Jan 22, 2022

The twins, Bella & Carl

Just some cute photos of the twins taken by Colin over the past two weeks.

Nap at the back of the RV, where the sun is the warmest in the morning. Love Carlie’s leg over Ciela. You can really see the milk chocolate and the dark chocolate in their coats.

Bella and Carl were the second RVers into this park back in 2004 when it opened. It wasn’t long after that I read about this place, Tres Amigos RV Park  and thought it would be a great place to go. However over that first year I read a few very negative reviews including one about smell and pollution so we decided to pass. I later discovered that those were false complaints. We continued to travel all over Mexico and eventually Acapulco became our winter home for four winters.  That is another 858 miles/1378 kms south from Mazatlan. The drive from our home in Canada to Mazatlan is 1631miles/2625kms so a very long 2487 mile drive to Acapulco from home. The roads were and are likely still  in very poor condition especially the coastal road which is single lane, no place to pass and thousands of topes with a driving speed of 25 – 40 mph. We loved it but we were younger. The winter of 2009 my mother was very ill. We stopped here at Tres Amigos and liked it. We were torn as to continue on to Acapulco or to stay here. We made a very long pro/con list. We decided to stay based on the fact that we were only 30 minutes from the Mazatlan airport as opposed to the RV park, Playa Luces, in Pie de la Cuesta, Acapulco which is a three hour drive to the airport. Because of my mom’s health we choose to stay and that was the beginning of our time here. We moved to our current site in 2011.

The winter of 2009 we stayed in the second rv park here ( it is one park but with with two locations separated by a city block ). We moved to RV1 in 2010 and were parked in the front row right next to Bella & Carl. They were the best neighbours ever. We had Carmeh and Caeli back then and they fell in love with Bella & Carl and vice versa. Soon Bella & Carl stopped driving all the way here from Manitoba and started renting a condo in Mazatlan. They would visit us every single winter and the girls went wild with love once they saw them.

Bella and Carl came to visit on January 10th. They were eager to meet our new girls. Love at first sight all the way around.

The treats they were getting was just their regular kibble.

A great time was had by all. We will be seeing Bella and Carl next month before they return to Canada.

This visit lifted my spirits. I am eager to see how the girls react to their next visit. 




Jan 21, 2022

Trying to move forward

The past two evenings the internet has been so slow that I could not post. It takes forever just to check the weather so I can only assume that some rvers are streaming something. Yesterday afternoon I spent a few hours replying to emails and I have many more to reply to, I will get to you eventually. Our days are so full because of the girls. They take a good deal time and I am up and down every five minutes using various methods to get them to stop barking at other dogs on the beach as well as the horses going up and down the road next to us. They are much better since we arrived but it takes constant awareness on our part. Then there is the twice daily beach walk, hosing off the sand,, drying them and so on. By next year they will be perfect little girls with good manners. But now is when we need to be consistent in the training.  I prefer to post between sunset and dinner. Depending on what we are cooking it may take a while to prep the food, we eat after 9PM and then it is too late to post. I find it difficult to find the time to concentrate during the day.

There are no lack of photos to share with you, nor stories.  So I am going back to where I left off. Before I do so to encourage you to please go back to my January 16th post and read the last comment left by Kay.  It is heartbreaking what this lady ( a long time reader ) has been through because of Covid. My heart goes out to you and your family Kay. I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter. Sending healing thoughts your way. I will be in contact soon.

On January 8th I had my first official happy hour. We were distanced and the food was served so that everyone was safe. This is our shy girl Carlie who loves Ferne who is just a few sites over from us. She has been over a few times on a one on one and the girls know her well. You can see Ciela wanting to join in.


Ferne is not too fond of the face kissing, ears are okay so we will have to work on that with Carlie.

Explaining about individual plates, servers, etc.

Everyone seemed to have had a good time together.

Just as the sunset some fishermen were bringing in their nets out front. They attracted many birds including pelicans. A lovely way to end our time together.

Almost everyday there is something new to see passing by. Looks like this horse is being trained to pull something.

This truck was loading steel pipes that came in on that lancha.

Note the piece of cardboard to protect the roof of the vehicle.  They spent a good deal of time trying to figure out how to tie the pipes to the truck.  They were also trying to lift them off the ground.

He made it dragging the pipes through the sand.

Carnival cruise ship leaving that day.

Three new hibiscus bloomed that very afternoon. They are gone now but had two bloom today with more buds in the wings.


We are so fortunate to be here.



Jan 16, 2022

I was taking a wee break due to lack of energy

We are enjoying large and small oriole visits throughout the day as well as our assorted hummingbirds.

I appreciate those of you who emailed or commented to find out what is going on.  Not an electrical nor internet issue this time.

It is a different year and we are happy to be here. We knew that we would be isolating from others and that we would not be going into Mazatlan nor going to restaurants. Still it is difficult to isolate from others. We have quick conversations in passing with some here in the park and are careful with whom we spend time with.  Most are carrying on as if there was no pandemic and we have no desire to spend time with those who eat out constantly, shop till they drop, go to casinos and love to enjoy a shoulder to shoulder happy hour night after night. Just being surrounded by all of this is difficult and I have fallen into a bit of a slump. I had no energy to sit and write the blog.

Large tree in a pot.

Hopefully my new plant will grow as large in the years to come.

However we are all doing very well, are being safe and would rather be here than anywhere else. We spend a good deal of time working with the girls everyday and it is showing. They are improving daily. I have begun to read and just don’t want to stop and work on the blog. It takes a good deal of energy to get dinner prepared. I am just going through a phase I guess. However we have continued to take photo after photo and I plan to post them all.  Don’t give up on me, it will all come together. My big joy in life  ( other than wonderful walks on the beach ) is driving off the peninsula and driving to a large grocery store on the highway. We have done this twice since December 4th. Colin has also made two early morning treks via the launcha and his feet into Mazatlan for essential groceries. As you can see only four outings since we arrived.

We are eating well. So very fortunate to have shrimp, dorado, bass and red snapper delivered to our door once per week.

Colin says that this is the best meal I have ever made. Marinated shrimp in orange and other ingredients. It really was very good. Served with a baked potato and coleslaw was all we needed.

We are now wearing our KN95 masks that I ordered direct from China in June of 2020 when they could not be found at home. Our next level of protection will be double masking plus we each have a heavy duty face shield. Cases are slowly rising here in the city of Mazatlan. On January 4th there were 103 new cases per day and yesterday we were up to 652 cases.

The girls are always finding new activities to occupy them. They never play with their toys.

Ciela is having fun digging holes around one of the palms. They are so very cute.

Life is good. Plus we have more wine then we can possibly drink before we leave. For some reason I have slowed my wine consumption, just not interested. I am still dreaming about my first margarita. I know which restaurant I will get it at and figured where to sit, well away from others. However I just am not ready yet. Before you suggest it, I do not want to start making my own margaritas. I have done so in the past and end up consuming too many, best not to have the ingredients in the house. We have friends here on the Isla who would like to make me one but they like us are being very careful. We still have 9.5 weeks left here before we start to drive north 🙁  Never enough time.


Jan 10, 2022

Mazatlan, the port, as seen from the Isla

We took a different narrow road the other day and saw this. I think that the boat and the tree on this empty lot may be partners for a long time.

Fishermen are constantly repairing their nets.

The Norwegian Bliss in port and in the foreground the locals are repairing their nets.

Even along the side of the street.

I wonder if these containers are stuck here like so many others are all over the world.

Sunset on January 7th.




Jan 10, 2022


…but we had no electricity Sunday from 1 PM on so no post.  We just now got our internet working at 2PM Monday.  The photos show it all. I have heard that it was some one who was drunk who hit the electrical pole.




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