April142014
4-14-14
Remembering Mazatlan
I liked looking for shells on my Mazatlan beach walks. Although there weren’t a lot to be found, the ones I came upon were quite pretty.

4-14-14
Remembering Mazatlan
I liked looking for shells on my Mazatlan beach walks. Although there weren’t a lot to be found, the ones I came upon were quite pretty.

9PM
4-14-14
Photos of Athena and Dale taken at the airport dog park a few days ago.

4-14-14
Photos of Athena and Dale taken at the airport dog park a few days ago.

9PM
4-14-15
Took this photo of Dale with Athena at the airport dog park a few days ago.

4-14-15
Took this photo of Dale with Athena at the airport dog park a few days ago.

April132014

4-13-14
Dale and I ate at the Lowbrow tonight. Top left is caramel cream pie (Dale’s) and top right is the chocolate stout cake (mine). For dinner we both had the penne pasta with bolognese sauce.

April122014

Mazatlan 2014
Imbibing

April112014
4-6-14
Picking Up Athena

Saturday’s flight was wonderful and the plane arrived at 12:30 a.m.

4-6-14
Picking Up Athena

Saturday’s flight was wonderful and the plane arrived at 12:30 a.m.

10PM
Mazatlan 2014 - Day 5: Wrapping It Up

Saturday April 5, 2014

Tried to stick as much as possible to our routine for our last (albeit not full) day at Estrella del Mar due to the things that have become part of our routine are the things we’ve LOVED doing here.  Coffee on the balcony followed by Dale taking a run and my taking a beach walk. I’m going to miss stripping down to my speedo and walking on the wet sand as my skin drinks in the warm sun while looking at the beautiful coastline and listening to the waves.  I’m already looking forward to the next time we’re back.


Met up with Dale at the pool after my walk. We asked each other how many more days we thought we could stay without getting antsy. My guess is that I could handle at LEAST a couple. I think seven days would be perfect.


Had lunch in the hotel’s courtyard although we were given the same menu as the Poolside Cafe.  I think anywhere you sit and can find service is considered the Poolside Cafe because we were given the same menu.  Anyway, I had the tuna fajitas which is what Dale had yesterday. He had a club sandwich with fries.

We spent most of the rest of the afternoon getting the condo tidied up and mentally preparing ourselves for the break with paradise. I’m so glad we missed the 8 inches of snow that fell back home. It was so nice sitting under an umbrella by the pool in nothing but swim trunks and felling the breeze caress my chest. That may sound cheesy but, hell, it’s true. A warm enough temperature in shade with a soft breeze is nothing less than sensual! After the long winter we had this year it was so good to rediscover that feeling. I can’t wait to go back.

Mazatlan 2014 - Day 5: Wrapping It Up

Saturday April 5, 2014

Tried to stick as much as possible to our routine for our last (albeit not full) day at Estrella del Mar due to the things that have become part of our routine are the things we’ve LOVED doing here. Coffee on the balcony followed by Dale taking a run and my taking a beach walk. I’m going to miss stripping down to my speedo and walking on the wet sand as my skin drinks in the warm sun while looking at the beautiful coastline and listening to the waves. I’m already looking forward to the next time we’re back.


Met up with Dale at the pool after my walk. We asked each other how many more days we thought we could stay without getting antsy. My guess is that I could handle at LEAST a couple. I think seven days would be perfect.


Had lunch in the hotel’s courtyard although we were given the same menu as the Poolside Cafe. I think anywhere you sit and can find service is considered the Poolside Cafe because we were given the same menu. Anyway, I had the tuna fajitas which is what Dale had yesterday. He had a club sandwich with fries.

We spent most of the rest of the afternoon getting the condo tidied up and mentally preparing ourselves for the break with paradise. I’m so glad we missed the 8 inches of snow that fell back home. It was so nice sitting under an umbrella by the pool in nothing but swim trunks and felling the breeze caress my chest. That may sound cheesy but, hell, it’s true. A warm enough temperature in shade with a soft breeze is nothing less than sensual! After the long winter we had this year it was so good to rediscover that feeling. I can’t wait to go back.

April102014

Mazatlan Day 4
Friday April 4, 2014
1. Star Tribune cartoon by Steve Sack
2. Las Villas
3. Martini time!

4PM

Mazatlan 2014 - Day 4

Cigars, Cocktails, Food, and Snow

Friday April 4, 2014

Woke up to a clear blue sky this morning. Another fabulous beach walk. Found some unique shells and I must say I’m amassing quite a collection.

On Facebook I’m noticing a lot of folks back home are posting pictures of the snow that started falling yesterday. Dale says there was about 8 inches of snow in Minneapolis. So glad we missed it. Our timing for this trip couldn’t’ve been better. I’d like to say I planned it that way but everyone knows I’m not that all-knowing and powerful.

Lunch at the Pool Side Cafe which is in Las Villas Hotel which is on the Estrella del Mar resort. We sat outside and a very sweet cat came up and sat by my feet while I ate my crunch chicken tacos. Dale had the tuna fajitas.

A couple days ago Dale talked to Dianne on the phone and she gave him the name of the store John goes to to get cigars when he is here. It’s called Sanborns and it’s actually a department store. I purchased two Te-Amo Churchills and a lighter. I’ll leave the lighter and one of the cigars for John since I smoked one of his last night.

We drove into Mazatlan to pick up cigars and some food to get through our last day tomorrow. We also filled up the rental car so we can return it with a full tank.

We went to dinner tonight at Los Delfines which is in the Las Villas hotel here at the Estrella del Mar resort. I had the surf and turf of shrimp and steak. Dale had the fish special. I, of course, started out with a couple of martinis. I watched the waiter make them and kudos to him for shaking the hell out of ‘em. Sadly, they were rather weak for martinis. I think he reversed the vermouth to gin ratio. The t.v. in the bar was set to VH1 Classic which was a helluva lot of fun to watch. Dancing On the Ceiling by Lionel Ritchie was a scream. When we got to the restaurant there was a reallly drunk and obnoxious American woman who was climbing on barstools and having the waitstaff take pictures of her and her date posing in sombreros. I tell ya - some people.

After the restaurant Dale and I returned to the condo for our final evening. We hit the hot tub again and I lit up the Te-Amo Churchill I purchased today and enjoyed the warm water and sight of the cresent moon as I puffed happily away. How relaxing. Dale and I both commented how we’re both going to really miss this place.

April92014

4-3-14
Mazatlan Day 3
Sunset photos.

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