Monday, November 30, 2020

Wayback Mexico: Huatulco Dreams (2017)

Dreams Resort in Huatulco Mexico...
Laid back Huatulco...

After the Barcelo, Huatulco remains our second favourite Mexican vacation. It's located very far south in Mexico and hasn't yet been tainted by the heavily commercialization seen in places like Puerto Vallarta or Cancun/ Playa del Carmen.

The resort itself faced a picturesque bay. I spent a lot of time out on the water SUP paddling. Separately, we had fun puttering around on scooters and surfing some local beaches.

Cruise ship in the main harbour...
View of the main harbour


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Wayback Mexico: The Marival (2016)

The Marival at Nuevo Vallarta...
Poolside at the Marival...

The Marival was our first stay on Mexico's west coast at Nuevo Vallarta. The beach was a ten-minute walk away, but the view of the sunsets from the rooftop bars was fantastic.

I enjoyed some surfing while I was there, but often the beaches were closed because of the plentiful stingrays in the water. I would see them swimming alongside me on the board which was a good incentive not to fall off.

Surfing at Neuvo Vallarta...
Surfing with stingrays!


Monday, November 23, 2020

Wayback Mexico: Royal Playa del Carmen (2015)

Whimsical sculptures at the Royal Playa del Carmen.
Cute sculptures on display throughout the grounds...

In 2015, we stayed at the Royal Playa del Carmen on the east coast. Google tells me that the resort has since re-branded as a Hilton resort. It was a beautiful resort, somewhat diminished by the beach which wasn't conducive to swimming or any sort of water sports.

You can read my tripsadvisor review of the resort here.

Playa del Carmen's main beach...
A busy day at Playa del Carmen's public beach...

Friday, November 20, 2020

Wayback Mexico: The Barcelo Maya Colonial (2012)

The bright colours of the Barcelo...
The Barcelo... all pools and colour...

For the first time in nearly a decade, my wife and I were unable to take our annual pilgrimage to Mexico (thanks COVID!). So, I thought I would re-visit our various vacations with the occasional photo that didn't make the cut the first time.

The Barcelo was the first time we visited Mexico in 2012. It's located outside Playa del Carmen on a bay with fantastic white sand and turquoise water. We had fun just snorkeling off the jetty playing among the schools of colourful fish.

The resort offers access to all sorts of activities on the bay, including jet skiing. We also took in a tour of the ruins at nearby Tulum.

Activities around Playa del Carmen...
Getting into the tourist lifestyle...


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Avanti II

An Avanti II
A striking car...

 Coming out of our favourite weekend breakfast cafe recently my attention was captured by this unusual looking car. It was branded Avanti II. 

According to Wikipedia:

The Avanti (including the Avanti II) is an American performance sports coupe based on the Studebaker Avanti and marketed through a succession of five different ownership arrangements between 1965 and 2006.

Apparently, the big selling point of Avanti's is that they were manufactured to the buyer's specifications. 

From another source:

Colors? The rainbow was the limit. Fabrics? Just about anything that could be sewn into seats might be ordered -- with stitchwork performed by a former Studebaker craftsman.
Front end of an Avanti II..
Curious looking bar under the front bumper for ???

 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Untold story

Cigarettes and a well worn hat left behind...
Owner gone missing...

Recently I passed a bench in an empty bus stop. Perched on top was a hat and a pack of cigarettes. It's hard to imagine the circumstances that would cause a man -- I'm assuming it's a man -- to abandon these.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Race Rocks

Pinniped heaven...

 Race Rocks Ecological Reserve is an ecological reserve located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

Because of its location in a high tidal current area, there is an exceptional variety of marine life that inhabit the island on a periodic basis. It is a haulout area for California and Northern sealions and a birthing rookery for Harbour seals. It is also the most northerly birthing colony on the Pacific Coast of North America for the elephant seal.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

River runnin'

Eyes on the prize...
Whitewater paddling on the Cowichan River...

Standup paddling is an ideal sport for social distancing. One person per board. Your fellow paddlers are yards and yards away from you. You are all outside.

The arrival of fall means local river levels and flow increase which means river paddling season is here again.

A side benefit is getting to see wildlife and fall colours along the way.

Social distancing on the river...
A funner way to social distance...



Friday, November 6, 2020

Blue

 

Blue motorcycle seen at Oceanside...
Colourful chopper seen near Oceanside...

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Indiana Jones and the Lost Gods of Rapa Nui

An imposing statue peers out from a lagoon.
Easter Island relic at Central Saanich's Butterfly World...
 
For awhile it seemed that Harrison Ford was going to reprise his signature character, Indiana Jones, in one last screen adventure.

I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen. Ford is now 78. COVID has effectively shut down the movie industry for a year or two. It would then take two years for such a movie to be made which means that Ford would be into his early 80s at that point. 

And who really wants to see a decrepit Indy shuffling about? We want to remember him as the whip-cracking, fedora wearing two-fisted adventurer of our youth.

Plus the recent death of Sean Connery -- who plays Indiana Jone's father -- must surely be giving Ford food for thought as to how he wants to spend his remaining years.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Petrified

Walking through a forest recently, this black-and-white tree stump stood out in the otherwise colourful foilage. I examined it closer. On the surface it appeared to be turning to stone of some sort. I'm not an any sort of authority on biology though so I couldn't even guess at the cause of this unusual process.