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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Pyramids at Mexico City
07/09/2009, Mexico City

We flew home July 6, boarding a flight from Manzanillo to Mexico City, with a connection from there to Leon and thence to Oakland CA. The trouble is, we missed our connection in Mexico City. The airline put us up in a hotel for the night and booked us another flight from Mexico city at 6 PM the following evening.

This gave us the whole day to visit Mexico City. Turning lemons into lemonade, we booked a tour guide and got started early, at 8 a.m.

We visited the Aztec pyramids north of the city, and these were quite spectacular. We climbed up to the top of the larger of the two pyramids, the Pyramid Del Sol. This was pretty exhausting since the base elevation of these pyramids is at 7500 feet (2200 m). What a great view from the top!

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08/14/2009 | Carolyn Pearson
Do you have the info for that coffee plantation?
I was there and bought coffee and someone took the empty bag so I cannot order more coffee.
I would appreciate it very much.
Thank You
Carolyn
Post Script: you have a lovely family!
Hurricane Andres track
06/23/2009

Here in this image, you can see how close Andres came to us... our boat is as cose to the red dot as you can get! Still, we had no problems!

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Hurricane Andres
06/23/2009

Hurricane Andres made a visit. The sign says, "Emergency: Dangerous cyclone is approaching the coastal region that includes Manzanillo" (which is where we are at).

That being said, the lagoon here in Barra is very well protected. Hurricane winds would normally come from the south, which means there's a mountain between our boat and the oncoming winds.

As we returned from Colima, we found very windy conditions along the coast in Manzanillo, and very heavy rains. The harbor where our boat is located however, was relatively calm.

After we arrived, the winds increased. I turned on the wind instruments so we could read the wind speed. I saw 18 knots gusting to 22, at the maximum.

Other parts of Colima, I suspect, saw greater winds, judging by the extend of plant detritus that covered the roads. The roads were covered with palm fronds and mangos.

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Masks from Suchitlan
06/22/2009, Suchitlan, Colima, Mexico

Some of the superb masks made by the artisans in Suchitlan. It's basically one family that produces these superb masks (there are imitators but they don't come even close in terms of quality).

These beautiful masks are wearable and used in traditional dance. They are carved by hand using only sharp bladed instruments (no electric cutting tools). After they are carved they are painted beautifully with oil paints. It takes about seven days to complete one mask.

We purchased two of these masks, a goat mask (second from left in the forward row), and a coyote mask.

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Active Volcano at Colima
06/22/2009

We drove east from Colima to see this active volcano, which has an eruption on the average about every ten days. When that happens, the flow of ash can exceed speeds of 100 km per hour. You don't want to be on the slopes of this volcano when that happens!

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10/18/2009 | Ann Bloomquist
Hola Pascal! We were just in Barra and saw Calou there and not you! I saw on your blog that you plan to return in Oct sometime. Sorry we missed you. We were just drove there for the weekend from PV. We'll be back there for January on the boat. We hope to see you then. What are your plans?
Ann
10/28/2009 | Bruce Powell
hi Ann, I guess we just missed you since we flew back to our boat on Oct 20! We'll be in Barra for about a month before sailing further south. The plan for now is to head to Panama.
Aztec ruins in Chanal
06/21/2009

We visited Aztec ruins at near the village of Chanal. This was the fifth ruin in the area, hence it is called Chanal #5.

All seriousness aside, the structure in the photo was used for human sacrifice. The victims were taken to this mound, where there hearts were cut out as offerings to the Aztec gods.


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Hotel Ceballo in Colima
06/20/2009

Here we are in front Hotel Ceballos, located right on the town square in the historic colonial city of Colima. It looks like many European cities. The cathedral on the square was built in the 16th century.

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Lunch at Comala
06/20/2009, Comala, Colima State, Mexico

We arrived at our hotel in Colima, and then drove out to a nearby town of Comala. It was a hot afternoon, so we stopped for a beer at this restaurant in Comala.

Little did we know, the restaurants have the tradition of providing you with abundant free (and delicious) food if you just order a drink. No sooner than our beer arrived, than our table was filled with four huge plates of appetizers. Boy we were stuffed!
The incredible free food at our table in Comala, that came with the beers.

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