Apr 02, 2017
Thank you all for your continued support, it really means so much to us and it helps us to know that the girls were loved by so many. I have many many comments and emails to reply to, it might take me a week or more.
We have been RVing for almost 20 years now and this is the very first time that we have not had one of our four girls with us. First we had Cloii, then Channel, Carmeh and Caeli and of course our Acapulco parrot Cheikka and for a very short time our Vicam parrot Chiquito. For the first time ever it was just the two of us and it was downright lonely.
We did go into Mazatlan for dinner at the Plazuela Machado yesterday, our last evening of the season. We were supposed to meet a blog reader for dinner or a drink but somehow that did not work out. We will try again Linda!
No photos and not much to tell you about our long drive today. We mostly spoke of the girls, shared and remembered memories, shed a few tears here and there and an occasional sob. I have to say that it was incredibly difficult to be traveling without them. We realize that as time goes by it will become easier but there is so much emotion at the moment.
Instead of photos I do have a few facts and thoughts to share. I have to say that it has been our coolest winter in Mazatlan over the past eight winters. We were still having very cool foggy mornings until we left with lows of 63F at 7AM. We never used our A/C and now tonight here in San Carlos I have a sweater on. Usually it does not cool off till the wee hours of the morning. Most unusual. I travel with a variety of maps and papers and I noted today that back in 2010 we paid 517 pesos for the toll road between Mazatlan and Culiacan, this does not include the recent bypass around Culiacan. Each year the tolls increase by a few pesos, often no more than 10 to 13 pesos at each booth, today that same toll for the Autopista was 653 pesos. Some would say that that is a lot and others like us, that it is worth every peso. Please note that this is the cost for a Class A motorhome towing a car. Diesel fuel last April cost us 13.77 pesos per litre, today, exactly one year later, this cost was 17.13 per liter. We think that this is a huge increase.
We also realized that both Carmeh and Caeli have lived each winter of their lives on a beach in Mexico. Be it at the Costa Esmeralda, or Huatulco, Acapulco, Mazatlan, Isla de la Piedra, or Mr. Moro’s in Guasave where we met Heriberto and Isela, or either Guaymas or San Carlos and points in between. Lucky them, lucky us.
We received an email tonight that Colin’s Mom is responding to medication and appears to be stabilizing. More on that tomorrow. Once we reach the US tomorrow we will be able to better assess the situation and make some firmer plans for the day ahead.
Needless to say we are exhausted both physically and emotionally. We have close to 400 miles to travel tomorrow so adios for now dear friends and readers.
By the way, we will always remain the 5C’s.