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S: Huatulco 2010

FC: Our Glorious Huatulco Vacation at Salchi Bay February 2010 Kathy Bender, Sue Hunter, Tammy Koebernick, Doreen Hagedorn, Melissa McNeil, Annette Tupper, Susan Duncan Friends are sisters that are a gift from God!

1: Our Private Beach

2: Late January 2010 a special group ladies flew to Huatulco Mexico to celebrate friendship, sisterhood and health. Annette Tupper, Tammy Kobernick, Kathy Bender, Doreen Hagedorn, Sue Hunter, Melissa McNeil, Susan Duncan, Most everyone stayed 2 weeks, in mid February Michelle and Adam Bender joined Kathy and Susan who stayed till the end of February. Then Kathy and Adam went to Puebla where Adam had lived for a year.

3: We transferred in Mexico City, and arrived at Huatulco airport to lovely HOT weather! It was about 33, and dry. We got our rental car and headed out to Salchi Bay. Our home was equipped with everything, 4 bedrooms, infinity pool, Canadian satellite tv so we could even watch the Vancouver Winter Olympics. We had our own bar, and outside shower, and a beautiful ocean view.

4: From Mattea and Jonah for Tam

5: Great days and nights by the pool, floating and enjoying the view. We even had our own pool boy! | One night we had an unexpected visitor, Mr Hairy. Our very own taurantula, who lived in the dried cactus pillars on the front verandah. | mr hairy

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9: Our Beach was soft and made of sea shell sand. We were able to snorkel but some days were quite wavy too. The water was warm and perfect for swimming.

11: Spa Days at Salchi Beach, We enjoyed highlighting each others hair, having our nails done and even hired a masseuse for Saturdays! | It was pretty hot to have the hair cap on, but all in the name of beauty.... | OOOH LA LA

12: Too hot to move | Fresh Air Massage

13: We drove to St Augustin Beach, This is one of the few beaches with road access, and it was a 20 minute drive on a dirt road. Lots of beach restaurants and cervazas. We bought great papayas on the way back from a local stand. | Goat Stampede

14: Sparrow nests hung from many trees like little balloons. This river on the main road was also the village laundry room, all done by hand and laid in the sun to dry. The little village near the river had a school and the children all wore uniforms. This little variety store was where we got our sugar fix.

15: This little church was on the road to Salchi Bay, it was always open. The little village here also had a school, and inside some of the small houses were large tvs!

16: We took another day trip to Puerto Escondido. Browsed the tourist nicky nacks and had a great lunch on the beach. | Annette and Kathy bought Mexican blankets from a beach vendor. Couldn't resist. Wasn't a bargain.

17: Puerto Escondido was about an hour from our home at Salchi Bay. We passed several other small towns along the way that were as if from the 1970's. Puerto Escondido was larger and had all kinds of shopping.

19: Unbelievable sunsets, and whales in the bay too!

20: Just Hanging Out!

22: Day trip to La Crucecita, where we went to market, and for groceries. Also lots of touristy shops and restaurants. The zocalo (town square), was in the centre and the traffic was pretty crazy. Lots of silver to buy.

23: This is the port of Huatulco, where a lot of cruise ships stop. From here there are snorkel and day trips to secluded beaches. | Naturally that was our next adventure!but first a little hanging out at the house.

24: Hard to take! | Swim or not?

25: The cook for our mexican feast | To bright afor the laptop | What a place for Sunday worship.

26: We chartered a boat for a full day snorkel trip from Huatulco harbour. We went to 3 different beaches and snorkel spots. Along the way we saw a sea turtle, dolphins and the man in the rock. The day was a scorcher and the water amazing. We enjoyed it, got sunburned & cheered Melissa and Sue for their bravery.

28: Back to the house to rest before our next big adventure to the waterfall and coffee plantation. We had to say goodbye to Sue H after the first week \:(

30: Through our rental car agency, we hired a driver to take us up to remote water falls and a coffee plantation. | We met these boys gathering wood with donkeys. At the plantation we had a great authentic lunch, and bought the best coffee (5lb bags!).

31: The hike down to the waterfalls took about 15 minutes with a guide. There were two falls, some of us , even Kathy jumped off the small one.

32: The water was warm, and people could jump off the high falls. \\ We didn't.

33: Our driver took a wrong turn, then had to back up. He backed the SUV over the edge of a 50 ft drop. Took 2 hours to get us out. Too much adventure.

35: Last minute silver jewelry buying from our favourite airpor vendor. When the ladies got home it was the Olympics. They slept at the airport overnight.

36: Susan, Kathy and Annette took a two day trip to Oaxaca City. We flew from Huatulco over the mountains, which would have been an 8 hour drive. On arriving we were met by the tour guide we had arranged with to give us a private tour.

37: Oaxaca City was settled by the Spanish in the early 1500s and there are many historical buildings. We stayed in a downtown hotel, cobblestone streets, very close to the cathedral. We visited a silver smith and bought filigree earrings . | We toured around and went to the market where Annette and Kathy tried fried grasshoppers. We visited a chocolate factory, and had coffee and cinnamon sticks in the Zocalo.

39: Next stop: Monte Alban | An Olmec / Zapotec city set 400 metres above Oaxaca City, that peaked around 500 BC | We had a private guide who had given tours for over 40 years. He was almost 90 and very knowledgeable

40: We toured out to some villages where there were wood carvers who made amazing fantasy animals. They were very intricate and painted with thousands of dots. Kathy found the perfect one, a frog, to bring home. | We had a chance to walk around downtown Oaxaca City, where the cathedral was built in 1535. There were stores with beautiful hand woven fabrics and pottery.

42: Until next time..

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