Category Archives: September & October 2016

Editor’s Letter

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 4.51.34 PM“We still carry this old caveman-imprint idea that we’re small, nature’s big, and it’s everything we can manage to hang on and survive. When big geophysical events happen – a huge earthquake, tsunami, or volcanic eruption – we’re reminded of that.” – James Balog

Two questions I got today… ‘why do you live here?’ (I get this often) and ‘are there more earthquakes than usual?’ (this precipitated by the devastation in Italy a few days ago, followed by another earthquake in Myanmar). Continue reading Editor’s Letter

Why Is the U.S. Coast Guard in Huatulco?

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While visiting the beach in Santa Cruz, you may have seen one of the American Coast Guard cutters that are frequently docked on the cruise ship pier. You might wonder why American military ships are patrolling Mexican waters. A few of the Coast Guard personnel stayed at our B&B while on shore leave, and they provided me with an entire education as to their mission. Although they are officially part of the U.S. Armed Forces, they operate under the Department of Homeland Security. Two of their primary roles involve maritime law enforcement and search and rescue. Continue reading Why Is the U.S. Coast Guard in Huatulco?


By Leigh Morrow

Since I was a little girl, travel has always had a hold on me. I would sit in my parent’s car, parked in the garage, with my imaginary friend, Lulu Simms, and pretend we were on the road to big-sounding cities like Minneapolis and Cincinnati.

By the time I entered grade nine, I had lived in five different cities, in five different provinces, which only fueled my wanderlust. By grade 10, I won a trip to Helsinki, a city that mesmerized me with its Marimeko patterns, smoked salmon breakfasts, and saunas. I returned home, officially bitten with the travel bug. Continue reading Travel

Five Weekend Getaways from Mexico City

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 2.00.56 PMBy Carole Reedy

No matter how much one thrives on the excitement, culture, and energy of the megalopolis, occasionally the mind, body, and soul need some relaxation. Happily, there are several such diversions just a few hours from Mexico City, all accessible by car or comfortable bus. Residents of the city find these delightful and beautiful locales a welcome respite from their busy daily routine. Here are five breaths of fresh air…in more ways than one. Continue reading Five Weekend Getaways from Mexico City

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a wonderful activity for an autumn afternoon or evening. Unlike a hunt for its namesake, the wildebeest, which would lead you on a hot and sweaty chase through the open plains and woodland of the African Serengeti and perhaps leave you with a nasty gore from a tangle with the wildebeest’s sharp horn, this hunt will take you only to a cinema and leave you with tears of laughter and a soft spot in your heart. Continue reading Hunt for the Wilderpeople