Catastrophe in Mexico
My wife and I took our normal vacation to Mexico this year in September. Our first visit was Rio Verde where we attended a quince anos which is the celebration of a girl turning 15 years old marking her transition into adulthood. There was a lot of partying and drinking during the reception that follows a Catholic church mass. Also saw the boxing match between Canelo and Mayweather at a bar next door to the reception. Horns were blaring with the crowd cheering for their national hero Canelo. Unfortunately Canelo lost and the cheering stopped. Most of my friends in Mexico said that Mayweather was the better fighter and agreed with the decision. On to Tamasopa waterfalls next day. Normally it is open for swimming but this day it was closed due to high water. Could only look at it and enjoy the scenery.
We looked forward to the drive to Chilpancingo over 9 hours away. We could spend some time in Acapulco enjoying the beach and maybe some deep sea fishing. Little did we know a catastrophe was unfolding as we drove from Rio Verde, then Mexico City and finally Chilpancingo. Tropical storm Manuel dumped huge amounts of rain in Guerrero causing land slides, flooding and a loss of at least 97 lives. The highway to Acapulco was closed and Acapulco was declared a disaster area. All we could do in Chilpancingo was watch tv and not much else. This was one vacation where I wanted to go home. I did get to take some photos of the flooding in Chilpancingo. The Huacapa river overran its banks and caused extensive damage to a portion of the town. A relative of mine drove me around town and I took a variety of photos-just a matter of F11 and being there. Took some photos of relief efforts as well. Even if you cannot be there during the hight of the storm as the police will close off affected areas-photos can be taken afterwards when the flood begins to subside. Be sure to take photos of rebuilding efforts. For many people in Mexico the tropical rains have destroyed their homes and their lives. Many areas are still flooded. Enjoyed a party with friends and more drinking-not much else to do. Spent a day shopping in Mexico City and then home-glad to be home! Hope next year will be better for everyone in Mexico.