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Feb 5, 2009 - Vanilla Beans Anyone?

Feb. 5 - Took a little jaunt to a local vanilla bean plantation today. Really enjoyed this trip. The owner of the plantation was there, and he personally took us around the plantation to see the vanilla plants growing naturally, and their new enterprise of growing the beans in organically controlled environment. Really interesting, and I think I enjoyed this more than anything I have done to date. Just getting there, through the skinny little street of the town, and then down a dirt road was fun. Since this plantation is small, and not a...

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Feb 3, 2009 - Feb. 3rd - on the way to Monte Gordo

Feb. 3, 2009 - Left the parking lot around 9:30 a.m. This was supposed to be a short drive day, but it turned out differently. Tampico was difficult. Lots of construction, many police, stop signs very difficult to see, etc. etc. One of our party was stopped (we think it was a policeman), but he was released after paying a 400 peso “fine”. To quote our caravan leader, “Tampico is very unfriendly to RV’s”. This was a very slow, stressful drive. Leaving the cities, the roads were, for the most part, much narrower and curvier, but the country...

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Nov 25, 2008 - Coasta Esmerelda

Tuesday November 25…10:00pm We left the El Tajin ruins at about 9:00am. We headed for the Esmeralda Coast, which is a beachfront roadway between Poza Rica and Veracruz. It’s a popular area for Mexicans to come and vacation during the summer. This is the off season, and most places are empty. There are about a dozen RV parks along this stretch, however very few live up to our expectations, especially given the prices. We stopped at the Camping de Alba whose website I had visited, and actually got parked up even though we thought it was a bit...

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