Completing our Panama Canal cruise we come back home into San Francisco bay in the wee hours of the morning. The ship sails under the Golden Gate Bridge as the full moon is setting providing us with a sense of awe. Our episode continues with the Palace of Fine Arts, Pier 39 Fishermans Wharf and lots of “segues” (sic) along the way!
On our last day at sea from San Diego to San Francisco, at long last it’s time for our model ship building contest aboard the Regent Mariner cruise ship. Using nothing more than found, begged, borrowed or _____ items that we gathered on our cruise, we were definitely ready to compete in the high seas (well, at least in the Jacuzzi and choppy swimming pool waters). So bring on the judges assessment of our engineering and design, bring on the popular audience vote… or at least we THOUGHT we were all good to go. Then life happens 😉
At last, California Travel Videos reaches the United States while aboard the Recent Cruise Ship Mariner! As we pulled into the harbor we were treated by sorties of Miramar F-35 jets thrusting through the skyways, along with numerous helicopters – WOW! Ditto seeing 50 naval ships – cruisers and destroyer including the latest Zumwalt class stealth ship. On our City Tour we enjoyed spending time at Old Town, with numerous “drive-bys” of scenic highlights and historic locations. Getting back on board, Grace and I made our final tweaks to our homemade model ship, Minniehaha as we prepared for tomorrows competition in the cruise ship’s jacuzzi and swimming pool – so stay tuned…
Cabo San Lucas makes a wonderful getaway for tourists who love basking in the warm Pacific gulf waters at “Lands End.” And while cruise ships shuttle tender boats ashore, our day trip included a fascinating boat ride to the tip of Lands End with narration by Cousteau and a bus trip to see stunning studio art works as well as learn about Mexican customs, glass blowing and details of how public and private education works in Mexico.
Don’t miss the Acapulco daredevil sea cliff divers descent 100 feet into a narrow, shallow sea inlet! This is our fourth stop heading north after cruising the Panama Canal. On our 4 hour day trip, we also enjoyed seeing the Chapel of Peace, John Wayne’s hacienda, the nearby historic fortress and more. Three more cruise stops before returning to RV Life.
While cruising up the Pacific Ocean, we stopped for a day trip at the Auto Safari in Chapin, Guatemala,. Most of the animals have free run in their individual domains while we watched from our tour bus. Lots to see including giraffes, lions, hippos, alligators, monkeys, reptiles (yeah, snakes, too), birds and more. cTv RV Life – no, but a fantastic respite to enjoy the good life!
Amayo Hacienda time at Lake Nicaragua – we had a romantic day with delightful hospitality, delicious local food, folkloric dances and music. If you are tourista, be sure to make Nicaragua high up on your list – but we will pass on getting too close to their active volcanos~
cTv RV Life meets up with the mighty Panama Canal. We have lots of photos and cinematic video clips about how the canal and locks work, intriguing history factoids and most everything you’d want to know including the rain forest, the new third huge canal locks and more.
Going through the Panama Canal
Next up: cTv, Costa Rica Rainforest – Crocodiles, Poison Dart Frogs, Monkeys
Come with us as we enjoy a day in Cartagena, Columbia. Take a tour through the walled city and see street performers dance, visit the Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and many other of Cartagena’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites.