After two days of cruising at about 26 knots off shore from Costa
Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, we sighted Acapulco, Mexico for
the first time in 25 years. Now a world vacation destination, Acapulco
has a thriving population of 2.5 million and a considerably lower
unemployment rate than our own. But some elements have not changed.
Young men continue to defy death diving off rock cliffs into the
undulating surf and Mexican entrepreneurs continue to vend their
colorful native wares unendingly. When one is in the vicinity of
the Toxco silver mines, it is absolutely imperative to first visit
the silver factory to make one's bangle bracelet selections before
proceeding on to sightseeing and spending a relaxing afternoon at
the beach, swimming in the warm surf. Two more days of cruising
north along the Baja Peninsula brought the QE2 to the San Pedro
port of Los Angeles on Saturday, January 18. This was great timing
because the freeways were vacant. We toured the exclusive and sedate
Beverly Hills and window-shopped Rodeo Drive. In West Hollywood,
we stopped at Grumman's Chinese Theater to compare foot and hand
prints of the stars. We traced OJ's freeway escape route and drove
past his fifth floor courtroom enclave in downtown LA. We stopped
to see the Music Center, longtime site of the Academy Awards Show.
We climbed to the top of the Hollywood Bowl, designed by Frank Lloyd
Wright, and later stopped along the Hollywood Freeway to photograph
its famous sign. At Olivera Street, we became part of the gaiety
of a Saturday Mexican Fiesta. The tacos were made even more piquant
and wonderful by the strolling musicians serenading us. Here is
where the City of Angels had her beginnings. On our way back to
the ship, we passed by USC and the Olympic Stadium. Tune in later
for Hawaii, Polynesia and our continuing search for that fated "edge"
of Earth. Your Flat Earth Society Correspondents.