Mazatlan – Day 4

Once again a full slow day,

First things first. We were out of cream. The assistant to the assistant was tasked with job of obtaining same at Soriano’s. After getting rained on 3 or 4 times, mission accomplished and the social director and her assistant were once again basking in the glory of half and half cream in their coffee. On the upside, I didn’t need a shower.

I was then informed by the social director that my hair was too long and a haircut was required. A person to cut it was located and 100 pesos later I looked awesome, or back to awesome.

At the same place, the social director fixed a broken nail on on her “John, go get this” pointing finger.

Carrying on, we took a stroll to the Melacon and caught a taxi. Interesting drive. Driver had quite the cough. Being in the front seat, I spent most of the trip holding my breath. Our mission in Centro was a watch battery. Unfortunately the shop was not open.

On to lunch. We are at a beautiful little place, Macaws in Centro near the Fremont hotel. Lunch was good. As we ate, the heavens opened up and it began to pour.

We decided to beeline it to Edgars, home of the 20 peso beer. If you want Dos Equis though, that will be 21 pesos. On the way we had to duck into cover from the rain. It did give me a chance to inspect some outdoor electrical work. Finely installed and maintained. Seldom does one see such work.

Once we reached our destination, I was advised of a serious issue in the establishment’s washrooms. Apparently, someone has stolen both toilet seats in the woman’s washroom. A travesty I tell you. To solve the issue, I will be creating a Gofundme page to raise money for replacements. Luckily the men’s room was immune from this brazen thievery. Based on this evidence, I have to assume the job had been perpetrated by a female gang.

After a couple of pops, we decided a milkshake was in order. The rain was intense and left rivers throughout the Centro area.

Then to Arturos for the, according to Buddy in Elf, the worlds greatest milkshake. ( I know he said coffee, but I claim poetic license as the author).

After a wonderful milkshake (secret ingredient alcohol) we headed back to the condo for a lovely lasagne dinner courtesy our host. To finish the evening we had a night cap on the deck and watched another spectacular sunset.

Followed shortly thereafter by this.

Yes…a waterspout. Seen tornadoes before, but never on of these. A sight to see.

Until tomorrow. Hasta La Vista.

Mazatlan- Day 3

The photo is last nights sunset from the Assistant’s deck.

A simple day. The social director was not on top of her game. I thinks it’s called a hangover. Visited La Catrina and watched Super Bowl. Basically posting to keep up the numerical order.

Great football game and a loud and raucous crowd at the bar. Good time.

Day 4 will be coming later today and is a bit more active.

As this is an itsy bitsy post, I’d like to introduce the characters and also highlight some upcoming reviews.

The Social Director. The Lori part of JohnLoriEh and my life partner in crime.

The Assistant to the Social Director. My favourite sister (only?) Janice. Also our gracious hostess for the next while.

The Assistant to the Assistant. Our favourite (only?) brother-in-law, Kirk, also our gracious host.

The scribe is myself, the John part of JohnLoriEh!

Janice and Kirk spend winters each for the last 7 in Mazatlan.

There will be a few more added as they arrive in town and I award them with titles.

As for upcoming reviews, My intent is to gather up similar things and do a series of reviews in 1 post. Music, restaurants and bars will be the main topics, and I could add others as I think of them. This is a fascinating city with lots to do and great vibes.

Mazatlan – Day 2

A very good day. Coffee on the deck watching the tide roll in. The social director had our day mapped out from there.

First stop. Hotel Azteca to visit Arturo for a milkshake, secret ingredient, alcohol.

From here, loaded up with fuel, we continued on our way. Rules are simple, the social director and her assistant duck into a store, we carry on to the next bar and have a beer. They catch up, we carry on. Their first stop, no idea. Ours was Gringo Lingo.

We continued to the Malecon. Once there we had a terrific view of the Pacific. Surf was up.

We caught a cab and headed to Centro and a place hadn’t been before. Edgar’s is a unique place, made better by 20 peso beer.

Once finished, we took off for Plazuela Machado. The plan was supper and some music. The social director and her assistant discovered a shop. We hung around in limbo for a while, saw a hummingbird and the worlds biggest bee.

Following our plan, the assistant’s assistant and I trundled off to Restaurant Mr Lionoso on the Plazuela and had a drink while we waited.

The plan from there was supper at Casa Connobio. Check.

From here it was to Lucky B’s to see Rex. Unfortunately they cancelled as it was starting to rain. Electrics and rain don’t mix very well, can’t blame them and we’ll catch with them later. Back up plan was Las Flores hotel to catch Krakken, another pretty good local band.

All in all an enjoyable day. Day 3 is going to be sedate in comparison, super bowl at La Catrina.

Off To Mazatlan

Flying out 6 AM. Staying at Delta at Calgary airport. The unpaid contributor dropped us off and all it cost was an expensive airport hotel supper. Oh, and drove us in our vehicle.

The Delta at Calgary airport is an older place with good bones. Comfortable rooms, very good restaurant.

Lots of fun to come. Mazatlan has an amazing music scene. Lots of pictures and hopefully a daily synopsis.

Love being back. Brain is emptying.

Pictures tomorrow.

The Past – Belize – 2011

When Lori and I were perusing possible excursions, we came across one in Belize that looked a bit different.  River tubing through caves.  I don’t believe there are to many places in the world that this combination would exist, so, we had to try it.  We book excursions for 1 main reason, not missing the ship’s s departure.  Apparently they will wait for late returning excursions if booked through them, but will not for people who book independently.  The reason being they  have no idea where you are on a private excursion, but know when you book their system.  Basically cheap insurance.

We arrived in Belize City and were surprised to learn that the cruise ships cannot dock there.  Not a problem in any way, just interesting.  Shuttle boats took us to shore, about a 5 mile run.

The Road to Belize City

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Mermaids…..In Montana???

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As we move forward, we have run into a few issues that require some learning.  One is our cameras, a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and our GoPro 3Plus, which led us into learning how to edit.  For this task, we chose Adobe Premiere CC.  While we find all three to be very easy to work with and become decent at, we needed to practice on some older material to kind of get the hang of editing.  To that end, we have posted our first rudimentary edit of a video we shot around 4 years ago. It was shot on an older iPhone, specifically a 3GS.

The subject is a very interesting bar in Great Falls, Montana called the Sip ‘N Dip Lounge at the O’Haire Motor Inn.  It’s claim to fame, mermaids, yes, mermaids.  At any rate. we have completed our first edit and would like to share it with you all.  There is much, much more to come. Oh, and feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel while you watch.