We’ve been having such a good time, seeing interesting sites while travelling, that I am already behind, as much as I try to stay up to date. For instance, I’ve not updated “the spreadsheet” in three days….oops, that kind of feels like at work, hiding the bad news from the boss. Don’t tell.
I posted alot of the pictures from yesterday’s trip to Oaxaca, what I didn’t put up was our trip to the ruin Monte Alban. A Zapotec ruin dating back almost 2,000 years. It’s estimated that only 10% of it has been excavated to date.
A small view of the plaza, Monte Alban, Oaxaca
There was a wonderful museum there, with amazing artifacts. We bought a small book about Monte Alban, “discovered” in about 1803. We toured the museum and then walked about the ruins for a bit. I’ll post more photos on the Mexico photo page. Iguana Man says the “newage” (rhymes with sewage) idjits w/crystals and incense show up there en masse occasionally…driving the Mexican people nuts, and rightly so. We saw a few hippy dippy types there. (Oh my, as I write this I’m being assaulted by baby mangos…fortunately we’re under a nice palm thatch patio).
Last night we stayed in a downtown Oaxaca hotel, Los Olivos….it was beautifully manicured. Alas, after we checked in, we found out it is a a newage hotel….catering to the tree hugging warmers, LOL. We managed to scare up the last two ashtrays in the place before going to dinner there….at the vegetarian restaurant. OK, so I’m game…I ordered chili rellanos (menu said poblanos), and Blake had a “faux” club sandwich. OMO! Que’lle crap. A gorgeous restaurant, with no patrons except us, and a lesbian couple from Canada. Go figure. We had a good laugh, tho.
Today we drove through the mountains south of Oaxaca, to Puerto Angel, and then Northwest to Puerto Escondido. The roads were quite good, albeit twisty and way the hell up in the sky!
Before we got into the mountains, we drove through yet another charming little town, Ocotlan de Morelos. (Per Wiki, construction of the cathedral was begun in the 1500′s!) It was Sunday, and therefore the roads were very peaceful. Again, the people were as friendly and as welcoming as one could ever hope for. I’ve learned a lesson about tourists…I’ll never be mean to another snowbird again!
Cathedral in Ocotan, State of Oaxaca
The churches here are amazing. I’ve realized I’m going to have to break up my photo pages for the Mexico section of our trip (I need a whole section for churches)….but I’ll do that once we reach CR and have a bit of time…I’ve been taking LOTS of pictures, so many that I burned out my battery yesterday, something that’s never happened before.
One last photo on the front page….high in the mountains today, looking back at the Oaxaca valley (note to Nissan, the right side brake pedal worked fine today….as our max speed was only 25 mph):
Looking Back at Where We'd Been, From On High
We drove through the high mountains for about 3 and a half hours, Iguana Man did great. It was so pretty there, we even found a little souvenir shack on the side of the road where I bought a Oaxacan Iguana. The artistos (father & sons) got big giggles out of our front license tag. It’s all good.
We made Puerto Escondido (about 250 miles SOUTH of Acapulco) by 6:30 or so, checked into a lovely motel in the waterfront zone…and went to dinner. I had Mahi (dolphin) Puerto Escondido (smothered in salsa of peppers, onions, carrots, tomato, w/some orange)….and Iguana Man had Chewachaneo (not sure of the spelling, basically red snapper) Diablo….covered with black Mole sauce that he deemed “excellent”.
Our room is on the second floor, our room is lovely, although no desk nor table, so we are on our patio, both with computers going. Iguana Man was spot on….Mexico has invested heavily in infrastructure, even the “little” hotels have high speed internet. It is a blessing. I can’t wait to get out and about tomorrow, we’re planning to stay a few days and decompress from all of the road miles.
Oh, the XT turned over 40K miles today….we’ve come about 2,400 miles so far. As I reminded Iguana Man earlier, we’re not on a mileage budget, in fact, today I was perusing the maps for Central America, and have an inkling to return via Belize and Quintana Roo (Cancun state of Mexico) on our way back.
This is more fun than you can imagine….a total blast! I may have to apply to the Mexican Government for an Ambassadorship of Tourism. I think I’ve become Mexican tourism’s biggest cheerleader.
Tomorrow we are going to catch the Water Taxi, we *ahem* brought good beach chairs, a cooler, and an umbrella….to the gorgeous swimming hole that is unreachable by vehicle. There are also many cool little stores and whatnot close by, I think Blonde Mom needs a present.
I miss all of my friends, of course, but being able to wake up in the a.m. and know you are with us is more fun than you can imagine.
Cheers, and out for now (not even going to do more photos tonite on the Mexico page, I am bushed!).
~ Blonde Gator