Posts Tagged: ‘Ajijic’

Thirteen Flights – Three Months

January 16, 2018 Posted by Deb

We sold the boat to spend more time traveling by jet … probably should have been careful what we wished for. The plan was to go to Iowa for Christmas and Deb’s family, Mexico on Christmas Day through New Year’s for Chuck’s family, a breather is AZ for a few days followed by a trip to Destin, Florida, for Chuck’s 70th with the Borchert clan. A bit challenging, and we both ended up with airplane flu but at least it waited until after the birthday party.

Last Hike 2017 – The Petroglyphs

These desert hike shots all look the same but the petroglyphs are unique. We stayed with the slow group for the petroglyph portion of the trail and liked their pace and the frequent breaks. May be a clue in there somewhere.

Petroglyphs Hugh Norris Trail

Petroglyphs Hugh Norris Trail

How Many Engineers/Computer Guys Does It Take to Find the Trail?

How Many Engineers/Computer Guys Does It Take to Find the Trail?

Christmas in Iowa

This is a can’t miss for Deb and its quite an event. The focus is now about two generations down from us and sometimes we’re the oldest in the room. But that’s OK. We had our time when we covered the nighttime living room in her family farm home with sleeping pads and cousins in every direction.

Gingerbread Houses are Being Engineered

Gingerbread Houses are Being Engineered

Some of Those Guys Can Really Jump

Some of Those Guys Can Really Jump

Haven't Had to Scrape Windows Like This for a Long, Long Time

Haven’t Had to Scrape Windows Like This for a Long, Long Time

Christmas and New Years in Mexico

Chuck’s sister Barb and Michael have lived in Ajijic (pronounced Ah-hee-hee’) about 40 minutes from Guadalajara for a half year now and brother Bill started the ball rolling for a group visit. He flew in from Anchorage and we flew in from Des Moines. The town was a hit, the weather was perfect, the food was excellent and everywhere. Ajijic is on 50-mile long Lake Chapala and is surrounded by mountains. Its altitude is about like Denver and the year around temperature bounces around 77F. There are around 30,000 ex pats living in the area.

Barb & MIchael's Back Yard Garden

Barb & Michael’s Back Yard Garden

Male Pole Dancers on the Malecon

Male Pole Dancer Ritual on the Malecon

Negotiating for a Boat Ride

Negotiating for a Boat Ride

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Folk Dancers at the Restaurant

Folk Dancers at the Restaurant

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Hiking on Mezcala Island

Hiking on Mezcala Island

Cat Attack When We Brought Out the Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Cat Attack When We Brought Out the Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Hiking on the Mountain Over Ajijic

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This Guy is Everywhere on His Horse, Even Takes It Into the Bars

This Guy is Everywhere on His Horse, Even Rides It Into the Bars

An Afternoon in the Hot Thermal Baths

An Afternoon in the Hot Thermal Baths

The Traditional Hot Dog BBQ Wherever We Are

The Traditional Hot Dog BBQ Wherever We Are

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Annual Arizona Relative Reunion – Phoenix

It’s been going on for awhile but we’re in Arizona now so we get to attend. Pizza, pickleball, bocci ball, and beer at Kerry and Cathy’s complex in Mesa. Deb saw relatives she hadn’t seen in 30+ years.GolfCartCathys

Sailing Reunion in Arizona - Gayle Suhich and Todd Duff Stopped By on Their Way to New Zealand to Buy a New Boat

Sailing Reunion in Arizona – Gayle Suhich and Todd Duff Stopped By on Their Way to New Zealand to Buy a New Boat

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A Big Number

We have vacationed with Deb’s cousins for decades so we accepted an invitation to join the group in Destin, FL for the big birthday event. We flew in did a fair job of eating our way down the coast. We loved the 30A stretch and would have biked it if we had had good weather. We got in on a real break in the cold weather but the cold did catch us on the last day.

Birthday Celebration at LuLu's (owned by Jimmy Buffet's Sister)

Birthday Celebration at LuLu’s (owned by Jimmy Buffet’s Sister)

A Project Boat?

A Project Boat?

The Emerald Coast View from Ron & Barb's Balcony

The Emerald Coast View from Ron & Barb’s Balcony

Picked Up a Pickleball Game in Destin

Picked Up a Pickleball Game in Destin