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Betty Brewer

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #90 on: February 06, 2008, 03:38:25 PM »
Campeche Feb 5  Continued..

What Betty Did all day.
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« Reply #91 on: February 06, 2008, 04:19:10 PM »
Well Betty at least you get to look at the photos like the rest of us.  Fantastic photos of the ruins.  Thanks again for sharing. 
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #92 on: February 06, 2008, 06:38:23 PM »
Campeche Feb 5  Continued..

What Betty Did all day.
  Great pictures thanks for the one of my parents (Fern & Annette) !!  I'm happy when i see them.  I miss them lots.   ;D :D

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #93 on: February 06, 2008, 07:16:32 PM »
Those ruins look like they were worth getting up before 7 am. But the 94 degrees with 86% humidity doesn't sound terribly appealing....maybe something between that and our high temp of 26 degrees???

Keep those pics coming
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #94 on: February 06, 2008, 07:25:30 PM »
Russ

>>&& pesos?<<

If your trusty Mac keyboard let you down & you meant 77 pesos....Then you are the winner.


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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #95 on: February 06, 2008, 07:38:22 PM »
Betty,
It appears as though you are taking good care of my brother, Jack Peart.
He and Shirley are having more fun than the law allows....please tone it down!

My wife and I have traveled in the area you are in now (Merida) and loved being there.
We found the heat and humidity just like being at home (South Carolina).

Keep up the good work on the travelogue.
You are doing a magnificent job.

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #96 on: February 06, 2008, 08:29:35 PM »
February 6, 2008
Merida

We had a travel day on very good roads.  We are told that the poorest roads are behind us now (except for the return trip on some of those same roads.)   We’ve entered the State of Yucatan so my journal log title is accurate.  We were waved through the agricultural inspection where we had been warned of losing eggs, pork, chicken and cheese.  The officials boarded some of the RV’s but not much was “taken.” We had used up all of the potential foods to lose and now will shop like crazy here in Merida which is a big city.  When we arrived at this grassy RV Park that had been advertised as “full hook up”, we found the power does not work in many spots, the water spigots have lost their thread and sewer is not available at all sights.  But hey, we are in the Yucatan, with wonderful friends and we don’t complain.  Some offered to run extension cord to the rigs of others, some moved to park in shade. Everyone is very helpful.  The level of amenities in Mexican RV parks is not something we can count on.  We are flexible.  We are frugal with our supplies.  We are having fun.   When we arrived it was around 12:30 and steamy hot!!!!  Clear skies were blistering us in the heat, which made our quest for power all the greater.  Within a couple of hours big clouds covered the sky, cooling the temperatures. 

The shopping came to us.  Jose and Ricky came selling hats and hammocks.  Many purchases were made.  Ricky showed pictures of how the hats are woven from palm fronds by his family. The work is done in caves to avoid the humidity that stretches the frond too much.  Terry and I bought the tourist mid-grade hats (two for 300 pesos) The good ones felt like real cloth and less like straw but they were more pesos.  The swinging hammocks take a week to make and many of those were sold too.
During our happy hour, it started to rain and we were happy to be under the cover of an open palapa.  Not one single complaint was made about the rain.  The temps dropped nicely.  The animal awards were presented.   WE would have won the tire roulette again tonight but we had forgotten to contribute the $1 to the pot last night.  I’ve now paid in advance for the next travel day.

Statistics:
Motorhome Miles Driven:  124
Temperatures:    High 95    Low 76   Humidity 90%
GPS Coordinates: N 12 02.494 W 89   37.821
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« Reply #97 on: February 06, 2008, 08:38:34 PM »

Have you seen any other caravans along the way?  I was wondering if the campgrounds are filled with Mexican family campers?  Hows the internet and tv satelite down there? 

Barb,
 The only other Caravan we've seen pulled into our campground 2 days ago and left the  day before we did.  Fortunately the caravan companies try to schedule trips so as  to avoid having 2 caravans in a park at a time.  Just not enough spaces.  The  other campers we've seen have been Canadian or Australian or Swiss.  There have been a few  Mexican campers but not very many.
Our SAT Mex  5  satellite has been wonderful.  Occasionally the  big dish picks up a Direct TV station but the dome gets  nothing this far south.
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #98 on: February 06, 2008, 08:46:28 PM »
It appears as though you are taking good care of my brother, Jack Peart.
He and Shirley are having more fun than the law allows....please tone it down!

David,

I don't think there is any chance at all of having this group tone it down. And yes we are all taking good care of each other.  Jack and Shirley are the best! Tomorrow we get a town tour and have a free day the next. Have you got a suggestion for our free day?
Betty
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« Reply #99 on: February 06, 2008, 09:34:03 PM »
Betty,

It has been a long time, but I think we took the horse-drawn carriage ride around town, which was very nice.

I emailed Shirley earlier and mentioned the gold/silver market in Merida.
Some years ago, my wife bought a very nice ring there for a very decent price.
If it is still around, you might want to check it out if you have unused money to get rid of.
If you don't have any, ask Jack for some of his.

David

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #100 on: February 06, 2008, 09:37:13 PM »
ps....ask Terry if he recognizes the significance of my user name.
hint...hint..
(I read your earlier note about him looking for "trip wires).
David

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #101 on: February 07, 2008, 05:51:10 PM »
Thank you so much for sharing and taking the time to update family on your trip.  The photos are awesome. Please tell Sandy, Paula and Owen the Ropesville bunch said hello.

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« Reply #102 on: February 07, 2008, 09:03:11 PM »
February 7, 2008
Merida

The cutest little open-air bus picked us up for our city tour of Merida.  The Mexican guide had excellent English skills and imparted information to us for over 2 hours.  I did not have anything with me on which to take notes so here goes my memory of the morning.  The State of Yucatan is flat, having no mountains, no rivers and no lakes.  They get water from underground springs and within the City of Merida there are 19 such natural springs and 18 of those are built within private residences. Merida has been such a contrast from the remote little villages we’ve seen.  A huge Mall is within walking distance of our park and has an ice-skating rink inside as well as a casino. Today I saw many familiar stores Simmons mattress, Pirelli Tires, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut and we were told that Taco Bell does not operate in all of Mexico.

The houses are such a contrast in styles from each other. Tract housing does not exist here.  One modest little house can be right next door to a mansion.   The City was founded in the mid 1500’s so as you might imagine some of the homes are real “Fixer Uppers.” There is a strong French influence here and the main street is built to look like the Champs Ellysee in Paris. Many of the mansions are French in style but we saw a Chinese home, several Moroccan style and of course the Spanish Haciendas.  Many of the commercial building that are now Banks or insurance companies had a history of housing Governors, hospitals and even a prison.  Recycling the buildings is evident.  The city bus dropped us off for a short stop at a Park dedicated to all the Countries in North and South America. A tower is carved with the name and National symbol of each Country. I captured a picture of Mike and Eileen, our Canadian friends, beside the   monument dedicated to Canada. Our guide told the 3 stories of how Yucatan got its name.  They were similar but here is the one I can recall.  When the Spanish explorers landed and asked the Mayan people “Where are we, what do you call this place?”  The Mayan Indians could not understand the language of the question and answered in their language “I don’t understand what you are saying!”  That answer loosely translates into Yucatan.  Another stop was in the Mercantile for Handicrafts.  Many of us have new dresses, shirts, hats, tablecloths and snakes.  We are true tourists at heart. Of course Terry had 3 carnitas tacos from a street vendor. The Meridian people are very friendly with happy faces. Note my last photo, which captured some curiosity of our busload.

When we returned to the “Trailer Park” (as RV Parks are known in Mexico) we made a run to the grocery store and walked to the mall next door.   The evening was capped off with an ice cream social provided by Eileen and Trish who won the Super bowl Pool. Oh we had Thunder, lightening and it poured rain during our evening.  We know why all the buildings have mold on the sides!

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Motorhome Miles Driven:  0
Temperatures:    High 92    Low 72   Humidity 95%     .76 inches of rain
GPS Coordinates: N 12 02.494 W 89   37.821
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #103 on: February 08, 2008, 12:14:32 AM »
Oops, the && should have been 77 pesos for the fare.

I am truely shocked to hear of Terry departing at 7 Am!!!
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« Reply #104 on: February 08, 2008, 07:27:33 AM »
Betty,

That wouldn't be a fish taco that Terry is eating, would it? ;D
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #105 on: February 08, 2008, 08:52:55 AM »
Jim

>>That wouldn't be a fish taco that Terry is eating, would it?<<

We are back inland, where meat is to be found....It's a carnitas taco, I think.<G>

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #106 on: February 08, 2008, 09:04:45 AM »
Thanks for the info Betty.  Thanks for sharing your adventure. 

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« Reply #107 on: February 08, 2008, 09:47:30 AM »
Jim

>>That wouldn't be a fish taco that Terry is eating, would it?<<

We are back inland, where meat is to be found....It's a carnitas taco, I think.<G>

Oh, oh, not sure I like that "I think"!!! ;D

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« Reply #108 on: February 08, 2008, 09:54:06 AM »
Oh, oh, not sure I like that "I think"!!! ;D

It's called "mystery meat" :)
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« Reply #109 on: February 08, 2008, 01:12:20 PM »
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We have already had 2 coaches lost on this trip.

I'm just getting caught up.  You made that comment last week.  What happened to them?  And how did the tour company deal with it?  When we went on the Copper Canyon trip, one of our trailer people had a truck problem that could have stopped his trip.  He was left in a safe place at his request, parts were shipped down from the U.S., and he joined up with the next tour the following week.

The photos of the pyramids reminded us of when we climbed the Pyramid of the Sun near Mexico City, maybe 30 years ago.  We were so glad we did it!  But, as you can see in the photos, it's not for the faint-hearted.  The steps are very narrow and steep.  At least your group had something to hang onto!  Maybe the Sun does too now, but back then going down was really scary.  But the view from the top was fantastic and we loved it.  Oh yes, and I remember a sundress was not what I should have worn 'cause I too got a sunburn that day.

Glad you're enjoying the trip.  And thanks again for sharing it all with us.

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« Reply #110 on: February 08, 2008, 02:26:43 PM »
I'm just getting caught up.  You made that comment last week.  What happened to them?  And how did the tour company deal with it? 
Ardra,

When I said we lost 2 rigs what I meant to say was that 2 rigs made wrong turns and had to turn around to get back on our route.  As we are in CB communication everyone knows if you mess up .  The tail gunner waits along the road until  you show up or he goes to look for you.  No problemo.  We tease them now about taking the "optional excursion" tours.

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« Reply #111 on: February 08, 2008, 04:35:35 PM »
Betty,

Oh good!  Isn't our English language fascinating!

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« Reply #112 on: February 08, 2008, 05:47:45 PM »
It's called "mystery meat" :)

Yep, that's my concern! ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #113 on: February 08, 2008, 07:10:37 PM »
I think you should spend several hours at the ice rink so that you feel some sympathy for those of us freezing out ho-hos off  ;D

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #114 on: February 08, 2008, 07:55:34 PM »
More pix of the Moreau`s on Yucatan Trip... Wonderful and fun trip.
Made lots of friends, can`t wait to tell u all about it, Enjoy !!!

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« Reply #115 on: February 08, 2008, 08:26:07 PM »
February 8, 2008
Merida, Free Day     We got to choose our own activities.

Our destination this morning with 8 of us in 2 cars was Dzibilchaltun.  Now try to say that fast.  It is the site of a Mayan Ruin and the name means,  “place where writing appears on a flat stone.”  After paying a parking fee, admission fee, and taxes to get in, we hired a guide to tell us what we were seeing.  We opted for the short tour, which was about 1.5 hours.  This ruin was significant in that it represented all 3 of the Mayan eras.  We could see where the Spanish had come in and decided they did not like the Mayan gods and tore down their temples and used the building materials in their construction of an open-air chapel.  This ruin was not nearly as well preserved as others we’ve seen and we could visibly see how vegetation can destroy structures, especially those constructed around 300 BC.  While the Yucatan is flat with little visible water, there are thousands of sinkholes that open to under ground streams.  This ruin had a very nice fresh water pond and it is easy to see why the Mayan’s selected this site for a city.  Had we brought along our suits, we could have chosen to swim in this very tepid water. It is thought to have purification qualities so now I have pure feet.   There were lily pads on the water surface and little fishes all through out the water.  The museum connected to this ruin was exquisite and showed many artifacts of the Spanish conquistadors, as well as clothing articles and handicrafts from each area. 
We traveled along the road further to Progresso, where we dined right on the beach with our feet in the sand, overlooking the mile long pier that cruise Ships use when they dock.  We were lucky to have no cruise ships in port. .  Small waves lapped at our feet and we fought off the vendors who had very good prices on their stuff.
Others in our camp had Sandy cut or color their hair.  Annette had a manicure and a pedicure. Some went ½ way back to our last place to see another set of ruins.  Everyone had an enjoyable day.
A group dinner was held at La Parilla, a Mexican buffet with a Mayan flavor.  The flavors of the items I chose were wonderful as was the company.  We watched in fascination as the waiters made Mexican Coffee.  It is quite a production.  I’m not sure the flames will show up in my photos but they were hot and quite a deal!!

Statistics:
Motorhome Miles Driven:  0
Temperatures:    High 89    Low 69   Humidity 96%     
GPS Coordinates: N 12 02.494 W 89   37.821
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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #116 on: February 09, 2008, 10:46:59 AM »
Betty,  great reading!!!  Keep it coming.

I do have a stupid question.  When Tim and I were in Puerta Varta, Tiajuana and Tecate, we had to worry about the drinking the water.  Do you have to watch what you drink?  It sounds like from your messages that there isn't any concern.  I was just wondering.

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« Reply #117 on: February 09, 2008, 01:06:43 PM »
Marsha,

I don't know about the Yucatan but there are places in Baja that have good water because of a huge underground aquifer that comes close to the surface.  Too bad I don't remember the towns.  ::)  Muleje is one I think.

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Re: Yucatan/Mexico 08 with Brewers
« Reply #118 on: February 09, 2008, 04:25:55 PM »
  When Tim and I were in Puerta Varta, Tiajuana and Tecate, we had to worry about the drinking the water.  Do you have to watch what you drink? 

Marsha,
When we fill our water tanks at the RV Parks we add a bit of Chlorox bleach to the water. We do NOT drink anything from our tanks and my hair is getting lighter.  :)  We have been buying bottled water to drink and get bottled water in big 10  liter bottles for coffee and drinking.  Water is not too expensive, is readily available and I know of at least one couple on our trip  who have put all bottled water into their tanks. I order bottled water in restaurants.  That said, Terry orders a  glass of ice when he orders his sodas.  They seem to use good water in restaurants for ice and such.  Knock on wood, water has not been a concern for  us.  I drink  the beer!

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« Reply #119 on: February 09, 2008, 04:38:17 PM »
Betty,

Tell Terry he's taking a huge risk.  Once at a top-notch restaurant in Acapulco where the waiters wore white gloves (to stress cleanliness?) I made the mistake of ordering a salad after being assured they used nothing but purified water to prepare their food.  Sure they did.  I was sicker than a dog for a week and so were a lot of other people in our group.  I have never again eaten anything in mainland Mexico made with ice or washed in water that wasn't also cooked.  It's just not worth it if illness ruins your trip!  We use our own purified water on the mainland.  By the way, remedies for Montezuma's Revenge are Paregoric in Bismuth and liberal quantities of Lomotil (both are prescription items).

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