San Blas, Mexico
We checked out of Paradise Village at 11 am – not in any hurry to leave. This was our second time to spend time in this resort and we really like it. It has its “annoying” aspects – like we had to wear these “bracelets” the whole time we were there. It’s like wearing a sign. I think I wrote about this a few days ago, actually. I guess this is really bugging me. Still, the staff is great and they have a variety of restaurants to choose from. In addition, just outside the guard gate is a “mall” with a grocery store, Baskin Robbins, Dominoes pizza and clothing and jewelry stores. Whoever designed this resort was extremely smart. They have it set up so you have absolutely no reason to leave the resort. All of your needs are taken care of right there.
It was a good day and we traveled safely even though we didn’t cover many miles. As we headed north up the coast we stopped in the town of Sayulita. Several years ago I read a book, “Gringos in Paradise,” and I can say that this single book was what put fuel on my fire to spend a winter in Mexico. I was so looking forward to seeing this small town whose one claim to fame is surfing. The book was published in 2006, and I have to say that either it has experienced an enormous growth spurt in the past four years, or I got the wrong impression from the book. Sayulita is located in a valley and it’s like taking Melaque and squishing it into a third of its space. It was crowded and traffic was a nightmare. We ate at a restaurant on the beach and watched as maybe twenty people tried to surf; three could actually do it. Other than that, we couldn’t see anything to recommend it.
Granted, this is not only Spring Break in the States, but for Mexicans it is the beginning of Semana Santa or “Holy Week,” the week leading up to Easter. This is a very big holiday time for the people of Mexico, sort of like their Spring Break, and many people leave the inland cities and head to the beach. So maybe we weren’t seeing Sayulita at its best. I’d still take Melaque over Sayulita any day.
After lunch we got back in the car and continued up the scenic ocean road to San Blas, a town I’ve heard of somewhere but not sure where. We checked into a very nice old hacienda that has been converted into a hotel of sorts. We have a room with two twin beds. We’ve been married almost thirty-six years and when I asked Tom if it was OK, he looked at me like I’d lost my mind. It’s only for one night! I think he’ll survive. It’s kind of like being at camp.
The walls in the old buildings are so thick that the Internet can’t penetrate into the rooms so we’re sitting in the courtyard enjoying the last of the daylight and listening to the water fountain. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes are thick in the courtyard and in our room. Tomorrow we will get back on the quicker toll roads toward Mazatlan.
I am having a lot of memories and impressions of our three months in this country. The only one I can think of right now – it’s late and I’m tired – is that in the last three months I have seen more dog testicles than I have seen in my entire life combined! I’ve never seen so many non-neutered dogs. There’s this great dog in Melaque that looks like a yellow lab. His name is Thomas and there are a lot of little Thomas’s running around town. Thomas’ thing is burying coconuts. How he gets his mouth around one was a feat in itself, and if someone would throw it for him – preferably into the ocean – he thought he’d been invited to a party! But, eventually, he would tire of his coconut and begin digging an enormous hole in the sand – and I mean enormous like four feet across and two to three feet down – roll the coconut in with his nose and kick the sand back over it with his back legs.
For obvious reasons most Mexican people do not have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered. When it comes down to a choice between feeding your children or decreasing the dog and cat population well, children almost always win out. I have seen in Melaque, and read about in other parts of Mexico, volunteers organizing clinics where vets volunteer their time and expertise to spay and neuter as many dogs and cats as they can. Still, at least in Melaque, I never thought there was an unusual amount of mongrels roaming the streets and I think I only saw two cats the entire time we were there.
That’s it for today. If our calculations are right we should be back home in Denver, Colorado two weeks from today. They had a huge snowstorm yesterday so I’m giving the winter gods fair warning: you only have two weeks left for snow and cold before you have to give it a rest until next winter – when I hope to be back in Mexico!!
Until next time,
Susan L Stewart