I’ll start by answering the question that everybody wants answered…yes, we made it to Puerto Escondido for Jamie’s birthday. He loves the ocean and kept telling me that he was drying up while we where inland.
In true Tranquilo fashion we made a last minute decision to stay in Cholula for one more night. Our first full day there was spent in Vips ( the Mexican equivalent of Dennys), Jamie working while I typed up a blog and emailed. So we thought we needed to give Puebla a shot and not make our stay in the area a total bust.
We were very glad that we stayed because Puebla turned out to be a lovely city. We spent the day walking through the centro, eating $5 peso al pastor tacos and watching various street performers. It was a weekend so the city was alive and we ended up at a cool bar drinking cervezas and people watching.
The next day we hit the road for Oaxaca and Casa Raab. Casa Raab is the home of a couple ex-pats, Anthony and Rebecca. Anthony’s parents built the home years ago and after going through a few other owners Anthony bought it back. They’ve since opened it up to people traveling through Oaxaca and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The house is set on 44 beautiful acres up in the foothills of Oaxaca. Rebecca rescues animals so there were a ton of dogs for Reina to play with. We had planned on staying for two nights but decided to leave at the last minute, so I didn’t get a single picture of the place.
We had heard the drive to Puerto Escondido was brutal and they weren’t lies. It took us about 8 hours to get to the surf town. On the way we stopped at a great spot in the middle of the mountains for lunch. It was called Comedor Las Truchas. It was such an awesome place because there was a stream running through it, there were kids playing soccer nearby, and they raised their own trout to serve at the restaurant. If someone were to order fish the owner would just go out to the trout pond and catch a fish with a net The drive was so worth it because the moment that Jamie saw the ocean he was beaming from ear to ear. He loves surfing and the ocean more than anything and it felt so good to get him back to the coast.
We had spent the past few days trying to find a place to stay and had planned on staying at an RV park/alley we had heard of, however the second we pulled into town Erik from STT spotted us. We had heard they were heading into town around the same time we were so it wasn’t much of a surprise.
Vanna and Bruiser had been here for a couple of nights and Smokey and Big Red had just shown up. Erik, Micki and Greg were staying at a hotel called Hotel Ines right on the beach and the other two were staying in the alley. Erik watched our rig while we checked out the alley. It was a little cramped back there and all dirt, not the best for tent camping. We decided to stay at the hotel for one night to recoup from the long drive and discuss our options in the morning.
We stayed in Puerto Escondido for 4 nights and didn’t leave hotel Ines. It was just so easy and we were right on the beach, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to move. On Jamie’s birthday we went out with the crew from STT to a nice dinner and then talked a few members of the crew into going out after. We ended up staying out until four in the morning, needless to say we weren’t 100% the next day, I more than Jamie. Unfortunately I spent all day in the horizontal position only getting up to go to the bathroom. I couldn’t help but celebrate my favorite day of the year with everything that I had.
After our four nights in Puerto Escondido we decided to hit the road. The waves were just not lining up enough for Jamie’s liking and we thought it was a good time to move out of the hotel. Smokey from STT had left a day earlier to check out some spots south. They ended up finding a cool RV park in a neat little town called Playa Zipolite, so we jumped on the STT bandwagon and headed south.
We’ve been here for a night so far and Jamie got the best waves hes gotten for a month so I think we’ll be staying here for a bit longer.