Sunday, November 30, 2008

Beginning my 72nd year!
Just about the time of my 65th birthday in 2002, I was dreaming up my future as a Vagabonder-Supreme. I was sure then, that I would not live past 70. My doctor told me that I would need a heart valve replacement by age 68 because of a congenital heart defect. Drugs used to fight cancer had taken a toll. I had reduced kidney function. My muscles were degenerated by chemotherapy. I fell down a lot because my sense of balance was bad.

It was a big surprise to me that my health returned. Last week I celebrated my 71st birthday. I feel great! And as I may have mentioned to you, I have no aches, no pains. Take no medication. There are no symptoms from my heart problem. My muscles have returned to normal size. My balance is not perfect, but causes no problems.

All of this blows me away!

3PM - Mr. Datastorm having problems.
We are way out west near Punta Mita. Perhaps we may have moved outside of the SatMex5 satellite footprint. Or, there may be bad weather near the Hughes Operation Center. We have tried three times today to get online, and only succeeded once.

If you look at one of the Google Maps, you may notice that MsTioga is not close to the Pacific Ocean. The reason for this is that the real estate development along the coast in this region prevents us driving and/or parking near the water.

We did bike down to the Ocean using Mr. Trek. In the pic below you may see beach for yourself.
Beach at Lo de Marcos.







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Saturday, November 29, 2008

8AM - Goodbye Aticama.
This morning we headed south out of our 3+ week Camp next to the little river in Aticama. This Camp is a wonderful place. However, MsTioga and The Team are vagabonds. We yearn to find new places and adventures as we travel along the road!

10AM - Breakfast Camped in Zacualpan.
We came to the good sized town of Zacualpan, and needing breakfast and a few things from a grocery, we made a Morning Camp here.
Shopping in Zacualpan.


2PM - Nite Camped near Guayabitos.

During our trip today, we tried several times to get close to the Ocean. MsTioga believes that our Aticama Camp spoiled The Team. Maybe so!

We have made a Nite Camp near Guayabitos, next to a large sports field. The highway to Puerto Vallerta is a couple of hundred yards away.
MsTioga and The Team near Guayabitos.






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Friday, November 28, 2008

Doug & Josh from Ohio.
Late yesterday afternoon as I was walking to the little river for my bath, two guys riding BMW motorcycles pulled in to camp overnite. Doug and Josh are from Ohio, and plan to drive their bikes all the way to Panama!

Doug's family owns an Ohio RV campground, so you may recognize him?
Doug and Josh and their bikes.

Boid discovers MsTioga's windshield!
This morning Baby Boid found a new perch looking out of MsTioga's front window. This is the very first time Boid has gone here to look out at the view.
Boid's new perch.






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Thursday, November 27, 2008


Lucky living near water.

If you live near water, you are a lucky thing. You get to view the birds coming to the water to eat and drink. Little Mavicito has to be very careful to view the birds near our Camp. Many birds fly away when we try to take their pics. So, we often take pics from inside MsTioga.


This morning the tide is especially high. Fishermen in their boats are able to come very close to the shore.


Doing something.
I have been Camped here in Aticama over three weeks. It is soooooo easy to just sit around, which is no good. I have got to be disciplined in order to keep active.

There are two things that I do to keep busy. One is working-out and the other is cleaning. Fortunately, I like to do both of these things!
Jorge working-out.





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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The lean-to.
Ever since we began to Camp here in Aticama, a lean-to of palm leaves remained on the gravel beach on the other side of the little river. Some guys would sit in the shade of the lean-to during the afternoon, drinking beer and talking.

A dump truck arrived yesterday, and began hauling away the gravel berm on which the lean-to stood. The guys moved the lean-to down to the beach; a precarious place. This morning the tide swept the lean-to away.
The dump truck returned this morning.

Payday!
The fourth Wednesday of each month is payday. That's when Social Security is deposited to my bank account. It is not clear to me why I enjoy payday soooooo much. But I do!

My ad income was deposited into the bank today also. Wow! And, my ad pay is back into the $800/month range again. You may remember that last month in October, my ad income dropped down to a low $500.

For me, Google AdSense income is a miracle.




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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Looking for breakfast.
Every morning the birds go looking for their breakfast. This morning it is the same. In the pics below we show some of these birds.



The green lizard.

A couple of days ago, we saw a green lizard crawl from MsTioga's hood down into her windshield wiper well. Little Mavicito was not quick enough to get a pic of this green guy!

This morning the lizard came out, probably for the Sun.
A green hitch hiker.






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Monday, November 24, 2008

5:30AM - High tide.
This is our 19th day making Camp next to the little river on the beach at Aticama. The subtle changes here are beginning to intrigue. Such as the tide.

The Moon is almost directly behind us, opposite the coast. Maybe that is what brings the tide in. The waves wash up the riverbed, and the Ocean waters intrude into the fresh of the river.

Little Mavicito waited for the morning light to share the pic below with you. If the tide were not high, the little river's mouth would be flowing behind the palm tree.
The tide at 6:30am.

3PM - Bath time!

Little Mavicito wanted me to take my bath while there is still enough light so that he would be able to take a pic. So, we did!
Jorge in the little river.






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Sunday, November 23, 2008

11AM - Sunday in Aticama.
As you may imagine, our life living on the beach at Aticama is very laid back. Especially on Sunday. I did not get out of bed until 7:30am, instead of my usual 6am. Little Boid was already up, having gone under his cage cover. Boid was tweeting and saying his words.

Inside MsTioga the temp is a little above 90°F and comfortable. Outside it is cooler, with a bit of cloud cover. A few families have arrived from Tepic to spend the day here.

I've made a light lunch. A quesadilla with chicken and onions.
Quesadilla and salad.

These precious days.
I am a very lucky guy. I have been given the wonderful gift of "These precious days."

My body has no aches or pains. I'm able to easily climb up to MsTioga's roof. My brain still works reasonably well. My 50-year goal of being fluent in Spanish has been [more-or-less] achieved! My income covers expenses. The park/beach where I am living is soooooo tranquel. So beautiful.

All I have to do is to stay in the now of time. All I have to do is have the perspective of how precious are these days.
A precious evening.




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