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Loreto, MX

February 2, 2023 Leave a comment

Loreto is a town of about 20,000 on the Baja peninsula. It is mainly a tourist town, with fishing being the main attraction. In the summer it is the Dorado fish, in the winter yellow tail. There are also several major desert dune buggy races, and of course some cruise ships.

The city has a nice waterfront walk way, and a very nice old town center. There you will find lots of bars and souvenir shops. Nice place to just enjoy a stroll and indoor shopping.

Now it’s back to the ship and on to our end port of San Diego.

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La Paz

February 1, 2023 1 comment

When we were in Cabo, the weather forecast for our next stop – La Paz – was for rain. And, in fact, it rained hard. But as our ship drew closer the weather improved, with sun and temps in the high 60s. Lucky us!

The port is about 20 miles from the city, but the (free) bus service was very good. On the way in, the scenery reminded us of Arizona. But the city was typical Mexican.

We visited the local church (La Paz Cathedral), a popular tourist destination. Then we walked part of the Malecon, the seaside walkway which features interesting statues. Since the Malecon is some 13 miles long we only walked part of it. And only photographed a few statues. If we had more time we could have pictured more.

Then it was back to the ship, and continue on to our next port in Loreto. Another port we’ve never been to, more things to explore.

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Snow day followup

January 31, 2023 Leave a comment

Before we left, we checked the weather forecasts. No big storms, no freezes so we decided to not shut off the water while we were on our cruise.

So imagine our surprise, while we are in the hot tub, to get an alert with this picture from our doorbell camera:

…….. and for forecasts about frozen pipes etc. Fortunately, we were in contact with Stacy, and she will check our house as soon as weather and traffic conditions permit. And shut off the water if there is a leak.

Guess we better never trust weather forecasts again…. We just survived the last big freeze and had to fix some major leaks. Hopefully our house survives this freeze with no damage

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On to Cabo San Lucas

January 31, 2023 Leave a comment

We walked to the terminal only to find a very long line. With nothing else to do, we made some new friends. Finally on board and into our cabin. A little faded ship design but quite roomy. This ship uses a chip in a medallion so the door unlocks when you get close. And you can order anything no contact. Technology at work!

There were a lot of activities to keep us busy. Trivia, bag toss, music, karaoke, and so on. And quite an artistic fruit and vegetable carving. The evening concerts have been entertaining s well.

We have found the food to be much better than many others. Not just the quality, but also the variety of dishes. And the service has been prompt and friendly.

We are now in Cabo, but we’re not getting off the ship. Been here before, and no crowds in the hot tub, so that’s our afternoon activity. Tonight we move to La Paz.

Another Mexico cruise

January 31, 2023 Leave a comment

Last month we did a Mexico cruise on Holland America, and while the itinerary was ok, we did not like the ship service. So when we saw a similar cruise out of San Diego on Princess, we decided to try Princess. Found reasonable air fares to San Diego too so we booked it.

We liked San Diego as cruise port, close to the airport and a nice hotel within yards of the terminal. And weather was supposed to be nice so we packed light.

The flight over was super easy, no crowds. The shuttle showed up on time and we booked into the hotel. They offered a free appetizer at a seafood restaurant we wanted to try out, so all was well.

We had an half hour wait and then they escorted us to our table… next to the ocean, on the deck. Maybe a nice place in a sunny day but this was cold! But dinner was very good, and we didn’t sit around very long.

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Puerto Vallarta

January 18, 2023 Leave a comment

Porto Vallarta was our last stop. We had booked a city tour through our travel agent and were looking forward to it. They promised visits to local craftsmen and a tequila distillery. Well, they did, but we feel the leather shop and distillery were affiliated with the cruise, so instead of a discovery tour we went shopping with very specific stores. So we did see glimpses of PV, but not as we had hoped.

Nevertheless, we did get some walking time in at what we presume is the center of town. Well, at least for tourists. At least we can say we’ve been to Puerto Vallarta.

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Mazatlan

January 18, 2023 Leave a comment

Our second stop was in Mazatlan. We’ve never been here before, so we booked a walking excursion to learn more. Unfortunately, the walking tour was cancelled, so we did our own walk around. It was assisted by excellent markings on the road (follow the blue line to and from downtown) and volunteers to answer any questions. This was very well done, appreciated.

We walked to town and visited their main church. Nice architecture, and as usual, beautiful appointments inside. Outside was nice too, with neighborhoods in colorful paint. We learned that shrimp dishes are local to this area, so we set out to find someplace that featured it. And we did, we found an upstairs restaurant on the beach that served some of the best shrimp ever.

After lunch we walked along the coast where we watched cliff divers defying death. Then we walked back to the boat. Along the way we saw several tributes to singing stars, like the Beatles Abby Road street crossing. There were police everywhere, including a pickup truck with heavily armed forces (and a truck mounted machine gun). But we felt secure, and Mazatlan was our favorite stop.

And to feature our food… the Sinafoense Restaurant and Bar serve the specialty of the area. That is a shrimp stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, and baked. So good! We also had their Shrimp Diablo, shrimp, corn and potato in a fiery hot sauce.

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Cabo San Lucas

January 18, 2023 Leave a comment

Our first stop, after one sea day, was Cabo San Lucas. This is a shallow water port, so no dock, but useD life boats to tender to and from shore. It was also a short stay, we arrived at 11AM and left at 5PM. There were some pretty fancy yachts in the harbor, and traffic in the harbor entrance was heavy at dusk.

We were going to stay on board but after we waited a while, there were no crowds, so might as well. We just walked around but did find an obscure restaurant where we got a nice lunch. Then we found out this was one of Cabo’s favorite watering holes and night spots.

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Mexico cruise

January 17, 2023 Leave a comment

We keep our eyes open for any special deals in cruises. Our fall cruise was on Holland America, and they had a relatively new ship, the “Koningsdam”. It appears to be an up to date ship, with unique features, like a wraparound screen in the theater. We managed to find a relatively inexpensive cruise to Mexico out of San Diego.

We only had one other cruise out of San Diego, and never to Mexico, so that seemed like a good idea. And, we found a fairly low return air fare from Dallas, so it all came out. We booked it and flew out on December 4. We found a nice hotel, within easy walking distance from the cruise terminal. After a nice breakfast in San Diego we boarded the ship.

The ship was very nice, with new and modern features. We had a balcony to enjoy the sights and sounds. Our cruise went to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. The ports will b e detailed in future blogs.

We were seriously disappointed in the entertainment. There really wasn’t any, mostly movies, lectures and some dance numbers. And most of these were exactly the same as we had on the Zaandam, our fall cruise. I don’t think we will be on Holland America again.

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Splitting wood

January 17, 2023 Leave a comment

Stacy had a big oak tree in her back yard that was getting old and weak. So, she had it cut down. This left a lot of fire wood, but it had to be split first. Best thing was to rent a splitter and we (Romola, John and Stacy) made short work of it.

She also built a wood rack, so she has lots of work to do to move all the wood to the rack. But she’ll be ready for the winter…

And that’s only part of it
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