|transitioned out of Mexico and into Central America, we want to share with you the time we spent in the Bahias Hualtuco area. We will follow
this entry very soon with a description of our travels in Central America. You can find corresponding pictures by clicking on the Photo Album
button above (we are trying a new slide show format, so feedback would be appreciated). And remember, you can always look at our previous
ramblings by clicking on the archived Journal Entries (above) and the corresponding archived Photo Albums on the Photo Album page.
We spent a lovely 20 days in Bahias Hualtuco. Some of our time was spent in the beautiful bays that can be found along this 15 mile stretch of
paradise, and the rest of the time Southern Belle was slipped at Marina Chahue. While in the marina, we took the time to travel inland to the
exotic city of Oaxaca. It was not too long ago that the State of Oaxaca was suffering from civil unrest, but now things are once again
tranquillo. We rode the bus from Hualtuco to the city of Oaxaca which turned out to be a 7 hour ride along a windy mountain road. The bus was
very modern and comfortable and even showed movies onboard. When we arrived in Oaxaca we caught a cab to the historic Centro area of town.
There we searched around until we found a lovely little hotel at a reasonable price only a block away from the Zocalo, which is the big central
plaza in town. The Zocalo is surrounded by historic buildings, restaurants, a large cathedral and is a constant beehive of activity. In the
evening it comes alive with local music, street performers, and of course the ever present vendors selling their wares. We spent 3 days in and
around Oaxaca before travelling by bus back to Hualtuco. The following are some of the sights and activities we enjoyed:
Once we returned to Hualtuco we focused on getting the boat ready for our crossing of the dreaded Gulf of Tehuantepec. Most people don't
know but the T-Pec is considered one of the 4 most dangerous places on the planet to sail a small boat. With very little warning it can whip up
to 50 knots of wind and 20- to 30-foot seas. Thankfully we were successful in crossing this area with out any problems. At the mid-point we
saw up to 35 knots of wind, but we were prepared for it and had no problem. Now we are in Central America and our next journal entry will tell
you all about it. Until then enjoy the pictures of Hualtuco and Oaxaca, and as always we wish you all fair winds and following seas!