Jan 22, 2018

We are off

Heading south with our first stop in Bucerias, just North of Puerto Vallarta.  It is between a 7 to 8 hour trip and there is an hour time change.  So even if we depart as planned at 8AM, it is already 9AM.  So I’m already behind before I even leave 🙄

I leave with you with photos taken in my garden over the past few weeks.


Jan 21, 2018

Que pasa

Yesterday I called the shelter to check on Princess or Princessa as she is called in Spanish.  They say she is doing just fine.  Of course I asked a number of questions.  She had been there five nights and five full days.  I asked if she was happy.  They said no but that she was not sad either and doing as well as a beach dog could be doing under the circumstances.  They said that she would adapt.  She was eating all the kibble they gave her which is puppy kibble as it is higher in calories and of course drinking water.  She was being a good Mom and her pups were feeding with no issues.  She was even going out a few times per day on a leash for a bit of a walk.  She had had an examination and blood drawn and she was 100% healthy.  The puppies had a bath yesterday for the first time.  They did say that the puppies were getting lots of love and attention from the volunteers.  I specifically asked them to please give Princessa lots of head rubs and hugs as she craved love.  They told me that she would likely be spayed in a month.

So after that call I was sad but what can you expect.  I was happy that she was safe and can only hope that she will be adopted when the time is right.

We spent the day today getting ready for our road trip, arranging for my garden to be watered, etc.    Oh and learning how to use Goggle maps which I thought came with my iPhone.  Turns out I had Apple maps so had to download Goggle maps.   I also downloaded TomTom GO which I can use without WiFi as it runs off the satellite.  Trying to learn how to run both and my head is spinning.  Hopefully we won’t need either.  There is good deal of new construction and roads and exits where we are headed.  I have printed out some copies of Google maps to get us by.   Yes there is a way to download Google maps to use off line but I could not even figure our how to get to Safari from settings.  I am very very far from understanding all this tech stuff and totally admire those of you who do.  I had someone here help me but I ended  being even more confused.  I really don’t need extras, just what I need to know.

We will be gone six nights, the first three at the home of friends.  I have no idea what WiFi will be like so that means no idea about when my post will be published.  Hopefully everyday.  I do have some data that I can use if needed.

I had seven hibiscus blooms  open yesterday 🙂

Not easy to show them all.

Anyway it made me happy.


Sunset last night was a no go due to heavy cloud.


Jan 20, 2018

Construction/repairs in paradise

We did not even start making dinner last night until 8:30PM so there was no post.  We are not the only ones who work late.  Here is Eric our RV tech working at 7PM Wednesday with two flashlights to guide him.  He was putting in a steel brace on our main palapa support beam, on both sides.

Thursday morning we were headed into Mazatlan when we saw this as we left the entrance to the RV park.  Note the RV trying to come into the RV park.  There is major road work being done to install sewer pipes.

New sign, we used to have one of these years ago.   Umm it should read site #8.

Not much space between the tree with the sign and the one to the left of it for an RV to pass thru and make a left turn where RV 2 is located.  It did eventually get in.

Not sure that we would have even attempted it.  With some difficulty you could get into RV1 where we are.  Likely this will all be done with in short order.

Saw this lady trying to sweep up debris and dirt in her yard which as you can see is full of dirt.

The road to the embarcadero was lined with these trucks.  The first one was broken down and when we came back hours later the fellow was still trying to repair it.

There is some sort of construction happening in the parking lot at the embarcadero.  So no parking.  We have no idea what is going on.

Even the dock to the lanchas was gone and being repaired off to the right of the photo.  You can see a boat further in the distance.

We paid at the same ticket booth but had to walk behind it through this dirt.

And there was the temporary embarcadero.

Interesting view of the cruise ship in port for the day.

A shock to us. The main street in front of the Mercado was being torn up.  New asphalt is being laid block by block.

Needless to say this is creating major traffic jams in Centro.

We had only just arrived in the market when we ran into Carol and Bill and their friend Mark who happens to be one of my blog readers. We had a short visit and totally forgot to take any photos.  Next time for certain.

So as you can see, even paradise is not perfect.  We were happy to get back to the Isla once our shopping was done.




Jan 18, 2018

Moving on…..

Monday evening after Eric left and Colin had returned from dropping the dogs off at the shelter he almost stepped on this snake.  Colin was trying to pick it up with the awning rod.

The photos are small as they were taken with an iPhone.  We had to call someone in to handle, kill and remove the snake.  It was venomous.  No idea how it got on our patio or why but so glad that it is gone.

The next day I had a small dead iguana in one of my flower beds.  I walked away and let Colin deal with it.

I guess we were not yet done with critters. It appears that our romaine lettuce must be organic !

Wednesday we awoke to fog, we could barely see the water.  It was cool and the temps never quite reached 80F.

An eerie start to the day.

Eric came back to do more work on the RV.  This is a custom radiator screen that he has fashioned to protect our side mounted radiator from bouncing rocks as we travel along the road.  The other one had fallen off.  This should be good for many years to come.  He also completed a few other projects.  We are close to being done but the bill will be more than I had budgeted for.  Eric worked well past dark until 7:15PM.

A few boats came into the bay. So ended yesterday.



Jan 17, 2018

Follow up re Mom and the puppies

Sunday we went over to Casa Flor to see our girl and her babies only to find that she was leaving and coming back at will.  We were bringing her some food, scrambled eggs with tiny bits of smoked salmon.  She was sitting outside of the gate and when she saw us she went crazy jumping all around us.  We let her inside the compound, no one else was there.  It appears that she was able to jump off the deck into the sand but had not yet figured out how to get back inside.  She ate my food very quickly and drank water once we had filled the containers ( they were empty ).  She then went up to see her babies.  Her ability to do stairs had improved.

I had forgotten my camera at Linda and Kevin’s the night prior.  However we did not have much time to take photos as it ended up being an active day.

We left her feeding the pups and went for our walk.  Shortly after getting back to the RV, Alberto, the waiter from the restaurant, came to tell us that the owner was actively trying to catch our girl and to take her away and kill her.  We begged him to please give us two days as it was the weekend and we would only be able to check with the shelters the next day which was Monday.  Could he please beg with his boss on our behalf.  So I went back to Casa Flor and finally someone was there.  I explained to them that Princess was in danger of being killed and to please keep her close.  She is a beach dog and scraps from the restaurant tables appeal to her.  I could tell that she was hungry yet again.  I noted that the kibble was not being eaten and the cans of fish I had left had not been opened.  Turns out that only one person in the complex had a can opener.  So we got a can of tuna opened and I mixed it with my finger ( don’t ask ) and put it down and she ate 3/4 of a large bowl.  Once we refilled her water dish I knew that she would not be going out again that evening.

Monday we had the RV tech coming to do work that we requested way back last August.  He was to arrive at 10AM.  At 11:30AM we got a text that the shelter ( which is no kill ) had only one space left and we had to get the dog there by 2PM or later in the day between 4 and 7 PM.   So we planned to pick up the Mom and her kids at 1PM.  The RV tech never arrived until 12:15.  We explained the situation and left him to do his thing.

So the pups were there ready to be loaded into the car but Princess was gone.  She had gone on a walkabout. It was too late  to try and find her and get to Mazatlan by 2PM, so we said we would see about doing this later in the afternoon.

Back at the RV we were about to be told that our inverter was on its last breathe. If it dies we would lose all power and there was no way to bypass the inverter. So we would lose all the food in our fridge and have no power at all.

Colin got on the phone to try and find a new circuit board.  Eric was going to check on it the next day.  It has been ordered but it is at least a 10 day process to get it through Mexican customs, etc.  Meanwhile we are supposed to be leaving on a road trip on Monday.  Should we stay to keep an eye on our power situation.  We have decided to have a fellow RVer come in twice per day to check if we still have power.  If the inverter totally dies than a battery booster will have to be attached to our batteries in order to provide some power to the RV.  So we will leave as planned.  At this point Eric decided to use his compressor and blow out the inverter in case dust was the cause of the problem.  Well something went wrong and the RV got full of dust!  Meanwhile the clock was ticking to get the dogs to the shelter.  Colin could not leave at this point.  We tried to get someone else to take them in, no go.  Now we were on the phone to someone in San Diego to be sure that the inverter part Colin had found was the correct one for our RV.  Back and forth.  To say that we were stressed was an understatement.  Finally we decided that Colin would go with Julie from Casa Flor to take the dogs in and he left at 5PM.  If we didn’t get them there by 7PM we might miss the only empty slot in the shelter.  I was to stay behind with Eric.  My heart sank when Colin left.  I was unable to say adios to my girl.

The puppies in the same bin that they had arrived in at Casa Flor. In the two days there I think they have gotten fatter.  Adios pups.

I was crying missing my girl so I headed out to the road behind the RV park as I knew Colin would have to come back this way before heading to Mazatlan.  He stopped and I opened the back door to hug her and say goodbye.  Her eyes were glazed and she was stressed. She did not appear to recognize me.  Colin later told me that she did not want to leave the balcony, her second home with the pups.  He had to carry her down the stairs and into the car.  I cried saying goodbye to her as I am crying now as I type this.

I got to watch the sunset but my heart was heavy.

Eric kept working. Here he is measuring something for the radiator.

My mind was on Colin and the dogs.

Colin had to carry Princess out of the car and into the shelter. She did walk in the cage to follow her babies.  She is sniffing the kibble in the cage.  She will never ever run free on the beach again and is destined to only have kibble as food.  If it were me I would feel that I was in jail.

The last photo Colin took as he left.  She was feeding her pups but she looks oh so very very sad.

Thank you for your kind comments.  The shelter is the same one that Colin and I had taken the things that had belonged to our girls last March.  Click here for that post.  It is a no kill shelter and they will keep her there for years if need be.  They do ask for a donation when you bring a dog in.  I was able to raise 2500 pesos/133.00USD/165.00CAD, including our own donation and those of RVers and friends within 2 days and that will be enough to spay Princess when the time is right for that.  Meanwhile all of them will be checked by a vet and treated as necessary including deworming and shots.  Princess will also receive calcium and vitamins.  When the pups are adopted the new owner must pay to have the puppy spayed.  The shelter takes the pup to a vet and the new owner picks the puppy up at the vet, so they will all be spayed at some point.

Thank you to Geno from Ohio for commenting for the first time.  I am unable to reply to each of your comments.  This is a difficult time for me.  I am torn but this is not the time for us to take on another dog.  We are still mourning our girls, it is time for us to after 20 years of dog ownership to spread our wings and to travel.

Hasta manana.





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