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MEXICO'S MAGIC -

plus the plight of the turtles!     

 

Patio Lo de Marcos.jpg (63755 bytes)Tranquility was only a word in the dictionary until we settled into our latest hideaway. An overwhelming peaceful calm and serenity permeates each niche in this isolated tropical cove north of Puerto Vallarta.

Here John and I feel the world stopped for a spell and we jumped off to enjoy the surroundings.  It was like we were in a 'time warp'. Apparently such serenity and seclusion occurs with alarming regularity in many of Mexico's coastal locations--until we spent the winter camped along side the beach it was a new experience for us.   

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With that motorhome when we camp longer than a month, John and I set up our screen room. Unconcerned with a bug free environment or maximum privacy, we roll up the front door and open a portion of the back screen panel to let gentle breezes circulate. This 'extra room' simply provides us with living space to spread out.

Our 'outside living room' nestles alongside tropical plants beach Lo de Marcos.jpg (23709 bytes)and giant palms trees.  As we sit and listen to the soothing roar of waves crashing against the shore, the feeling of tranquility is overpowering. We are certain we found heaven.

 Beachside scenarios for us are not new, but such intense feeling of  peacefulness is. In this 'newfound' park the RV sites were long, complete with patios.  An angled site design separated by lush plants provides privacy while protecting doorways, awnings and screen rooms from the oceans occasional gusty winds.  

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Our 'paradise' has no schedule of planned events. Mesmerized by the ocean, we begin each day with coffee on the parks aesthetic patio. Sunbathing, swimming, a walk along the isolated beach or an occasional game of 'Bocce' occupies several sunny hours. bocce ball.jpg (28973 bytes)On energetic days, sewing (I have my machine), writing,  reading and a smidgeon of socializing fills the balance of each day.  An ever-present soothing roar of the ocean echoes throughout the park.   Relaxation here is easy!

I like working with the TV turned low in the background, especially the entertaining and highly musical Spanish TV programs.  In our 'hideaway' this 'TV addict' seldom turns on the tube - it interrupts my silence. The park has no English TV channels, however we tune the radio to a Los Angeles station if we wish to know what's happening.  Somehow news of home, unless it's a tragedy, has lost all importance amidst such tranquility.  

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Occasionally we drove 20 km's to the nearest 'big' town or 50 Km's to Puerto Vallarta for a few supplies.  Although frequent trips were not necessary; village 'Tiendas' (stores) carry the basics - bread, milk, fruits, vegetables, pop, beer and spirits.  Rolls, warm from the oven were available daily at the local bakery.

 Our magical place had many days of 'perfect' sunny warm weather (70o-80o). During December however, we also had several cloudy days with a fair amount of John and the kids relaxing.jpg (44609 bytes)humidity;  even a bad storm.  These minor blights don't interfere with the sensation of living in our temporary 'time warp'.  Slowly we were  understanding the true meaning of 'Manana'. (It translates as tomorrow but really means any time after the present). Accomplishing anything except to enjoy our peaceful surroundings is becoming more difficult each day.

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As 'Full-timers', travelling throughout the year takes us to a variety of destinations.  Each spot portrays it's own distinct personality, NONE however open the door, nor allows such opportunity to relax in the true sense of the word as this park does.

Last evening a long term park resident relayed a tale of woe that further stretches the imagination.  The end of each January, in front of our park and on many beaches in Mexico, mammoth turtles waddle ashore during the night. One visitor couldn't believe his eyes..."She's so large that at first glance she resembles a creature from the deep" he screamed "You must come see!"

An inspiring site it was...'Mamma turtle' with herturtle in sand.jpg (61796 bytes) enormous flippers digging an immense hole in the sand to lay about 600 eggs. Apparently onlookers could hear the eggs dropping before she covers each layer for safety during the 71-72 day incubation period.  

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Turtle eggs are a delicacy served in 'classy' restaurants around the world. This particular giant mammal pivoted her massive flippers as she prepared the beach - hissing all the while to keep numerous onlookers, hunters, and hoards of birds away from her 'nest'. What a magical moment to witness such natural phenomenon in the making.

Our enchanting story continues 72 days later when the oceans tide carves indentations or 'sea water pools' into the sand. These 'tide pools' only occur twice a year--those in the spring signal the turtles are hatching.  What an impressive sight to see 600 tiny turtles the size of a quarter scampering for the ocean.  Nature provides a narrow river from the 'tide pools' to the sea for the babies to follow. However many disorientated creatures wander off the tiny water path - locals and visitors alike prod, carry and direct this new life to the ocean.   

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As we know  'Mother Nature' has it's own food chain - only a fraction of these babies have a second chance. Copious amounts of cormorants, frigates and other birds dive to pick up the tender delicacies.  This truly is a wondrous event!  Birds diving and squawking, people waving hands and hats, others helping the miniature turtles to gain a head start in life.  However for many, what the birds don't eat the fish and other ocean life will.

This story is only one of numerous fascinating tales we hear which takes place on the secluded beaches in this Magical Land of Enchantment south of the USA border.

Our particular  hideaway was accessible from the coastal highway # 200, 50 km's north of Puerto Vallarta at a place called Lo De Marcos.  El Caracol campground has only 15 full hookup sites (30 amp) and 9 bungalows. 91/92 daily rates--$11.50, for 30 days - $10., stay for 60 day or more $9. Bungalows daily rate begin at $35.00 (4 people), weekly rates available.  

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It is a particular well kept 'immaculate ocean front  park'.  An expansive aesthetic patio and shallow poolLo de Marcos patio.jpg (58552 bytes) nestles under the shade of giant palms...between the park and the sandy beach which staff rake each morning. Extremely clean washrooms and a separate tap for filtered water adds to the parks amenities.

We returned the next winter because it was such a peaceful place. It's advisable during popular periods to have reservations for this 'tiny paradise'. Large RV's won't fit in this park but there are other campgrounds bordering this pretty beach.  

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The coastal resort city of Puerto Vallarta (P.V.) has two large 'off-beach' RV parks.  Along the stretch of highway between Puerto Vallarta and 70 Km North to La Penita, there is not only our park but 15 more small oceanside campgrounds situated a few km's off the highway.           

Each beachfront park carries its own distinct personality.  Every RVer should be able to find one to suit their taste and interests.

Reservations to travel in Mexico are not necessary unless you wish to stay in a particular park.  However until you have spent time in Mexico, you won't know where your 'utopia' will be.  One suggestion--head for a large park in P.V. and investigate El Caracol and other surrounding campgrounds from there. 

In many areas of Mexico  you can live in the desert, the mountains or beside the ocean. Frequently within a few 100 km, Mexico's terrain passes through a complete metamorphosis. Travelling a few days by car or RV, you can enjoy  beaches or discover 300 to 400 years of history search ancient ruins, visit old churches, and explore the pyramids.

The 'Magic' of this country includes so much more than the tranquility we found in Lo De Marcos. Discovering Mexico's  cities, markets (mercados), fiestas and traditions from a very different culture is fun.  Once you begin to Feel the Warmth of Mexico, enchantment everywhere will keep you coming back.    

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