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Solo trip...part 4

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#1 Steve


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Posted 15 April 2010 - 05:55 PM

Woke up this morning and kind of had to remember where I was. I went outside and the grocery truck pulled up. My eyes focused about as much as the camera.

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The neighbor who bought the property south of Xamach was over and needed a ride into town to pick up his truck. Not a problem. I was going that way and was ready to leave. I just had to check the inventory of the Explorer before we left. It's a long drive back to Tulum and had to have a few cold beers for the journey. Everything was OK.

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I made it back to Macario Gomez and made another friend along the way. The day was starting out good.

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I hadn't seen Trudy's property for a while so she wanted me to take a trip out there and see what I thought about the construction that has been going on.

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She has had her problems with buying the land and getting the construction done but it seems to be progressing at a better than normal rate of speed. All is looking good from what I can see. They want to finish the first floor and move in. Second floor will come later.

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Antemlo (her boyfriend) has been doing most of the work of clearing the land and getting the foundation done by using nothing more than manual labor. It took him 3 weeks to dig the hole where the septic system is going. Building a fire on top of the rocks then digging little by little using a sledge hammer and pry bar.

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Their property is in the jungle and there are an abundance of trees out here. This is a photo of the Chechen tree. It can drip a corrosive sap on you that can cause major problems.

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Where there is danger, nature usually provides a cure nearby. This is the Chaca tree or as some guides will tell you, the Gringo Tree. The bark turns red and peels just like a tourist. The sap or bark from the Chaca tree will heal the burning from the Chechen tree.

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After the tour I went into town and managed to get one of the 2 best parking places. Right under the tree with some shade.

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