Men With Guns

Everywhere we go, we see men with guns. Municipal police, Federales ("we don't need no stinkin' badges") and marines, walking the streets, or riding in trucks, all carrying U.S. supplied machine guns at the ready. Off on an isolated stretch of Balandra beach, we encountered 4 marines in full battle gear, helmets, boots and of course machine guns, walking the beach. Maria asked "aren't you hot in all that clothing?" to which they replied, "Nah, we're used to it". There is a contingent of maybe half a dozen Federal police stationed at the hotel. Sometimes they are in the halls. All young kids of course, playing with their cell phones.…
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Maria: Four Shades of Turquoise

Yesterday we spent the day at Tecolote beach. Unlike Balandra where the sand just is, this one has lots shells, sea glass and rocks to search through. Since we had walked the left side of the beach earlier this week, we went to the right and much longer side this time. As we started walking, we were approached by a very friendly, youngish man in shorts and sunglasses. For 100 pesos (about $7 U.S.) we could have the use of 2 lounge chairs, an umbrella and use of the bathrooms all day long. We parked our stuff and started our very long walk. This was made longer by the constant…
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Men With Guns

Everywhere we go, we see men with guns. Municipal police, Federales ("we don't need no stinkin' badges") and marines, walking the streets, or riding in trucks, all carrying U.S. supplied machine guns at the ready. Off on an isolated stretch of Balandra beach, we encountered 4 marines in full battle gear, helmets, boots and of course machine guns, walking the beach. Maria asked "aren't you hot in all that clothing?" to which they replied, "Nah, we're used to it". There is a contingent of maybe half a dozen Federal police stationed at the hotel. Sometimes they are in the halls. All young kids of course, playing with their cell phones.…
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Maria: Four Shades of Turquoise

Yesterday we spent the day at Tecolote beach. Unlike Balandra where the sand just is, this one has lots shells, sea glass and rocks to search through. Since we had walked the left side of the beach earlier this week, we went to the right and much longer side this time. As we started walking, we were approached by a very friendly, youngish man in shorts and sunglasses. For 100 pesos (about $7 U.S.) we could have the use of 2 lounge chairs, an umbrella and use of the bathrooms all day long. We parked our stuff and started our very long walk. This was made longer by the constant…
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