The Dniester River with Moldova on the left and Transnistria on the right. Photo taken December 10, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Not a bad place to spend a couple of days...

We've been in Mexico since October 19th of last year. Five full months, other than our six week jaunt to Colombia. And this is the first time we've been to the beach!

Most people come to Mexico specifically for it's beaches and warmth. And if we were on a one or two week vacation to get out of the cold, that's probably what we would do too.

But we really do prefer being inland in the mountains. We're good for a couple of weeks at the beach, but that's it.

It is a good change of scenery though, and where we are right now is not a bad place to spend a couple of days.

Yesterday, we did the short drive from Valle de Banderas to Lo de Marcos. A whole 47 kms (29 miles) that took us an hour because the two lane highway north of Puerto Vallarta is a busy road with lots of curves.

Banana tress.

Huge tree along highway 200 north of Puerto Vallarta.

Yep, it's a busy road.

Lots of little roadside stands.

Copper pots.

We arrived at La Parota RV Park at around 11:15am. The only reason we are here is to spend some more time with the people from the RV caravan group who we were with for the month of February. Our paths happen to cross at this point, and so we stopped in for a two night stay. Tomorrow, we head further north. We need to be in southern California by the 28th, so there is lots of driving to do over the next week and  half.

Sherman, at La Parota RV Park.

Nice park. Man, that's a tall palm tree!

Warm, but not much sun yesterday.

Ruth, talking to Debbie, Stan, and Colleen.

We went for a walk on the beach. There's a lagoon at the far end, and tons of bird life. Maybe we'll go for a walk down the  river this morning and see if we can't get some pretty bird photos.

Not often  you see pelicans in a tree!

Just having a snooze.

Another pretty bird.

Funny how those webbed feet can still grab on to a branch.

These dudes are funny. One of them is having a bad hair day!

Ha...too funny.

Yesterday's drive, 47 kms (29 miles).

Where we are now...Lo de Marcos.

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17 comments:

  1. What? They have beaches? Enjoy the stay. Hopefully all that driving goes well.

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    1. Hard to believe isn't it! ;-)

      Today is one of our longer driving days so the fingers are crossed.

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  2. Those birds look like they have bad used car salesman comb-overs. I didn't know pelicans could land in trees - never seen that!

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    1. So very true! They are Royal Terns. We didn't know that pelicans roosted in trees either, first time for us too.

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  3. The beach looks wonderful, and while we're also spending 5 weeks at Portugal's Praia da Rocha, we're not spending every second there every single day of the week. It's the idea of being within walking distance should the mood strike that appeals to me! The La Parota RV Park looks wonderful. It's a far cry from the paved RV parking lots in Europe with not a blade of grass or shade tree in sight. It looks absolutely luxurious in comparison. Happy travels!

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    1. We couldn't stay totally at the beach either and would have to get away on day trips as well but for us we prefer walking in the mountains to walking on the beach, for a little while it is ok, though. We also don't like the bugs, we get eaten alive a night and all ready have lots of bites and lots of scratching. :-(

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  4. You'll probably address this on the FB page, but where is La Parota? I can't find a reference to it. We stayed in the one closest to the town on the right side of the entry road on the beach. Taking notes!

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    1. Never mind...I just saw that you addressed all this in your Dec 2014 post.

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    2. Yes we did on post that was totally dedicated to the RV Park itself then, glad you found it and for other wanting more info on the park the post is www.travelwithkevinandruth.com/2014/12/rv-parks-in-lo-de-marcos.html and the GPS coordinates are 20.952850, -105.360111

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  5. My parents love PV. They used to spend about a month there every year but since my dad has slowed down with age, they haven't been in a few years. Safe travels!

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    1. Puerto Vallarta, is not really our thing but there are lots of places in the area that we do like. Sorry that they have not been able to return to the area that they love so much.

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  6. Great picture of all the pelicans in the tree!

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    1. It was pretty neat to see so many in the tree!

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  7. The bird with the bad hair looks exactly like Donald Trump!

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    1. I said the exact same thing to Kevin when we were looking at the pictures! :-)

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  8. We too used to spend a lot of time on the beaches, but not so much anymore, think the novelty wore off.

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    1. Yeah, we used to like them more when we were much younger but now we prefer the mountains and the countryside, as you said maybe the novelty wore off.

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