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    • Day7

      Only paid “tour” we took

      March 28, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

      We did our only tour in Mazatlan today - spent the day on “Stone Island”. It was well worth the $$. Also saw a cliff diver on the way to the boat. Crazy high into just a few feet of water.

      I was amazed by the amount of stray animals there are here. We had a couple friendly pups join us on the beach for a bit. Every male was not neutered that we saw, so the problem probably just grows exponentially.

      The people I’ve met here are so wonderful. Friendly. So family oriented. They have been kind. Caring. Multiple times, as I’ve been searching for the right bills to pay for something, the locals will quickly jump to help me pay what I need. (I have it, just trying to find it). They have such a generous spirit with the little they have. They work HARD here - the jobs I see everyone doing here are not easy. This short time in Mazatlan certainly has busted any incorrect preconceived stereotype I may have had.

      Ended our day with another sunset from the roof of our Airbnb.
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      Traveler

      Wow!!!! That was amazing. Cool that you caught him doing it too.

      3/29/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Wasn’t it tho!! Tonight apparently thru do it with torches in their hands

      3/29/22Reply
      Traveler

      Look at you with your long sleeves and Jordan in her barely nothing outfit! Too funny!

      3/29/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Yeah We got burned the day before and she has awesome skin so had already recovered. Me not so much

      3/29/22Reply
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    • Day8

      Last day in Mazatlan

      March 29, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      It’s our Last day in Mazatlan - moving on tomorrow. This has been a wonderful start. Finished our stay up right with another long walk on the beach and a beautiful meal. Picked a place over-looking the ocean and watched another gorgeous sunset. Amazing how that never gets old, and crazy how affordable places like this are that would be way out of my price range in the US.

      Had to climb all those stairs to get to the restaurant. Not too hard, surprisingly. I’m already feeling much stronger just in a week of being more active. Also, the hill/mt in the pics is the lighthouse we climbed earlier in the week.
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      Traveler

      Wow! You must be really hungry by the time you climb all those stairs to La Marea!! What gorgeous photos you have as treasured memories!! Amazing sunset❣️

      4/1/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      I’m more doing this journal for myself than anyone else. When I’m done, the company will make a book of it for me and a jordan. So trying to capture as much as I can here

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    • Day5

      10 mile walk … it was a challenge!!

      March 26, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

      What an exhausting day! When I left the US, I figured I’d either gain 50 lbs from eating all over the world - or I’d lose 50 from walking halfway there. So far, walking is winning out..

      We hiked up El Faro - highest lighthouse in the America’s, 2nd highest in the world. Not a huge distance - only 1.5 miles, but VERY steep and ended with 386 steps. It was a challenge, at least for me. Lots of stray cats live on the mountain - all very thirsty. 😢 A cloud bank rolled in while we were up there - it was beautiful. And there was a glass floor overlook that definitely brought some anxiety out in me, but still a cool experience.

      The seafood here is incredible! We sat on the beach, feet in the sand, and had another great lunch with another great pina colada. (Served in a hollowed out pineapple!) May be my drink of choice for awhile.

      Then Jordan got a wild hair to walk all the way back to our Airbnb. 5 miles, on the beach. Gorgeous weather, walking in the surf. Paid for it tho with some very sore legs/feet and some sunburn, but so relaxing and pretty. And hopefully getting stronger for the more strenuous adventures to come.

      Since Rod died, I haven’t really taken any extended time for myself. I had to get working full time right away when he died to provide me and the kids our much needed health insurance, help with college expenses, figure out how I was going to make payments on a house I couldn’t afford, how I was going to survive without my partner in life, and main bread winner. (The price of being a stay at home mom for 20 years.) I put my head down and got what was needed done. It’s been a long 4+ years to get financially stable (changing my life drastically by moving to SC to find affordable housing) and it’s a relief to finally feel like I CAN just breathe, and know life is going to be okay if I take this time for myself.

      I’ve definitely chilled out some. No anxiety today and no tears. 😃 Just trying to enjoy whatever experience comes my way. It’s such a different way to live life - no real responsibilities, no consistency or normalcy - everyday is a different experience or adventure, but getting used to it. Won’t go on forever, so need to soak it in and learn to enjoy every bit of it. Before I know it, I’ll be back at work with all the normalcy I can handle.
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      Traveler

      You're gonna have rock star calves by the end of this trip!

      3/28/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Yes I am!!

      3/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      It'll go by before you know it so soak it in and do what you can so that you remember it all later. My RV trip is a thing of the past now and it seemed like it was happening slowly but now....seems like it flew by. Wish I had kept a journal. Enjoy it all Christie!

      3/29/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Thanks. That’s why I like this app. It will print it all out in a book form when I’m done. Have another journal app I’m using for my own personal feelings of the trip.

      3/30/22Reply
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    • Day671

      Mazatlan, Fähre nach Baja California

      March 27, 2021 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Ein letzter Sunset in Mazatlan. Am nächsten Tag nehme ich die Fähre rüber nach La Paz zur Baja California. Hatte auf der Fähre ein Platz auf dem Oberdeck. Dort kann man im Auto schlafen, doch leider hatte ich einen Kühllaster direkt neben mir.....Read more

      Berni Maria Südamerika

      Das mit dem Kühllastwagen, dass war wirklich Pech😢

      3/31/21Reply
      Traveler

      Ja sicher pech ! Schone Ostertage 🐥🐣🐤🐔 und ein schone reise weiter 🍀😘

      4/2/21Reply
      Traveler

      Wer ist das im camping chair???? Einstein mit langen Haaren und philosophieren am Strand!!! LOL

      4/5/21Reply
      Traveler

      "Der alte Mann und das Meer" Hemingway

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    • Day78

      Mazatlán

      November 24, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      The ride on the cargo ferry wasn't as bad as expected. There was a small room with some seats, so Meike slept on two seats and me on the floor. They supplied blankets so it wasn't too hard on the floor. We also got dinner and breakfast.
      After arriving in Mazatlán, we explored the old city center with its beautiful colonial buildings.
      For the night Meike had organized a place via couchsurfing at Irene's home. So we cycled to the beach restaurant of Irene's parents where we were spoiled with a couple of yummy fish and seafood dishes. We talked about our trip and listened to different types of music. I tried to advertise German Schlager and apres ski music but I wasn't very successful 😔
      In the evening, we went out for some ice cream and a drink. The atmosphere in the town was very nice as there was live music and dancing people at many places.
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      Traveler

      Go Herbert! :-)

      11/27/19Reply
       
    • Day4

      Centro Historico

      March 25, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

      Beautiful day exploring Centro Historico, or old town. The temp is an ideal 75-79 and blue sky - amazing. Sat oceanside and had seafood tostadas and guac — and a HUGE pina colada. Simple pleasures. It was awesome.

      Still feeling like an infant. Making inaccurate assumptions - like the bus must only take coins, or have to have exact change like olden day US buses. We walked around for an hour trying to get pesos in the form of coins … they make change from bills on the bus. Who knew? Oh yeah .. they did! 😂Woops. And the money - I feel so stupid trying to figure out how much their coins are worth. The bills are so much more resilient than ours (plastic coated) and are beautifully colored. (Honestly everything is so colorful here - the buildings are gorgeous.)

      it’s going to take a bit for me to not instinctively think something is way too expensive when it’s marked $100. They use the $ sign here even tho it’s in pesos. Jordan has to keep reminding me that it’s only $5 - if not, my mind thinks $100.
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      Traveler

      Sounds like a fantastic adventure. Looking forward to traveling with you

      3/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Looks very colorful! Good thing you have Jordan going on this adventure with you! What incredible memories you will make! Thanks for sharing some of your picks… love them!

      3/26/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      It IS a good thing she’s along. Makes it much more fun. Adam is joining us in a week or so for a short vacation

      3/26/22Reply
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    • Day3

      Vegan in Mazatlan

      December 15, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      On our first night in Mazatlan, we went to La Ruta Vegana, the best vegan restaurant in Mazatlan... well, OK, the "only" vegan restaurant in Mazatlan but it nonetheless deserves the accolade that "best" conveys.

      Roch ordered a plate of 3 quesadillas and I ordered a couple of tacos along with an order of crispy potato wedges to share.  The only thing lacking was a good bottle of Dos XX.  The restaurant doesn't serve alcohol so we had to settle for non-alcoholized beer which was surprisingly satisfying with our meal.  Our dinner altogether was a mere $18.11 and we left the restaurant thinking, we gotta come back to this place...

      ... and indeed we did go back the very next day.  We didn't realize that La Ruta Vegana was the only vegan restaurant in Mazatlan until we went to Bliss Tienda Vegana which we thought was a cafe as well as vegan store.  Nope, it was just a small vegan store so we happily went back to La Ruta Vegana.

      This time I ordered the quesadillas and Roch ordered "Pozole", a Mexican soup typically made with hominy (processed corn with the germ removed) and pork. The thick soup is seasoned with a combination of spices and garnished with radishes, shallots, shredded cabbage, limes and tortilla chips. We'll never know for sure if the vegan version that Roch had was as good as a traditional meat version.  All I can say is, there wasn't a drop of soup left when it came time to pay for the meal.

      The owner of La Ruta Vegana told us that there were a few other vegan restaurants in Mazatlan but they have consequently closed.  How odd, when everywhere else we've travel to has seen an increase in the number of vegan establishment in light of the plant-based revolution.  La Ruta Vegana will be celebrating its 5th anniversary next week, and we have every intention in joining in on their celebration.

      Although dining out here is a challenge, the local markets offer a plethora of beautiful fruits and veggies. They even sell large packages of trimmed and diced mixed vegetables that is made into soup. In fact, that's what we had for dinner last night. Strangely, however, Sinaloa province is reputed to be the mango capital of Mexico (and home to most cartels), but we've rarely sen any. Those we did find were expensive even by Canadian standards.

      On the other hand, papayas and pineapples are plentiful and succulent, so we can't complain too much.
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    • Day27

      El Faro

      January 8, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      This morning, rather than go for my usual jog along the Malecon, I decided to visit one of Mazatlan's top tourist attractions, El Faro.

      This lighthouse is located at the peak of Cerro del Creston on the southernmost tip of Mazatlan's peninsula and is located three kilometers from our Airbnb. Piece of cake, right? Only six kms there and back. WRONG!

      Once you reach the entrance to the park, there is a steep 900 meter climb along a partially paved path, with several switchbacks, before you arrive at the 325 step staircase that takes you to the top.

      With a height of 157 meters, it is the highest natural lighthouse in the Americas, and one of the highest operating lighthouses in the world.

      The first use of the Isla de Creston as a lighted marine signal was in 1828. The installation was very modest, consisting of only a small stone structure on which fires, fueled by whale oil and wood, or coconut chips, were lit. This provided little visibility to ships at night, particularly in bad weather.

      El Faro became the answer to the problem. First lit over the Pacific Ocean in 1879, the lighthouse's original lamp was constructed in Paris. It was made of an oil lamp surrounded by mirrors, and a Fresnel lens to focus the light.

      In 1905, the lamp was converted to hydrogen gas, and was made to be able to revolve in a full circle. The final update of the light source came in 1933, when it was converted to electricity, which is what is still there today. In order to emit its powerful light, El Faro uses a 1,000 watt bulb, which is focused by a Fresnel lens.

      But the real attraction here is the 360 degree view of the city below. One can see the cruise ship port, the Malecon from the southern tip to the northern tip, the cathedral, all set on a backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains.

      Needless to say, the hike down was much easier than going up, but I still had one more obstacle before I could have my shower: forty two more steps leading up to our apartment.
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      I love all this info. It’s on my list. Enjoy and hugs to you both ❤️❤️

      1/8/20Reply

      thanks for your share. b.boop

      1/9/20Reply
      Traveler

      Wow, good on you for doing it! 👏👍

      1/23/20Reply
       
    • Day155

      Cyclist Party in Mazatlan

      January 4, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      Many of us cyclists had written to the one Warmshowers host in Mazatlan, Abel. He came to the ferry terminal expecting to collect 4 people that he would host, but was surprised to find 8 cyclists all in need of a place to stay. In true Mexican can-do style, he collected his wits after counting how many there were of us, and launched into finding a solution to host all of us in his tiny appartment. "You can all fit, but it will be tight! If it doesn't bother you, it doesn't bother me" he said. So we rode through the city like a critical mass bike ride, and along the Malecon to his place in the centre of the city. His appartment was on the 4th floor, so while some of us carried our bikes and gear up the stairs, Karl rigged up a hoisting system (i.e. him and our bear hang rope) to pull bags up to the appartment. With bags and bikes strewn around the appartment and patio next door, we shared food, beer and laughs in good company. We really enjoyed our short stay with Abel, and were sad to leave so soon the next day, but the Pacific coast of Mexico was calling us to come explore it...Read more

      Bridget McEwan

      Nice work!

      1/22/16Reply
      Holly and Karl

      Yep, had to put the rope to use!

      1/28/16Reply
       
    • Day2

      ¿Hablas Español?

      December 14, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

      For 1305 consecutive days I have religiously completed at least one Spanish lesson on the Duolingo app. So, naturally, I was quite anxious to test out my finely honed language skills in a Spanish speaking country.

      We landed in Mazatlan at just after 5:00PM local time and, dropped off our luggage at our Airbnb at about 6:00. We couldn’t locate the wifi code in our apartment, which made getting a local SIM card for our phones our first order of business. We had researched the best plans for expats before we left Canada, so we knew exactly what we wanted and even where to get it. Or so we thought.

      We walked into the closest Oxxo convenience store (a Mexican 7/11) and I confidently asked for two Telcel SIM cards and the 200 peso telecom package. The clerk replied with what sounded to me like, “nonovendemostarjetasSIMaquí, tienesquecomprarloenotrolugaryluegoregresasaquíyte venderemoselpaquetequedeseas.”

      Have you ever noticed how the contestants on TV game shows seem to get stupider and tend to choke as the pressure mounts? That was exactly how I felt. In response to the clerk, I blinked a couple of times, picked my jaw off the floor and could only manage to blurt out,”Errr.......ok, gracias.”

      In the end, after visiting several stores, we were finally able to acquire what we needed and get our phones connected to the network we wanted.

      In the process I learned that 1305 consecutive days studying Spanish on Duolingo did not really prepare me for real world interaction in my third language. But I am a very stubborn old goat and I am intent on being comfortable conversing in Spanish by the time we leave Mexico in March.

      Hasta la vista, baby!
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      did you try asking that person to speak very slowly? gulp. b.boop

      12/16/19Reply
      Roch Pelletier

      Nope, I'm too proud.

      12/16/19Reply

      haha! ting bu dong. ask brenda. b.boop

      12/16/19Reply
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