I certainly never expected that!!!

Let’s start with the girls. It finally got warm enough midday, a day or two ago and the girls began their war cry. They were informing us that they had found a snake. Only it turns out that the snake had already been passed back and forth. As it was being shaken the body and the guts were flying. Colin rushed to save the critter but it was too late. He said that it was about 3/4 of an inch thick.

The snake is on the patio between Colin’s feet. We are still working at getting the snake guts out of Carlie’s fur on her neck. Two baths have not helped. It has dried rock hard.

Thursday morning I had another ( hopefully my last for a few weeks)  medical appointment. I have not been looking forward to this one. I may have mentioned that last September my optometrist had discovered a cataract in my right eye. So a referral was made and several months later I finally met the eye surgeon. I could not believe it when he said that I also had a cataract in the other eye as well. At the moment they were booking four months out, whether I paid to have it done at the clinic ( which includes a superior corrective lens – so that I possibly may never need to wear eyeglasses again ) or paid for by our medical care in the hospital. They found one opening in the clinic ( $$ ) on August 28th about 3.5 months away. Fortunately a second opening was found one week later on September 4th. However recovery is about 6 weeks and we are scheduled to be leave before those 6 weeks are up.

At least a four car accident on the way to the eye surgeon.

Please slow down folks. How many families lives have been disrupted?

We do have to be in Mazatlan no later that a certain date in late October re our residency renewal. I am somewhat in shock. We booked those surgery dates as they likely would be gone quickly. So now we have to rethink our departure date and several other things.

I had had about 30 minutes of eye tests before sitting here. My eyes were so dilated that I was dizzy. It took five hours for that to wear off. Only a further 15 minute wait for the doctor.

Last Wednesday we changed our personal banking from where we have been since 2003 to a new bank for us. It was recommended that we do this as our investments are with the same bank. I won’t go into detail I have had nothing but trouble since the change. It took 2 days to figure out how to get online. All kinds of new numbers with fancy names. I am used to one back account number, simplicity.The advisor at the bank was helpful but rushed us and so we left with our heads spinning. Got that sorted out yesterday but then today I found out that I can’t get into that account nor the investments accounts. Also yesterday I discovered that you need to have the new bank account for 30 days before CPP and OAP will be auto deposited.

Some very old and orginal eyeglasses hanging on the wall.

Of course this is a long weekend so I will have to wait until to speak with the powers that be for all the banking issues. I did make a big mistake. What with so much happening all at the same I took the new banks advisor’s instructions without thinking it through. We totally closed down the first bank – all the accounts. So now there is no direct deposit going to be made month end 🙄 I guess I just love creating more work for myself.

We continue to have strong winds. With wind gust to 60mph, a few of the waves were high enough to almost surf on.

The last few days have certainly been unexpected. I was not happy to have lost the last three business days. All I can do now is to once again start listing things for sale on FB Marketplace.

Had quite the rain storm the other night, you can see the snow level descended.

The good news is that I now know why I have been having so much trouble being on the computer, reading maps and doing taxes. It will be lovely to see clearly once again.

Two weeks ago today, we parked in our driveway

Looking back ( to what I can recall ) it has been an extremely full two weeks. Good thing I didn’t know how busy It would be.

The girls love having their own fluff bed. And they know which is theirs but sometimes they will share a bed.

Today I finished the company taxes as well as our personal taxes. Happy to boast that I balanced the company to within 3 cents. Fedex will be delivering my work ( a small not thick package ) to the accountant in Vancouver tomorrow morning for a mere $74.00CAD. Last year it was $50.00. We can’t afford to live here much longer. I have done what I can with the taxes. The accountant in Vancouver plays with the personal and company figures so that we pay the least amount tax possible. He is worth his weight in gold – well maybe quarters – or nickels 😛

We are going to miss this golf cart. We toyed with bring it to Mazatlan but we will get something more rugged.

How long have I been doing this for Colin? I worked it out today. This was my 32nd time. I have been doing this since 1992.  And it will be my last. I assume that when we close the company later this year that there will be more to do BUT I am done. As far as I am concerned it can be sent to Vancouver. Dare I say that I am officially retired 🙁

Yesterday I had my other leg vein treatment. For some reason it was a painful experience. She did suggest that I come back in September before we leave. My legs are so much better with these treatments – so I might, Well I will book it and then I can cancel if needed. When I left the office yesterday I asked how long I had been going there. The one ‘girl’ who I remember from day one said “forever” and rolled her eyes. Another one looked up the info online and say “oh my!!”. I have had between 3 to 2 treatments per leg per year.  Since 2009 😮 – definitely a long time.

We were surprised that the infrared sauna sold in a few hours. It certainly opened up that area of our house.

So what have I been doing in the last 14 days, other than 22 loads of laundry 😳 As mentioned in the last post I had a successful garage sale on May 4th. Since then I have been selling larger items online including our sauna and the golf cart. We have sold many things but there are many many more to go. The only way it makes sense to me is that I say that I have paid my rent for the next 13 months 😉

These two worked very hard taking it apart.

We have still only had the one showing and as much as they love and want our home they have had to say no. A difficult decision for them but other things in their lives have recently changed. No worries. we continue to wait for the perfect person to fall in love with our home. We are confident that it will sell.

Colin surprised himself when he cleaned out his shoe area. So many have never been worn.

Sadly Carlie is not doing well again. She has not had any more episodes of not being able to walk. By the way we discovered that the reason she appeared paralyzed to us was because she was in extreme pain which totally consumed her. So her pain level I now more controlled but she is having problems. While I worked on taxes ( we always went together to a vet appointment but I could not this time ) Colin took Carlie to our local vet. First thing he said was the medication ( that we thought was working until about 5 days ago ) was only good for acid reflux 😥 Perhaps it was her kibble or this or that….we all agreed that her blood needed to be tested. Colin will take our #1 girl ( she is 2 and 1/2 hours older than her sister Ciela, whom we call the baby ) in first thing in the morning for fasting bloodwork. I get so sad and upset when she is not well.

Carlie resting outside on the front step before her visit to the vet.

Later tomorrow we will be opening a new bank account which will make our life much easier while living in Mexico. First of all our investment advisor can deal with that account and best of all we can do wire transfers for up to $50,000.00 CAD to one of our two banks in Mexico at no charge. At this point it is my understanding that this can be a daily process. Bur why would I need to transfer that much money that often but then why would I have that much to transfer. Perhaps once we sell the house.

Ciela napping on the bench at the window.

Oh and we have listed the Lexus for sale. There are hundreds of scammers out there and it was taking all my online time! Some very special friends hooked us up with a source that will help us with the car. Such a relief. This will save me at least 2 hours more per day. So let’s see how that works out for us.

So yes, I feel that in all honesty I can say that the past two weeks have been over the top busy.

The vet visit must have been stressful. Carlie peed and then passed out on the lawn. She had never slept there before.

And then the Canadian hockey season is at its peak of activity with playoffs. Many Edmonton Oiler fans on our street, they are tied 2-2. Game 5 will be Thursday in Vancouver against the Vancouver Canucks. I have lived in both cities but my heart will always be with the Oilers. I swear I could hear my Dad yelling tonight, watching from that big TV in the sky.

We are still starting out our mornings with the furnace and fireplace on. Meanwhile most of Mexico is sweltering with heat waves. Mazatlan weather appears to be just perfect for me. Only 145 sleeps until we head south permanently.




Real TIME Update

We arrived home a week ago today, last Tuesday, April 30th. No problems at the Canadian Border. I actually had prepared a blog post Sunday the 29th and was to publish it on the 30th but I was extremely tired. I will get back to it.

We arrived home about 1PM on the 30th. Together we carried load after load into house. I have done 19 laundry loads in this past week.

We are freezing cold here and swing both the furnace and the fireplace at times throughout each day. The girls certainly knew where they were. They chased each in our yard for almost a full 10 minutes. The were happy to be back. I think they would be happy to be wherever we are.

I had braced myself for coming into the house. I was a bit sad but realized that selling the house was the way to a new future and adventure for us.

Wednesday we listed our home for sale.

When I had a few spare moments here and there I began a pile of things to sell at the garage sale. We had so many things. I had to keep borrowing tables – in the end we had seven tables. Somehow no photos were taken. Special tanks to Cindy, Dianne and Kelly for their help.

Friday Colin moved the RV back to storage and I spent the day pricing items. Two of my friends told me that I had to be prepared to let things go at much lower prices. The first few times I was speechless and in shock to see some of my special things go for peanuts so to speak. In was a success. We made just over $1000.00 at the sale and I have since sold $500.00 of larger items on Marketplace. It’s not over I still have hundreds of items to sell.

I have been going to bed as early as 9PM. We are both exhausted. doing so much in such a short period to time. I stood from 7:30AM last Saturday until about 2PM. I could barely walk. The next morning I had trouble walking but I have lubricated the old joints and I am once again on the go.

Sunday I started listing the larger items on Marketplace. Within half an hour I was inundated with emails from people wanting to buy what I had listed. I was on the computer most of the day.

Early Monday morning it was time for my annual vein treatment. Just over 40 jabs. I do the left leg next Monday. After that I will have to get my treatments done in Mazatlan. I believe that that will be an adventure 🙁

Monday early afternoon, our realtor came by for a detailed tour. Tuesday ( today the 7th ) we had our first showing at 11AM. We spent the rest of Monday and Tuesday morning cleaning. We were trying to declutter the house. So Colin got my car from storage and we stuffed the Lexus with “stuff”.

The people loved our home but of course have to make decisions re our home and their future. Que sera sera 😉

I finally had time this afternoon to finish up the Marketplace stuff. The rush is over until we list more items and we still have a lots to sell.

Tomorrow I have no choice but to start our taxes. Both personal and the company year end. We also have to decide if we are no longer working through CJPS INC. Of course Colin has some jobs lined up. Big decisions to be made.

Both Thursday and Friday we have appointments for half the day.

As you can see I have had no option but to juggling many things right now.

Thanks for sticking with me and your many emails and comments asking me ‘que pasa’. Of course I will go back and catch up. But right now I can only deal with each day as it happens.

Either last night or the night before.


Sorry no time to check for any errors in this post.


Whats been happening?

Not too many comments. I guess the weekend is a bad time to publish this blog. Anyway I will continue from where I left off. Our first day in Las Vegas was discussed in my last post.

The next three days were a jumble of ordering various things on the computer. At one point we went to the UPS store to return four items from my original order. Colin did a Costco run as well as a wine run to Total Wine. Of course he only purchased what we could drink until we drive into Canada. So nice to have some good wine again. Other than their walks to the dog run area to do their business the girls were happy to just hang out in the RV. The heat did cool down and they were but to spend time outside in the new pen. We did have one day of rain and did it ever cool down. I hadn’t been looking at forecasts so it was a surprise.

Colin took this for you to see what kind of neighbour we had in Vegas at the RV park. Quite the gun. We feel so bad for the 3 large dogs who were never taken out for a walk. They had a pen about 4′ x 5′ with artificial turf for the dogs to pee on. They did pick up but did not hose off the grass. It was so small that the dogs could barely turn around oil the pen.

Colin also visited Beaudry RV to picked up different RV plugs, such as  a new 50AMP end, male and another female end, a new 30 AMP end, a 30 to 50 and a 15 to 30 AMP. Our 30 to 50 and 50 to 50 ends are fused together. They are 23 years old and were no longer making good connections and over time they fused together. It will be nice to have all new ends moving forward. Colin was surprised at how high the bill came to. When he got back to the RV he asked me to check for the end pieces on Amazon. I ordered them and we got $100.00 plus tax back with the savings.

MacTack.  We have put a few items into play within the RV which is already making out lives more comfortable. Meanwhile I had a problem with a non Amazon order which I ordered about 16 days ahead of expected delivery. OFF the six items only one arrived. I can’t figure out why each time the order was coming from a different country such as Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Italy. I had been communicating with their customer service all week explaining that come end of day Friday I would not be there to receive the parcels. They refuse to credit my account nor refund the shipping. Now is not the time to deal with this but I will get back to it in a few weeks.

The new fridge vent. The part included the frame which is still there.

We did get the fridge vent and it fits – sort of. Colin had to cut a bit here and there to make if fit properly. No idea right now about painting the vent. At the moment it stands out like a badge of honour. Sadly the microwave replacement glass plate is smaller than the original. We had to pay an extra $50.00 air freight to get it here before we left. The thing is, is that it still works. We can adapt to the new piece.

The new glass plate. The middle part fits but the circumference shelf be at least one inch more.

So it all tuned out just fine but I was stuck inside dealing with the bits and pieces. It really wasn’t a hardship. Plus I was careful to compare what could be ordered on Amazon.ca instead of Amazon.com. So glad that I did that as two lamps were several dollars cheaper as well as a new system to store my dishes and a few other items.

So much packaging for such a small plate.

We left Las Vegas and as we were talking the RV became distracted and went west instead east, Colin had a small problem hooking up the Jeep to the tow brake system win the morning but sorted it out. Always something to deal with. We were finally heading in the correct direction at 12:45 PM, a late departure for us. Diesel at the Sincalir in Alamo was only $3.79 per gallon. We fed and peed the girls and were driving with egg salad sandwiches. We were driving again at 3PM.

As we got closer to Ely, Nevada the air became much cooler. I checked and sure enough the forecast was for a low of 19F 😥 ( fortunately it only went down to 27F ). We pulled into the Mountain Valley View RV Park at 5:50PM for a total drive of 256 miles. Fortunately I had made a reservation and we got the last open pull through site. The sun was shining and the girls loved sleeping on the dash in the warmth of the sun. But once the sun went behind the mountains there was a distinct coolness in the air which was seeping Into the RV.

Our RV was built in California and it was not intended to be in cold climates. All of our windows are only single pain. Colin went out to get out Mr Buddy heater from the basements. The door lost its oil/hydraulic/I don’t really know what and the strut instead of staying up came crashing down on his head. It was one of our largest very heavy basements doors. I think he saw stars and his head was sore ( 24 hours later he is alright but might need to see a chiropractor ). At least we would be warm.

It seemed like  we had a very long day. The four of us had a nap and woke up in the dark at 8PM. We were warm and I used the oven to heat tuna pies for dinner which added more heat. We were all snuggled in bed by 10:30 PM.

Colin is as he says “just fine”.

Our time in Vegas was productive but not in front of a slot machine. 😎


Que Pasa…….

My friend Linda on the Isla( upstairs to our right ) Sent me a photo the day after we left. Heavy fog and rain. What a mess! Glad we were already gone.

The drive from Santa Ana via Hwy 2 was mostly uneventful. The road was bumpier after Carboca but not too bad. Having said that, about 2 1/2 hours into the drive we heard a very loud crash – it sounded like breaking glass.

It appears that the one bad bump which went across the width of the road caused the convention/microwave door to open and the glass turntable tray fell onto the floor.

Quite the mess. The glass was spread from the bedroom entrance into the living room area.

We were only ten minutes away from KM 227 where people turn in their TIP. We stopped there. I tried to help with the clean up but it was a one person job due to the limited space.

Lots of shattered glass everywhere.

We parked just opposite the Banjercito office on the road that is blocked off to through traffic. While Colin continued the clean up I walked into the Banjercito to return our ten year TIP on the RV. They were not busy but the fellow in charge insisted that we drive further up the road and come in via the bus entrance and park right next to his office. I asked him to please come outside and showed him that the RV was just behind the wall and very very close. No matter, we had to come inside his area.

So we moved the bus as requested and the jefe who had been watching for us came outside to direct to the exact spot he wanted us to park 🙄 Colin dealt with him. Of course he had to come inside the RV as our VIN is in one the the bedroom closets. However we travel we a large dog crate, two gallon water jugs and right now space taking ‘things’ 😎 I have only place to take two steps to put the bedroom slide in and out. So in comes the jefe and the young guy he is training. Of the five panels of numbers in the closet only one has the VIN number. However they insisted that they would figure it out. Finally as they were leaving I insisted on showing them where the VIN was, as they had missed it 🙄

It took 15 minutes to take the photos.  Then they wanted to take the TIP off the Jeep but we didn’t have one as our vehicle is attached to our temporal residency. Finally we were able to leave.

I am not certain when this 20 peso coin came out but this was the first time I have seen it. Not very much difference from the 10 peso coin. Colours not true to the coins.

The US border was a short 10 minute wait. The agents were fun and friendly. There is a new set up and all four booths were open – a first for us.  The RV lane refers to RV’s in Spanish as  Casa Moviles. There were also two x-ray machines among the four lanes. The agricultural person came on board as always and she went through the freezer and the fridge. She took away two potatoes. I offered her a half eaten cucumber and some fresh zucchini. She said they are not looking for things like that right now. But we did have to drive through the x-ray machine while she stood to the side and took notes. Once satisfied she removed the cone at the end of the lane and we were free to carry on. Welcome to the USA.

Ciela has still not sat on Colin’s lap this trip.

A side note here, the agricultural gal noticed the area of the fridge vent, covered by cardboard. She made Colin remove the cardboard and used her flashlight to thoroughly inspect the cavity.

We finally got to AJO about 3:40PM. Extremely hot @ 95F. Much too hot for the girls to even walk outside on the gravel. Once it cooled down Colin took the girls for a long walk and let them off leash over the entire golf course. Their first long run since the Isla.

Shortly after leaving Ajo Monday morning we were stopped for a good 25 minutes re re road construction. It was frustrating as we couldn’t get a wifi signal.

Once we got closer to I8 I was able to get a signal. The trip went past in a flash. I spent the entire time online or on the phone trying to order either the fridge vent or a glass plate for the microwave.

We drove on the California side of Hwy 95 to Quartzsite. Much less traffic and very scenic.

A quick note, we picked up some fuel at Running Man just before Parker for only $3.937 per gallon of diesel. Best price we have seen to date.

Definitely too hot to be traveling at this time of year. We were fortunate to get a good RV site for the night. The drive from Ajo to Q was 169 miles. We stopped at the ” RV Pit ” to fill up our propane . All winter we used propane as opposed to electric as we usually do. Mostly because we were not sure that we could get the propane truck come to our Isla RV Park. The good news is that only 8.2 gallons of propane was used at a total cost of $26.98USD. We still used electric for the fridge and hot water but did use propane for cooking. Basically I spent the entire drive researching parts as well as the rest of the day once we arrived. Being a 2001,RV parts are not as easy to find.

Every day since we lelt the Isla, once we stopped and opened the fridge we were treated to a few hundred bugs at the bottom on the fridge. We can only assume that they were coming in from that partially sealed open fridge vent area, We have not seen any since we stopped here in Las Vegas.

We arrived in Las Vegas ( staying at the Las Vegas RV Resort ) as usual about 2PM. We were unhooking by 2:10 and parked in our site with the jacks down and slides out plus the electric running by 2:30pm. This is a new record for us 😎 It was only a 208 mile day.  Once again it was very hot and the RV park even handed out a flyer explaining how to protect out pets from the heat. Colin had to carry each girl, one at time, to the dog area.

Just before our exit off the freeway to the RV park we got caught in a bit of traffic.

Once we are organized Colin picked up all the things, from the office, I had ordered from Amazon and could not live without in our new home to be. It was better than Christmas morning. Here are just a few examples.

We each got one of these to replace the contents of our desks.

Our new file cabinet system including business files. They stack and are very narrow. Lots of places to keep/hide them.

A new dog pen system for travelling. Much less weight then the old one.

I had purchased this teal/blue bed on the way to the Isla. Ciela claimed it, but Carlie used it quite a bit. So I got Carlie her own pink one this week. They immediately shopped sharing beds.

Ciela cleaning her face with her paw.

Carlie looks as sweet as she can be. She is doing much better everyday. Hard to believe that she was so sick a few weeks ago.

Tonight is night four of the time we have been here. More on that in the next post. BTW I have only been out of the RV twice. Yes I was doing more research. Adios for tonight, I need to go enjoy my wonderful dinner that have been in the crockpot since early afternoon.






Tonight we are in Quartzsite

Silly me! Did I really think that we would be dry camping in 99F temps? I just wasn’t thinking. We are staying in an RV Park we have stayed at before. The rate was $40.00USD but we were only charged $20.00 plus .50 cents to use Visa. They still had our Passport America number on file but I don’t think that we are still members. Colin did the checking in.

We arrived about 3PM and have had both A/C’s running since then. Now at 7:50PM it is down to 77F. By bedtime we will shut it down and just have open windows, like we did last night.

The weather on the Isla is much cooler with our constant wind. The girls are loving the heat here but I know that we would all prefer to be back in Mexico.

Once again I am worn out. So no blog but all is well. Carlie in on about day 7 of doing well. Our priority with her is to give her her meds on time several times per day.

We spend the time as we drive discussing what we should do first once we get home. So far we are on the same page. Today we only drove 169 miles but it still took over 4 hours as we had a lengthy road construction delay.

Tonight we are having a simple dinner of burgers and salad. I hope to get to bed early. You should be able to figure out  our next stop 😎 We will be staying there for four nights and I will have time to catch up on blog details of the past few days. And hopefully get some down time.



Back in the good ol’ USA!

Tonight we are in Ajo, Arizona, staying at the Ajo Golf Course RV Park. All the other RV parks were full and this was all that was open. So happy to be here and have 50AMP ( it is a very dry 95F outside.). Not to mention internet.

It was a much shorter drive day, only 208  miles – which took closer to 6 hours on the road.  However we still had our fair share to bumps and potholes.

We had no problems with either side of the border. However we are worn out and need to decompress as we are driving again tomorrow. I know that some of you worry if you don’t hear from us.

Life is good, other than this very very dry air we are trying to adjust to.

Of course we had an incident or two, Stay tuned for details.

Carlie is doing well thus far.

Thanks for checking in……




Bumpy roads, take me home….

….to the place I belong! Oh my, what a very very long day.  Even though we left at 7:40 AM, we drove for 10.5 hours. It took forever to drive 417 miles. The roads totally slowed us down. Plus as I mentioned recently, we are trying a new schedule re overnight stops due to having to leave the Isla earlier in the day. However I think that I screwed up. I was working on my timing, mileage and places to stay at night while the carpet cleaners were at the RV last weekend. Not really an excuse but I should’ve had calculators and maps outside with me.

A very long second day of travel. The roads were that bad that it took us 10.5 hours, actually 9.5 hours. We stopped to fuel up, to make breakfast and lunch. Not more than an hour total did we stop.

I think we are beyond long distance driving which we used to do. Sadly the condition of the roads has lead to extra time driving. Plus there are not that many RV parks or places to spend the night. Colin is really exhausted – he may go to bed without dinner. The good news is that tomorrow we are only driving 200 miles, about a 3.5 hours drive.  Plus we will be stopping at a full hook up RV Park in the USA.

The girls are doing really well and Carlie appears to be better. She is certainly happier.

Ciela has all these adorable positions as she sleeps.

We are happy that the RV is doing great mileage wise. In November we filled up at our favourite Pemex ( just before Culiacan) enroute to the Isla. Today we were able to use that same tank of diesel all the way to Navajoa. 210 litres for 5600 MXN. At least we won’t have to fill up again until we get to the US. Oh can anyone tell me if fuel is still cheaper in the US than here? I don’t have any extra time to research. FYI we got the best window wash at the truck stop north of Navajoa. The fellow wanted 30 pesos to do our huge front window. It was so sparkling clean that we gave him 50 pesos.

Such dedication to cleaning our windows.

Tonight we are in Santa Ana, Sonora at the Punta Vista RV Park, they are on FB. There is water and 15AMPS. 350MXN for the night. The sites are back in but we were allowed to stay in the middle of the road so we did not have to unhook. Dora has created a lovely environment including a garden setting to sit in the shade and relax. We were here well over 15 yers ago when her brother was running the park. It is now a family affair.

Today I noticed a strange thing. Ever since Ciela has been a puppy she would only sit on Colin’s lap as we drove back and forth whenever we were in the RV. In the past Carlie was lucky to get 2 or 3 lap visits per year when we traveled. She usually slept on the dash, or in the bed between our seats or on me. Ciela has yet to sit in Colins lap this trip. She has sat on me a few times. And they have shared the bed between us a few times. I look forward to seeing how it will all unfold. Perhaps because her sister has been ill she is giving up sitting on Colin’s lap.

Basking in the glow of the sunset.

Looks like I didn’t take to many photos today. Lets see what tomorrow brings.


****This is the second post I published today. Don’t miss the first one , Unwanted Early Morning Intruder.


Unwanted Early Morning Intruder

My intent was to publish this post yesterday ( Friday ) evening. But I could not connect to any internet. So please read this post as if you received it last night. Meanwhile I am working on today’s post and will publish it once it is ready.
Colin woke up and heard Carlie scratching at something. It was about 5:30AM. The noise woke me up as well.  By then both girls were frantically sniffing everywhere and clawing at things. Then they began to get frantic and had this strange cry. Their tails were moving so fast that they might’ve fallen off. They were here, they’re there but the scent was strongest in the bedroom in  the bedroom. Colin figured that we had a mouse/rat on board. I stepped on a larger than average turd in the bathroom. The girls were up and off the bed and insisted on getting between the mattress and head of the bed. They went wild. Oh no😥 Does that mean that I had a critter running across the head of my bed and on my pillow last night?
We were in a war zone so no photos were taken. Colin and the girls were up for the day – I went back to bed for another hour. Meanwhile to girls kept going back and forth sniffing. Finally they wore themselves out and had a nap.

At least we didn’t have to ask Russell ( our next door upstairs neighbour ) to catch the mouse.

Today was departure day. Much needed to be accomplished. This was new routine for us and I think we did very well. We could not let the girls out as usual because all the fencing had been removed and put into the bodega. They did look for the mouse but not as frantically.

I am going to miss this view but I will be back.


The plants as you can see are a lot. They will be watered and all we can hope for is that they live. Colin fertilized them two days ago and they were watered again just before we left. Our friends Linda and Russell will keep an eye out for the next few weeks to make sure a watering routine becomes established.
Colin was able to get out of the compound without damaging any overhead wires. I think we had six people directing and all went very well.
The gate was locked and off we went about 10:10AM. We got drove down to the main road with no difficulties. I passed a veggie truck as I was in the lead to discover any potential problems with Colin following in behind. I thought that there was enough space for Colin to drive through. However I never even thought to look up. When we came in last November we had no problems. So I kept going but for the longest time the RV was not coming. I turned around and went back. Talk about rush hour on the Isla. Vehicles were lined up behind their RV as well as those trying to pass in the other direction. By moving over for the veggie truck the top of the RV began hitting wires. Cold said they were slapping against the roof. Our A/C units stick on the roof. Again no photos.
Finally Colin had everyone behind him backup as well, so the veggie truck could pass and then Colin could back up to move to the middle of the road and to avoid the wires.
Colin then went ahead of me, as I had to turn around, but there was so much backed up traffic that it took a while for me to move on. Colin had stopped neat Amailtan so that we were able to attach the Jeep to the RV.

Colin was very concerned that damage had been done to the roof of the RV but fortunately all appeared normal. We were hooked up and heading north by 10:50AM.

Our first stop was at 1:55PM to take the girls out. That was when Colin noticed that ( our custom painted ) fridge vent was missing. Meanwhile inside I was realizing that the fridge was not working. After about then minutes the gas relit itself. Yeah!! However  Colin had to tape cardboard over the vent area to prevent the wind from constantly blowing out the flame. At least the fridge was still functioning.
The girls were fed and I made up egg salad sandwiches for us to eat as we drove. I have to tell you that I needed a glass of wine to eat with my lunch, to calm my nerves. We were back on the road at 2:35PM. Our final stop was Smart Gas in Los Mochis, a first for us. We had to change our usual travel timing and route as we had to be off the Isla earlier in the morning because of traffic, etc. This place will do for a night but it certainly is not our first choice. We stopped at 6PM and drove 275 miles today.

Travelling north in the late afternoon we have the coming coming through out bing windshield. I am using an umbrella to help keep the heat off Ciela. The A/C is working but it can’t keep up with the incoming heat. That is my hand holding the umbrella in the perfect place.

Colin is working to keep Carlie cool.


Oh I need to add, that the girls were not at all interested in finding the mouse once we stopped and put the slides out. We figure it must have left us before we left the Isla or at our only stop for the day. I am overjoyed about that as I was not comfortable about sleeping in our bed tonight.

I love this photo. It shows how we have fully used our site, from our brick boundary on the left to the fence on the right.

 Sorry for the messy blog format. I think because I wrote the post offline yesterday it is not formatting properly. At least now you know how day one of our travel went.  Working on the next post……