Magical Malinalco

  Over the river and through the woods…. No, we weren’t going to Grandmothers house, but rather the puebla of Malinalco, Mexico, to recoup and regroup from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City. Most people I’ve talked to, Mexicans included, are not familiar with Malinalco, even though it is … Continue reading

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Pyramids, Prickly Pears and Playthings

“Muy rico”, he exclaimed, biting into his tuna, pointing to the ground beneath a massive cactus. There, lying in the dirt, were literally dozens of tunas, or prickly pears, free for the taking. Jeff and I were strolling through the modest botanical garden in Teotihuacan just outside of Mexico City, taking … Continue reading

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I Heart Mexico City

We are back in the city that stole our hearts last year. Some things have changed, most haven’t. A week after we left CDMX  (Mexico City) in 2017, a devastating earthquake shook the city to its core. It hit especially hard in the La Condesa neighborhood, where we stayed. The … Continue reading

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The Journey Continues-Cholula and Tlaxcala

After leaving our cold but cozy little cabana in Mineral Del Monte, we headed a couple of hours south to the town of Cholula, a “suburb” of Puebla, Mexico. We had visited Puebla last year, so we wanted to try something different in the area. The AirBandB we rented was … Continue reading

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Altitude Adjustment in the Mexican Highlands

Just in time. We escaped the stifling heat and humidity of Mexico’s Pacific coast, got in our little beater rental car and headed for the hills! With Jesus as our guardian, we high-tailed it for Guadalajara-Tlaquepaque to be exact, for a couple of days. We would need to acclimate before … Continue reading

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Return to the Sea of Cortez

This Spring, El Gato returned to the Sea of Cortez with eyes wide open. You may (or may not) recall that our introduction to the Sea last year was full of surprises. This year we returned, buddy-boating with our friend Nancy on Aldabra,  John and Donna (and Lucy) on Carmanah, … Continue reading

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Butterflies!!!!!

What do butterflies and Canadians have in common? Why, Mexico, of course!  (I say this with absolutely no disrespect. Some of my best friends are Canadian.) Every year hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies undertake a great journey of up to 3000 miles in their annual migration from Canada and the United States to … Continue reading

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Sailfest in Zihuatenejo

Have you ever heard of Zihuatenejo? If you saw the movie Shawshank Redemption, you may remember it as the idyllic beach that Andy Dufresne painstakingly chiselled his way out of prison and crawled through sewage for. Yep. That’s the one. El Gato spent 5 weeks in Zihuatenejo this winter for … Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Best Kind

I have to admit, after my experience during my Scuba refresher class, I was a little hesitant, oh, hell, a LOT hesitant, to go on an actual dive. Especially since I was going with a small group of strangers, because Jeff wasn’t joining me. In  fact, I  cancelled the first … Continue reading

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Finding a Cruising Community

When Jeff and I first hatched the idea of selling our house(s) and moving away from Georgia and onto a sailboat, one question we grappled with was how we would leave our friends and find a new community, especially since we planned to be on the move quite a bit. … Continue reading

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