Out for a walk beside the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada!
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Heading to Nova Scotia around August 1st.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February expenses

Five months in Mexico, and February was our most expensive month yet. We spent a total of $1,224.75, and it was short month. A little higher than we like it to be, but we had Lindsey and Cameron with us for the first eight days, so that made a difference.

Visit to Avandaro

Yesterday we took the collectivo taxi to the nearby town of Avandaro. We actually had to take two taxis, one to the center of Valle de Bravo, and another one to Avandaro which is on the other side of Valle from where we are. Total taxi cost for the return trip was 84 pesos ($6.72) for the two of us.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Is Mexico safe?

This question drives me nuts and this is the only time I'm going to address it here.

Monday, February 27, 2012

More new friends

Sundays are busiest here at Embarcadero Chago. (Chago's Marina) We pretty much have the place to ourselves during the week, so it's a welcome change to interact with the others on the weekends. There are several families of "regulars" who come here, and we were happy to meet some more people yesterday.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


There is a lot of wrong information floating around, and I think it's because people don't bother to check things for themselves, instead simply relying on what is passed on from someone else who hasn't checked for themselves.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tally ho!

And we're off to merry ole England! Well, we're not off yet, but we've booked the flight! Leaving Toronto the evening of June 12, overnight flight, and arriving London the morning of June 13.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Valle de Bravo (day 8)

Took the collectivo taxi into town again yesterday. Needed some more fruit and veggie, and wanted to explore a  different area.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Valle de Bravo (day 7)

We arrived here a week ago today! Hard to believe. We're going to be staying a while yet because our couchsurfing host in the center of Mexico City can't accept us until Friday March 2. We're looking for a different host for a couple of days before that now, so hopefully we'll be heading to Mexico City this coming Tuesday.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

We are not normal.

We read quite a few other blogs, mostly written by other RV'ers. It's very apparent that in most ways we are not normal RV'ers. In fact, we're not normal in a lot of ways outside of RV'ing!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Valle de Bravo (day 5)

We relaxed for the morning, and then after lunch we took the collectivo taxi into the town of Valle de Bravo. We're actually about 7 kms  (4.5 miles) from the center of town, but the taxis run regularly and are very inexpensive.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Valle de Bravo (day 4)

Been here four days already and we have only left the property once, to walk over to the nearby village and buy some fruits and vegetables. Yesterday was a beautiful day, but we didn't do anything except read and have an afternoon nap!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A fiesta

Valle de Bravo is one of our three favorite places in Mexico. We've figured out that it's not necessarily the surroundings that make these three places special to us, it's the people that we meet and the fun that we have.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Valle de Bravo (day 2)

We didn't do very much yesterday, just relaxed, although Ruth did a little bit of hand laundry. She says that if the choice is doing laundry by hand, or going back to Canada, she is quite happy to do laundry by hand!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valle de Bravo

We didn't leave the park yesterday until 11:00am to comply with the greater Mexico City driving restrictions. But, we only had to drive 160 kms (100 miles) so it shouldn't be a problem, right?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Somewhere in the mountains near Mexico City (day 2)

You might want to read yesterday's post first because I only posted them within minutes of each other!

Written Feb 16…7:30am

Yesterday morning, we were trying to find a trail to a lookout. We went for a walk around 9:00am, expecting to be gone an hour or two. We didn’t get back to Sherman until 1:30pm!

Somewhere in the mountains near Mexico City

Written Feb 15…8:30am

On Tuesday, we didn’t leave the RV park until 11:00am to make sure we were complying with the greater Mexico City driving rules. This was a late start for us, but even if we did the whole way to Valle de Bravo we would still arrive well before dark.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ready to head out

Yesterday, we took advantage of our last day with unlimited electricity and water. We gave Sherman a major interior clean up including windows, screens, bathroom, floor, vacuuming, freezer defrost, etc.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Ruins at Xochicalco

We've been to several ruins sites in Mexico, and all of them are a little bit different. Yesterday, we made our way to the Unesco World Heritage site of the Xochicalco ruins. This site is fascinating simply because of the size of it, with fantastic views in all directions.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cuernavaca (day 3)

Well, we actually made it into the city of Cuernavaca yesterday. But first, we walked a km each way to the lavandaria carrying our laundry. This is a decent RV park, but there are no laundry facilities!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cuernavaca (day 2)

It was pouring rain when we woke up yesterday and the rain didn't stop until after lunch. So we stayed in the motorhome all morning. Ruth made chicken soup with the leftover "pollo asada" from the other day. It's not that cold here, but the chicken soup was till yummy!

Friday, February 10, 2012


Yesterday, we did the drive to Cuernavaca. We left Acapulco just after 9:00am and got on the toll highway towards Mexico City.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Heading for Mexico City!

We got Lindsey off to the airport yesterday, and have learned that she and Cameron are safely back home in cold, expensive Nova Scotia.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Back in Acapulco

I had a great birthday yesterday, thanks everyone for your birthday wishes!

We did the two and a half hour drive back to the Diamante area of Acapulco. We're only about 5 kms from the airport, so it's a convenient location to say goodbye to Lindsey and Cameron today.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Big Five-O

Ruth turned 50 years old last November. Today, it's my turn! The Acapulco coast is not a bad place to be celebrating this milestone, and at least we have our daughter and grandson here to celebrate with us. Missing our son Alex though.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Back at Playa Ventura

Yesterday morning, we were on the road just after 7:30am. We had to do the long 265 km (164 mile) drive heading back towards Acapulco. Hard to believe three weeks has gone by so quickly. Lindsey and Cameron head back to Canada on Wednesday!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Last day in Puerto Escondido

We said goodbye to our Puerto Escondido friends on Saturday morning. Sad to say goodbye, but time to move onto new experiences! We left and filled up with gas, and stopped at a hotel that has a dump station and paid 50 pesos ($4.00) to empty the holding tanks.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Barra de Colotopec (day 6)

Well, not much of an update this morning because we didn't do very much yesterday! And we didn't take any pictures! But, I will tell you the story of our bumper...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Barra de Colotopec (day 5)

I spent most of the day on the computer yesterday, while Ruth and Lindsey went into Puerto Escondido to do some shopping. Ruth bought 3 pairs of shorts for 240 pesos ($19.20).

Thursday, February 2, 2012

La Cascada de la Reforma

"Cascada" is Spanish for waterfall. There are many beautiful waterfalls in Mexico, and we were taken to one yesterday. La Cascada de la Reforma is in the middle of nowhere 19 kms (12 miles) along a single lane dirt road.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January expenses

Considering we have had our daughter and grandson here since January 18, we did pretty good. And, we did a fair bit of driving in January so our gas expenses were a little higher. But, we still did really well, with January expenses coming in at a total of $1,062.09.