Our Mexican Field Trip 2005

Day 22: Acapulco

Total Mileage: Approximately 8304 kms
Arrival: April 5, 2005 - 5:00 PM
Departure: April 7, 2005
Temperature High: 36 C

To get to Acapulco we left the State of Chiapas, crossed the State of Oaxaca and entered the State of Guerrero. On our way to Acapulco, we crossed many rivers that were bone dry. Their rainy season is in the summer. Any rivers like this one that had any water in it was usually stringed with clothes lines and ladies doing the laundry, and children playing in the water.

We also had an opportunity to stop by a sea turtle hatchery.

In many places as well as Acapulco, you will find many young children selling little packs of chicklets.

Did you know that the name "Chicklets" is derived from the thick milky sap of the sapodilla tree called "chicle"? This is the raw material of chewing gum. However, synthetic gum is apparently replacing the natural product and many of the "chicleros" (those who harvest the sap) are pulling out of many parts of the forest. The sapodilla trees are found throughout Central America.

Some of the trees here are quite large.

Acapulco, in my opinion is way over rated. It is really just a big stinkin, noisy, busy city of 722,000 people. I would not recommend taking a vacation there.

The Bay of Acapulco.

However, there are places around Acapulco, like the little campgound we found about 25 minutes north that was quiet which had about 10 miles of sand beach and hardly any people on it.

The kids had a blast in the big waves.

More waves.

More waves.

Playing in the waves.

Some of these waves are pretty big.

A friend back home just emailed me a picture of one of the giant waves we are getting back home right now. Check this out!

About 10 years ago a hurricane struck the shores of this beach and did some pretty good damage. A local told us about a 1000 people perished.

Pacific Sunset. "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:44-45).

Huatulco Last Update : 4/8/2005 Teotihuacan

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