Zih Conocido Cocido

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 13:03 (327 days ago)

Much of our coast is suffering erosion due to the big waves from successive mar de fondo events. While fishermen are still heading outside the bay to fish, the Capitanía del Puerto has closed water taxi service to Isla Ixtapa and Las Gatas. Bummer for the tourists. Good day for shopping and surfing!

In most of the rest of Guerrero and much of Michoacán, Oaxaca, Morelos, Puebla and the Valle de México the smoke from the burning of tlacololes is so bad that outdoor activities in many schools are cancelled and people are being warned to stay indoor. Somehow we've so far escaped the worst of this season's smoke, but I can't help but think that this could change at any moment once the direction of the prevailing winds changes, the same winds that will begin blowing tropical moisture and storms our way.

This past week we've had several mornings where it looked like it wanted to rain. Nothing visible on any radar or satellite image except smoke, but those here in Zihuatanejo have seen the clouds, and I've posted several photos here showing cloudy morning conditions. Any day now.

Watching from the end of Paseo del Pescador as an enormous wave comes right at me.

The fishermen have to be careful timing their departures and arrivals to the downtown beach. One moment everything is relatively calm and the next waves are washing all the way up the beach into the boats. La Madera Beach was almost impassable, especially because the authorities have allowed a bar to be built right in the middle of the beach taking up over half the beach where it definitely shouldn't be. Shortly after I snapped this photo another set of large waves had us scrambling for high ground between the boats.

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