Welcome to Our New Blog!

It’s taken lots of time, sweat and late nights as well as plenty of frustrations but it’s finally here: Welcome to our New Blog!

We made several attempts in the past to incorporate a WordPress blog seemlessly into our site, but we were always stymied by the complex code needed to conform a WordPress theme to the look and feel of our site. But it had to be done since the Tumblr blog we had settled for turned out to be terrible and our travel Journals & Photo Galleries are not getting updated frequently enough due to a lack of time once we keep our Journey on the road and finish our web, magazine and newspaper assignments.

More than two weeks of work and lots of guidance from @rivergirlcancun finally ended in  success. As you see we’re starting off with a bunch of posts from our old blog covering everything from fancy resorts on the Costalegre in Mexico to the making of a video application for a Really Goode Job. Check it out and enjoy.

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The Making of Our Very Goode Video (sneak peek!)

UPDATE (5/26): The video has been posted so please watch & vote!

“This job is so for you!” That’s our friend Nikki talking after we told her we were applying for a Really Goode Job as Lifestyle Correspondents for Murphy-Goode Winery in Healdsburg, CA. It’s a sweet gig (get the details here) but they’re not just giving it away. Nope. All applicants have to submit a 60 second video.

Mexico’s wine industry is growing and improving (La Cetto petit syrah has become a favorite), but it’s centered mostly in the Valle de Guadalupe area of the Baja Peninsula. Here in central Mexico tequila is king. Since tequila has an official geographic denomination, like chianti and champagne and scotch does, only stuff made in approved areas can legally be called tequila. Which brings us to the Cascahuin Tequila Distillery in El Arenal, Jalisco, Mexico just north of Guadalajara and 15 miles from the town of Tequila itself right on the Ruta de Tequila.

We figured Murphy-Goode will get plenty of video applications shot in vineyards, so why bore them with another one? Instead we headed into a rolling field of gorgeous blue agave with our trusty Flip Video camera and a stack of cue cards and our ipod and a whole crew of supporters including Javier there in the background, Carlos (whose family owns Cascahuin) and our littlest guest star, Tedeo.

It was hot, it was dusty and blue agave is brutally sharp (yes, there was blood) but we had a ball shooting our application video complete with our own theme song written by our friend, guitarist Scott Metzger, art help from our friend Iliana and post-production polishing courtesy of Nikki, who was the very first one to come right out and say that this job is so for us.

The video is finished and will be posted soon.

Until then, here are some outtakes to tide you over and you can get even more details about our quest for a Really Goode Job at areallygoodehire.net.

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UPDATE (5/26): The video has been posted so please watch & vote!

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Our Latest Work: Hotelito Desconocido Renovation To Watch – Costalegre, Mexico

We’ve put a new story up on our site, originally published on itravelishop.com, about a very exciting and very major renovation that just started at Hotelito Desconocido–one of the most unique hotels on the Costalegre in Mexico.

Check it out:
Renovation to Watch: Hotelito Desconocido – Costalegre, Mexico.

You can also check out our previous post about the Hotelito Desconocido.

Visit the Published Work page of our website any time to see all of our freelance work in one place.

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Mountain Bliss – Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico

Mexico is blessed with slightly fewer than 40 small towns that have met the government’s strict standards and earned the right to be called Pueblo Magicos or magic towns. However, if you were only going to visit one of them we might recommend that you make it Tapalpa.

About two hours from Guadalajara at an altitude that ensures cool weather even when Guadalajara is sweltering, Tapalpa is compact but bustling, absolutely clean and gorgeous and has one of the best elote (corn) vendors we’ve come across in all of Mexico.Hiking trails to roaring waterfalls, a field of enormous boulders weirdly jumbled about and a charming nearby lake round out the picture.

The church in Tapalpa.

The church that anchors Tapalpa's square.

A fountain on the square in tapalpa filled with flowers

It's not unusual for town squares to have fountains, however, the ones in Tapalpa were filled with Alcatraz, the Spanish word for Cala Lilies, when we visited. Gorgeous.

Our dear friend Tom, Iliana, David & Christina who have allowed us to make their casa in Ajijic our casa, in Tapalpa's square.

We visited Tapalpa with Tom, Iliana, David and Cristina who have allowed us to make their casa in Ajijic our casa in Ajijic and have become cherished friends in the process.

A basket full of freshly picked pitalla which are the delicious and refreshing fruits that grow on the local cactus once a year. They're like a cross between a kiwi, a fig and a plum.

A basket of freshly picked pitalla which are the delicious and refreshing fruits that grow on local cactus once a year. They're like a delicious cross between a kiwi, a fig and a plum.

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