General News · 11th January 2012
Richard & Carol Trueman
Snowbirds Go South: Part 5-C
A strange mixture of experiences. It’s mexican but it has a lot of “older” gringos. The Hotel we stayed at puts us in a time and place warp; we feel like we’re in a Colonial Havana hotel from the 50s. Everyone here has been here and continues to return here for the past 5 to 35 years. Most guests know each other from their re-visit, some of them stay for months. Guests come up to us and ask us where is “so and so’; they’re usually in your room about now.”
But the swim everyday with hundreds of frigates, pelicans, cormorants, and gulls diving about you brings us back to the present. The water is WARM, warmer than the pool in Campbell River and warmer than Sayulita. Of course, Carol has 3 to 4 swims a day from shortly after sunrise to shortly before sunset. The bay is also littered with fishermen and their boats early in the morning throwing their nets in for the bigger fish the birds don’t catch.
There’s a large lake (Laguna de Tule) on the edge of town that separates Melaque from Barra de Navidad. we’ve stalked the wild birds and crocodiles there about every third day after breakfast and before it gets too hot. So far, one crocodile sighting, hawks, herons, and many others without our bird book we cannot identify.
We’ve met many friendly people here, tourists and indigenous. Melaque certainly deserves another visit. Depending on your age, Sayulita for the younger people and Melaque for the older, they both have a similar feel as to size, cost, and amenities.
A Cortes Day
What are the odds of meeting two families from Cortes in one day? Well we did. See the last picture in our click to advance slide show in the link below. Leslie and Stefano with their boys, Marino and Manuel AND Steve of Heidi and Steve; - all in Melaque at 1 PM Tuesday, January 10th. (by the way, happy birthday Caz of Cortes and Elvis)
Richard and Carol