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Marion
Reno, Nevada, USA
I am a renaissance woman working full time to live, to love, to learn and to be interesting.
Interests: financial planning, taxes, music, travel, blogs, hiking, reading, history, podcasting, Spanish
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We live in Reno about 30 miles northeast of Lake Tahoe. At the outlet of Lake Tahoe where the Truckee River starts there is a six foot dam. When the lake is full the top six feet of water are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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My Dad, Don Robinson died Tuesday September 9, 2014. He was 87 years old. He moved to Reno in 2008 after my Mom died. He and I went out to Starbucks almost every day for coffee. He leaves a big... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Yesterday we left Ely and headed north. Soon after leaving Nevada we were in Twin Falls, Idaho. Right in the middle of town the car said a tire was low. When Duke checked it he could hear the air coming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Duke and I are on the road again. This time for a one week trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. We are meeting our friends Bonnie and Brian there. Yesterday we drove from Reno to Ely on Highway 50 otherwise... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Duke and I arrived home from our almost six week long road trip through the US, Mexico and Guatemala this afternoon. Yesterday we stopped at Hoover Dam and took the tour. It is an awe inspiring place both from its... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Yesterday, June 23 we crossed the border back to the U.S. on our way home. It was an uneventful drive. Last time we crossed the border by car from the Mexico to the U.S. we waited in line three hours... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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We had a wonderful breakfast sitting out on the patio this morning. We took another walk around Alamos. Then we packed the car and left. We wanted to look at the ruins of the silver mine that Alamos existed to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Today was our longest day of driving in a Mexico so far - about 370 miles. Alamos is a small colonial mining town that has really retained its charm. We have stayed here twice before on our way north to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Eleven years ago today Duke and I were married. It has been a wonderful eleven years! How better to celebrate than with another day full of Mexican vacation adventures in Mazatlán. I love sitting at a sidewalk table and people... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Since we started north along the coast we have mostly not had cuotas (toll roads) to drive on. Cuotas are usually much better roads. On Thursday about two thirds of our drive was on cuotas. Three years ago on our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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This resort we are staying at in Puerto Vallarta is wonderful. We had another relaxing day today. We watched Holland beat Australia and Chili knock out Spain in the World Cup. We swam, read and ate. Tomorrow we drive to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Today, against the odds, Mexico tied Brazil 0-0 in their World Cup game. We ate at a restaurant The Red Cabbage that Lonely Plamet rated very highly. Their Facebook page said that if Mexico won today's game the first round... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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In 2007 Duke and I and his girls spent a week in a Manzanillo. I liked it then and I like it now. The picture below is the place we are staying. Today was a lazy day. We read, swam... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Today we drove from Ixtapa in the state of Guerrero to Manzanillo in the state of Colima. It was about 250 miles and we averaged about 40 miles per hour. There was very little traffic but the road is along... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Not much to report today. We drove up the coast to Ixtapa which is a planned resort community right next to Zihuatenejo. Saw about a million coconut trees and some beautiful coastline. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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The owner of the place we stayed in Puerto Escondido asked where we were headed next. When Duke said Acapulco she said there are 150 topes (speed bumps) between Puerto Escondido and Acapulco. So we counted. Actually there were 240... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Another wonderful lazy day in Puerto Escondido. We've both been doing a lot of reading on this trip. I've read two Louise Penny murder mysteries, a very funny romantic comedy called The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, and right now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Puerto Escondido is a lovely spot! We relaxed today. Walked down to breakfast at Cafecita where we had dinner last night. I had a big bowl of fruit with granola and yogurt. Duke had French toast and fruit. We talked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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This morning before we left Bahias de Huatulco we went for a short walk on the beach to celebrate being on the Pacific and the warm weather. Then we got in the car and drove about two hours up the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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We finally made it to the Pacific today but not without a bit of excitement. We are staying at the resort area of Bahia de Huatulco. We were about halfway between Tuxtla Guitterez and here when we saw the cars... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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It has been a busy day! When we woke up this morning in San Cristobal de las Casas the rain had stopped and there were even patches of sun. We walked toward the center of town and found coffee and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Tonight we are back in San Cristobal de Las Casas where we left our car. I just looked at the weather and it is 90 in Reno and 61 here in San Cristobal! This morning in Antigua the van picked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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This morning we were actually able to see one of the three volcanoes that surrounds Antigua. We will have to come back here in the dry season to see the other two. Elizabeth Bell owns and operates a local Antiguan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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Currently we are in Antigua. It is the farthest place south and the farthest place east on our trip. Yesterday we took a tour of a coffee farm. We watched ladies grafting robust variety roots to arabica seedlings, We watched... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Marion's Blog
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This morning a shared van picked us ip in Panajachel on Lake Atitl�n. The van drove us about two hours southeast to Antigua. Antigua is a beautiful former colonial town that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The van... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Marion's Blog