Very touching story. Zihuatenejo was one of the most beautiful, authenthic Mexican seaside towns in the entire country. Unfortunately, once the narcos arrived the beauty and innocence was lost
forever. The last time I was in Zihua, we sat in a beautiful patio under a veranda at the sea's edge. Behind us built into the side of the mountain was the Winter residence of the police chief of Mexico City. It was an exact replica of the Parthenon in Greece
and, over twenty years ago,was reported to have cost several million dollars. The police chief of DF had a reported income
of $12,000 US per year. When we talked to the locals, they said that everything changed in their little town once "el palacio" was built. At the time, we were traveling south by car into the Yucatan
to visit the many archeological sites of the Maya and and to do some fishing
for Peacock Bass and some duck hunting for the famous whistling ducks,"pichichis" common to that area. Every twenty miles along the coastal highway there were checkpoints patrolled by the Federales where they would stop your car, search its contents and then give you permission to continue. We were told by them they were looking for drugs. The oldest in the group were no more than in their early twenties and aside from their uniforms were quiet,almost childlike in behaviour. They, however, brandished automatic rifles and wore a serious demeanor when they spoke to you. The irony of the checkpoint was that even if it were run seriously where no bribes were taken,it was a short jog offroad into the foothills to avoid the checkpoint. It, like many things in Mexico, made no sense. The sadness of this story is in the loss of innocence of a warm, friendly country and its people and the once accepted safety
of travelling freely throughout the country whether by land or sea. Celestial Sailor is exactly correct when he mentions the absurdity of certain cruising sites and their continued refusal to accept the new reality. As I have said many times in previous posts, the world is changing and whether we travel by land or sea, we must vote with our dollars and avoid those areas of the world were safety
and civilization as we once knew it is disappearing.