Hola amigos! The CrapMonkey went pretty dark during the holidays and now I am taking a time-out in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. So far, Wendy and I are having a great time relaxing and enjoying the area. Ixtapa is a Marina / Resort town – not a lot of culture but lots of nice places to have a drink and watch the sunset. Zihuatanejo is a larger fishing town (roughly 80,000 people) with lots of great restaurants, shops, and bars overlooking a bay marina (you may remember Zihuatanejo as the place Andy and Red go at the end of Shawshank Redemption… so far I haven’t run into them). We left the fog of Seattle and had a brief stop in LA, then we continued the rest of the way to Mexico. Overall, the flights were uneventful and on-time. We are now at the Las Brisas Hotel and, since being here, we’ve watched a few sunsets, swam in the Ocean and the pool, and treated ourselves to massages in the hotel’s Salon. I think I’m just about relaxed now. Tomorrow morning we are going horse back riding on the beach – so I need to head into town to find a hat to cover my pale head. For the beer lovers that follow my blog, I have little value for you today other than to say Modelo Especial and Corona taste far better on the beaches of Mexico then they could ever hope to taste at home. as usual, I’ll be updating photos as I can to Flickr and there is also an audio recording of a Mariachi band we had play a song for us as we had dinner on the Beach. Audios for now!