Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
27Trip End Apr 01, 2008
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The drive getting there was pleasant and rather scenic with some occasional beautiful ocean views. When we got there and asked where we should park, the manager pointed to a nice spot, so we set up there.
Later, we found that it is his premium spot, because of the ocean and sunset views and he charges $50 pesos extra per day for a total of $200 pesos. However, we didn't bother to move to another site, partly because the views were worth it and also he gave us a weekly rate of 7 days for the price of 6.
The electric there wasn't quite as strong, so no A/C but there wasn't any need for it anyway. They are making improvements to the park, a little here, a little there, etc. Another RV has wireless internet that they let us use, and they're planning on putting in a high-speed network for the park.
Although the daytime temperatures were mostly in the low 80s, the breezes were lovely. It also cooled down at night enough to maybe need a sweater, or a blanket on the bed, especially close to dawn.
The park sat on a cliff with beaches below on each side.
It also had a couple of nice cabanas for rent with private kitchenettes and bathrooms. They also used another cabana as a camper's kitchen (so you wouldn't have to stink up your coach with the smell of lobster, or for those that have small rigs and perhaps no kitchens, etc.) The bathroom in that cabana was also for anybody's use and although the shower water could be sort of warm in the afternoons, they were in the process of installing a new water heater.
There was a really nice central covered patio, that also had a BBQ, where everyone gathers to chat, lay in hammocks, eat, drink or whatever, and it had a killer view of the ocean. We even saw some humpback whales including a few breeches. Although they made me a bit homesick for Maui.
The park was a real nice friendly place, managed by David, a retired American who was a RV electrical tech. While we were there, we had quite an mixed bunch of people from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Oregon, Alaska, and Australia. David and Nora had their two large, but friendly, dogs, Zoe (a tan mixed breed) and Spencer (the black Shepherd/Husky dog in the foto) and Big David's dark brown medium size camp dog, was a sweet girl named Yeki.
The park is actually in a Federal Reserve area and a local Mexican, Jesus, is one of the ones that protect the turtles and their eggs that are deposited on the shore, etc. Jesus and his family are also always around and helping out with a lot of things at the RV park. He also is Federally licensed to dive for lobster and oysters, that he sells, of course.
The couple who have the wireless internet, David, a retired doctor and his wife, Nora, from Ontario, Canada are negociating to buy the place (it's even more complicated due to being on Federal land). They plan to make even more improvements if they get it, but it will probaly take at least a year of red tape, etc. They also think that the new Mexican President (who is from the State of Michoacan) will be pushing through a lot of improvements for the area, including an Int'l airport, roads and hotels, etc. Both good and bad, I guess.
After we were there for a few days, David, the manager, went with us into Lazaro Cardenas, the 'big' city about 20 miles back down the coast, for some shopping and gave us the 'cook's tour' along the way.
When we returned to the park, we had a wonderful surprise. The Australian family, the McGregors, that we met on the Emerald Coast a couple of months before, finally caught up with us and it was lots of hugs for everyone! Their kids are great and the boys immediately wanted to go fishing with Terry. We all sat down with some beer and other drinks, while catching up with where we'd been since we last were together, etc.
They had been traveling off'n'on with Vern Stieben, from Oregon, whom we also met at the same place on the Emerald Coast. From Las Penas he was going to move along up the coast pretty quickly because he had to be back in Oregon sometime soon.
It's always nice to see anyone again that you've met along the road. It almost feels like family and it's fun to discuss each other's travels.
By this time, we were fast approaching the big Mexican holiday of Semana Santa (the week of Palm to Easter Sundays) and the surrounding days are normally super crowded everywhere. Another couple, that were there in the park, were told they had to leave where they had been staying in Rincon de Guayabitas, because of the Holidays.
We wondered if it might be best to sit it out there at Las Penas, but we decided to move on up the coast and try to find a place right on a beach. Especially since we were trying to make plans with the McGregors and the beach was really important for the children.
Where I stayed
Flores de Las Penas