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Date: 23 Aug 2010 15:25:24
Title: Stuck to the dock

Huatulco continues to be a pleasant stop over. Weather consists of heavy rain or torrential rain, with a bit of sun every 3 days or so. We use the folding bikes to get around or taxis are 20 pesos anywhere!
 
Kids started home school course on Friday, and its a toss up as whether Id rather be out there in a force nine or here for a foced home school.
 
We have a pet onboard now, a lurid green lizard with an insatiable apetite for live bugs, that even Seb is having problems supplying daily. A perefctly formed dry turd is formed once a day, so clean up is easy, and she is quite funny, often sitting on our shoulders watching us work. (Pictures below).
 
The $1 million dollar sportfisher hauled in a 500lb Marlin the other evening, and shared the spoils with half the village. Picture of just one small Marlin steak below with Marisol, which gives some impression of the size of the beast which was the width of their (very substantial) boat. Kids were up to their ankles in blood and fish guts.
 
We took a "tour" Sunday with some friends from the marina, around the surrounding hills and beaches. Saw some large Crocs, some very sad captured turtles, and rounded off at a Rancho in the hills with unlimited (and truly excellent) smoky flavoured (dont ask) Mezcal. Draft beer and amazing food. They served us half a cow on a platter, and had cowboys singing, with an atmosphere that was an absolute hoot. We all got dragged up to dance or sing, and it was really funny to find this place in the middle of nowhere.
 
This AM raining heavily for a change and rowing with kids to get home school started, as they would rather be feeding the lizard gruesome crawling things. 
 
We need to finish off the final "boat jobs" this week. Oil changing in a space the size of a midgets bedroom, and lugging diesel  5 miles from the pemex station in Jerry jugs being two particular highlights I am looking forward to.
 
The next leg is the gulf of Tehuantapec. If anyone is interested you can find a whole catalogue of horror stories on the internet regarding this stretch of water, which includes container ships being blown 200 miles offshore due to the wind strength etc etc. In short, not filled with enthusiasm for this one, and no ports till the Guatamalan border (200 miles) or El Salvador 300 miles.
 
We will prep the boat, then watch the weather for a few days, so not going anywhere anytime quickly.
 
Love from all onboard.

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