Along the Natchez Trace

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hola, Y'all!

Last Monday was my last doctor appt...  all was well...  by evening Bill had made arrangements for us to fly from DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) airport to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico...  with a connecting flight in Mexico City...  flights for Sunday, October 9.

Our daughter and son-in-law took us to the airport on Sunday morning, and around 8pm Sunday evening we arrived at our new home in Lo de Marcos.  Not an easy day, but we made it...  and were greeted by our new neighbors (but old friends), Robert and Armando...
They own Galvan Realty and did all the work with the selling and us buying this house.  They bought and now live in the house next door and gave us a very nice welcome when we got in Sunday evening...  including vases of flowers, a thoughtful sign....  and an hour or so drinking wine on their patio before we headed home.  Now...  isn't THAT a great welcome!

Our friend Memo leads a walk every Monday morning for those who show up...  we didn't want to miss it so off we went...  
Over the river and through the jungle...
with Memo and Elaine and Don.  Elaine and Don are Canadians who are residents here and we met them last year.  How nice to see good friends again!

We've not had time to walk to the Lagoon yet, but seeing this Willet on the beach made me happy....

This is about a month early for the "Snowbirds" to arrive, so the beach is almost deserted.  We did see evidence of turtles laying eggs in the sand.  We didn't walk all the way to the Turtle Sanctuary, but I doubt if it's up and running right now.

Lo de Marcos is a small town...  I think one concrete street...  several cobblestone streets...  and a lot of dirt roads.  You'll see anything from horses to ATVs, old decrepit trucks to brand-new flashy ones....  there's even a Corvette convertible that lives a few blocks from us.  Once we saw a cattle drive going right through the main streets.  Such diversity!

We take the bus to go shopping close to Puerto Vallarta.  It's very reasonably priced...  the schedule is a little "iffy".  In other words...  plan on hanging out at the bus stop a while before the bus gets there.

The big store.. Mega Mart...  is about an hour south of us (by bus)...  but it has about everything you'd want.  It's like a huge Wal-Mart (there is a Wal-Mart just a few miles south of the Mega Mart).  We had to buy some things that aren't available in our town....  don't panic...  the US dollar amount is around $120. (not $2,415.68 - that's pesos)   I'll figure the exact cost later.  

This photo is for our daughter, Celeste.  See, Celeste...  you can come visit...  we can get your favorite drink just down the road!

We bought this house "as is"...  furnished with kitchen and bed stuff...  but it will take some time to get it the way we want.  

Today we took the bus back into PV...  to a Home Depot and a Wal-Mart...  more on that later.

It's quite warm here...  and the humidity is very, very high.  We knew we'd be here just at the end of the rains and what weather to expect.  So, while there are no surprises that way, we will probably replace the old AC in our bedroom soon.  Heck, we knew what buying a house would mean...  but this place feels totally worth it.

This is going to be a great adventure!

The End....

That's All For Today!


  1. Sounds like the beginning of a great adventure.

  2. Nice. We will miss Mexico this it will be good to be able to check in with you every now and then.

  3. Congrats on your new home. So happy for you. We have spent a few winters on Lo de Marcos and know the town well. Enjoy setting up your home. So fortunate for you that the pesos is in your favor.

  4. Gotta love it that you are now back in Mexico at your new winter home. Looking forawrd to mare interesting adventures.

  5. I'm so sad to not be there with you this year. I miss the small-town life of Lo de Marcos. Say hi to Memo for me please :)

  6. I've been looking forward to your return to Mexico--enjoy and keep us posted!

  7. Your own home! No surprises. Welcome.

  8. Oh how sweet of your neighbors. I remember all your walks with Memo last winter. Are you two going to purchase a car?

  9. who knows we may be neighbors one day...

  10. Good for you to be in MX when all hell breaks loose after elections.

  11. Excited you are back in Mexico and in your OWN place.. need more pics of the house and rooms!!! And back to daily walks, fun... even tho it is fun to see Texas and enjoyed all the time spent in Ohio, is nice to be back in Mexico.. you got a good welcome, that was really nice!!! Take care, looking forward to time spent there and the talk of being WARM!!!