...it's like a palapa

Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
Trip End Mar 27, 2010

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Flag of Mexico  , Sinaloa,
Friday, January 22, 2010

The drive to Mazatlan is all on straight toll-highways (5 tolls booths and about $25 later). There are a lot more 'gringo' faces here so maybe the staring will be less.  I parked the van in the hotel lot and the kids got out and announced that I had parked right next to where they keep their dead bugs… sure enough there were several dead cockroaches (the best kind, I always say) in a puddle of dumped soapy (?) water.  We are only spending one night here then we are relocating to the Crowne Plaza where I found a great Travel Agent rate (just a little too late after paying a non-refundable first night’s deposit at the roach motel.)  The hard Mexican beds we’ve gotten used to were just training for these creaky unforgiving slabs… if you stay in one position too long, one of your limbs falls asleep.

We set off for the beach shortly after our arrival.  All the beaches in Mexico are public; hotels only get to claim (rope off) up to a certain point above the water line.  The beach vendors are not allowed on the private property but down at the water, anyone is fair game.  We were offered necklaces, bracelets, dresses, artwork (including our portrait) kites, fishing trips, skidoo rentals, etc.  It has become a reflex to say, "no, gracias" to all offers and the Mazatlan vendors are not too pushy.  One guy actually just walked right past us and Jeff felt insulted.  They walk up and down the beach so you have several chances to furtively check out what they’ve got and decide if you might want to stop them on their next pass… which is what we did with the dress vendor.  Keara picked out two sun dresses that look great on her (no bias here.)  Although I’m not sure how happy I am about how grown up she looks while wearing one with my hat.  If you’ll recall from a previous post, Jeff bought me a HUGE hat.  One vendor at the beach here said to me, “I like your hat, it’s like a palapa.”

Since Adam has never swam with dolphins (both Keara and Nicky have) and he’s too young to take a SCUBA course, AND he was too young to go hot air ballooning in Arizona with us a few years back, we wanted to offer him a special treat of his choice.  He chose deep sea fishing - with Jeff… but not Nicky!  On the beach, when the fishing trip vendor walked by (for his second time) Jeff called out, “Senor Pescado!” (Mr. Fish) and spent the next 15 minutes negotiating while refusing to pay a deposit.  The wake up call came at 5:30am and Jeff and Adam have been picked up and are now gone.  Jeff didn’t like the idea of separating but he’s got Adam as insurance that I won’t leave him behind :)
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Grannie on

Good choice, Adam -- What a great idea! (But what will you do with it if you catch something big...?)

Sounds like Keara's much better -- I was thinking 'Poor little kid" when I first heard about her ear problem, then remembered she's taller than I am, and not a little kid anymore. Looking forward to seeing her in in her new dresses -- just four weeks from tomorrow!

roadtrip2010 on

His choices ranged from swimming with dolphins, riding horses in the Copper Canyon, or surf lessons in Puerto Escondido (which we'll probably do anyway.)
And you can be sure that if he catches something big, we will NOT be getting it stuffed! I'm hoping that they can take their catch to a "we cook your catch" restaurant like they had in Cabo.

Roseline on

Sounds like you are having a really good time. Keep the entries coming, we enjoy them a lot.


David on

Really enjoy hearing about your Trip! Glad Keara's feeling better. Some of the places you have been staying sound amazing - beautiful canyon views, ocean-side, bug-storage... Wow.

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