OasisCloud is the home of Duane and Mary Ann Hanes. We live in the Lake Chapala area of Mexico "Lakeside", which is near Guadalajara, Jalisco.
We operated the OasisCloud Café in our large home from August 2011 through December 2013. Operating the café was a great two and a half years for us, and we were able to meet many wonderful people during that time. Tax laws changed in Mexico on January 1, 2014, which caused us to re-think our plans for the future, and we decided not to re-open the café.
We continued to live in our large home for the next two years, but it was way too big for us after the café and so we moved to an apartment in the “Penthouse”. The “Penthouse” is what they refer to as an “independent living community”. There are 15 to 20 singles and couples that live here in various apartments on the large property. There are two wonderful meals provided each day.
The Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary is about a 30 minute drive up the mountain from Minera de Aguangueo. The climb was pretty tough for us, but we made it to the top. It is a little early in the year, so the monarchs are just starting to arrive, but we still got to see a lot of butterflies.
Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacan and is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. It is a registered UNESCO World Heritage site featuring a consistent colonial-style. We visited Morelia for a week over the Day of the Dead celebration.
We were able to return to Mazamitla for the first time after the pandemic and eat at our favorite restaurant La Troje. It was also the maiden voyage in our new (to us) car. As mentioned in other posts, they have the best Fajitas in the world!
In late 2020 we were growing antsy and wanting a break from our "locked down" Covid life. We also wanted to be safe and not take unnecessary chances at catching it. We have some long time friends that moved to Mazatlan in 2019, and they helped us to arrange renting a condo for a month in the same building where they live. While there we extended our stay for another 2 weeks, so we had a really relaxing stay of a little over 6 weeks.
We usually have one birthday party in our little community each month for everyone having a birthday that month. We had four Virgos this year, so it was a pretty big party. This year during Covid everyone living here has been very careful only leaving our beautiful on rare occasions. During community meals and times together we practice social distancing as much as possible.
We usually have one birthday party in our little community each month for everyone having a birthday that month. Mimi was the only May birthday this year so she had it all to herself. During Covid everyone living here has been very careful only leaving our beautiful on rare occasions. During community meals and times together we practice social distancing as much as possible.
Mazamitla is a very nice little "Pueblo Magico" in the mountains on the other side of lake Chapala. It is a very beautiful drive of about 1 3/4 hours. We sometimes like to drive up just to eat at our favorite restaurant "La Troje". Mazamitla is kind of a Swiss Alps style town and La Troje has the best fajitas in the world!