The art of doing nothing for 10 days

Trip Start Jul 18, 2013
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Trip End Apr 15, 2014


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El Caracol RV Park and Bungalows

Flag of Mexico  , Nayarit,
Saturday, March 8, 2014

We are spending ten days here in a small Mexican village called Lo de Marcos. The zocolo (town plaza) is about 4 blocks off the Pacific ocean. There are only small stores around the zocolo and up the road to the highway. The roads are all made of cobblestone. There is no bank and we have only seen two ATM's so far. One ATM is in our campground. On the road along the ocean there are many RV parks and bungalows to rent. There is a bus that comes into town every hour that will take you to Puerto Vallarta. We are totally enjoying relaxing here.

The vegetable truck comes by almost every day to keep us well supplied with fresh veggies, plus eggs and cheese. Mexican cheddar, a wonderful flavor, a bit different from our Wisconsin cheddar.

We have a Yucca fruit tree on our camping spot. They are called Jackfruit in Wikipedia, but all the locals here call them Yuccas.  There is fruit on our tree, we have discussed it with Anderika, our vegetable vendor. He told us it isn't ripe yet, but he would find some for us. And he did, the large fruits are full of seed pods, and it is the pods that you eat. They say they taste like sweetbread, we found them to be very sweet with a flavor that reminds us of a mixture of pineapple, mango and bananas, the texture was firm. It did have a mildly unpleasant odor, but not enough to put you off. They ripen all year, we have often seen them for sale on the side of the road, we always thought they were breadfruit and didn't know what to do with them. The next time we see them for sale we will buy one.

The jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, it can reach 80 lbs. in weight, 36" in length and 20" in diameter. The ones we see on the side of the road are about 12" long and 8" in diameter.

We have relatively good internet here and spend most of our time on the computer, sitting on the beach or reading. One exception, we went to Sayulita one day and met up with Bonnie's sister, Darlene and her husband Paul. They and three other couples traveled there by bus from Puerto Vallarta. Sayulita is a surfer town, it sits on a point out in the Pacific and the wave can get larger that they do here in Lo de Marcos. We caught the bus at the zocolo and it dropped us off on the highway by the road that leads into Sayulita, we walked about a mile to the beach and found Darlene almost immediately. Right after we get on the bus, the driver stopped, backed up a bit and started talking to a man outside. Then he got off, ordered his lunch, went next door and bought a Coke, picked up his lunch and we were off. We have included a pic of the restaurant, there is barely a sign on it at all, we would never eat in a place like that. But, the driver didn't get sick, and he drove on the narrow, winding mountain roads with one hand while he ate his lunch. We got out alive, there was only one near miss when a car was passing a bus and was in our lane when we came around a curve. The driver hit the breaks hard with that car coming straight at us. The bus going the other way did the same and the little car made it back in their own lane. Our driver got high fives from all the bus drivers in the line of vehicles.

This little campground has the most beautiful flowers that we have ever seen. It is just wonderful to sit around and enjoy them. We have included many pictures and identified as many as we can but there are a lot that we don't know. Please comment if you recognize any of them.
 
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aircor
aircor on

Bill, whats the name of the camp, and whats the monthly?

Joy Clark on

Great pictures! Enjoy your posts. Have a wonderful trip.

ironworker025
ironworker025 on

It is called El Caracol RV and Bungalows park

Roxana on

wow what a life ..I miss the traveling ...glad your in a beautiful place enjoy enjoy ..miss you guys ...

Karin on

The bus trip sounded scarey. But OMG the area is beautiful. Have fun. Love you's.

aircor
aircor on

Bill, i looked up the web site, it looks like a beautiful spot, and well kept, I have sent them an email for what their seasonal rates are, Will be interesting to compare to our rate at John & Maureens.

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