John's Adventure travels in Oaxaca, Mexico and Casa Hogar

In 2002 and 2004, John visited Casa Hogar, (House of Love) a children's home in the heart of Oaxaca.

Read about John's travels in Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico.

In 2002, I drove to Oaxaca with my Dad, Mark and brother, Ethan, in a little Chevy sedan.

We made it there all in one piece, traveling from eastern Iowa, USA, all the way down to southern Mexico. Quite the trip I do say. Our air-conditioning broke down somewhere in Texas, which wasn't the most pleasant experience. Thankfully we were able to have it repaired in a matter of hours after finding a repair shop.

Within 3 days, we arrived in El Oro, (The Gold) an old mining town, where we met our friends.

After several days of working at the church in El Oro, we trekked on, like brave warriors through the mountains of central Mexico.

About 24 hours later, we were welcomed in Oaxaca. Our destination was Casa Hogar, a children's home, run by a native Minnesotan and her husband.

We stayed at Casa Hogar for several days, helping out and playing with the kids. I was sick for a few days, but I managed to succumb my illness and get out and experience the countryside.

Me, when I'm 12, with one of my friends at the orphanage.

One day, my Dad, brother and I went up to Monte Albán, an ancient Zapotec Indian city. Monte Albán was built over a period of more than 2,000 years, starting about 900 BC, by the Zapotecs.

I bought a medieval sword off a vendor at the "gift shop" area on Monte Albán. The sword has "Monte Albán" inscribed on the blade. The vendor originally wanted $60 USD for it, but I bargained her down to about $40 USD. Pretty good buy, I thought.

Monte Alban, Oaxaca

In the next couple of days, we headed off for home... at least 4 days driving North.

We hugged the Gulf of Mexico on our return route, thoroughly enjoying the coastal scenery.

On one section, we came across a forest fire on the side of the mountain. There were helicopters going out in the Gulf, to pick up a load of water to be dumped on the fire.

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