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On our trip from Vancouver Island to Mexico.


We left the Island on an US ferry called Black Ball also known as “Coho”. It sails from Victoria to Port Angeles (not to be confused with Los Angeles) twice a day.
Victoria has very pretty inner harbour dominated by Government building and the Empress Hotel. Both buildings are tourist attractions.

The Empress from the ship.

Mooches were waiting:

Car deck. They pack it pretty good.

Nobody is allowed to stay on the car deck (we can on B.C .ferries). The passenger deck has a restaurant and a duty free shop.

On the way from the harbour we passed Victoria Clipper which is a high speed “passenger only” service to Seattle (for shopping?)

There were some “guns” waiting for us on the other side (sorry no pictures) with few questions and then on the way we were. The first part of the very slow highway 101, driving through Olympic peninsula, is very scenic but the drive on I5 trough Washington and Oregon is wet and grey . The rain was following us until the California border.
Mount Shasta:

and the “green” Southern California on highway I10 between Los Angeles and Palm spring. Zillions of birds are killed by these every year. They are some good looking mountains in the distance but I rather close my eyes.

Highway I10 close to Arizona border is packed with big motorhomes pulling their touring cars or boats. Everybody is heading south for winter.

Driving in Mexico is another story . We have to be concerned about different issues than driving in US. Although the drive was long, staying in places like the following images made it more pleasurable.

Gated condominium complex 16 miles South of Mazatlán.
I’ve never liked the town of Mazatl├ín but this was paradise.

We had the place to ourselves
The turtle sanctuary is just few minutes stroll down this beach

These were the only 2 people we saw from a distance. It was hot and muggy (Pretty normal for the coast areas in this time of the year) and too early for winter visitors.

Complex’s grounds at the pool side.

Another wonderful place we stay in everytime when driving down is a former “old Mexico” hunting lodge turned into lodging . Far cry from perfect but the ambience is wonderful.

Often used for wedding pictures.

Old Mexico style

Wonderful grounds

Back on the road with Mexican Army trucks and military inspections and aboriginal road blocks :-). This is a toll highway and it is reasonably well patrolled.

Finally we have arrived (safely) to our destination .
Nothing much changed except the house was freshly painted and it is actually raining in our paradise.

Huge diversity in lifestyle, food, flora and weather all the way.
Thanks for your visit and interest.

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Well,78f here...and maybe a row of Queen palms instead of Royals. I like the fountain with the young nymphs. Ah,to be a young man again.
I think Delonix has that last vine. He had said its a winter bloomer. Cant recall the name.

5 Nov, 2014


It is Pyrostegia venusta or Flame vine Stan. It always blooms when we are here .This picture was taken yesterday and it will look the same in April when we will be leaving up North.

6 Nov, 2014


I have read today that you will have mild winter in UK so you do not have to cry Steve.

6 Nov, 2014


Hi Klahanie ..
certainly some paradise photos there..
thanks for sharing :o)

6 Nov, 2014


Wonderful blog Klahanie, please do some more while you are there :o)

6 Nov, 2014


Thank you Terra and Annella for your kind words.
The life is little different here than what we are used to up North. Lots of fiestas, celebrations. Mexicans are very cheerful, pleasant but noisy folks.

6 Nov, 2014


Klahanie thank you for sharing that wonderful journey to your paradise home it brings a ray of sunshine into a dull day , I really don't like those wind turbines they ruin the country side and beautiful scenery and it appears nobody is sure as to whether they are worth having anyway ... our daughter spend her honeymoon in Mexico a few years ago and loved it .....

6 Nov, 2014


I was in Mexico 38 years ago. We slept on hammocks!! It was not quite as luxurious as this. :0))) we were on our honeymoon too.

6 Nov, 2014


What a lovely interesting blog and photo's Klahanie..I really enjoyed the journey with you,except for the Pylons,of sad about all the birds that get killed really do have the best of both worlds,for different seasons..and when you finally arrive and see your winter home,it makes it all worthwhile..that Flame Vine is amazing ! Thank you for sharing,and like Annella,I would love to see more of your area,and surroundings..

6 Nov, 2014


What a journey ! It must be so interesting to go through all those different places.

Enjoy your stay in Mexico. I shall look forward to some nice Mexican photos now lol :o)

6 Nov, 2014


Thank you Amy. It pleases me that you enjoyed the journey with me.

Hi Linda, 38 years ago Mexico was another world. I am coming here from 70's as well and sometimes I wish it would not changed so drastically. But the weather is still the same and that is why we are coming.

Bloomer, Thank you . We love our house on Vancouver Island very peaceful. Summers are just heavenly there. I will post some pictures of the life and flowers here in Mexico.

Hywel, thank you for your note. I am sure that I will post many cactus pictures for you to identify for me. (I have not seen any fuchsias around .)

6 Nov, 2014


Enjoy your stay in Mexico Klahanie and thankyou for sharing the lovely photo's taken on your journey, those darn turbines are popping up all over and they do spoil a lot of the landscape but s'posed to help the economy, (thats if one believes what they say)
Looking forward to seeing more photo's...

7 Nov, 2014


Thank you Lincslass for reading it.

7 Nov, 2014


I should think Mexico is too hot and dry for Fuchsias ...

7 Nov, 2014


Thanks for sharing your amazing journey with us. You stay in some beautiful places. How lucky you are.

10 Nov, 2014


Thank you Homebird for reading it.

11 Nov, 2014

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