vi warkentin travel photographyhttp://viw.myfotojournal.com/Most recent blog posts from viw.myfotojournal.comen-usSun, 10 Jan 2016 16:00:26 +0000Puerto Vallarta and 100 more reasons why I love it!http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2016/jan/10/puerto-vallarta-and-100-more-reasons-why-i-love-it/<p>It&#8217;s so easy to fall in love with Puerto Vallarta and all it has to offer! 100 more photos of what I love about Puerto Vallarta. Take the time to walk and explore - chat with the friendly locals, taste the amazing food offerings, explore the neighbourhoods, enjoy the great weather and find yourself returning - to amazing Puerto&nbsp;Vallarta!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_ddd46e5d77ceafa8fb23.jpg" alt="Los Muertos Pier_C05857.jpg" title="Los Muertos Pier_C05857.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/04/01/large_9b3f00a9771dc7597649.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Los Muertos Beach C01277.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Los Muertos Beach C01277.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_f00316f8496cbabf9d55.jpg" alt="Gringo Gulch_C05831.jpg" title="Gringo Gulch_C05831.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_53fe491b77c2cb10ca17.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta window C05841.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta window C05841.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_49f8330eded755b9ebac.jpg" alt="John Huston_C05846.jpg" title="John Huston_C05846.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_4b8752912165a091cdcb.jpg" alt="Los Muertos Pier BW_C05857.jpg" title="Los Muertos Pier BW_C05857.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_6cca62a1d7abe1c84f3a.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta streetfood IMG_1021.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta streetfood IMG_1021.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_f3cf1bb64c6e5d5def9e.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta colours C05866.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta colours C05866.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_39233970751d701ff316.jpg" alt="Joe Jacks FIsh Shack_C06091.jpg" title="Joe Jacks FIsh Shack_C06091.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_fe7d8f8452e9f99c3531.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta flower C06107.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta flower C06107.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_69cf1a2217975f6b9aab.jpg" alt="The Little Seahorse_C06123.jpg" title="The Little Seahorse_C06123.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_379711f3b6a811e1d1f6.jpg" alt="The Urchins_06136.jpg" title="The Urchins_06136.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_5947a65c09deb464f7fc.jpg" alt="PV Butterfly_C06147.jpg" title="PV Butterfly_C06147.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_3097c5bfd7feb2da8f56.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C06165.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C06165.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_0116ef9029d183662929.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C06167.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C06167.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_31d028d30c061dc845d4.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C06190.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C06190.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_359759a4bdb3904a8236.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta stairs C06192.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta stairs C06192.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_b06d79ac361c04bfeb54.jpg" alt="Boy with Seahorse_C06201.jpg" title="Boy with Seahorse_C06201.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_91270136ed1935a30fb6.jpg" alt="Conchas Chinas C06219.jpg" title="Conchas Chinas C06219.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_7b95882f04fcee39a061.jpg" alt="Conchas Chinas C06225.jpg" title="Conchas Chinas C06225.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_1d181d1c564c38bd58c7.jpg" alt="Conchas Chinas C06263.jpg" title="Conchas Chinas C06263.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_3186aa18953d792a02ea.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_C06304.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_C06304.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_66d429f5096f4ae38d5a.jpg" alt="PV_IMG_1085.jpg" title="PV_IMG_1085.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_baf8a32fc0924b9662d1.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta malecon IMG_0539.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta malecon IMG_0539.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_e430347047aaa2f465a3.jpg" alt="Searching for Reason_IMG_0543.jpg" title="Searching for Reason_IMG_0543.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_29fdad04394d7f0a6a55.jpg" alt="The Roundabout of the Sea_IMG_0560.jpg" title="The Roundabout of the Sea_IMG_0560.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_54f4ee8837d91bccd193.jpg" alt="Triton and Nereid_IMG_0571.jpg" title="Triton and Nereid_IMG_0571.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_59b7b077737dc7854658.jpg" alt="Nostalgia_IMG_0585.jpg" title="Nostalgia_IMG_0585.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_7b6118b740752334b330.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_0587.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_0587.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_b7347dc60a3af4f2d649.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta door IMG_0588.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta door IMG_0588.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_46e0d709b982b29a933d.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_0589.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_0589.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_3bf16e63aa7f04c13059.jpg" alt="The Millenia_IMG_0620.jpg" title="The Millenia_IMG_0620.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_09a7dd19b6b53524cc85.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta malecon IMG_0646.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta malecon IMG_0646.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_18ff19963266e2a9b679.jpg" alt="Los Arcos_IMG_0671.jpg" title="Los Arcos_IMG_0671.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_0aecfc79236651e902f6.jpg" alt="Vallarta Dancers_IMG_0683.jpg" title="Vallarta Dancers_IMG_0683.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_e7bb2ff416109049d16e.jpg" alt="San Pascual Bail&oacute;n_IMG_0696.jpg" title="San Pascual Bail&oacute;n_IMG_0696.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_e6816e37952c223b37c0.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta market C06404.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta market C06404.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_e458db0570e4f4750af1.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_C06410.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_C06410.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_683f45a62fe41023664f.jpg" alt="Basilio Badillo IMG_C06430.jpg" title="Basilio Badillo IMG_C06430.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_726713a9274ffbfccd79.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Sunset IMG_1946.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Sunset IMG_1946.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_aff3c5260a67c8bb47ca.jpg" alt="Churros PV C06455.jpg" title="Churros PV C06455.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_e85682b3cc6cba9996c9.jpg" alt="Dee's in PV_IMG_1956.jpg" title="Dee's in PV_IMG_1956.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_5c7e8a56aadc3ffaf45d.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta tiles C06457.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta tiles C06457.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_5807778d2f6c07d05878.jpg" alt="Papantla Flyers C06469.jpg" title="Papantla Flyers C06469.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_15185f97b236e06c98c7.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C06483.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C06483.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_4a586c4a68e83a53aa04.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C06489.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C06489.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_26c452aa3e3463669eef.jpg" alt="Amapas IMG_C06503.jpg" title="Amapas IMG_C06503.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_386a9ef748a46d6deee3.jpg" alt="Vitea_C06661.jpg" title="Vitea_C06661.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_85707a2115984e90b2c6.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C06664.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C06664.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_3dd9c219fa21a27161e9.jpg" alt="The Sutle Rock Eater_06671.jpg" title="The Sutle Rock Eater_06671.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_0301e26edd924882a274.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C06725.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C06725.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_fdcace6875fae0cfabe6.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_1470.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_1470.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_9e2b67044c65f2f012b7.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_1672.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_1672.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_769330ed37ad6f73fd0a.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C06815.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C06815.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_a04d1a9f97e7b656bd4d.jpg" alt="Humpback Whale_IMG_1341.jpg" title="Humpback Whale_IMG_1341.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_40c951da22d28eb30381.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C07059.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C07059.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_d655da2223e797623a28.jpg" alt="Whale Watching_IMG_2443.jpg" title="Whale Watching_IMG_2443.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_a0067b59c25022ee1620.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta tiles C06825.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta tiles C06825.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_2534b7a82e1eef5378c1.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta colours C06820.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta colours C06820.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_fe1543395528eae26c37.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_2058.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_2058.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_a623f05cbffe0558625e.jpg" alt="Vallarta Dancers_06847.jpg" title="Vallarta Dancers_06847.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_0cb2b7872097bd0601cd.jpg" alt="Se&ntilde;ora Lavando_IMG_2081.jpg" title="Se&ntilde;ora Lavando_IMG_2081.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_3addea355b956d112e47.jpg" alt="PV malecon sails_IMG_2068.jpg" title="PV malecon sails_IMG_2068.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_d595036dae3debc97979.jpg" alt="Tacos El Cunado_IMG 9492.jpg" title="Tacos El Cunado_IMG 9492.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_0e2b3aedb6e8bec67cb3.jpg" alt="Joe Jacks FIsh Shack_IMG_1076.jpg" title="Joe Jacks FIsh Shack_IMG_1076.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_133508b6aab06c66a52d.jpg" alt="Salud_IMG_0961.jpg" title="Salud_IMG_0961.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_37d71431cdc83de21a11.jpg" alt="La Azteca Candy Store_IMG 9548.jpg" title="La Azteca Candy Store_IMG 9548.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_50850c35c441cc54e925.jpg" alt="Vallarta Botanical Gardens_IMG 9647.jpg" title="Vallarta Botanical Gardens_IMG 9647.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_f5fd20ace4c4f68cbc7a.jpg" alt="Pipi's PV_IMG_9704.jpg" title="Pipi's PV_IMG_9704.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_6d8ffdd04d959d8a974a.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9747.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9747.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_f7ce09ee614ec4370ee8.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9820.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9820.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_9b5726d6632d0c48e06c.jpg" alt="Lazaro Cardenas_IMG_9502.jpg" title="Lazaro Cardenas_IMG_9502.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_becd62a46e4b42929c6c.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_DSC00934.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_DSC00934.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_41f9f750354a3b52593f.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_DSC00936.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_DSC00936.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_92a322226f620b7a321e.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C01218.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C01218.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_b99afb92e61efb1e11c7.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C01285.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C01285.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_45573b39cffcb6f3941b.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C01292.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C01292.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_bc4df3bf7717163ad7cc.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C01297.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C01297.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_44f89c71461698208d41.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta door C00996.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta door C00996.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_882d96632503e29eac5f.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta door C01397.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta door C01397.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_f1d456b9954ce37a6252.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Stairs C01406.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Stairs C01406.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_2723a2b9d680ce77402f.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C01407.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C01407.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_cdaa82300c0ca935aec0.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta door C01408.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta door C01408.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_5933738aba76723279b5.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C01449.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C01449.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_baadc882b4bdccaff851.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Sunset C01535.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Sunset C01535.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_20571a3d35c6c55ee28c.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Sunset C01540.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Sunset C01540.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_69f922d644a43453914d.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Panorama C01543.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Panorama C01543.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_a32016ae0aac10a6b7a0.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Dee's Coffee IMG_2960.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Dee's Coffee IMG_2960.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_cbcaf7f2299967a8fab4.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Celia's Flan C01568.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Celia's Flan C01568.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_d4d57ac01dd7685643d0.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Pancho's C01656.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Pancho's C01656.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_b748bed3f800f4c3bfb6.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C01662.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C01662.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_11b07a97dc87e1999ac1.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Gringo Gultch C01667.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Gringo Gultch C01667.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_d3ab5183526a7c46ac4f.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta door C01665.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta door C01665.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_6d0495ad828ea88ba9dc.jpg" alt="Rio Cuale Perto Vallarta C01670.jpg" title="Rio Cuale Perto Vallarta C01670.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_6ed7d3146f89363d547a.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Hat Vendor IMG_9486.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Hat Vendor IMG_9486.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_8df5bee5aeeab5c25a77.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta VW C01533.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta VW C01533.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_fa3694596bef6f3fa2fd.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Malecon C01411.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Malecon C01411.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_f31d855f2710fb614175.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Sunset C01683.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Sunset C01683.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/30/large_5bbcbb0bee0a79061f7e.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Sunset C01445.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Sunset C01445.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/04/01/large_33e1188a88a913471d0d.jpg" alt="PV NY Collage.jpg" title="PV NY Collage.jpg" /></p> <p>I look forward to returning - as so many do! Until next&nbsp;time&#8230;&#8230;.</p> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:00:26 +0000http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2016/jan/10/puerto-vallarta-and-100-more-reasons-why-i-love-it/Puerto Vallarta and 100 reasons why I love it!http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2015/dec/06/puerto-vallarta-and-100-reasons-why-i-love-it/<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">100 photos taken in and around Puerto Vallarta. It&#8217;s a wonderful place filled with kind and friendly locals, delicious food, picturesque neighbourhoods with plenty to see and do. Oh yes, don&#8217;t forget about the amazing sunsets! I find myself returning to this comfortable, safe and peaceful place along Mexico&#8217;s Pacific&nbsp;coast.</span></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_b315b23471921ec6d8ca.jpg" alt="PV Malecon_IMG_1826.jpg" title="PV Malecon_IMG_1826.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_63276b303ba12c7e7f27.jpg" alt="The Beach_IMG_9487.jpg" title="The Beach_IMG_9487.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_21da27d3268aff97a440.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9524.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9524.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_82097b60510e261907f4.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9527.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9527.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_70486f11608cca4de3c7.jpg" alt="Tacos Robles_Vallarta Food Tour_IMG_9480.jpg" title="Tacos Robles_Vallarta Food Tour_IMG_9480.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_0ac6a948c25715dceaf1.jpg" alt="Tortilleria %22La Gloria%22_IMG_9511.jpg" title="Tortilleria %22La Gloria%22_IMG_9511.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_bcd7406bdf3bc47ce601.jpg" alt="Tortilleria %22La Gloria%22 _IMG_9513.jpg" title="Tortilleria %22La Gloria%22 _IMG_9513.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_0024bbc897f45d1d78c1.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_ IMG_9499.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_ IMG_9499.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_0261ed835de62102eb82.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_C04991.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_C04991.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_6b386259dc6bfb1b2b7c.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_C05009.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_C05009.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_f8acb769ffb48d667e74.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_C05010.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_C05010.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_c5827a0b5406f191cd0a.jpg" alt="La Azteca Candy Store_IMG_9546.jpg" title="La Azteca Candy Store_IMG_9546.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_1d8d54f53096c53a5edb.jpg" alt="Gaby's_IMG_9540.jpg" title="Gaby's_IMG_9540.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_4c1c0ad1ebd558a21b74.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9555.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9555.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_42eeedff6b859c43475d.jpg" alt="Rio Cuale Puerto Vallarta C04956.jpg" title="Rio Cuale Puerto Vallarta C04956.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_939c1a812d0b58d9b8d7.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Mural C04965.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Mural C04965.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_4a08a04298bb52ba25f6.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_0888.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_0888.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_a0191b04d54b7efd5b04.jpg" alt="El Centro PV_C04972.jpg" title="El Centro PV_C04972.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_372174725b364390d157.jpg" alt="Nostalgia_05011.jpg" title="Nostalgia_05011.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_b4fbbc638a7c7826b253.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_C05016.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_C05016.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_e53a023b0f3dd9390ca2.jpg" alt="Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe IMG_0911.jpg" title="Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe IMG_0911.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_30baffe8dea9ce5cfe89.jpg" alt="Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe C05039.jpg" title="Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe C05039.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_454eed528d8eb95fe608.jpg" alt="PV_Hildago_IMG_9686.jpg" title="PV_Hildago_IMG_9686.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_79ed9adca9fde5b917ee.jpg" alt="PV_Ramiz Barquet_IMG_9685.jpg" title="PV_Ramiz Barquet_IMG_9685.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_670422c07e2eb54ff339.jpg" alt="PV_Hildago Mural.jpg" title="PV_Hildago Mural.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_5f3778e8e07860d6a89b.jpg" alt="Dianita's in PV_C05122.jpg" title="Dianita's in PV_C05122.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_050c597d827b47b9f1e6.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Lock C05120.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Lock C05120.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_0a75dbe7615b29b66104.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta market C05119.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta market C05119.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_677fa27e6eca78ffc680.jpg" alt="Rio Cuale_C05117.jpg" title="Rio Cuale_C05117.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_9ad839b3facf42f9b1d0.jpg" alt="Florios on Hildago_IMG_9688.jpg" title="Florios on Hildago_IMG_9688.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_e6d329e2a6b3e7c99037.jpg" alt="PV_CASA DE LA TORRE_IMG_9695.jpg" title="PV_CASA DE LA TORRE_IMG_9695.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_d567375353791226c625.jpg" alt="Pipi's PV_IMG_9706.jpg" title="Pipi's PV_IMG_9706.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_bb5c4e9896924bd0d9df.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Street IMG_9704.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Street IMG_9704.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_cfd3e7b5f27c1eff852d.jpg" alt="Tacos de Birria Alex PV_IMG_9714.jpg" title="Tacos de Birria Alex PV_IMG_9714.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_47d0cc7c7b3ed55b9fb0.jpg" alt="El Arrayan PV_IMG_9721.jpg" title="El Arrayan PV_IMG_9721.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_889796bd1f17a74e00e1.jpg" alt="El Arrayan PV_IMG_9719.jpg" title="El Arrayan PV_IMG_9719.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_c1f711e594f37c10bad8.jpg" alt="Calle Miramar PV_IMG_9724.jpg" title="Calle Miramar PV_IMG_9724.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_ba5707076f0dde6520df.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9730.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9730.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_a820cf9e70c14bc02cc0.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Stairs_IMG_9740.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Stairs_IMG_9740.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_3a948b3ff9467a48201c.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_C05139.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_C05139.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_c6b617d80caf3a3f14a4.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9779.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9779.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_4a79ba4c2d293e85cb47.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9788.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9788.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_70fe05b0d385280d5c28.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9801.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9801.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_d5ac5731a0c591cb3170.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9805.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9805.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_a672522887a971f1b0e9.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9834.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9834.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_2ccf1b7e355d559f0d07.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9839.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9839.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_ef8d2540024a00781586.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9841.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9841.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_1e08a32f028455405841.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9846.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9846.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_ad2696eb3fa93f11ffa0.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9848.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9848.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_8b68f832c1d101bac77c.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9852.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9852.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_5438bcbcd4f5e2e6c274.jpg" alt="PV Cobblestone IMG_9870.jpg" title="PV Cobblestone IMG_9870.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_2ff0fa5727ac5e1dd1b1.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Stairs IMG_9872.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Stairs IMG_9872.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_6a6c14ad1094dffdc64f.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9875.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta_IMG_9875.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_85334179eb69f3d963ef.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9891.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9891.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_011152df4ddeb76698bb.jpg" alt="Los Cuatro Vientos Hotel_IMG_9892.jpg" title="Los Cuatro Vientos Hotel_IMG_9892.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_b0df54c004877c891b75.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9893.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9893.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_56fb4e6a299504ce7806.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9898.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9898.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_5ee08870fdbfd96a4567.jpg" alt="Los Cuatro Vientos Hotel_IMG_9897.jpg" title="Los Cuatro Vientos Hotel_IMG_9897.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_df935033869b8665c55d.jpg" alt="Los Cuatro Vientos Hotel_IMG_9899.jpg" title="Los Cuatro Vientos Hotel_IMG_9899.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_f9ba0a886e76085f9d41.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9912.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta IMG_9912.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_3307271d1182c90760a1.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta colours IMG_9917.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta colours IMG_9917.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_4dbebba93da078b07812.jpg" alt="Esquina de los Caprichos_IMG_9921.jpg" title="Esquina de los Caprichos_IMG_9921.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_c0f9a668b9d1d6ee30ed.jpg" alt="Esquina de los Caprichos_C05160.jpg" title="Esquina de los Caprichos_C05160.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_d70af1e08637e90b3304.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta colours IMG_9942.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta colours IMG_9942.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_91733ee68f16a038d6a8.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta door IMG_9945.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta door IMG_9945.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_91101828b74d1da73245.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta home IMG_9949.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta home IMG_9949.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_1e9296150aab0199c3fe.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta blue tiles IMG_9950.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta blue tiles IMG_9950.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_abcebe61c6836a915683.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta mural IMG_9957.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta mural IMG_9957.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_8ba1512eca1380e50e50.jpg" alt="Gringo Gulch_IMG_9960.jpg" title="Gringo Gulch_IMG_9960.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_ff0fc65821743bd21a0f.jpg" alt="Gringo Gulch_IMG_9962.jpg" title="Gringo Gulch_IMG_9962.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_ca3d4db2392e8e64334c.jpg" alt="Gringo Gulch_IMG_9970.jpg" title="Gringo Gulch_IMG_9970.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_317fe5932be18dff0ef4.jpg" alt="Home in PV_IMG_9982.jpg" title="Home in PV_IMG_9982.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_b45bde2948eb3840aef9.jpg" alt="Casa del Arroyo_IMG_0006.jpg" title="Casa del Arroyo_IMG_0006.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_4bed692300666423b322.jpg" alt="Rio Cuale PV IMG_0020.jpg" title="Rio Cuale PV IMG_0020.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_3f22c677fb56eed74d40.jpg" alt="Rio Cuale_IMG_0023.jpg" title="Rio Cuale_IMG_0023.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_4baafa6baeacbc0a087b.jpg" alt="John Huston_IMG_0026.jpg" title="John Huston_IMG_0026.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_b2d3101b6cdc5b053e4c.jpg" alt="Rio Cuale Bridge_IMG_0031.jpg" title="Rio Cuale Bridge_IMG_0031.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_87a3111df05254ce684b.jpg" alt="Zona Romantica_IMG_0034.jpg" title="Zona Romantica_IMG_0034.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_80f76f6110e81a3208d6.jpg" alt="Zona Romantica_IMG_0039.jpg" title="Zona Romantica_IMG_0039.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_005a5036a292024b6475.jpg" alt="PV Malecon_IMG_1894.jpg" title="PV Malecon_IMG_1894.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_27ee1d37a9f89558fc22.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Mural IMG_1908.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Mural IMG_1908.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_5fe24cc968d32c6ac9f5.jpg" alt="Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe_C05567.jpg" title="Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe_C05567.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_c6c39ff0a0d58c666675.jpg" alt="The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe_C05751.jpg" title="The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe_C05751.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_b12adb01725dd6309b4c.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta view C05758.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta view C05758.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_20ffd1b6f4c4997db4a2.jpg" alt="Hacienda San Angel_C05763.jpg" title="Hacienda San Angel_C05763.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_7c9a339bd9269ab9607b.jpg" alt="PV_Ramiz Barquet_C05765.jpg" title="PV_Ramiz Barquet_C05765.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_f15d699449bc650cd049.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Window C05770.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Window C05770.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_20a9ce1e6580300f2fbd.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta C05772.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta C05772.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_9d32a973944ab3c69fa9.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta colours C05775.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta colours C05775.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_2ac26071dafeb0efc039.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta street view C05779.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta street view C05779.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_c0c91d2ac474122b4885.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta street C05782.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta street C05782.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_3e4b758a0cfcbb382507.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta balcony C05784.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta balcony C05784.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_11ec90918445100a15de.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta colours C05785.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta colours C05785.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_c8b8ab5ba46708e4884b.jpg" alt="Los Muertos Beach_IMG C05788.jpg" title="Los Muertos Beach_IMG C05788.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_2672f34df5a2753878d0.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Church C05803.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Church C05803.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_ed4e16536a0bd4c1b3ed.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Church C05810.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Church C05810.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_c368e385e130da28dde1.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta Home C05821.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta Home C05821.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_c2484063560c6ba63e4c.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta colours C05823.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta colours C05823.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_c049f82bc586260d818e.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta windows C05826.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta windows C05826.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/29/large_2ca97bbece46aa7c7f76.jpg" alt="Puerto Vallarta window C05827.jpg" title="Puerto Vallarta window C05827.jpg" /></p> <p>Watch for my next 100 reasons for loving Puerto Vallarta and area coming&nbsp;soon!</p> Sun, 06 Dec 2015 23:47:04 +0000http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2015/dec/06/puerto-vallarta-and-100-reasons-why-i-love-it/Valley of Five Lakes, Alberta, Canadahttp://viw.myfotojournal.com/2015/jun/23/valley-five-lakes-alberta-canada/<p>The Valley of Five Lakes near Jasper, <span class="caps">AB</span> - on a recent weekend out to Jasper, <span class="caps">AB</span> we planned to do some hiking while there and so we chose several locations. As we travelled out to Mount Edith Cavell, we were advised that the road up there was temporarily closed due to bridge repair so we continued on down the road to just &#8216;wander&#8217; through the Rockies!<br />We headed south for 10 kms on Hwy 93 and came across a small road-side parking lot with several cars and decided to stop to check out what was there. It was the Valley of Five Lakes which offers hiking options to five different lakes in a valley.<img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/21/large_b1ffd7d5c312c8473d54.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes_Collage.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes_Collage.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">After consulting the posted maps (and taking photos of it for reference on the trail), we headed out choosing to go to the right on 9a and returning on 9b (see map below). We would hike to lake #5 and work our way backwards to #1. It didn&#8217;t take too long before we met up with hikers returning and also passed by a few people with fishing rods and a cooler heading towards the lakes. Off we go.<br /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_7d58728e2459195c3a81.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0525.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0525.jpg" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_52302cdee61a4df4ba5e.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes_ IMG_0525.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes_ IMG_0525.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The hike begins on a relatively flat walking path - the hum of cars from the highway slowly fades away and we&#8217;re greeted by patches of wild orchids along side the path. About 15 minutes later, we come to a wooden boardwalk which spans the valley&#8217;s stream. A short ascent greets us on the other side which will take us up and over to the next valley where the five lakes are.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_994ce6a757b578eeb1e4.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3445.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3445.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-original" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/c3b3c16d778f05fe2eba.jpg" alt="Wild Orchids_IMG_0483.jpg" title="Wild Orchids_IMG_0483.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_948dc138174c32eaa050.jpg" alt="Valley of Five Lakes IMG_0484.jpg" title="Valley of Five Lakes IMG_0484.jpg" /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">We&#8217;re met by another couple who are confused as to which path to take at the point where the two trails fork off in different directions. We show them the photo of the map and they decide to take the same route we&#8217;re taking. The path is soft and cushioned by the many pine needles layered on the ground and the sides of the path are lined with thick and soft layers of moss. (I just love moss!)<br /></span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_5546383a22f1e789805e.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3452.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3452.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_48bd3b5253230600bfb5.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3453.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3453.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_5eb28ed72369d818f6d3.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3454.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3454.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_2b81adc46f32f26afaf2.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3461.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3461.jpg" /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Another fork in the &#8216;road&#8217; but we choose the left path leaving the adventure past these fallen trees to someone else! (Perhaps another time). As we continue up and down the trail, it becomes more rocky and criss-crossed with tree roots. Keep your eyes on the path as not to trip but remember to stop and look up to see the beauty around you.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_cf3a3eb580e0e64e6a16.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3455.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3455.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_403955f6e5d474514e4f.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3456.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3456.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_1de3531a4fe4d328b984.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3457.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3457.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_dfb243c7d956ad2379a0.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3458.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3458.jpg" /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Further along we come to a small plank bridge over a babbling brook - I&#8217;m sure earlier in the season, it&#8217;s flowing much stronger. A few more ascents and descents and we come into view of a beautiful lake. (#5 as indicated on the earlier map)</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_7cf30a14ae2a663e98d2.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3463.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3463.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_15deaf63026dab6fcb30.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes_IMG_3464.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes_IMG_3464.jpg" /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The lake is calm and we hear are the chirping of happy birds. A few couples sit huddled on rocks near the shore line surveying the beauty of this place. Another hiker appears to be meditating. Another has a sketchbook out with pencil in hand.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_1817c6454772f6ed6e3d.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3466.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_3466.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A few old boats are tied up near the water&#8217;s edge - I&#8217;m not sure if they&#8217;re actually somebody&#8217;s boats or if the public are encouraged to just hop in and take a paddle around this gorgeous lake.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_379ea63f05c2310aa570.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0496.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0496.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">We spend a few minutes taking in the beauty of lake #5 &nbsp;and then decide to hike to the next - in actuality, the lakes are very near one another and in three minutes, we are looking at the beautiful hues of the next lake. There is one family picnicing on the south end of this lake while some of the younger ones are wading into the water. (We assumed the water would be quite cold but were told by some other hikers that it was quite warm - possibly because of the lake appearing fairly shallow along some of the edges.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_f0c5f7807b5101114ebc.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0497.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0497.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_f6248448530027a0ce66.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0499.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0499.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_b1758079955e397e20e0.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0500.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0500.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_b70e8bc114205a88df94.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0501.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0501.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A few steps further and we see the third lake - again, its colour is amazing - gorgeous blue greens. We continue along the east side of the lake on a path carved into the side of the hill. Looking back on the path, you can see lake #4 separated by only a small embankment beyone this third lake.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_02fc6373acb471e7ebb3.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0503.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0503.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_9ba9029f98e5ffbf99c4.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0511.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0511.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">When looking back, something red caught my attention just up the hill to the left of the embankment that separated the fourth and third lakes. To my surpise, it was a set of red andirondack chairs. Initially, I wondered who would bring along their chairs but later I &#8216;googled&#8217; it and found out that these sets of chairs are a project of Parks Canada - who placed six sets of these red chairs in various spots in Jasper National Park in 2014. It was very successful and they plan to place additional chairs this year. Find out more about the project and where other chairs are placed in Canadian National Parks&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/serapprocher-connect-twitter.aspx" target="_blank">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">. The public are encouraged to enjoy the lakeside vistas and mountain views from these chairs and also tweet a photo from the location using the hashtag &nbsp;#sharethechair.&nbsp;</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_419a2c3e48e9ecc454d8.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0514.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0514.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_3c9de7fd6b6558036f8e.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0516.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0516.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Again, a short hike further and we come across lake #2 - a very shallow lake. It is at this point that I&#8217;m reminded of the decreasing lake levels and shrinking glaciers here and around the world.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/21/large_8df5d2de541e1ee4d3a1.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes_C01906.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes_C01906.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/21/large_1676a057accde315b6f6.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes_IMG_0518.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes_IMG_0518.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Beyond the very shallow lake #2, we continue to hike north, past the path (9b) which will take us back to the parking lot, to get a better view of lake #1, the longest and largest of the five lakes. There is an assortment of paths lead down from the main trail to the edges of the lake. We decide to eventually work our way down the steep decline along one of the many paths and eventually get down to the waters edge. What a spectacular view!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_d46b6ad1f124cae26ff1.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes _Panorama.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes _Panorama.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_e073af7da2b593051ae6.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0519.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0519.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">We climbed back up to the main path and backtracked to the fork in the path taking path 9b (located between lake #1 and #2) back towards the beginning of the hike. We get another view from the very south end of lake #1.&nbsp;</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/06/20/large_a616e8a499966aeb958b.jpg" alt="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0528.jpg" title="ValleyFiveLakes IMG_0528.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Leaving the beautiful Valley of Five Lakes behind, we hike through forests of trees and moss and wild orchids and remark how pleasantly surprised we were - having never stopped here in the past while travelling along Hwy 93 between Jasper and Banff for years! The stroll back from lake #1 to the parking lot (with photo stops along the way) took half an&nbsp;hour.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Lesson learned - take time to &#8216;stop and smell the roses&#8217; or in this case, take time to &#8216;pull off the road and take a hike&#8217; - you never know what you&#8217;ll&nbsp;discover!</span></p> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 02:24:37 +0000http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2015/jun/23/valley-five-lakes-alberta-canada/Yelapa Upper Waterfallshttp://viw.myfotojournal.com/2015/mar/16/yelapa-upper-waterfalls/<p><span class="caps">YELAPA</span>, Jalisco, Mexico - Located in the southernmost part of Bandaras Bay, Yelapa is a small village accessible by boat. We visited the quaint village last year, enjoying the afternoon hiking a few minutes to the waterfall located right behind the village and enjoying a lovely meal at a wonderful restaurant, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/CAFE-BAHIA-YELAPA/93784148290">Caf&eacute; Bahia</a>, in front of the village&nbsp;pier.</p> <p>This year, our goal was to hike out to the waterfalls located about 1.5 hours trekking distance inland along side the Tuito River from Yelapa. Not much information was found on the web however I did find a handdrawn map (<a href="http://mapajeff.blogspot.ca/p/yelapa-map.html">Mapa Jeff Cartography</a>) that was extremely helpful. I studied this map in great detail before heading out on the hike - I later found the map available for purchase at Caf&eacute; Bahia at the entrance to Yelapa. &nbsp;Jeff&#8217;s instructions to reach the &#8216;Upper Casadas&#8217; are quick easy to follow - <em>Hike river trail an hour or so from beach. Cross river after Christina&#8217;s, then cross again shortly. Climb up gullies, look for gate on left. After gate, veer right, 10 more&nbsp;minutes.</em></p> <p>We boarded the local Puerto Vallarta bus headed to Boca de Tomatlan on the corner of Basilio Badillo and Constituci&oacute;n. I love the local bus rides and in no time we arrived at the end of the bus route at Boca. We were dropped off at the edge of the highway at the entrance to Boca de Tomatlan - we descended down the many steps to the village below and were greeted by someone selling round-trip tickets on the water taxi bound for&nbsp;Yelapa.</p> <p>In no time, we were headed down the coast to Yelapa aboard the water taxi along side boats headed south filled with groceries and gasoline for the residents/businesses in Yelapa. As we entered the small bay at Yelapa, the water taxi headed to the beach and dropped off several people there. (That&#8217;s right, hop off the edge of the boat into the knee-deep water). We indicated to the driver we&#8217;d like to be dropped off at the village pier. A minute later, we were exiting the boat (with dry feet!) and headed into Yelapa village to begin our adventure hike to the Yelapa&#8217;s Upper&nbsp;Casadas.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_bbd27db3e71c33f0be18.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_IMG_0462.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_IMG_0462.jpg" /></p> <p>We headed through the village&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">sticking to the path along the edge of the river</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;along narrow cobble-stone streets filled with locals and tourists alike. Here&#8217;s a quick view looking over the village pier before heading along the path along side the Tuito River that separates the village and the beach&nbsp;businesses.</span></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_4fccf34ed51c61459702.jpg" alt="Yelapa_IMG_0410.jpg" title="Yelapa_IMG_0410.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_784e22c305d50ae0ab66.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01650.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01650.jpg" /></p> <p>And we&#8217;re off! Eventually the cobblestone paths end and the dirt trails begin. We pass several homes and a few businesses along the way as we keep trekking further&nbsp;inland.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_815b55c7ab63fb988523.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01571.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01571.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_8c752ba0726bdb504853.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01572.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01572.jpg" /></p> <p>Occasionally the river appears next to the trail - we know we&#8217;re on the right&nbsp;path!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_bf58811b49dd2e2823a2.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01575.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01575.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_f1a7b37f62a40e16fcbd.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01574.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01574.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_17606de43fa7e8ff02d6.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01576.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01576.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_7f248d03066430ea8aa8.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01577.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01577.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_2cd491d7853e5f211dcb.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01579.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01579.jpg" /></p> <p>When hiking, we kept on the main trail that followed the Tuito river nearby. At one point a small tour group of people on horses passed us indicating that they were returning to Yelapa from the waterfall. Moments later, a young couple passed us headed to the falls so we knew we were on the right trail! We tried to keep up with the couple but in no time, they scurried ahead and disappeared around the corner and out of sight. No worries - just stick to the main&nbsp;trail!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_589026c52a1816e8575a.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01582.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01582.jpg" /></p> <p>Ahh, time to cross Tuito River for the first time on this hike. River levels were low (this was January 2015) so at its deepest, it was only about one foot deep. Easy to cross. Then a quick hike along the dirt trail until the river appeared once again. Second crossing no problem either - again, the river level was quite&nbsp;shallow.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_b0d584e0e734489ac38b.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01583.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01583.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_510a1164e3ddec86b13d.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01584.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01584.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_42eaa9297e04242a0a56.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01585.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01585.jpg" /></p> <p>A closer look at Tuito River and the path beyond to the&nbsp;waterfalls.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_07a0c77d00bc65cca126.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01586.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01586.jpg" /></p> <p>At the second crossing and looking back - to the left down the&nbsp;river</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_43f72b41f1d5efd9bd25.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01587.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01587.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_87ba308e542a7ec14758.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01588.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01588.jpg" /></p> <p>and to the right up the&nbsp;river</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_6051d7d842595b8acc99.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01589.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01589.jpg" /></p> <p>Not too far from the waterfalls now. Caught up with a few more horses and riders along the&nbsp;trail.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_3a3252c29f6d4badc8da.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01590.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01590.jpg" /></p> <p>After crossing the river for the second time, we hiked for another ten minutes and came across this corn field to our left. A very short distance further we found the &#8216;hole in the fence&#8217; spot. As we neared here, we heard a lot of &#8216;chatter&#8217; in the trees from birds (more on that&nbsp;later).</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_4a5a6c0800573eff2025.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01636.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01636.jpg" />&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_2391cf40a0e987875a5a.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01591.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01591.jpg" /></p> <p>If a person didn&#8217;t know, you could easily miss the faded writing on this wooded fence indicating the way to the waterfall and walk right past it thinking it&#8217;s just a fence. I had seen another blogger&#8217;s photos and immediately recognized it as the entrance to the waterfalls. Yup, climb on&nbsp;through!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_9673cecefca1df6d22fd.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01592.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01592.jpg" /></p> <p>Stay to the right of this path and follow it through the trees for approximately 15 minutes for your first view of the waterfalls.&nbsp;<img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_1bc56967b74561b1caef.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01593.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01593.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_c63d1156bb25ef8888cd.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01595.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01595.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_db3beaf8629ce89c5e92.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01596.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01596.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_a24432e23dc1b8e260b9.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01597.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01597.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_dc3ba0e4345a5f27e721.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01598.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01598.jpg" /></p> <p>Ahhh, the horses that we saw along the trail are tied up here. Likely the riders are at the&nbsp;falls.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_1a3729170bcdb09a6e8f.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01599.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01599.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_6c4b1bb926ff1bd1c576.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01600.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01600.jpg" /></p> <p>Our first view of the waterfall in the&nbsp;distance.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_59b319b50e53dc49667d.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01603.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01603.jpg" /></p> <p>Let&#8217;s get a closer look - up and over some huge&nbsp;boulders.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_35437aa7db0863b392cf.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01604.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01604.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_76d07cd152f6ca5713fc.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01605.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01605.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_6e8bbdc97524ba0c8246.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01606.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01606.jpg" /></p> <p>Ahhh&#8230;&#8230; what a great view and the perfect spot for lunch which we had packed along. &nbsp;Now I did read about a place along the trail that sells grilled chicken and we did pass it and the chicken on the hot grill sure looked and smelled great. Perhaps, next time we&#8217;ll plan on stopping to pick up some grilled chicken along the trail to enjoy at this gorgeous&nbsp;spot.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_ee0e9decfcdeca1ca8d4.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls__DSC01612.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls__DSC01612.jpg" /></p> <p>We did speak to a few people who were making their way back up from the waterfalls who said it was somewhat tricky to make your way down to the waters edge - required maneuvering over some larger boulders etc. and seeing we hadn&#8217;t brought along our swimwear, we decided to just hang out on the rocky outcrop just down the stream from the falls. A gorgeous view, in my estimation. Perhaps next time we&#8217;ll make it down just below the&nbsp;falls!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_73f8817d5eb2c00a9c89.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01613.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01613.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_295795cf1c2f6c77b899.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls___DSC01615.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls___DSC01615.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_c3c1af1184df6fa3ec38.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01618.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01618.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_865474fd3da48a90b03f.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01621.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01621.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_31565b2912dc0d056b88.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01630.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01630.jpg" /></p> <p>But alas, we can&#8217;t stay here forever as we need to get back to Yelapa before the last water taxi leaves back for Boca de Tomatlan! So back we go - but what an enjoyable hike thus&nbsp;far!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_605b1c82c5cd88f5b462.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01634.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01634.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_7938344e2531ae9b87ec.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01635.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01635.jpg" /></p> <p>So we climbed through the &#8216;hole in the fence&#8217; and headed back down towards Yelapa. Remember the birds I mentioned earlier at this spot? &nbsp;Again, the chatter was very loud and suddenly we realized we were surrounded by pairs of very colourful birds - I believe they were large&nbsp;parrots!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_4a5a6c0800573eff2025.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01636.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01636.jpg" /></p> <p>It was hard to capture the birds but here&#8217;s a zoom-in on the birds albeit poor&nbsp;quality!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_2f6c34a5ca1baff2fe8c.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01637.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01637.jpg" /></p> <p>After observing these beautiful birds, we needed to pick up our heels and head back to Yelapa. Retracing our steps back, we get an entirely different view from the&nbsp;trail!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_a9e3471c49be23762d82.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01643.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01643.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_9b6fc9e7e816d351483b.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01644.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01644.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_662e65687513914fc4f8.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01645.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01645.jpg" /></p> <p>Nearing Yelapa&nbsp;village.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_f76d456ebe62fb2e31c5.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01646.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01646.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_a3c9aab45b1f8ad2fdbb.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01648.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01648.jpg" /></p> <p>And in just a few minutes, we&#8217;ve got to be down there catching the water taxi back. No time to stop and smell the roses! We&#8217;ll return again to Yelapa and will hike out to the &#8216;upper&nbsp;cascadas&#8217;!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/03/15/large_984b3916ac01d4ba67f6.jpg" alt="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01651.jpg" title="Yelapa Upper Falls_DSC01651.jpg" /></p> <p>Thanks Yelapa - we had a wonderful time and will return to visit you&nbsp;again!</p> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:50:46 +0000http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2015/mar/16/yelapa-upper-waterfalls/Vallarta Food Tours - Taste of Pitillalhttp://viw.myfotojournal.com/2015/feb/15/vallarta-food-tours-taste-pitillal/<p>A year ago we took the <a href="http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2014/feb/09/vallarta-food-tours/" target="_blank">Downtown Vallarta Food Tour</a> with <em>Vallarta Food Tours</em> and thoroughly enjoyed it. So this year, we knew we wanted to check out their <em><a href="http://puertovallartafoodtours.com/calendars/pitillal-food-tour/" target="_blank">Taste of Pitillal Food Tasting <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Cultural Walking Tour</a>.&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;<br />We took the local bus (noted by Pitillal posted in the front windshield) which passes by the main square of Pitillal where we jumped off to start our tour. Pitillal (pee-tee-yall) is a suburban neighbouthood located east of downtown Puerto&nbsp;Vallarta.</p> <p>Street view in Pitillal.<img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_b719aea523e4bd692d18.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01106.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01106.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Getting there a few minutes early, we ventured across the street from the main square to the San Miguel Archangel Catholic Church. Inside and high above the alter, &nbsp;you will find a huge sculpture of Jesus (over 8 metres in height) &nbsp;at the front, said to be carved out of one piece of wood.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_abb285a4a44de27a5a7b.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01085.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01085.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_24763881c5d62d152ab4.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01125.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01125.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_acb6f4943b24206b3458.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01124.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01124.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_700ec5fa688b18260324.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01124.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01124.jpg" /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Our first stop on the </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Taste of Pitillal</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;tour is <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tacosnetopvr" target="_blank">Taco&#8217;s Neto</a> (Est. 1987) located on Juarez #219-D. We arrived to a packed restaurant - obviously a popular place in Col. Centro Pitillal and we enjoyed the slow-cooked pork (carnitas). Extremely flavourful. (A few weeks later, we returned to Pitillal to enjoy the carnitas here once again).</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_350a232e28c4fdd4f41d.jpg" alt="Taco's Neto_DSC01088.jpg" title="Taco's Neto_DSC01088.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_999f13edc6d74e20ab89.jpg" alt="Taco's Neto_DSC01090.jpg" title="Taco's Neto_DSC01090.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_b0c6afb6769051d71662.jpg" alt="Taco's Neto_DSC01089.jpg" title="Taco's Neto_DSC01089.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Next on the tour we stopped by the &#8216;churro&#8217; stand - the owner turns out delectable churros - fried crispy and rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Always room for a churro (or three!).</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_a7df61cb0dd5951eb5a1.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01100.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01100.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_5a6bd72c7700d02dabf1.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01101.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01101.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_613849e53c73ecd1c565.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01102.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01102.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Next stop was Pichis (Est. 1993) - a mexican seafood restaurant located on Emilano Zapata #262, Col. Centro Pitillal. These seafood tostadas were extremely fresh and delicious. Tasted as good as they looked!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_2be9aeb3c0569075077b.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01111.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01111.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Taking in a few of the sights around Pitillal - this truck load of pineapples absolutely looked delicious!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_d27a4e225d32ccbd37d6.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01113.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01113.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">We step into a store filled with everything but the kitchen sink, or so it seemed. Herbs, spices, groceries, etc. Very interesting - some items sold in the package while others sold by weight. Our tour guide, Alex, reminded us of what cocoa beans look like.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_27db03ce6eb4c3c36956.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01095.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01095.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_3785157f1c61aa4627d6.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01096.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01096.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_fc1d8f6bdf894964bdc5.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01098.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01098.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_fdfac2aed259692456a6.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01099.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01099.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_551282e7fe715ba5fa42.jpg" alt="El Pitillal_DSC01094.jpg" title="El Pitillal_DSC01094.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><br style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Further down the street we check out a saddlery and are given a first-hand look at how much work goes into these hand-made saddles. Intricate needle-work indeed. Fascinating to learn that there are places still hand-making saddles - what a craft and what a talent!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_a21412f827aaa6e2385d.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01117.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01117.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_12b7538fec3288b273a8.jpg" alt="Pitillal DSC01115.jpg" title="Pitillal DSC01115.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_430576cc0216a69c6baa.jpg" alt="Pitillal DSC01114.jpg" title="Pitillal DSC01114.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">On our way to our next stop on the tour, we stop for a moment to watch a woman prepare cactus leaves.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_f379731a2bc49e3ca771.jpg" alt="Pitillal DSC01107.jpg" title="Pitillal DSC01107.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_10618326fbd0c1ce6462.jpg" alt="Pitillal DSC01108.jpg" title="Pitillal DSC01108.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Our next stop was </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">No Name Tacos</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> on the corner of Guerrero and Independencia #140. Incredibly tasty and extremely tender &nbsp;carne asada tacos (grilled/roasted beef).</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_42a9ea1e1362b8146bb8.jpg" alt="Pitillal DSC01120.jpg" title="Pitillal DSC01120.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_289e05057cbc87c4c3d4.jpg" alt="Pitillal DSC01121.jpg" title="Pitillal DSC01121.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Next on the tour is a stop at </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Robles -&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">a Mexican restaurant at Hidalgo #198. We chose a table in the outdoor seating area and enjoyed a delicious bowl of their birria (slow-cooked meat stew, usually goat). Rich flavours.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_466b38b5d007c6e933a4.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01129.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01129.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_fecb962624a15119223d.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01127.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01127.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The produce available in Pitillal is plentiful - we stepped into this store for a few minutes while on the way to our next stop. Beautifully displayed and so many choices.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_c4fa47e1827885342ae5.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01130.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01130.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_682b53171d9507e1835d.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC1131.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC1131.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_3f9efdcef3eb2753af06.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01133.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01133.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">I enjoy stopping at the fruit/veggie vendors while in Mexico and so I was glad we would be stopping here to enjoy a taste of fresh fruit - here at </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Ernesto&#8217;s Fruit Stand -&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">drop by Ernesto&#8217;s at Abasolo #188. Choose any fruit or vegetable or a mix of some topped off with the juice of a freshly squeezed lime and tajin, a mexican spice mix.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_1288468e04be1b253823.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01138.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01138.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_e2efeed8a3fc255a72cf.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01135.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01135.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A short stop at</span><em style="line-height: 1.4;"> La Tia Anita&#8217;s&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">for fresh tamales and a cup of warm atole (a traditional hot corn and masa based mexican beverage - here our atole was strawberry flavoured). We had an exclusive seating at </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">La Tia Anita&#8217;s</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;as they are only open for dinners on the weekends.The tamales had very tasty poblano peppers and cheese inside which I found incredibly delicious.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_2177eab23cbde73f4dbb.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01142.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01142.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A fantastic way to end our food tour was a stop at the Villasenor Paleteria (Est.1951) - an ice fruit popsicles parlor. The paleteria is located at Emilano Zapata #195, Col. Centro Pitillal. I tried several flavours and really enjoyed the tamarind flavour!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_7617877dc7e88ebf448d.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01145.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01145.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/26/large_38334586c447849d8f3f.jpg" alt="Pitillal_DSC01144.jpg" title="Pitillal_DSC01144.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">After this three and a half hour food tour with <a href="http://puertovallartafoodtours.com" target="_blank">Vallarta Food Tours</a>, I knew we&#8217;d be back to visit Pitillal again. And we did! More tacos at Neto&#8217;s, a stop at a hardware store to pick up a tortilla maker and finally, a stop at a fruit/veggie stand for a bag of crunchy jicama with freshly squeezed lime!&nbsp;Yum!</span></p> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 02:26:18 +0000http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2015/feb/15/vallarta-food-tours-taste-pitillal/YEG to PVR - From -27C to +27C in 5 Hourshttp://viw.myfotojournal.com/2015/jan/29/yeg-pvr-27c-27c-5-hours/<p>Everyone needs a break sometimes and I definitely like to take a break from the cold. From -27C (with a windchill of -37C) to a balmy +27C in less than 5 hours - I&#8217;m in!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="caps">YEG</span> to <span class="caps">PVR</span> - 6 weeks - lots to see and do! Over the next while, I hope to share with you some of the photos and stories of our time in the Puerto Vallarta region of Mexico. It&#8217;s a<span style="line-height: 1.4;">lways a window seat for me!</span><br /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_e6c5b64b7150bba97770.jpg" alt="EIA_YEG IMG_2553.jpg" title="EIA_YEG IMG_2553.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_6f6403cf8e33698cc220.jpg" alt="Vacation MX_IMG_2558.jpg" title="Vacation MX_IMG_2558.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_5b55bdf1c9361b794c26.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2560.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2560.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_c12e3524bbe08f02ef47.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2563.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2563.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_fd4476de1fe152e366a0.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2564.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2564.jpg" />&nbsp;<br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Leaving the snow behind.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_3c8f2b2825c3ae488e74.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2565.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2565.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_57a89a1ad712b8a9f2f1.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2568.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2568.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_e398b43ff1060a238ded.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2569.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2569.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Now that&#8217;s interesting down there!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_85d66bec3a06cf7e4d39.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2571.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2571.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_b1a95fba9c6b3c10ada1.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2572.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2572.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_a7b7c1dcb1a11e01b4b0.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2575.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2575.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_079c5b821c2179f18231.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2580.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2580.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_e9843b3a23ee42ad97d5.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2581.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2581.jpg" /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Almost there!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_5d5323f38256abcaa1e9.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2585.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2585.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Flying over Mazatlan and heading south along the coast towards Puerto Vallarta.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_6dd525d38ca6ad297f09.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2586.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2586.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Passing by Rincon de Guayabitos and heading inland - just a few more minutes before we land!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_f86e6aea1128a0ff4364.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2595.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2595.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_b3c74cce7c599dbba2f2.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2596.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2596.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_cad597eba86082d74824.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_2603.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_2603.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">And here we are!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2015/01/27/large_9a17ea8726f027c8d4c0.jpg" alt="Vacation MX IMG_0885.jpg" title="Vacation MX IMG_0885.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Looking forward to some sand between my&nbsp;toes!</span></p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:39:08 +0000http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2015/jan/29/yeg-pvr-27c-27c-5-hours/Hiking Patricia Ravine, Edmonton, ABhttp://viw.myfotojournal.com/2014/oct/14/hiking-patricia-ravine-edmonton-ab/<p>Patricia Ravine, Edmonton, <span class="caps">AB</span> - I&#8217;m finding hundreds of trails around my city to hike - most, of which, you&#8217;d never know you&#8217;re even in a city! Like this great hiking trail in the Patricia Ravine in W-<span class="caps">SW</span> Edmonton.<br /><br />We began our hike by finding a small parking lot next to the North Saskatchewan River at the end of Whitemud Road - take Riverbend Road to 58<span class='ord'>th</span> Avenue. Head west on 58<span class='ord'>th</span> Ave until it turns into Whitemud Road - follow to the end to a very small turn-around with a few parking stalls. (Arrive early to get a&nbsp;spot!).</p> <p>Then head back up Whitemud Road a short distance until you reach a walking path on your right that leads between some homes that takes you up to and over the Fort Edmonton footbridge heading west over the North Saskatchewan&nbsp;river.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_81a3a7b7d97f27f32631.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine Map_IMG_2228.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine Map_IMG_2228.jpg" />&nbsp;</p> <p>A great view of the North Saskatchewan river from the Fort Edmonton foot bridge - a massive walking bridge over the river with great viewing opportunities of the surrounding areas. Walk over the bridge and turn right along the path next to the river&#8217;s edge. Now the hiking begins. And oh, did I tell you, there&#8217;s &#8216;some&#8217; stairs to&nbsp;climb!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_afc55b228acb5fdbb09c.jpg" alt="N Sask River Edm_DSC07921.jpg" title="N Sask River Edm_DSC07921.jpg" /></p> <p>A view of those stairs! &nbsp;It seems to draw alot of people wishing to do stairs as part of their daily exercise. Today was no different! They&#8217;re wide enough that the fitness enthusiasts can easily pass you as they go up and down&#8230;and up and down&#8230;and up and&nbsp;down!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_8566a1b590ada2bde027.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07922.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07922.jpg" /></p> <p>Only a few flights up and an opportunity to check out the scenery (ok, I&#8217;ll be honest - it was to take a breather!!). I had an excuse - I was still recuperating from a hip replacement!<br /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_bc49f7c2ac6846b9f154.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine DSC07923.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine DSC07923.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_c29f00bd6412f48a9014.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07924.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07924.jpg" /></p> <p>With trails like this, you&#8217;d never know you&#8217;re in the middle of a city just a few blocks&nbsp;away.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_85d7362c564e6c12292e.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07927.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07927.jpg" /></p> <p>Gorgeous side trails leading up to the various neighbourhoods - like Wolf Willow&nbsp;here.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_ede53fd411ea3613bf64.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07929.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07929.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_50de0f1b3825f70509eb.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07930.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07930.jpg" /></p> <p>Just a few birds chirping in the trees and the odd squirrel scurrying across the path (and the odd hiker/walker). I&#8217;m loving this path.<br /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_b36ebcb24ca423530829.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07931.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07931.jpg" /></p> <p>Beautiful trails and&nbsp;trees.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_63ce300308d4a1c12022.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07934.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07934.jpg" />&nbsp;</p> <p>Another side path up into the Wolf Willow&nbsp;neighbourhood.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_2a6b25cbde93138284a3.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07936.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07936.jpg" /></p> <p>Let&#8217;s give it a try - all is&nbsp;good!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_4c8ae099ce756b37f704.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_C07941.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_C07941.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_27abc277eba6b5a7cd55.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07946.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07946.jpg" /></p> <p>As much as I don&#8217;t like graffiti in most places, this posting sums up the feeling down here on this&nbsp;path!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_50459c68f6738e65f261.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07948.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07948.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_4929730de7952ec1ade1.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07950.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07950.jpg" /></p> <p>And returning on the path - a different perspective - from the top of the long series of stairs leading back down to the North Saskatchewan River with the Fort Edmonton footbridge in the&nbsp;distance.</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/09/16/large_2a3b84c1f509ded64d4c.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine_DSC07960.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine_DSC07960.jpg" /></p> <p>What a nice surprise to find this lovely walking path right in the middle of&nbsp;Edmonton!</p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:59:27 +0000http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2014/oct/14/hiking-patricia-ravine-edmonton-ab/Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area, Albertahttp://viw.myfotojournal.com/2014/sep/14/chickakoo-lake-recreation-area-alberta/<p><a href="http://www.parklandcounty.com/Recreation/Parks_and_Natural_Areas/Chickakoo_Lake_Recreation_Area.htm" target="_blank">Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area</a>, Alberta - a short drive west of Edmonton (32 km and 22 minutes from Anthony Henday/Hwy 16 (TransCanada Hwy) you will find <a href="https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Chickakoo+Lake,+Parkland+County,+AB+T0E/@53.6181463,-114.0704152,13z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x539f9b2a92c52dd9:0xeecfe83a8e2fcc0b" target="_blank">Chickakoo Lake</a>&nbsp;located in Parkland County.&nbsp;This 480 acre park has over 14 km of fantastic hiking trails (and biking, x-country ski and equestrian trails) and what better way to test out my new hip than to set out to do some&nbsp;hiking!</p> <p>Easy to find - head out on Highway 16 West from Edmonton and turn north on Highway 779. A short drive north until you reach Township Road 534 - turn west (left) here and follow the signs to the park. Since I somehow missed one sign, look for Range Road 13 on your right, turn here and follow up to Range Road 235. Take a right here and just a short distance, you&#8217;ll come to the entrance of Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area. There are several parking areas once you reach the park - the first parking lot immediately to your left is closest to Chichakoo Lake where you can offload your canoe or kayak. Continue past that parking area and you&#8217;ll reach this sign and a large parking lot. Both parking areas have toilets should you need them.<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_0c0a6f537e6dfe86f5ac.jpg" alt="Chickakoo2014_DSC07920.jpg" title="Chickakoo2014_DSC07920.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">We didn&#8217;t have our kayaks today so we proceeded to the larger parking lot and planned out our hike for the day. We began our hike along path #1 along the edge of Chickakoo Lake. (I often take a photo of the map with my phone so I&#8217;m able to easily refer to it along the trail, if needed.)</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_096fd57068b1cf410f78.jpg" alt="2014_ChickakooTrailMap.jpg" title="2014_ChickakooTrailMap.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Several fishermen were lined up along the edges of the lake which gets stocked each year - I&#8217;m not sure what fish were stocked this year but last year it was mountain whitefish and previous years it was either brook trout or rainbow trout. &nbsp;This is a quiet lake to take one&#8217;s kayak out to enjoy the sound of birds or watch the fish jumping!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_308cdb7e28ca03174c38.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07838.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07838.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The many kilometers of trails are very scenic and enjoyable to hike along - every so often one catches a glimpse of Chickakoo Lake on the left.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_e1a3cbf771f4cef02a08.jpg" alt="Indian Ridge at Chickakoo_DSC07839.jpg" title="Indian Ridge at Chickakoo_DSC07839.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_ea06bf826bf9346f5ccb.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07840.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07840.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Loads of wild raspberries to be found along the trails edge this long August weekend! Also found along the paths were a large variety of mushrooms, wild flowers, shrubs with berries and interesting foilage.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_289119ac5e9a3523c16a.jpg" alt="Raspberries at Chickakoo_DSC07846.jpg" title="Raspberries at Chickakoo_DSC07846.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_a7ca2a26ba63a252d0ec.jpg" alt="Mushroom at Chickakoo_DSC07842.jpg" title="Mushroom at Chickakoo_DSC07842.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_4b2a075b427394473e95.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07853.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07853.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_633b2168f11ad9b8c473.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07855.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07855.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_d5ef6d4eeb730780ac76.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07861.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07861.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_9171173a0d95ed8589c7.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07862.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07862.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_051123ac88ab819ebbef.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07863.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07863.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_37a75885459dffe0bfec.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07864.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07864.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_f95d6e5b4c6d1e956d69.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07865.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07865.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The trails meander through the 480 acre area with a different view around every corner or over every hill. Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area offers the hiker a variety of elevations - you won&#8217;t get bored!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_f0dc95fff6d50ea56118.jpg" alt="Chickakoo_DSC07843.jpg" title="Chickakoo_DSC07843.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_4d537cbdcf460b17c00e.jpg" alt="Chickakoo_DSC07844.jpg" title="Chickakoo_DSC07844.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">More interesting foilage, berries and flowers to be seen. And gorgeous ferns covering the forest floor in areas.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_bd403fb24faa5bde4593.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07857.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07857.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_9e2066a079d9fa0de5db.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07858.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07858.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_eda801b5de11f5032c6f.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07852.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07852.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_4dc8bfe384301e9869f8.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07860.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07860.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_7df654da4c78918910de.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07879.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07879.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_30cf07f935d39b53392b.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07885.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07885.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_1a959d45bd3e05e5eaa0.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07886.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07886.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_3f4b88cb473c3b391c73.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07889.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07889.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_c62a20b313d5937607e3.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07892.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07892.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_c1c22eaaf39652812f89.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07893.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07893.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_be4fcee80b80b651a0b7.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07897.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07897.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_3a185120edf0ec17d97e.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07906.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07906.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">It was earlier in the morning so we hadn&#8217;t come across many hikers - just peaceful bliss with the sound of chattering birds and the rustling of leaves.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_d057e109e47d226f3ad2.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07869.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07869.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_6753cee2fd06ad91178f.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07872.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07872.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">And yes, the new hip was working fine - what a difference it&#8217;s making - hiking is once more enjoyable!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_3838a4459b42ef9ee207.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake Hike_DSC07875.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake Hike_DSC07875.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A small lake where Nature&#8217;s Way (#2) meets up with Cranberry Corner (#4).</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_8ce50cf30d1fcd5e421e.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07881.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07881.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_40df1fa6038499aa7da5.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07887.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07887.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_cb6b4689f3fec0d27895.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07890.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07890.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The hiking trail along the edge of Kettle Lake was gorgeous as the trees form a canopy over the trail.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_05c954b211315602a0e5.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07895.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07895.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_5e505e22b2d8f3808e88.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07896.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07896.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A large and interesting plant seen along the edge of Dog Leg Pond.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_2e86a9d547949cc4a45c.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07903.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07903.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_bbe95baa3a8bba4e8be0.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07899.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07899.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">We met up with more hikers in this area - mid afternoon and people are enjoying the fantastic weather and great hiking here at Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_6d7323e45adeb5c00e63.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake Hike_DSC07910.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake Hike_DSC07910.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_6f0bf285b2d58ded4a8f.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07912.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07912.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_ba591a2547883f8baf68.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07915.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07915.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/23/large_cd10a872915b5335deef.jpg" alt="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07918.jpg" title="Chickakoo Lake_DSC07918.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The nice thing about Chickakoo Lake is that you can choose to come out for a short hike or take in as many of the trails as you can fit into your&nbsp;schedule.</span></p> <p>All in all, it was a great way to spend part of our day - hiking just a short drive from&nbsp;Edmonton.</p> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:10:53 +0000http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2014/sep/14/chickakoo-lake-recreation-area-alberta/New hip replacement - must walk and walk and walk!http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2014/aug/30/new-hip/<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - It&rsquo;s been a long time since I last posted! In May, I went for surgery to get a total hip replacement and so for the last three months+ I&rsquo;ve been going through the healing and strengthening process of my new hip. It&rsquo;s been a &lsquo;stay-recuperation&rsquo; time and part of that process is weeks of physio and lots of walking. Which I love to do! <br /><br />So over the next while, I hope to share some photos of the wonderful walking and hiking trails I discovered &lsquo;right in my back yard&rsquo; in/around Edmonton, Alberta. Then back to more travels and&nbsp;blogging!</span></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/08/24/large_07827fa8ce0280b91564.jpg" alt="Patricia Ravine Edm_DSC07941.jpg" title="Patricia Ravine Edm_DSC07941.jpg" /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Making sure my new hip works! Above photo taken along a walking trail in Patricia Ravine. A map of trails in west Edmonton found </span><a href="http://edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/documents/RVWestTrailsMap.pdf" target="_blank">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p> <p>One of the best things in Edmonton, Alberta is the river valley! A great link for 160 km+ of mapped out trails in the Edmonton area can be found <a href="http://edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/parks_rivervalley/river-valley-trail-maps.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:13:28 +0000http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2014/aug/30/new-hip/Breakfast in Puerto Vallartahttp://viw.myfotojournal.com/2014/may/29/breakfast-puerto-vallarta/<p>Puerto Vallarta - I had good intentions of making breakfasts at our condo rental while staying in Puerto Vallarta but having not yet made it to a grocery store or market, we needed to head out for breakfast our first morning in town. We went early and avoided the line-ups that occasionally occur outside of <a href="http://fredystucan.com" target="_blank">Fredy&#8217;s Tucan</a>. This is a popular place for tourists with an extensive menu offering Mexican and American dishes.<br /><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_8c53107b0ddfcabb150c.jpg" alt="Fredy's Tucan in PV_C05007.jpg" title="Fredy's Tucan in PV_C05007.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">After breakfast,we walked north along the Malec&oacute;n until we reached the grocery store, Ley Market (about 4 blocks north of the northern end of the Malec&oacute;n and Hotel Rosita). Here we loaded up on groceries with good intentions of cooking at our rental.<br />The next day, I woke up and cooked a breakfast that I often eat back home - cooked oats with strawberries and cinnamon. Sitting out on the balcony just steps away from the Malec&oacute;n enjoying a healthy breakfast - it lasted about a week. Don&#8217;t get me wrong - we enjoyed making our breakfasts but we were also enticed by the many wonderful breakfast places that <span class="caps">PV</span> has to offer!&nbsp;</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_dc5f3f1160ec06f987d0.jpg" alt="Breakfast in PV_C05126.jpg" title="Breakfast in PV_C05126.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Friends staying in Zona Romantica (south side) invited us to join them at <a href="http://www.saludpv.com" target="_blank">Salud Super Food</a> and we loved this place. Great breakfast menu options. Salud offers seating indoors but we usually arrived early to get outdoor seating in their patio. What a great way to start your morning!&nbsp;</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_360ce713b33cb65fc624.jpg" alt="Salud_IMG_1899.jpg" title="Salud_IMG_1899.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_c24e4742cbc6898baf55.jpg" alt="Salud_IMG_1898.jpg" title="Salud_IMG_1898.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_2374423a3f92e171da15.jpg" alt="Salud_IMG_1897.jpg" title="Salud_IMG_1897.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Salud offers great selections of smoothies - my favourite was the Bah&iacute;a de Banderas - a flavourful smoothie made with pineapple, mango, banana, coconut water and soy milk.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_e895ed9382dda50168ef.jpg" alt="Salud_IMG_1896.jpg" title="Salud_IMG_1896.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Besides enjoying the breakfast croissant options available, I also enjoyed the large (huge) serving of oatmeal with choice of milk and topped with brown sugar, bananas and organic blueberries.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_59ada25b3bd806b0e57a.jpg" alt="Salud_IMG_1070.jpg" title="Salud_IMG_1070.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Salud is also a great place for lunch - great burgers, sandwiches and quinoa super bowls.&nbsp;</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_62dd7445cf3f2e1e341f.jpg" alt="Salud_IMG_1895.jpg" title="Salud_IMG_1895.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">My favourite Salud Super Bowl was definitely the Thai bowl - a stir fry of grilled vegetables, herb salad and grilled chicken with a spicy peanut sauce topped with roasted peanuts over quinoa. A mouthful of flavours!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_51ba63021cb007ad055c.jpg" alt="Salud_IMG_0961.jpg" title="Salud_IMG_0961.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">What can I say about Dee&#8217;s Coffee? &nbsp;A wonderful coffee shop in the South Side neighbourhood. A great place to meet regulars who stop by for their morning coffee or pastry. Although, since we last visited in December 2013,, Dee&#8217;s has closed due to high rental increases and so we hope to hear that Dee&#8217;s will relocate. (May 2014 - <span class="caps">UPDATE</span> - I&#8217;ve read that Dee&#8217;s is relocating to new place on Pier Street (Fca. Rodriguez - just up the street from the new pier).&nbsp;</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_79ab4c0008805faefb0a.jpg" alt="Dee's in PV_IMG_1961.jpg" title="Dee's in PV_IMG_1961.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">My favorite at Dee&#8217;s? &nbsp;Chai and fresh cinnamon buns hot out of the oven! Life is good! Here&#8217;s hoping that Dee&#8217;s will reopen at the &nbsp;new location soon.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_ce7dbd81dd8b419da656.jpg" alt="Dee's in PV_IMG_1956.jpg" title="Dee's in PV_IMG_1956.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Another great place for breakfast is <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g150793-d1224892-Reviews-Dianita-Puerto_Vallarta.html" target="_blank">Dianita&#8217;s</a> located on Francisco Madero #243 in the South Side. It was a suggestion that a Trip Advisor poster gave me and I wasn&#8217;t disappointed! I tried the Chilaquiles Verdes - absolutely delicious. A great family-run restaurant. Great service, tasty food at great prices!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_c1ec28366380a2bd4817.jpg" alt="Dianita in PV_IMG_C05124.jpg" title="Dianita in PV_IMG_C05124.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_042216e1a44292668853.jpg" alt="Dianita's in PV_IMG_1846.jpg" title="Dianita's in PV_IMG_1846.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_fcacf4f66f7c1bb90255.jpg" alt="Dianita's in PV_IMG_1847.jpg" title="Dianita's in PV_IMG_1847.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_ed5ecad45421504f52d2.jpg" alt="Dianita's in PV_C05122.jpg" title="Dianita's in PV_C05122.jpg" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A side order of papaya at Dianita&#8217;s is, by no means, a small serving!</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_6f20d89b84e0102a1e4f.jpg" alt="Dianita's in PV_C05121.jpg" title="Dianita's in PV_C05121.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">We celebrated my birthday breakfast with a friend on the rooftop deck of our rental condo catered by </span><a href="http://viteapv.com" target="_blank">Vitea</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> (an excellent restaurant located right on the Malec&oacute;n at Libertad 2 y Malec&oacute;n,&nbsp;Centro.</span></p> <p>Delicious breakfast offerings were the Huevos Florentine - poached eggs served over saut&eacute;ed spinach and smoked salmon served on English muffins with hollandaise sauce.<img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_357fad5d855df258c31b.jpg" alt="Vitea_C06662.jpg" title="Vitea_C06662.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">And how about the very tasty Vanilla and Cinnamon Brioche French Toast - Vitea style.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_5761e18f5c0abd6fa61f.jpg" alt="Vitea_C06657.jpg" title="Vitea_C06657.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A wonderful fresh tropical fruit platter to share.</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_2850df2a0e91f4b8905b.jpg" alt="Vitea_C06659.jpg" title="Vitea_C06659.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4;">And because I love chilaquiles - Vitea&#8217;s version - scrambled eggs with tortillas chips, chicken, onion and tomato and covered with ranchero sauce. Delicious.</span><span style="font-family: CenturyGothic; font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/viw/photos/2014/04/14/large_32fdcb65d883b7be2541.jpg" alt="Vitea_C06661.jpg" title="Vitea_C06661.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p>Puerto Vallarta offers hundreds of restaurant choices for breakfast - and don&#8217;t forget the many local food stands that offer tasty options as&nbsp;well.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 15:29:00 +0000http://viw.myfotojournal.com/2014/may/29/breakfast-puerto-vallarta/