Sunday, November 9, 2014

Update from SoCal

It's been a while kids, but we're back. Katie and I will catch you up with what's been going on. We begin our update from this past spring.

We begin with cocktails on board Jungle - of course we do.


We go to one of our favorite spots on Coronado - The Del Coronado Hotel where Jenée starts her day with yoga on the beach.

... While I mind the bikes, including our brand new folding bike. Sweet.

After yoga, or what we Bostonians call yog-er, we pedal to the north side of Coronado and a view across the bay to downtown San Diego.

A better view.

We rest at a little park along the way.

The US Navy is always in sight.

As is the USS Midway from WWII.

We love this gourmet Mexican restaurant and the view downtown. That's right, I said gourmet.

A quick selfie

Now, a commercial break. That's my fused right ankle with those 3" dry wall screws in place. End result is I fell great and walk without pain for the first time in 10 years. Hurray for me!

And we check in on Frank and Lorraine Fraine. My parents are on their 67 year of marriage. I visited just before my Dad's passing. He is the best man I'll ever know - love you Dad.

Back at our marina, Garrett joins us on board for dinner. Always great to see our man.

We're heading back down for a weekend in Coronado.

Turns out, it's "cool old car" week on Coronado. Jenée is off to yog-er, so I'm going stag baby!

Lots of sweet rides

Like yellow.

This is the after photo.

This is the before photo

Dig them colors.

You gotta have a red Vette in there

And a Woody

All these cars a beautifully restored.

Turquoise was a big color in the 50's.

Now we're talking - a station wagon. This is the way I rolled as a kid.

Lots of cars. Time to go meet up with my darling.

And of course, have lunch.

I tour the car scene again with Jenée.


VW Bus. Our brother in law Brian was a big surfer dude and this was his sled of choice.

We love these colors.

Jenée's Dad had this exact model and color Corvette.

A more serious ride

Cars, cars, cars ...

I really liked this Buick. Check out the fins - aerodynamic!

They even have a band and dancing In the street!

Winners circle.

I always liked this vintage Dodge Challenger.

We are back aboard Jungle over looking Glorietta Bay.

The next morning on our way home, I run into the U.S. navy.

Just us and them on the bay.

We'll let 'em go this time - they work hard. We'll talk again soon.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Viva Cancun

After our fantastic trip to Cuba, we are back in Cancun. Jenée is doing her best to relax, with a private massage at Monica and Mike's home

Monica's daughter Giovanna joins us for lunch and will spend some welcome time with us over the next few days. Giovi is deciding between Stanford and Harvard graduate school. Smart señorita!

Mike and I are sitting at breakfast the next morning, on our way to La Playa - about an hour drive south of Cancun

Not sure what this face was all about, but it was really funny. I kill me.

Monica and Mike canoodling

Check out the mini waterfall behind Monica. Nice restaurant.

We've been to quite a few of these outside venues - very nice. We will continue south on the Yucatan Peninsula.

We are visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum. More on the history of this place later.

Tulum has a beautiful waterfront view

Mother and daughter are enjoying the tour

Jenée jumps in to the picture

The group is now reading up on the history and layout of Tulum

I think the Caribbean is that way. Thank you.

Tulum iguanas enjoying the sun

A beautiful beach and it's normally open to the public. Today's surf is a bit rough, so it's closed.


We take time for a photo nonetheless. Check out my cool Cuban T-shirt. I borrowed the hat.

We are getting a closer look at the ruins. Tulum was constructed originally in 540 AD and achieved its height between the 12th and 14th centuries.

This is El Castillo (the castle) - the main temple in Tulum

A closer view of the temple. The maximum number of inhabitants peaked aroun 1500 people in Tulum.

This is the "God of Winds" temple. There are a total of three temples in the ancient village.

And they all have these fantastic views of the Caribbean Sea. Tulum was once a major port city on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Quite spectacular. Right after taking this photo we headed out. The weather change dramatically, as it is prone to do, and we walked through a deluge! My cool Cuban shirt changed colors - adios to that. We are heading to the waterfront area of La Playa.

We visit a beach front hotel in La Playa and Monica does her best diva pose for the camera

Mike and Giovi relax at the hotel bar ...

... while Monica, Jenée and I tour the beach

I'm checking out both the beach and these two lovely ladies

The hotels are very laid back and blend into the beach front - well done

And we have the beach all to ourselves

The next day, we hop in Mike's boat and head east two miles from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. We drop anchor at this beach - that's Mike setting the stern anchor in the distance.

We tour some beautiful water front on the island

Very clear waters

We enjoy the sun

So does Monica

We are approaching Monica and Mike's condo, the dock is just ahead

Another view out to the dock from the condo. What a vacation! I'd recommend this to anyone. Mike and Monica are the best hosts ever! Tomorrow it's back yo US of A.