Oct 25, 2018

Que Pasa

Our plans were to stay here at the RV Sunday and Monday in order catch up on blog posts and to rest after three days of adventure.  We were awoken Sunday morning ( the 21st ) with thunder and lightening and of course rain.  The storm went on for over two hours, the longest thunderstorm I have ever experienced.

I had problems with my computer, it was like it was, to put it bluntly, constipated.  It took almost all day and part of the next to get that problem sorted out. I am frankly getting tired of sitting at the computer so much.  Thank you computer guru.

Colin meanwhile set up our satellite dish, he had to make up the coordinates as we are out in the middle of nowhere.  He did a great job and we had a signal within five minutes.  He also enjoyed the time to be able to play his guitars.  Yes that is plural.

We are the red dot and as you can see we are centrally located to do what we want in this area.

The views here go on forever.  Despite rain storms both Sunday and Monday the afternoons cleared up.

View out the front window of the RV.

We had ordered new tire sensors as the batteries in ours were dead, perhaps two were still working.

Colin finally had decent weather one afternoon to put them on.

Good to have them all working again.  Now we will know if we lose air or have a blowout.  They saved us once before.

We are enjoying the quiet and beauty of this location.

Every evening thus far we have had a special sunset.

Sunset panorama by Colin.




Just to catch you up in real time regarding Hurricane Willa.

She was a Category 5 that landed as a Category 3 only 50 miles South of Mazatlan in Teacapan which we have visited.

I spent Monday evening, Tuesday morning , late afternoon and evening glued to the computer concerned for Mazatlan and of course my beloved Isla de la Piedra.  I had several contacts who were updating the que pasa of it all.  It was a miracle that we were spared,  however we are very sad for the area that was hit.  Immediately Wednesday morning many in Mazatlan who had prepared for Willa to hit were donating their items, like food, water, candles, batteries and the necessities to get through the days to come.  Others were trucking the supplies to Teacapan.  Meanwhile here is a news article just published three hours ago that shows some of the devastation there.  Click here to read that story.

Apparently this crocodile got misplaced by Willa somewhere in Puerto Vallarta.

The morning after Willa, on the Isla.

The locals now have a great deal of work to do, replacing the palm fronds on all the beach palapas, clean out the mess in front of the restaurants, etc.

Thank you Joyce and Ken for these photos of the Isla after Willa.

Overjoyed that both of our palapas are still standing and appear undamaged.

Taken today, just a few hours ago.  Looks like the beach is going to need some clean up.  Thanks again Joyce.




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18 responses so far

18 Responses to “Que Pasa”

  1. Looks like fun. Glad to see the Isla didn’t take too bad of a beating.

  2. Glad you are getting things done while Mexico cleans up after Willa.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  3. Maxx Trails says:

    So glad your space survived Willa and wow that croc is scary! Love the sunset picture of your unit 🙂

  4. George Yates says:

    A couple of quiet days is always nice to enjoy. Nice that the Isla paradise mostly survived this hurricane.
    Enjoy some more travel days.

  5. Al McClughan says:

    No sure if you know, but there are computer programs that are available (free) that give you the exact aiming coordinates for satellites if you have the lat and longitude information from your GPS or smart phone. It worked well for us when we had a dish on a tripod for Hughes and Shaw.

    • contessa says:

      So sorry to tell you that we have no GPS nor am I using my iPhone in the US. Way too expensive. We have a printed chart from at least 15 years ago that we use with the coordinates for various cities all over North America. Colin went between three known areas and calculated our area from that.

      • Al McClughan says:

        I’m not into Apple gadgets, I have an android smart phone. I remove the Canadian SIM card from it once we cross into the US (high Canadian roaming charges!) and I use the wifi feature to connect it to our US wifi hot spot. Google Earth on the phone has the lat and longitude information, I’m sure Apple has similar information that my Android phone has. All the other features on the phone (except calls) are active when connected to the wifi hot spot.

  6. rocmoc says:

    Excellent your Isla contacts were able to provide you with postitive updates. Now you can rest in comfort your Winter Home is safe for your arrival.

    rocmoc n AZ/Mexico

    • contessa says:

      Thank you, we were hugely relieved. Had things gone the other way, we might have been camped in your driveway 🙂

  7. Dolores says:

    I did. Not. Know there were alligators in Mexico!!!
    Your place looks good n waiting for you..

  8. Paul says:

    We are so happy you missed Willa! We knew you were not at your destination yet, so we were not worried.

    A bad storm can cause so much damage… Happy you are doing great, and thank you for sharing your story!

    What a beautiful trip!


    Paul and Jan.

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