Southern Hospitality

Trip Start Dec 28, 2012
Trip End Feb 10, 2013

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Williams back yard on the river.

Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dec 21

Kona was first up this morning, and
patrolled the beach and reported everything was in order.

After coffee under the plapa on the
beach, it was time for a swim. The water was very warm and felt so
good to swim in the ocean, I don't know if its the salt feeling, the
extra buoyancy or that I grew up swimming in the slat water, but I
kind of prefer the salt water to the fresh. I think I understand why
Kona likes its so much, but I refused to chase the ball.

After beach play time we had Hazel
loaded and were heading for Veracruz. The drive was beautiful, some
four lane divided highway some small towns, and no issues with the
Policia. Cathie did a super job directing us through town, along the
beautiful ocean boulevard. We found a telcel shop, and got the 3G
stick sorted out, “needed a patch for windows 7” now we can get
on line most anywhere, so that is good. Still can not reply to
emails, we are receiving, but get this error when we try to send,

An error occurred sending mail: The
mail server sent an incorrect greeting: edtncm03 bizsmtp ESMTP
server not available, your ip is balcklisted by spamhaus. Go to

Not sure if that error is in English of
Spanish, but either way no comprendo.

After cruising Veracruz Cathie amazed
me once again getting us to where the book said the campsite was.
Once there “here” we met William and his wife Beatrice and their
son William. They explained this
is no longer a camp site, and we were more then welcome to camp in
their back yard. They are changing this property from a restaurant
where a few could camp in the backyard to their retirement home.
After a tour of their lovely new home, and being introduced to their
three workers they left to their home in Veracruz for the evening,
and we had a nice visit with Luis beside the river. Luis works here
for 8 days then goes home to his wife and two kids for a week. Then
comes back and does another weeks work, he is looking forward to
seeing his family again in a couple days.

have all the screens that Cathie made covering the windows, and they
are keeping out what few bugs there are. There doing a great job,
they just attach to the outside frame of the window with magnets
sewed into the edging.

I think the bed is calling.
Noches from Veracruz.

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MJ on

It sounds like you 2 are having a great adventure. Glad that Cathie is able to sweet talk the police and keep you three out of trouble. Looking forward to the next entry!

Blair on

Sounds like you are still having fun but I bet you miss the rain and the cold.

Carolyn Fast on

Sounds great guys. Are you actually on the beach. We stopped at a small restaurant just south of Veracruz once on our way up. Did not have time to go in swimming but also noticed there was a lot of undertow by the waves. Enjoy the sun. It is 8am and the sun is still behind the hill. It is still fairly dark out, but what a beautiful moon we had last night. The sun does not actually shine on Mom's trailer in the valley until around 11am. The joys of the shortest day of the year. Visit a Christmas market for me.

Sharon on

I can't help think of flooding when I think of Veracruz - I think it was only 1 1/2 years or so ago that you could hardly see any houses above water - flooding was so deep and so extensive. Apparantly they had flooding again last September. From the sounds of your blog, however, I would think they have completely recovered from the floods. ...also in Veracruz - do you remember, Cathie, when we pulled into Veracruz in about '64 (maybe you wouldn't remember) and had to wait while they rebuilt the transmission on our aged push button Plymouth. There was a demonstration against something or the other - the streets were full of marching people yelling and chanting. I remember being afraid - however, there wasn't any trouble. By the way - if you're parked on the beach, remember to watch out for flash floods from storms - remember the time we got into trouble with the car and trailer on the beach - I think it might have been at Coatzacoalcos. Good job with the Spanish, sister - my very rusty.

P&S on

How come I don't hear any talk of parkas?
It's -20C in Beiseker tonight - hopefully zero by the weekend. It's almost hard to imagine not needing a jacket, but it is delightful to dream of the concept.
Enjoy the warmth!!

mom and dad on

just a note to let you know the cannucks won last night. Sure nice to hear you are havinge good weather. the mayhems will arrive in an hr. or so from Gibsons wher they spent the evening.
Have a real nice Christmas Day. We will miss you very much.

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