them, and publish them. Since I'm going on a couple more trips this year, I figured it was time to blog again. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this short recap of the trip I just went on. I think one of the greatest gifts people can have is true friendship. Luckily, I've been blessed with a great wife, great family, and great friends. The latter was the reason for this trip. Our friend Lee (aka Dj Hoppa) is getting married later this month. Thus, a bunch of our friends that have know each other ... read more
I beat my buddy Lui in corn hole and made him take a pic haha
The squad and ATV's
Most of the squad

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur March 8th 2020

Feb 14, 2020 – Mar 07, 2020 We left home just after lunch on Friday February 14, 2020. Our truck with our 35 square foot casa on the back is packed with the essentials we will require, and then some, for the next 75 or so days. First stop is Calgary where we went out for a nice Valentine’s Day supper and spent the night with friends. We hit the road early and made it to the US border by around noon on Feb 15th and crossed with no issues or holdups. We made our way quickly through the US spending the first night in a hotel in Dillon, Montana, the second night we got a hotel in Beaver, Utah. The next day we made it to Yuma, Arizona and stayed in our tiny casa in ... read more
Romantic dinner in our tiny casa

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta March 3rd 2020

Chile 13 – 24 February 2020, Mexico 26 February - 3 March This is the third and last blog about the cruise. Sorry it took so long but the last week on board comprised lots of port days, so much to see and record. The southern part of South America which ends in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago is a strange place, lots of islands and channels and if you look closely at the map you see that it is divided between Chile and Argentina. But as the area is narrow you are never far from the other country. However as soon as we were in Chile it felt a friendlier place than Argentina but that might have simply been the Usuaia 'cold shoulder' colouring our perception. By contrast Buenos Aires had been a lovely place ... read more
When & Where daily programme
Guido, one of the Cultural team
Glacier Alley

North America » Mexico » Yucatán February 29th 2020

Hello from Cozumel. Today is our last port-of call for this cruise, until we return to Florida on Sunday. We had some bumpy patches during the night because there was a cold front that went through and that made some strong winds. This has really been our only stretch of less than perfect sailing weather. The high today was only supposed to get into the low 70s, but the locals felt we had great weather that wasn’t as hot as usual. We did not actually arrive in Cozumel until 10:00 so it was a perfect opportunity to do a small load of laundry in they morning, just to restock our unmentionables for the rest of the vacation. Janet had a good idea because the laundromat was empty when we got there but would probably be pretty ... read more

North America » Mexico » Campeche » Campeche February 28th 2020

So , the final week of the trip. I am writing this in the Hilton Mexico city airport, in the terminal building, we leave from here tomorrow at 12.55. Firstly, I will fill you in on what we have been up to and then as always some reflections on the trip. Last Tuesday we were up early and set off in our hire car for Edzna. The car was a Chevrolet Beat and the gear box was as clunky as hell, Chris didn't really enjoy driving it. It was an hour to drive and unlike Uxmal wasn't at all busy. It was M$65 entrance, under £3 and we got a guide at the site called Elvis, yes seriously. He was great and he made a real effort to make the place come alive. The site is ... read more
God depicting sunset
White Canadian pelicans
Our desert island

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 20th 2020

Week five and its Merida a busy bustling colonial city. This is the culture part of the trip and we chose Merida as it gives access to two big Mayan sites, Chitzen Itza and Uxmal. After much research I decided that the latter was the better option, mainly because Chitzen Itza is in easy reach of holiday heaven Cancun and the cruise ship crowds. The temperatures in Merida were 10 °more than Nayarit but because of the buildings in the city it was still high 30 in the evenings. It definitely slowed us down but thank heavens for air conditioning and the pool. Our first day was all about getting our bearings but the city was laid out in a simple block system, even numbers north to South and odd numbers East to west. Thankfully we ... read more
View Uxmal
Chris at Uxmal
The rain God

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 13th 2020

Okay folks week four and we are now in Yucatan in the colonial city of Merida. But back to last week and Santa Maria del Oro ( SAMAO)or Laguna Santa Maria del Oro to be precise. We drove from Guadalajara airport and it was raining and the road through the city was rubbish. We realised on Tuesday evening that we had lost a hubcap and dinked the tyre rim. We had popped into to see a lovely lady called Isabel who was landlady to our friend Michael. Next morning we went up to SAMAO to talk to Jose in the garage, he said we would have to buy 4 VW hubcaps at megabucks. We also dropped our laundry and originally she said it couldn't be done till Friday or Saturday but then relented! SAMAO now has ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Bacalar February 10th 2020

Bacalar, einem kleines Fischerdorf, etwa 30 Minuten nördlich der Grenze zu Belize, wurde vor rund zwei Jahren, als ich zum ersten Mal über Reisen nach Mexiko recherchiert hatte, noch in keinem Reiseblog und keiner Reisewebsite großartig Platz eingeräumt. Dabei war es bestimmt schon immer wunderschön hier an dieser riesigen türkisfarbenen Lagune . Jetzt ist es aber auch hip hier, gibt es kleine Boutique Hotels, trendige Cafés und jede Menge Tripsdvisor Einträge. Dementsprechend sind auch die Übernachtungspreise gestiegen aber wir haben mit etwas Geduld und Glück ein richtiges Juwel gefunden. Ginny, eine ältere alleinstehende Amerikanerin, die vor 21 Jahren hierhin ausgewandert isst, hat auf einem großen Grundstück etwas außerhalb des Ortes aber direkt an der Lagune ein kleines Gartenparadies geschaffen, in dem drei kleine „Villen“ stehen, die sie für vergleichsweise wen... read more
Streetfood in Bacalar
Unser privates Dock in Bacalar
Dennis im Kayak vor unserer Villa

North America » Mexico » Nayarit February 6th 2020

Week three and it starts in Los Barriles. So having made the decision to leave Puerto San Carlos as it was rundown and we found ourselves in Los Barriles, in the hotel of the same name. At $75 US dollars a day, without breakfast, our most expensive stay and not very good value. It was clean and the room was large but the washbasin was in the room and the fan in the bathroom would have woken the dead. Our first two mornings we had breakfast at Caleb's cafe and the next two at a Mexican place opposite for half the price. It really felt like we were kicking our heels, most of the routes south and inland needed a 4x4 or quad type vehicle and at $100 a day we didn't feel the need to ... read more
English tea room
Breakfast  burrito

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal February 6th 2020

Wir erreichen „The Lodge at Uxmal“ am frühen Nachmittag und genießen die schöne Anlage mit zwei Pools und den zwar etwas in die Jahre gekommenen aber schick ausgestatteten Reetdachbungalows ein paar Stunden lang fast für uns alleine. Wir sind hier dann doch wieder mitten im Dschungel, wenn auch nicht ganz so „ab vom Schuss“ wie wir es in Calakmul gewesen wären. Aber sowohl auf Handyempfang als auch auf Wlan müssen wir heute wohl verzichten. Vorsichtshalber klären wir mal ab, wo das nächste Krankenhaus wäre. Das wäre 35 Minuten entfernt, klingt nicht so ermutigend. Wir hoffen also einfach dass unser Baby gut auf die fiebersenkenden Maßnahmen reagiert und wir kein weiteres Krankenhaus benötigen werden. Außer ein paar hochpreisigen Hotels und den Ruinen der Maya-Stadt Uxmal (man spricht es Usch-mal) ist hier draußen nicht viel. Dafür ist man ... read more

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