We knew from the outset that we were going to need some shade for the RV Park. Some spots will have a little more sun for the Solar Panel crowd, but the four original sites will be as shaded as possible.
By checking with various nurseries in the area, we learned that the Coconut Palm was best suited to the salty, sandy, beach front environment where we were locating. That, in turn, led to naming the park “Coconutz”.
As a fellow Travco RV owner, and world traveler, pointed out to me, he liked the name “Coconutz” but I better get busy planting some palm trees. Of course, that was in the plan all along, but we had to get the water, sewer and electric in first, then the fill, before we knew where we would be able to plant the palm trees.
During the early days of planning we met the Mayor of Cuyutlán, to see what permits and other issues needed to be addressed, before making the final decision to build. The Mayor, “Pakiko”, was much in favor of our idea, thinking it would be a good addition to the town, by attracting more tourists to the area. It also happens that his “real” job, before becoming Mayor, is that of a Coconut Plantation Owner. He said that he would be glad to help us in getting the coconut palms, as he has to thin out his plantation from time to time, plus he had all the connections to the people with the equipment.
When we got back down to Cuyutlán, it once again began to rain. We must bring the rains with us. We have been down twice in the past month, and have been visited by Odile, Polo, and Simon this last time. We missed Rachel. The day we were to visit the Palm Plantation it was pouring down rain once again. I was afraid that it would cause our visit to be canceled and delay the project. Luckily, it did not. We were taken out there by Pakiko in his Jeep, and were really just there to choose a size range that we wanted.
The palms were to arrive on Monday morning. The first backhoe only lasted a few minutes before suffering some sort of breakdown. The first batch of palm trees did arrive late Monday afternoon, but there was not any way to plant them. They spent the night on the ground, and I did manage to get some water to them. Tuesday morning another backhoe arrived, and shortly thereafter another load of palm trees.
I will add descriptions on the photos in the gallery below. The first two pictures will be “Before” and “After” pictures. Then the “rest of the story will follow” in the captions to the photos.