Can You “Plan” Adventure? But Of Course

15 Jan

We have been in our little house along the coast of beautiful Laguna Bacalar in the tropics of Southern Mexico for a little more than a year. The walls have been settling around us. Our gardens are bursting with color from a long rainy season. Life is good.


Waking every morning to an amazing sunrise.

We left our life in Austin, Texas and made this extraordinary move in 2013 with certain pre-conceived ideas that were completely subconscious. Traveling and living in a foreign country is a great way to hold up a mirror to one’s assumptions. Here are some things that surprised us about our new life.


Orchid like flowers blooming in the jungle. 


A stone cross found in Valladolid, Yucatán. 

It’s not as easy to take off for the weekend and travel as we had imagined.

This may be a no-brainer for you but dogs are a lot of work. When we adopted Luna, our first dog ever, she was a throw away street puppy. We didn’t really think through all the ways she would impact our lives. Everyone told us, you HAVE to have a dog. Of course we adore her, but like every other relationship, there are inconveniences.


A sad little puppy who needed a home.


Lisa and Luna enjoying tour of the lake.

Leaving our house unattended for more than a day or two is not a good idea. There is crime of opportunity, much like in the US or anywhere else in the world. An empty house is a big opportunity. Since we have chosen not to live with bars on the windows, having a house sitter is the way to go. Finding the right someone takes time. Travel is less spontaneous than we had hoped. Another inconvenience.


The front of the house.

We have also turned into the proverbial home bodies. The view from the porch is to die for. We can swim and kayak in our back “yard”. The food (my cooking) is the best and our bed is supremely comfy.


So the “Adventures” of Dos Tortas has been looking more like the laid-back, staid life of Dos Tortas. We are not complaining.

As of today, I am happy to report there are adventures in the planning. Can you “plan” adventures? Stay tuned. We’ll try to step it up a bit.



11 Responses to “Can You “Plan” Adventure? But Of Course”

  1. emilievardaman January 15, 2017 at 11:32 am #

    Life is not always what you plan, for sure. I also have a dog I wouldn’t give up for anything, but because of her I had to get a live-in housemate to accommodate my travel. Thankfully, I have the room to do that!
    One day, perhaps you’d like a l-o-n-g trip and I could house sit for you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 January 15, 2017 at 11:38 am #

      How long is long my dear?


    • Alex January 20, 2017 at 11:54 am #

      Finding a sitter for your home in Mexico isn’t that hard. In fact it’s easy. I invite you to my website: where right now we have over 70 great sitters registered. Write to me directly and I’ll give you a free membership. (Love your photos too.) Alex


  2. Jack Scott January 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    Plans? Who needs plans? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 January 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

      You are so cute. Two dogs, MIL and a house, WE need plans. 😉


      • Alex January 20, 2017 at 11:57 am #

        Just as offered to Emillie, goes for you too! Write to me and I’ll set you up with a free membership to so that having great pet sitters when you need them won’t be a problem again. (We even have a VETERINARIAN sitter! OMG!!!) 🙂


      • afish25 January 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

        THank you.


  3. LJones January 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

    You both, Tortas, are such an inspiration! We are happy to know we will be your neighbors. Our “plan” 🙂 is to head down in March (though my mom may pass before then). Can’t wait to see you…blow a kiss to the beautiful back yard for me. xo L

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  4. Deborah S. January 16, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him/Her your plans!” Anon.


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