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In Search of Warm Weather

Hi there,

As you come to check out the site and to decide how or if you are going to follow our little trip, let me provide you a few more details about how I see this blogging thing working.

I will try, but not guarantee, to put something together for you at the end of each day. We will see how that works out! I have 3 GB of free space available to me and I have no idea how far that will take us. I usually have lots of images to share so I will need to be careful they are trimmed down so I don’t burn up all the disk space in the first day.  If you double-click on any of the images in the posts, they will open full size for you.

May in Calgary

This recent image of our front yard clearly illustrates how rotten the weather has been in Calgary this winter so we have determined that the purpose of this trip will be to find warm weather and experience some hot sand therapy.  As I write this, it is 31 C in Ixtapa (Ex-tappa) while just 7 C here at home.

We head out on the 13th of May, but do not arrive in Ixtapa until Saturday, the 14th.  We overnight in Houston both directions due to Continental’s schedules.  We are staying at two Time Shares again this trip and will be in Ixtapa first, at the Hotel Emporio Ixtapa for a week, before moving to Zihuatanejo (Zee-watt-an-a-o) for the second week, where we will stay at the Villa Vera Puerto Mio Zihuatanejo.  Traveling on points and staying in Time Shares!  My Scottish heritage is going to appreciate this trip.

I hope you decide to follow our trip.  Feel free to comment on the posts as this technology provides such a rich tool set for you to interact with us.


Here We Go Again… from 13 to 30 May 2011

Hi everyone!

Andrea and I are off on another short trip for a couple of weeks to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo in Mexico from 13 to 30 May 2011.  This time we will be traveling with “MY” nurse, Alicia, who some of you know.  Some call her nurse Ratchet but we prefer to think of her as nice nurse niece Alicia!  Actually, Alicia will be joining us just for the first week of our trip in Ixtapa.  Also, she is not actually “MY” nurse but she is “A” nurse and, as I said, also our niece.  Alicia has managed to accumulate enough paid overtime so that she will be earning her hourly rate while lounging on the beach or whatever else she gets up to.  Nice work if you can get it!  Keep on paying those taxes.

It seems that anytime we head off on a trip, many of our friends and acquaintances ask if I will be sending out my little travel newsletter, as I have done in the past.  Well, the answer is yes but this time I will be trying something a little different.  It is a much more efficient way to disseminate information and I hope you will bear with me through the inevitable learning curve of adapting to a new technology.  It is simple to access and I hope you enjoy the content and images.  You will also be able to leave comments if you choose.

Instead of sending out an individual e-mail to each of you, I will be posting to a Blog at that I am calling Keith’s Travel Ramble.  This means that you will be able to control how, when, or even if you want to follow our wanderings.  You can:

  1. Just go to the Blog website whenever you want to see what has been posted.  You can access the Blog with your Browser at; or
  2. Go to the Blog and in the right hand column you will find a button where you can submit your e-mail address to receive an automatic e-mail notification each time there is a new post.

Over the next couple of days, I will send out an e-mail invitation to everyone who has participated in the past.  This way, you can come to the Blog ( and sign up for your personal email notifications so you don’t miss any of our antics.