Cruising the Mexican Riviera via San Diego

San Diego BoatsLET’S GET AWAY

As the weather forecast calls for heavy snow, sleet, and rain topped by more snow (that’s just this afternoon), I’m ready to revisit our vacation to the Mexican Riviera. What do you say? Want to come?


The first part of our journey is traveling from Albany, NY to San Diego, CA where we’ll catch our cruise on Holland America the following day.

In California, we see shore birds, pigeons and fish which are pulled fresh from the water at the Empire Beach pier, and we ride a silver Mustang seeing more than a few Black Hawks as we drive through San Diego to Coronado Island and beyond, to the beach.

Our only hiccup? After turning into a heavily guarded Naval Base, top down like it was a tourist attraction, we are convinced that those Black Hawk sightings actually have us in their sights, surveillance-style. See what you think.


We’ll spend next Friday relaxing on the ms. Oosterdam, drinking margaritas while looking out over the bay at the various water and aircraft. Then we depart into the sunset, passing Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) on our way to the Mexican Riviera.

Following Fridays will explore Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas, where we’ll see breaching whales, hundreds of wave-surfing dolphins, pink pelicans, perched osprey and so much more. You can even join our exciting zip-line adventure over a rocky, water-filled canyon and ride a tractor through 6 miles of coconut groves alongside surf.


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    • Thanks for the heads-up, Laura! I feel like I should congratulate you on the new email or something. Is there proper netiquette for that? 🙂 Thanks for sticking around!

  2. Glad to hear that you're chilling after last week's melodrama. Enjoy.

  3. Since I'm not leaving upstate NY anytime soon, I'm clinging to the belief that I appreciate summer in the Finger Lakes all the more because I live through winter. I have friends who grew up in southern California who said they took the great weather for granted. And that every rain shower brought major traffic accidents.

    So that's my story. And I'm sticking to it.

    Of course, I'm happy to sneak a peek at some sunny vacation pix too. 🙂

    • That's an awesome philosophy, Pamela. Being born and bred in Western New York, I like to think I'd never take a sunny, warm day for granted. I'm positive I'd be very happy living in a warmer climate, but I'll go with your story for now. And I only successfully survive winter anymore with an annual warm-weather retreat. 🙂

  4. Whoo-hoo, I haven't been to Mexico. I can't wait to check it out.

  5. David Stanley says:

    Hi we meet on the Oosterdam Mexicain riveria cruise where you gave me your card. You said to check on site to see your husbands still photos of whales and other animals, so could you please let me know when they will be avaiable thank you. We watched your video on San Diego and it was enjoyable also watched Alaska that was great


    David & Audrey Stanley

    • I'm so glad you tracked me down, David! It was so nice meeting you! What a sight those gray whales were in Cabo, huh? Just beautiful!

      I can't wait to share the footage. Unfortunately, it's going to be a few weeks yet since I had a little accident requiring stitches. This set me behind in many projects, let alone video editing. Rest assured, I will get to it and I will absolutely email you when that happens. I can't wait!

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