Our departure from Melaque was fairly time consuming, navigating narrow streets with low wires and palm tree branches. Larry rode on top of the rig lifting wires while Anne drove the truck. It took about an hour to get through the town and a stop at the Pemex fuel station. While waiting for some of the RV's to get fuel some of our group checked out a side stand, serving morning start "juice" consisting of cocoa, FRESH milk (milked from the cow into the cup!) and a shot of tequila!
Our evening began with dinner and dancing at the Salamandra Restaurant. A few people in our group had some dental work done in Melaque and it turns out Dr Woo also sings at this restaurant. We had a great evening and the entertainment wonderful! We headed down to the Centro Plaza about 10:30 which was packed, ages from about 10 years to the "seniors"! Shortly after 11pm the fireworks began. It was a metal framed tower holding various stages of the fireworks display. Incredibly the area is not cordoned off and people were gathering around the structure. After the main display it is a "running of the bulls"with mainly young locals with fireworks attached to their back running into the crowd chasing and being chased while the fireworks on them are spewing into the crowd. ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE!! :)
"Another" excellent dinner
Stan and Colleen stepping out
Bob and Betty rocking and rolling
Dr Woo - Dentist and singer extraordinaire
Centro Plaza awaiting for the St Patricks fireworks show
Tower fireworks display
Running of the Bulls display through the crowds. No one is wearing synthetic fabrics!!
Relaxing day at the "Ranch". The day started with the group gathering at a restaurant for a traditional mexican breakfast, and then transferred to the ranch and poolside in the sun or shade. Great morning, and finishing with a lunch of chicken or ribs before heading back to the camp. All for 300 pesos each! (about $22 CDN)
A 10 am departure on ATV's started out along the beach and out of town. After arriving in the countryside crops of mango and banana groves were everywhere and many herds of cows and goats. One stop was at the cemetery where our guide, Ray explained the Day of the Dead traditions and the effect on agriculture from the Hurricane Patricia in October 2015. After a 90 minute ride we hiked in to a canyon with a couple of spectacular waterfalls. On our way back we stopped for a cooling swim.
Picking our rides
The ATV banditos (helps with breathing on the dusty trails)