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Trip Planning - 1 week before departure

By now, most of you know we’re driving down to Mexico for a four-month trip. We're beginning our travels in Sayulita to spend Christmas with Danny, Alex and Alanna, and then heading as far south as we can.

DSCN1347.jpgSayulita Beach

We've been going to Sayulita for a few years for brief vacations, and four years ago, we took four months off work to travel through Mexico by bus. This time, we will be driving and looking forward to all that entails - border crossings, roadblocks, potholes, highway washouts, possibly the odd handout to underpaid police officers. We're mainly very excited about having the chance to hit the backroads and get a closer look at this country that has gotten under our skin.

Our trip wraps up in early April with Easter in San Miguel de Allende, then a hop over to New Orleans to meet friends for the French Quarter Music Festival. We’ll be back home on one of the afternoon Gabriola ferries on April 19th, 2015.

This idea was conceived almost nine months ago, and now, with less than a week until our due date, we're feeling both excitement and apprehension.

We’ve read all the books (Lonely Planet, Carl Franz’ People’s Guide to Mexico, online forums, U.S. and Canadian travel alerts). We’ve checked off all the boxes (Mexican car insurance, travel health insurance, car and tire check-up, preliminary packing, household clean-up).

We have an itinerary (subject to change), and we have a smattering of Spanish (subject to improvement hopefully, with daily practice and lessons In Oaxaca). We have places to go and people to see, as they like to say. Best of all, we’re retired, and as this is our inaugural retirement trip, we want to set a pretty high bar.

We had originally planned to write weekly email updates with photo links, but our friends Sheila Swanson and James Hawkins, who are seasoned travelers and bloggers, convinced us otherwise. Have a look at their fantastic blog, Blissful Adventures.

“Leaving Ourselves Behind” is about our desire to be open to everything that is in front of us. We want to be reminded that our way is not the only way. We want to be reminded of the spirit behind this quote from Douglas Coupland – “Adventure without risk is Disneyland”.

We’re hoping for enough adventures along the way to be able to tell good stories, and enough misadventures to shake us up a bit.

Blog postings will go out twice a week, to serve as a journal for us, and provide some discipline and focus. We would like to dodge margaritaville, at least at first.

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Hasta luego!

Ginny y Stephen

Posted by millerburr 10:47

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Can hardly wait till we are part of your travels ....in PalmSprings ...V&R

by Vikki&Roy &nikkii

Get that dog groomed, Vikki - she'll be in one of our photos!

by millerburr

Such a great idea to share your adventures on a blog - and love the title! We are so excited for you guys, and plan to live vicariously through all your risky adventures. :) Can't wait for more posts... A & D

by Alexandra

Have a blast you two. I'm looking forward to reading of all your adventures, but particularly the French Quarter Music Festival in New Orleans!

by Jen

I hope you have a wonderful, stress free, blissful adventure. See you at the swimming hole on Gabriola when you return! xoxo

by Kathryn Molloy

have a marvelous time safe travels and many many adventures!

by Lisa

Happy Travels!! We look forward to following your adventures.
Kath and Peter xo

by Kath Elton

Happy travels!!! Sounds like a blast...enjoy!!!!
Can't wait to hear all about it;)))

by Kathleen

Have an amazing time..thanks for taking us along by way of the blog! Safe travels, new friends and happy memories to you both.xo

by Lesley Harris

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