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Back Up To Our ***'s In Snow

by BobIr ⌂ @, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., Sunday, February 27, 2011, 08:41 (2482 days ago)

Left Z. yesterday afternoon for home in Minneapolis. Returned to 13 inches of new snow that fell the weekend before we came home. Good neighbors took care of shoveling for us. An inch of new snow yesterday is waiting for me to practice my snow skills again.

Our two weeks in Z was the best ever. We figure we've visited 19 times now in the past 22 years. Will have to dig out a pic for that first visit and post a "side by side" of then and now.

Most of our old friends were there again to welcome us "home". When we arrive it does feel like a second home and we pick right up where we left off the previous year. Feels like we were only away for the weekend. Must be part of the magic of this special place that we were struck with on that first visit.

I love taking pictures, so will have many to share as soon as I get them sorted. Still uploading some to the computer as we speak (as I type). Even Millie took over 400 shots with her new little camera. I'll be posting on our SmugMug site and put the links to the albums here, along with a few "teaser pics".

New this year were tour with Avi (Sharkboy) and Wil (Hunter-Mex) Both guys took us to fabulous places and we saw and "shot" many varities of birds and a few other critters. My thrill was when Wil showed us some Roseate Spoonbills and I spotted the Boat-billed Heron. (Wil has a pic posted on Feb. 20th. Wil got very excited saying it was a very rare find. Will be looking up more on that guy later today. Just from the excitement of our experienced guide I knew it had to be something. Most of the other pics in that post of Wil's are from our trip. I'm the one who attracted the cow. Actually Millie is the one who all animals seem to flock to. Wil admitted he was a bit nervous that the cows were coming so close to us, but Millie kept talking to them and the gathered 'round to say "Hola" to the Gringos.

Avi's tour thru the Mangrove's was fantastic. He knows the ecology of the area very well and is learning more to share with he's clients. He gave me a new understanding of the importance of the mangrove as more that a thicket of trees growing out of the water.

We returned to Refugio de Potosi again. Were saddened that a couple of the "guys" we saw last year had died. There were some new additions too. The partial assembly of the whale bones is very impressive. Last year it was a pile of big bones on the ground. Now you can see the massive size of the animal. If you visit say hi to our bone, vertabrae #27. Then get your own bone and help support this wonderful place.

Went scuba diving again with Zihua Aquadivers. Friends I've been diving with the last few years were there too and we had a good party on the boat.
Carlos and I figured out I've beed diving with them almost 20 years now. It's the only scuba diving I do. Carlos took some great pics on one of our dives and gave me copies, so I'll be posting those on SmugMug too. Saw my first sea turtles after all those years of diving. Now I have video and pics for my albums.

Our final full day on Friday had us taking a drive into the mountains. Went up toward the Cascada's, but had time to only go about halfway. Wonderful vistas and on the way back down our driver suddenly stopped and said look at this. We walked to the back of the car and saw a Mexican redknee tarantula. Have up close and personal pics of him. After the "photo shoot" we urged the guy off the road in case other drivers weren't as observant as Jamie. But...I guess they're easy to see. Around the next corner was a truck with three people gathered around another of the hairy little guys. (Look like they may have played with ZZ Top) Of course the people by the pickup were Wil's customers.

We stay at the Hotel Irma, and as usual were treated very well. The '50's style of the hotel is nothing but charming to say the least. The spa saw us come in about every other day for the wonderful massages.

Good times, good friends and wonderful weather. What more could you ask for. Guess that would be coming home to our "kids", two cats. The little girl is mad at us and is staying under the bed, although she did wake me up at 6 AM, one of her household duties. My male, Neville has been sticking by me like glue. Millie calls him my velcro cat. He's now on the mouse pad, so he gets rubbed every time I move the mouse. They're the biggest draw that tears us away from zihuatanejo every year.

That's a short recap of two busy weeks. We are learning to pace ourselves. We'd go off on an "adventure" one day and get totally worn out and the next day was for rest and massages, then we were ready for another day of fun and frolic...not bad for a couple of aging seniors.

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Final breakfast Saturday morning at Marina Cafe. Joe's dog, Victoria and the cat simply called Boss have now been hopelessly spoiled by Millie.

Watch for future posts at this location for links to this years photos.

Bob y Millie

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A pleasure...

by Hunter-MX ⌂ @, Troncones, Gro. Mexico, Sunday, February 27, 2011, 18:31 (2481 days ago) @ BobIr

Thank you both very much for the kind words and I really enjoyed your company. Here are a couple of encores...

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Thank You!

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, February 27, 2011, 18:49 (2481 days ago) @ BobIr

Tocayo, thank you very much for such a fascinating trip report! Zihuatanejo is lucky to have such appreciative visitors as you and Millie each year. You certainly get the most out of your vacations, that's for sure.