Feb 04, 2020

Fish on the beach to the Fish Market

Sunday was  dreary but we woke up to a busy beach.  I had noticed an ATV pulling a trailer with this large red container earlier.  Later we saw them stop out front and haul in an incredible catch.  Their net was full and they kept picking fish out of it for close to thirty minutes.  Pelicans in the water and frigates in the air.  If I could have I would have been right down by the water getting some close ups.

We had tickets for the first play reading of the season at El Recreo.  We both enjoyed ‘On a First Name Basis’ by Norm Foster.  A very fun play and I would go see it again in a full theatre production.

We came outside about 2 1/2 hours later to the start of the rain. This is the view from where we stopped for an early dinner at 5:30PM.

Our first visit to El Fish Market this winter.  We usually sit outside but due to the cold and wet we sat inside where we discovered that the Super Bowl was on.  We could have watched it back at the RV but it was fun glimpsing it on the large screen.  I asked if they still served those great margaritas and the waiter suggested I order a Cadillac margarita.  It was just acceptable but not worth 95 pesos when you could get a Pina colada or a lovely glass of wine for 55 pesos.  I haven’t given up yet on margaritas but I am getting close.

Lots of different burger choices here.

We had our usual shrimp fettuccine which was as delicious as ever and we have been having it for many years. Sadly the margarita as in most other places has gone downhill. The last two I had here that were perfect was with Suzanne a few years back after a Sunday symphony concert in January 2017.  I can still taste them.

In anticipation of a future event we stopped next door to check out the newly renovated Shrimp Bucket.  The words on the neon sign say ” Sorry We Are Open”.  A fun busy place.

It was a good day despite the rain and chill.  We took an Uber back to the Embarcadero. It was both warm and economical, 30 pesos ( 2.09 CAD/1.61 USD instead of 70 pesos or more.  The rain stopped as we got onto the lancha for the magical ride across the water to the Isla.  We were amazed to see five freighters loading/unloading at dock and when we got home we saw another two waiting for their turn.  So many changes here in Mazatlan in the last eleven years.

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Feb 03, 2020

Major palapa repair

When we arrived here mid November we were aware that because of some fierce storms over the past summer and fall that a part of our main palapa needed to have some new palm fronds added.  We were told that would happen before Christmas for certain and then the first week of January and so on.  Much to our surprise Lupe showed up Thursday ( January 30th ) to review what materials he needed and planned to do the rebuild on Friday. However at exactly 8AM Friday Lupe arrived to tell us that he was sick and could not do it.  But he did return Saturday morning.

There were many pieces missing to the point that we could see the plastic underneath and it was in bad shape.

The plastic had become very brittle from being exposed to the sun.  You need to protect your bottom layer or the entire palapa will have to be redone.  Even more money.

Lupe explained that we did not need a touch up repair but a major repair as in $$$ but it needed to be redone to save what we already have.

We built our first palapa in November of 2011 and have had a few repairs along the way.  However we are most surprised at having to do this repair.  Our last repair was December 3, 2018, only 13 months ago and there was only the one summer season with the winds and storms.  At that time Lupe mentioned that we were good for at least 3 – 5 years.  Obviously that did not happen.  Why?  No idea.  I wrote a blog during the last repair in December of 2018 and here is the link to read that and see the photos.  The final photo shows how our site first looked with no vegetation whatsoever.

Once the wooden structure is built palmas are layered and that is what the lighter coloured fronds are.  Over that first layer plastic is put in place and then another layer of palmas added which are knotted into place. The fellows here are standing on that old top layer which they are still removing.

They threw them and the old plastic over the fence into the lane and later cleaned it all up.

Once the old decaying branches were gone they added a new layer of plastic.

There was a storm approaching and the day was dreary.

It was a big job and then they also redid the small palapa from scratch.  First some new wood had to be added due to deterioration.

Lots of fronds were added.  The purpose of this palapa is to shade our front window so that we can see our magnificent outside view without having to cover the window to keep the sun ( and view ) out. A certain amount was trimmed shorter.

It looks strange now but the palmas will dry out in the next few weeks with the sun and start to droop. That is when we will shape what we need or remove parts entirely.

We were happy to get the project completed but the price was double what we paid 13 months ago.  Hopefully it will last 3-5 years this time.  You can see Colin under the main palapa.  As we cleaned up from the repair we also started to pack things away for the coming storm.  More on that in another post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 02, 2020

Tres Amigos is full up

The front row here in RV1 is full. The view from the roof of our RV. Hard to see but you can count eight units to our left.

Our roof in the foreground and the very full back row of RV1.  We were full for December and January.

Panoramic shot of RV1.

RV2 was full for most of December and January as well, which is a first in the eleven years that we have been coming here. Now we have one empty spot and RV2 has a few revolving sites open.  Don’t let anyone tell you that RVing in Mexico is a thing of the past.

 

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Feb 01, 2020

How we spent yesterday

Colin is systematically washing the RV and then waxing it.  He is half way done at this point.

Meanwhile I have been upgraded to walk 15 minutes non stop twice per day along with my regular exercises.  Still no beach walking.

It is very boring to walk the parking lot but sometimes I get lucky and have company. Yesterday Karen walked a lap or two with me.

The patio paint continues to peel bit by bit.

We have decided to just let it go for the rest of this season and repaint next November.

We went to the Tiki Hut for the second week in a row.  Sadly my margarita was crap!  I actually sent it back and the replacement was no better.  Apparently they had a different bartender this week.  I was so disappointed as the two I had last week were the best ever.  We will give them one more chance.  However the shrimp burger was as great as the first week.

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Jan 31, 2020

2020 & no more calendar girls

The front cover for 2020.  This is the same photo that Colin doctored up for our Christmas card photo last month.

For the first time in 23 years we are no longer using photos of the girls in our annual calendar.  Instead we are going to be using photos we have taken in our travels the previous year ( or years ).

January 2020 is a collage of our time in Venice in May 2017.  It was our first trip to Europe since we got our first doxies in 1997 and since we lost our girls the end of March 2017.  In between those years we only traveled in the RV as a family.

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