Fun at the Costa Esmeralda!
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11.15.2008 Costa Esmeralda
What a terrific day! It was so nice to have downtime to sleep, visit with fellow RV’ers, and get some work done.
The weather was interesting- a cold front blew through! After a sunny morning, the wind gusted to about 40 mph and the waves crashed to shore- finally we had some bitterly cold rain this afternoon and it was freezing by tonight. In fact, we have the heat on now in the RV. So that was a little odd weather-wise, but we still had a great time because of the people here.
First, we talked with Dalaina, our RV friend from the Creel Azul hotel campground. She (& her husband Roy) was the one who told us of this Costa Emeralda campground and arrived here first. She also said that she saw the police on the side of the road south of Poza Rica (where they’d stopped us) and wanted to *practice her Spanish* so she insisted that Roy stop so she could talk to them! Naively, she gave them 50 pesos “for sodas” because she thought they must be thirsty- they did mention the soda money to her- and she wanted to help them out. I laughed and asked her to never do that again- those of us following her didn’t want that example to follow. J I had read ahead of time that “money for sodas” is a phrase often used when attempting to extract a bribe, but she learned the hard way.
Then new German friends, Jutta and Huberto, shared all about the roads and camping sites through
Then we made color copies of their licenses on my copier and laminated them- very convenient! Jazy made copies of the “police report” that Rosie gave us- you can use it to record details of a traffic stop, including the officer’s badge number and a picture of them if needed, and distributed those.
We were sad to see them head north so soon after meeting, but they gave us their address for
Then Mike kindly drove us a few kilometers down the road to Casasitas, the little village nearby. We passed some cafes and restaurants, then visited his friends’ laundry service (the only one in town) where we paid about $17
We also stopped by the cash machine at the Pemex. We’re stocked now for everyday needs and for emergency needs with pesos. You just never know when the old bank card stops working, or the Pemex requires cash for gas, or you cannot find a bank machine that works, or some emergency requires cash only- traveling without cash is risky business and I’d rather risk losing it than not having cash when needed.
Then we returned in time for dinner at the campground. That’s right! Our campground owner threw a dinner for all of us at the campground- a gift! Isn’t that wonderful? There are about 7 rigs here now and we all gathered at 5 pm at the concrete office. There were plastic tables in the room with a breeze blowing through the concrete windows- they are used to terrific weather here and tonight’s cold was unusual.
But the weather did not spoil the occasion! It was a delightful, delicious and authentic Mexican meal with fried fish, rice, black beans, fresh salsa, fresh warm tortillas, spicy crabs, potatoes, salad with tomatoes, avocado, radishes, and lettuce. We are stuffed! They had melon, mango, and lemon flavored water and it was a veritable feast. Each person’s plate was served up, all were set on the table, and we were bid to eat as our hostess, her son and mother joined us. It was delightful! We helped a little in the beginning and cleaned up at the end. I took some vegetable seeds initially for our hostess, but feel like that was not nearly enough of a gift. I’ll have to think of something else to express our gratitude.
While it became bitterly cold during dinner, there was a warm spirit in the air. We have guests from Michigan, about 5 couples from Canada, a world-traveler from France who was in Hyder when we were (he works for the World Wildlife Federation and shipped his rig from Korea), and then our nice next door neighbors from Florida, and Mike from NH who works here at the campground. It is a really nice group of travelers and we are blessed to experience it here in tropical and chilly Mexico!