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Puerto Escondido…

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….it’s still here. You may recall we spent a couple of nice Summer weeks here, not counting the training hurricane we weathered. It  was an exciting sail over from San Carlos last week, in a good bit of wind and sloppy, crashing seas. Not the usual for the Slappey, as you know. At one point, I took a big wave square in the face while out in the cockpit. Eyes, nose, mouth, ears, I swallowed the whole enchilada. It isn’t often we see over 7 knots of speed. Since picking up our mooring ball on a calm day, the screaming northers have picked back up, and we’ve been sequestered on the boat for the last 4 days. The howling winds, the banging halyards, and the Slappey, sailing up to his mooring and then spinning like a top..over, and over, and over; this has been our lot. I was made nearly apoplectic by it all. Then, we finally got a spot of internet on the boat again today. It is weak and intermittent, but it will save me from another 200 games of computer solitaire.  Also, the ‘jokes and trivia’ category of the morning cruisers net has thankfully run out of tidbits by Phyllis Diller. I have this to be grateful for. Tomorrow should really calm down, and we’ll head out to another little island next door for the weekend. We’ll be back in by Monday, though, as I gave up trying to get to LaPaz by Christmas, and decided we would spend it in Loreto. After Christmas, surely this weather pattern will calm down and let us get to LaPaz in peace. Merry Christmas from the crew of the Slappey II!

More overland travel

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Planes, buses and automobiles took us to Mexico City, (Santiago de) Queretaro, and San Miguel de Allende after our Mexican Visa interlude in Tucson last month. Yes, we were on the road nearly the whole month of November. Little wonder, then, that resting aboard the Slappey has been nice since we came back to San Carlos. We are getting ready to finally head out of here soon, though, even if our destination is in flux due to the raging Sea of Cortez. Here are some shots of our travels; we particularly liked Mexico City, and plan to go back again soon.

Not something we've seen much of since coming to the cruising part of Mexico....tall buildings

Not something we’ve seen much of since coming to the cruising part of Mexico….tall buildings

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and beautiful buildings, though there have been a few of those down here

and beautiful buildings, though there have been a few of those down here

The great Museum of Archaeology, Chapultepec Park

The great Museum of Anthropology, Chapultepec Park

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John liked it so much he went twice

John liked it so much he went twice

If the Frido Kahlo Museum is too crowded, you can always get into this one, in the same neighborhood

If the Frida Kahlo Museum is too crowded, you can always get into this one, in the same neighborhood

I assumed he was buried here, and sure enough....

I assumed he was buried here, and sure enough….

What doesn't show is the heavy fortification.... as it happened, not quite heavy enough

What doesn’t show is the heavy fortification…. as it happened, not quite heavy enough

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Avenida Reforma, on Sunday when it is pedestrian only

Avenida Reforma, on Sunday when it is pedestrian only

Still some of this about

Still some of this about; look at the pretty painted wall that used to be, though

Excellent Franz Mayer Museum on the Park Alameda

Excellent Franz Mayer Museum on the Park Alameda

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Independencia

Independencia

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Old and new, everywhere you look

Old and new, everywhere you look

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These last two show a gaggle of drooping wires we could have been decapitated with on our double-decker turibus trip

These last two show a gaggle of drooping wires we could have been decapitated with on our double-decker turibus trip

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We did not frequently have a clear, blue sky for a nice background

We did not frequently have a clear, blue sky for a nice background

Bellas Artes

Bellas Artes

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Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor

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There are 8.8 million people in Mexico City proper. We met most of them on the metro.

There are 8.8 million people in Mexico City proper. We met most of them on the metro.

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Free entertainment

Free entertainment

Still building pyramids centuries later

Still building pyramids centuries later

This is what Carlos Slim had built to house his art collection

This is what Carlos Slim had built to house his art collection

Our guest house, still in business after decades

Our guest house, still in business after decades

Our balcony

Our balcony

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It had no sign. You just had to know.

It had no sign. You just had to know.

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As I mentioned, John went to the archaeology museum twice

As I mentioned, John went to the anthropology museum twice

From the Castle atop Chapultepec Park, now a museum of Mexican History, once home to Emperor Maxmillian

From the Castle atop Chapultepec Park, now a museum of Mexican History, once home to Emperor Maximilian

Looking down from the Castle

Looking down from the Castle

Nice bathtub

Nice bathtub

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Another picture from the guest house; our restaurant room

Another picture from the guest house; our restaurant room

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From the Diego Rivera Mural Museum. there is only one large mural, but it keeps you busy

From the Diego Rivera Mural Museum. There is only one large mural, but it keeps you busy.

Tracksuit-clad school children were everywhere. Here, a puppet tells them about the mural.

Tracksuit-clad school children were everywhere. Here, a puppet tells them about the mural.

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Here starts the Museum of Popular Art, my favorite

Here starts the Museum of Popular Art, my favorite

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Another class comes to the museum

Another class comes to the museum

She wasn't a museum piece

She wasn’t a museum piece

Birds for sale at the Mercado in Queretaro

Birds for sale at the Mercado in Queretaro

Oh, the produce I could score up here

Oh, the produce I could score up here

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Queretaro and San Miguel are both beautiful Colonial-era cities; the only difference (camera-wise) is that San Miguel is hilly

Queretaro and San Miguel are both beautiful Colonial-era cities; the only difference (camera-wise) is that San Miguel is hilly

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A wedding on the square in San Miguel de Allende

A wedding on the square in San Miguel de Allende

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I never fail to steal a look into an open courtyard

I never fail to steal a look into an open courtyard

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Behind the door, a secret slide into school....so says my niece. Tecnologico de Monterrey, Queretaro

Behind the door, a secret slide into school….so says my niece. Tecnologico de Monterrey, Queretaro

An ancient pyramid right outside Queretaro

An ancient pyramid right outside Queretaro

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Quinceanera on the square in Queretaro

Quinceanera on the square in Queretaro

Statues are often huge in Mexico. This is Benito Juarez

Statues are often huge in Mexico. This is Benito Juarez.

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Last days of the condo….

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…….plus a visit to Guaymas during Day of the Dead festivities, and lastly, a little trip to Tucson:

 

boat work finishing up

boat work finishing up

how to bottom-paint your Hydrovane rudder

how to bottom-paint your Hydrovane rudder

Bye, full kitchen

Bye, full kitchen

So long, square bed in air-conditioned room

So long, square bed in air-conditioned room

Didn't even come near us

Didn’t even come near us

Guaymas prepares for Dia de los Muertos

Guaymas prepares for Dia de los Muertos

One family's altar

One family’s altar

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Though packed with people, street life, and open-air commerce, inner Guaymas near the Port looks a beautiful ruin. New development pushes up, out, and away.

Though packed with people, street life, and open-air commerce, inner Guaymas near the Port looks a beautiful ruin. New development pushes up, out, and away.

Market at the end of the light-rail, Tucson, Arizona

Market at the end of the light-rail, Tucson, Arizona

Minerals.....Tucson's got 'em. The Gem Show is an annual crowd fest.

Minerals…..Tucson’s got ’em. The Gem Show is an annual crowd fest.

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In addition to 'the old pueblo,' Tucson is also called Optics Valley for all the astronomical research and development going on

In addition to ‘the Old Pueblo,’ Tucson is also called, ‘Optics Valley,’ for all the astronomical research and development going on  

Near our VRBO in the East University neighborhood

Near our VRBO in the East University neighborhood

Little adobe VRBO

Little adobe VRBO

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We also saw live javelinas, in a pen

We also saw live javelinas, in a pen; they were asleep and not nearly so photogenic

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He was in a pen, too

He was in a pen, too

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Tucson.....#1 in the whole country for rattlesnakes, and I wore sandals that day

Tucson…..#1 in the whole country for rattlesnakes, and I wore sandals that day; he was also in a pen

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In addition to Pima Air and Space, there is also the boneyard, where planes go to die....and sometimes be resurrected, I hear

In addition to Pima Air and Space, there is also the boneyard, where planes go to die….and sometimes be resurrected, I hear

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Cactus, cactus everywhere, but other stuff as well; it's quite a green desert, the Sonoran. It gets two rainy seasons a year, which, if you only get 10 or 11 inches annually, is helpful

Cactus, cactus everywhere, but other stuff as well; it’s quite a green desert, the Sonoran. It gets two rainy seasons a year, which is helpful when you only get 10 or 11 inches in sum total.

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The Botanic Garden is full of plants and trees that people used to plant, before they learned to feel guilty about keeping them watered.

The Botanic Garden is full of plants and trees that people used to plant, before they learned to feel guilty about keeping them watered.

Really....it's #1 for rattlesnakes!

Really….it’s #1 for rattlesnakes!

And here's a bit of Cold War history for you...the Titan Missile Museum

And here’s a bit of Cold War history for you…the Titan Missile Museum

All the machinery was that nice Midcentury aqua blue color

All the machinery was that nice Midcentury aqua blue color

I asked the docent how Tucson was chosen as a site, and he said he had no idea, but that Barry Goldwater likely had nothing to do with it.

I asked the docent how Tucson was chosen as a site, and he said he had no idea, but that Barry Goldwater likely had nothing to do with it.

This was the true focus of evil in the modern world, Mr. President

This was the true focus of evil in the modern world, Mr. President

Tubac, about 20 minutes south of Tucson

Tubac, about 20 minutes south of Tucson; a very old and picturesque village

Great room, nice hosts, at the Poston Inn in Tubac

Great room, nice hosts, at the Poston House Inn in Tubac.