Lo De Marcos is a sleepy little coastal Mexican town (pop. 2000) that we would have driven right past if it were not for the fact that Ash’s Auntie Barbie was housesitting there. We were just a little north of town so we popped in for a few days to visit. Fortunately we were able to stay in the house and enjoy running water, laundry, hot showers, electricity… and great company!
For the first time in months we had a schedule. We planned to meet Barb at 8:30am for a little hike out of town and through to a secluded beach. We rolled in from 15 minutes north of town at 8:15am proud that we showed up early. Too bad that there is a time zone change at Lo De Marcos so we actually showed up at 9:15am… 45 minutes late. Whoops! At least we made it there safe and sound, that’s the most important thing, right?
For the first time on our trip we were with somebody who could speak the language. Barb spoke to everyone we saw, “Hola, buenos dias! …” and started conversations with many of the locals. We met Bebe, the grocer, when buying fresh fruit and veggies. We chatted with Rodrigo the fisherman when buying some fresh off the boat dorado for our fish tacos. We really got to know Lenny the cowboy who brought us on a four hour horseback ride through the countryside and along the beaches. Check out Lo De Marcos Adventure Tours to contact Lenny for a tour.
Throughout Mexico we have been welcomed with open arms, but when able to communicate more effectively, we finally connected. More Pimsleur, studying of the Spanish text book, Spanish lessons with Barb on our long walks, and a homestay/school in Guanajuato will get us on our way to conversation! Day by day we very slowly improve.
We could have set up camp here for a while, but after four days it was time to head back north to Rincon de Guyabitos to visit with more family!