when we got in we were exhausted and then the heat hit us like a ton of
bricks. This is the first place that has been really tropical hot. Little
bar/restaurants called Palapas line the bay here and the clientale is all
Mexican. The owner of one kindly gave us a ride into town so we could check
in. Then they told us we had to use an agent to check and someone would
come. We waited and watched the local dogcatchers round up some nasty
strays. Soon an old guy on a bicycle appears and gestures us to follow.
No one spoke English and our Spanish is limited to ordering food and
drinks so we had fun with hand gestures and our limited vocabulary. We
follow our guide thru town until I see a restaurant listed in the guide
book. Jonah and I remain at the restaurant while
whole check in thing at each town with a Port Captain is so ridculous and
simply a way of generating cash for the town. Its not a lot of money but it
is a bit of a pain. The positive side is that you do tend to see more of the
town than if you just came to look around. Everything in this town is a bit
rundown and everyone seems to own a palapa. We went the market place - the
produce looked good, very little processed food and a butcher. He had a big
plastic box with cow parts (like heads etc) sitting out back in the sun.
is a very sleepy town with almost no tourists and certainly no big hotels. I
like it though. People are very sweet and nice. It has huge marshlands
behind it with lots of amazing and endangered species. Unfortunately it has
misquotes and no-see-ums galore. We actually did ok but we anchored a mile
from shore. I have only 2 bites!
is thrilled about Hannukah which we are celebrating in our typical lame way.
Light a candle –
we are going on a “jungle cruise”. They take you on small boats upriver
to the nature perserve. Snakes and birds….I think Jonah will love it. The
things parents do for their kids. I am considering this our science lesson
for the day.
(Just back from the Jungle Cruise)
What fun. We took a motor boat thru these swamps of Mangroves. We saw crocodiles, birds and turtles. Jonah loved it. They drop you off at a place to swim and eat. It was packed with people. We were surprised. At the table next to us was JD Alley – a Art Director from Microsoft Games (my old gig). They were at an Eco Adventure Resort down the coast and this is one of the places that they take them to see. My batteries on my camera died so I didn’t get a lot of pictures. Jonah loved swimming in the fresh water. They put a big net around the area so croc’s don’t come in.