View from the top of Old Man of Coniston hike in Lake District National Park, England.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Preston, Lancashire, England.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Wyke, West Yorkshire, England on May 29th!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Playa Zicatela (day 4)

Normal day…food, walk, beach, reading, backgammon, sunshine, food, walk, reading, beach, food. And we threw a trip to the dentist in there as well.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Playa Zicatela (day 3)

After breakfast, we took Whiskey for a walk along the beach. As we got to the end of the beach near the rocks, a couple of guys came out of the water with snorkelling gear…and a net full of fish!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Playa Zicatela (day 2)

Finally had another good night’s sleep. I didn’t bother going to the doctor because the ear pain had pretty much disappeared. Still a little clogged up I think, but not enough to worry about. Had a bad headache most of the day though, and I don’t get headaches! So hopefully another good night sleep will fix things up. Ruth has been fine through all of this, and Alex has his sunburn to worry about.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Playa Zicatela

The plan for today fell into place nicely. We had a quick breakfast of cheese and mushroom empenadas, then Mary and Nataly came for a drive in Sherman. First stop was a nearby “trailer park” to use their dump station.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Puerto Escondido (day 5)

We were invited in for breakfast again this morning. But my stomach can’t handle the food they eat for breakfast. Normally for us, Ruth has a bowl of porridge in the morning, and I have a bowl of Special K, or Corn Flakes or Shreddies or something like that. Anything heavier waits for the lunch hour.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Puerto Escondido (day 4)

I didn’t sleep at all last night. Turns out that the dance that we had declined to go to was not very far away and the WAY too loud music ended about 2:00am. Then my sore throat and runny nose kept me awake for the rest of the night. This ranks right up there as one of the worst colds I have ever had.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Puerto Escondido (day 3)

Definitely a better sleep last night. Still up just after 7am though along with the roosters and the dogs. Not much to report on today, other than going into town to make some Christmas phone calls back to Canada.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Puerto Escondido (day 2)

Hardly slept at all Thursday night. There was a stupid Christmas tree with lights and one of those electronic gizmos playing Christmas music all night set up near the motorhome. It would repeat itself over and over. The music played all night long and pretty much drove me nuts. Found out in the morning that all I had to do was to get up and unplug it…at least tonight should be better. However there’s also lots of other music and dogs barking. Not the most peaceful setting, but we will stay here for a few more days to be with our friends.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Puerto Escondido

We left Playa Ventura at around 8:30am. We’re going to be heading back north along this coast in another six to eight weeks, so we will be stopping in again. But at that time we’re going to try and spend a week or so there.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Playa Ventura (day 2)

A lot of Mexicans are on holiday now, so Playa Ventura is a little busier than when we were here in February 2009. There is another family tent camping at our spot, so we are sharing the private swimming pool.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Playa Ventura

We left Diamante Trailer Park at around 9:00am. We had managed to get our propane tank filled while at the park, and of course we were able to empty our holding tanks and fill our fresh water tank. So Sherman is a happy camper!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Acapulco (day 5)

I spent the morning tidying up Sherman and doing the vacuuming, while Ruth did some baking. Chocolate chip cookies made with coconut flour, and gluten free bread!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Acapulco (day 4)

Up early and we took Whiskey for a decent walk before 9:00am. Turned the air conditioning on in Sherman, and then we walked over to the entrance to the resort next door.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Acapulco (day 3)

We didn’t waste any time this morning, and headed out before 9:00am to see if there were any other parking spots for Sherman that looked decent for a couple of nights. We walked south towards the airport.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Acapulco (day 2)

Ended up sleeping fine last night. The construction noise didn’t start again until around 9:00am. At that point, we were leaving for a walk with Whiskey. At least there is lots of space here to take Whiskey for a walk.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Had a peaceful night in the parking lot at the caves, and left there about 7:30am. We needed gas, although not desperately. Eventually we saw a station near the entrance to the toll road to Acapulco and put in 1,000 pesos (about $84) worth of fuel. Sure enough, this station also accepted our Visa card. We’re 4 for 4 with using our Visa card for gas in Mexico now.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Las Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

Well we made it to our destination at Las Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, but not by taking the route we had planned. I think we did 180 kms (110 miles) today, and it took us almost 7 hours.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Valle de Bravo (day 8)

Well it was our last day here, and it sure was a good one. First on the agenda was a trip into town with Santiago and his children.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Valle de Bravo (day 7)

Yet another coasting day with blue sky and sunshine. At the risk of having jealous or envious readers upset with us, I have to mention that we haven’t seen any precipitation since we were in Dallas, Texas area exactly a month ago on November 13.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Valle de Bravo (day 6)

Sometime last night we got some sleep. But it was in the earlier part of the night, because we were awake well before Santiago came and knocked on our door around 5:15am. Mexicans have a thing for loud fireworks. Not the fancy, pretty kind…just the loud kind!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Valle de Bravo (day 5)

We relaxed until 10:00am or so, and then left here to take the bus into the town of Valle de Bravo. We just wanted to walk around on our own for a while and then maybe buy some groceries.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Valle de Bravo (day 4)

We had no plans today, so we just hung around with Sherman and Whiskey and Oso and enjoyed the day. Did some reading, and Ruth did another few items of hand laundry. I cleaned the carpet of some of Whiskey's dog hair!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Valle de Bravo (day 3)

It sure is getting monotonous waking up to blue sky and sunshine every day. But, that’s our lot in life just now, so we’ll just have to put up with it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Valle de Bravo (day 2)

Did you ever get up in the morning, and then just do pretty much nothing all day? Well we haven’t done that for a long time, but we did today!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Valle de Bravo

First job of the day was to try and get Sherman out of the parking area at the Givali Hotel. The height was okay, but when we entered they had to lift up the 4 strands of barbed wire to get us in. Plus, I was sure that our back end was going to drag when we exited.

Monday, December 6, 2010

El Rosario (day 3, the butterflies)

Put the furnace on as soon as we got up this morning…3C (38F) inside the motorhome. I think we are just about ready to head to the beach where the weather is warmer. But first, we had to see some butterlies!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

El Rosario (day 2)

It was a little warmer last night…temperature inside when we woke up was 7C (45F). Should have put the furnace on, but a hot coffee and tea warmed us up pretty good.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Slept fine. Definitely chilly at 9,600 feet though. Outside temperature when we woke up was -1C (30F) and inside was only a couple of degrees better! Had to run the furnace for a half an hour or so this morning.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Somewhere in the mountains

We hadn’t heard from our contact here, so we decided to head out. We’re going to the monarch butterfly sanctuaries in the mountains just west of Mexico City. This is where all of the monarch butterflies in North America come to spend the winter.

Cuitzeo, Mexico

We seem to have a problem getting on the road early. We left Bugamville RV Park at around 10:00am, but we keep on saying to ourselves that on travel days we really want to be on the road by 8:00am.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Guanajuato (day 2)

It is definitely nice and quiet here. Not even any roosters crowing at 7:00am! So we actually slept in until almost 7:30am…that is something that does not happen very often.

November living expenses and income

Once again, we spent a little more than we expected to, but only in certain categories.