Well we are off to Puerto Vallarta , Mexico today!
This is another trip that moves us forward toward the objective of being able to spend 7 mths in Mexico and 5 months back in the Canada (only the warmest months) like Snow Birds!
The pictures are of the Embarcadero Resort, where we will be staying for the next week.
Be careful, Canada's a dangerous place
Australia, U.K., U.S. cite `risks' of visiting Canada that include avalanche, murder and bad drivers
A country of petty thieves, rabid animals, rapists with a gun problem and dangerous drivers who are under threat from terrorists, tornadoes, earthquakes, avalanches, forest fires and freak storms and with only spotty police enforcement to protect them.
That's the true north strong and free.
Travel reports for Canada issued by the foreign offices of Australia, the United States and Britain depict it as a dangerous destination from sea to sea.
"We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in Canada because of the risk of terrorist attack," the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's travel report for Canada begins.
Heavy snowfall, ice storms, freak avalanches and high windchill factors are also listed by the Australian government as cause for concern.
"The province of British Columbia in western Canada is in an active earthquake zone. Bush and forest fires can occur any time in Canada. Alberta and British Columbia are also subject to avalanches."
Australia's diplomatic counterparts in Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office cite similar concerns about the threat of terrorism but also allude to threats from Canada's wilderness.
"Rabies is a (sic) present in most of Canada and can be spread by small animals such as racoons and bats," states the travel report.
As if that weren't enough to dissuade tourists, the U.S. State Department warns of grand theft auto in Montreal, a lack of gun control in Toronto and a deadly stretch of highway we call the 401.
"Violent crimes such as murder, armed robbery and rape can occur throughout the country," it says. "While Canadian gun control laws are much more strict than those of the U.S., such laws have not prevented gun-related violence in certain areas of Toronto.
"Auto theft in Montreal and Vancouver, including theft of motor homes and recreational vehicles, may occur in patrolled and overtly secure parking lots and decks.
"(Highway 401) has been the scene of recurrent, deadly traffic accidents due to sudden, severe and unpredictable weather changes, high rates of speed, and heavy truck traffic. There have been numerous incidents involving road racing and dangerous truck driving, which have caused injuries to Americans. Drivers tend to be aggressive, often exceeding speed limits and passing on both sides, and police enforcement is spotty."
Despite such warnings, Americans and Britons are the most frequent travellers to Canada; Australians are the eighth most frequent.
Thought for the Day: Pluto, the planet of transformation, has left Sagittarius, where it's been since 1995, and moved into Capricorn. Sagittarius rules religious beliefs. As a consequence, the last 12 years has seen a rise in religious fanaticism and extremism.
If today is your birthday: You're another year older and, of course, have an interesting tale or two to tell. Although you're bound to add a few more this year, you can also expect a great improvement right where you need it most. Happy birthday to Wayne Gretzky, 47.
Aries (March 21 — April 20)
Some people don't mind going around in circles all their lives. That is their prerogative. But you need to travel down a road that is actually going somewhere. Mars is going to propel you forward with great speed.
Taurus (April 21 — May 20)
So near, yet so far. The moment of nearly-but-not-quite, some people argue, is far more exciting than the moment of satisfaction. You are now at the most thrilling stage.
Gemini (May 21 — June 21)
The bad always tends to fascinate us more than the good. Yet we should look more at the good things in life. When that's inspiring us, our lives are much better.
Cancer (June 22 — July 22)
The tough stuff won't go away immediately, but it will become less impossible. There will be plenty to celebrate before long.
Leo (July 23 — Aug. 22)
It's true that you're not being heard, but shouting won't help. Pursue your agenda with diplomacy, even if it means being silent at times.
Virgo (Aug. 23 — Sept. 22)
The future cannot be clearly seen. Glimpses are all we get. What's coming up for you is neither good nor bad. It's what you choose to see it as.
Libra (Sept. 23 — Oct. 23)
A closed mind can never make progress. No matter how much pressure or persuasion you encounter, remain willing to see things from all sides.
Scorpio (Oct. 24 — Nov. 22)
Go where the flow seems to be trying to take you. Adapt a little, bend a bit, trust a lot. And be ready to leave the past behind and to embrace the future with faith.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23 — Dec. 21)
It seems you are dealing with a relentlessly stressful scenario that is showing no sign of resolving itself. The stars know you will succeed if you try that little bit more.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 — Jan. 20)
If you feel reserved, you might express optimism and enthusiasm about your forthcoming outlook. But why not just let 'er rip and say, "Whoopee!"
Aquarius (Jan. 21 — Feb. 19)
Obstacles to happiness are creating much tension. Try and relax a little. Key events in your life are moving with an extremely positive momentum of their own.
Pisces (Feb. 20 — March 20)
Sheer determination is fuelling you but, alas, even immortals have to rest. The fatigue will evaporate as you allow some essential time to do what you've been avoiding. Sleep!