Nice place, Nice people.

Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2008

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Mar Esmeralda Park
Trailer Park de Alba Yuri

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Emerald Coast is a long stretch of beach homes, hotel/motels, and RV parks with lots of small venders along the way. There's also an area that has quite a few nice restaurants and open air shops. All of which are right next to an equally long stretch of beaches.
We've been using a RV guidebook by Mike and Terri Church, that has pretty good descriptions and directions, although, they weren't very good for Pozo Rica or El Tajin. Anyway, they also had a list of the better places to stay on the Emerald Coast, so we checked out a few of them before finding a brand new place called Mar Esmeralda. It didn't seem to even officially open and wasn't in the guidebook but it looked real nice so we pulled into it.
It turned out that the caretaker was out and we were the only ones there, so we parked and set up. It was when we unhitched the Jeep that we discovered  that somewhere on this miserable days' trek, that one arm of the Blue Ox towing system, that pulls the Jeep, got bent, similarly to what happened when we crashed the Dynasty last July (that another story for another time). Hopefully, we'll still be able to use it and/or get it fixed. Unfortunately, we left the old one (that still has one good arm) back at PJ's in Florida and I don't know if the good arm can be sent to us down here. It turned out that we did get it fixed, quickly and inexpensively, a couple of days later and it's been fine ever since

Meanwhile, we drove around exploring more and found a place that Terry had seen online, but wasn't in the Church RV book yet. It's called the RV Trailer Park de Alma Yuri and it has full hookups, a little restaurant, a pool with a couple of water slides and a lot more. We talked briefly with Bob, an Englishman, who is like the manager, and we moved over to there the next day.

As we got to know the others staying there, they had lots of good information for us to learn from their experiences traveling around Mexico. They were a lovely bunch of people including two couples traveling together from Texas. One of them, Howard and Marilee, had an internet satellite dish that enabled us to connect wirelessly, thanks to their wonderful generosity.

There were two more couples, plus the 'handiman', Mike, from Ontario, Canada and a really nice family from Australia (who live not very far from where my friend Susie-Belle lives, just north of Brisbane). Bev and Dave have three delightful and very well-mannered children, James 12, Phillip 9, and Emily 5. They are traveling for a full year all around the western US, Mexico, then on up all the way to Alaska. Then they'll ship the motorhome, that they bought in the US for this trip, to Australia to use over there, too. What a great experience for them, especially for the children. Terry and I also traveled extensively with our parents when we were kids.  

We liked everyone so much and we were well situated, plus Terry liked fishing right from the beach, quite often with James, Phillip and/or Dave, who also had a small inflatable boat, so we landed up staying for a week, rather than just a couple of days as planned.  

One day we went with Bev, Dave and their children, plus Ken and Betty (a well-traveled couple from Ontario) to a nearby restaurant for a great seafood lunch. The view of the estuary behind the restaurant was nice, the kids liked watching the boats, and the food was excellent and reasonably priced. The whole bill, for the nine of us, including several beers, a couple of cocktails, and large orange juices for the kids (followed by bottled water for each) was less than about US$100.

After lunch we all went downstairs to the fish market where we bought fish and/or shrimp at bargain prices (the only one I remember was a kilo (2.2 lbs.) of large shrimp for about US$10.50. Terry and Dave also got the fishmongers to teach them the names of all the different fish in Spanish.
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