The time had come to
head north. We returned to Corozal, depositing Phil Sellers
at the airport on the way, and on March 5 we started back to the United
States. Suddenly our rich and leisurely experience in Belize
became a rush of ever new campgrounds stretching up the Gulf of
Mexico. We caught our breath at four longer stopovers
interspersed with three one-night stands.
In the coastal mountains south of Veracruz, we
enjoyed two days of good birding and delightful surroundings at Catemaco
's lakeside Playa Azul
resort. Pictured below at our potluck dinner on the lakeside
terrace are (clockwise from left) Charlie, Woody & Gwen Woodhouse,
Marianne Gentemann (obscured) & Ray Hillesheim, Lee & Pat Yoder.
A free day at the seaside Hotel Mocambo's RV park in
amenities and birding in the nearby marshlands.
Visiting the El Tajin ruins entailed stopping a
second night at the Costa Esmeralda
As pictured below, Shari got us started before dawn for El Tajin.
Cam., Mar. 5 (F)
Ver., Mar. 7-9 (F)
Ver., Mar. 10-11 (F)
Esmeralda, Ver., Mar. 12-13 (H)
near Tampico, Tam., Mar. 14 (F)
A two-day final stop at La Pesca
, Tam., March 15-17, allowed
us to exchange farewells, to gird ourselves for re-entry, and to get a
last shot at Mexican birding. Here we enjoyed an omelet lunch
laid on by Shari and a farewell fandango with special activities and
presentations orchestrated by Pat Yoder.
||Last party (H)
looking in! (F)
For better or worse, we were now back to ------