2015 Mexico

2015 MAY – MX REFLECTIONS

2015 MAY – MX REFLECTIONS

It was the end of April and getting too hot in Mexico, so I decided to return to the cool temperatures of California for the Summer.  On the advice of a long time boater in La Cruz, I moved my boat from its end tie near the entrance to the marina, to far inside the […]


2015 APR – TINY VOLCANO

2015 APR – TINY VOLCANO

Cuexcomate is advertised as… The Littlest Volcano in the World. In fact, it’s an inactive geyser and this limestone cone is just 43 foot high – and rather than being the littlest volcano, it is actually considered the biggest geyser on Earth. It’s name comes from the local Nahuatl language meaning “mud pot”, and it […]


2015 APR – HISTORIC PUEBLA

2015 APR – HISTORIC PUEBLA

Historic Puebla is just fascinating.  The city has a long history of buildings and architectures to dazzle the eye. BIBLIOTECA PALAFOXIAN The oldest book in this spectacular library dates from 1473 and the most recent is from 1910. The library was established in 1646 by Juan Palafox who donated 5,000 books of his own collection. […]


2015 APR – PUEBLA PLAZA

2015 APR – PUEBLA PLAZA

I loved the city of Puebla! I loved the weather. I loved the architecture. I loved the preserved historic nature of the place. I loved the laid back people and lifestyle. I loved the huge tree-filled plaza (zocalo) surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and ice cream parlors. I was happy to spend hours hanging out, […]


2015 APR – CHOLULA

2015 APR – CHOLULA

As we bussed to Cholula from Mexico City we passed through a region where you could see a ring of volcanoes surrounding us as we rode along. In fact, one of the volcanoes (Popocatepetl) was active and spewing smoke! It is the first time I have seen volcanic activity with my own eyes. The city […]


2015 APR – LAKE XOCHIMILCO

2015 APR – LAKE XOCHIMILCO

The ancient Lake Xochimilco (So-chim-ilco) is within the city boundaries of Mexico City. The lake’s freshwater springs attracted various cultures over the centuries but it really came into its own when the Aztecs arrived around 1430. They took advantage of the shallow lake and started serious farming. The Aztecs piled mud on reed mats and farmed […]


2015 APR – TEOTIHUACAN

2015 APR – TEOTIHUACAN

The archeological city of Teotihaucan (Tay-o-tee-wah-kahn) was inhabited from 100BC to 700AD by a group of inhabitants whose origins have been lost in time. The most widely accepted theory is that they were a proto-Nahua group. This ancient city pre-dates Christ by 100 years. Our guide took great pains to point out that the Aztecs […]


2015 APR – CHAPULTEPEC CASTLE

2015 APR – CHAPULTEPEC CASTLE

The castle is built in the middle of a very large park of several acres which was a sacred spot for the Aztecs. It has had a number of uses over the years, most recently it was the home of the president until they moved the Presidents to Los Pinos and converted the castle to […]


2015 APR – DOWNTOWN MEXICO CITY

2015 APR – DOWNTOWN MEXICO CITY

  Downtown Mexico City has some important historic places to visit, namely – The Angel of Independence which has the same stature and status in Mexico as the Statue of Liberty in New York. Monument to the Revolution The city’s Cathedral, opposite Los Pinos Los Pinos which is the home of the current President, and […]


2015 APR – MEXICO CITY BASILICA

2015 APR – MEXICO CITY BASILICA

I had earlier decided to visit Mexico City when I reached Acapulco by taking a road trip inland.  Even though I didn’t make it to Acapulco this month, Francisco and I took the bus anyway. This metropolis is home to 30 million people, and is quite the madhouse!  It is also the first city I […]


2015 MAR – DUNKED…!

2015 MAR – DUNKED…!

 Saturday 3/28 We have been in Puerto Vallarta for a month waiting for Francisco’s passport to arrive. Apparently there was a printing glitch in the govt office and no passports have been printed for weeks. However, it finally came through a day ago, so it is time to move on. We started prepping the boat […]


2015 MAR – SAYULITA

2015 MAR – SAYULITA

Sayulita is just a 40 minute and $2 bus ride north of La Cruz.  Driving there I was struck by the dense jungle that came right down to the road’s edge. The road was hacked out of the jungle – literally. Due to the sheer remoteness of the place, the dense jungle, and the lack […]


2015 MAR – HUICHOL INDIANS

2015 MAR – HUICHOL INDIANS

HUICHOL INDIANS I have been trying to find a Huichol (wee-choll) Indian community since arriving in this area, but it seems they are a very reclusive tribe and don’t encourage tourists. In fact, they actively discourage them. This ancient tribe has lived deep in the Mexican mountains for at least 15,000 years, according to carbon […]


2015 MAR – PREDATOR

2015 MAR – PREDATOR

  We were sitting in a wifi cafe drinking coffee and trying to decide what to do for the day. We could head North for 30 minutes to Sayulita, a beachside hippie community, or go South to Mismaloya to Chino’s Paradise where there were huge rock pools we could swim and climb.   But South […]


2015 MAR – IXTLAN DEL RIO

2015 MAR – IXTLAN DEL RIO

  The earliest references to this pre-Hispanic site are found in the writings of a priest of 1621.  The writings outline the way of life of these peoples. The conclusions drawn were that these temples and mounds were destroyed during the Spanish Conquest. This is area was settled around 400 AD and was occupied right […]


2015 MAR – MEXCALTITAN

2015 MAR – MEXCALTITAN

MEXCALTITAN is a small man made island in the Mexican state of Nyarit. It is only accessible by water. Legend has has it that it was built and occupied by the Aztecs about 1,000 years ago. It is a tiny island with just 4 tiny roads – 2 going east/west and 2 going north/south. Then […]


2015 MAR – TEQUILA

2015 MAR – TEQUILA

Who knew there is actually a town called Tequila?! The drink is named after the town where it all originated. We visited a distillery and Francisco translated everything the Spanish speaking guide said. I have found that not too many Mexicans know gringo-speak, so it is super useful having Francisco with me all the time. […]


2015 MAR – TALPA

2015 MAR – TALPA

Talpa is inland from Banderas Bay involving a 4-hour drive over questionable roads and hair raising mountain passes. We climbed to peaks so high and dropped to valleys so low that my ears popped the whole time. Eventually I took to chewing gum in order to stabilize my ear drums. Talpa is renown in Mexico […]


2015 MAR – PUERTO VALLARTA

2015 MAR – PUERTO VALLARTA

PUERTO VALLARTA (PV) is a city in Banderas Bay, the bay of flags, so named for the tribes in the valley that carried brightly colored flags. The first known history of PV dates back to the 1500s when Spain took an interest in the bay but were challenged by the local tribes. Undeterred the Spanish […]


2015 MAR – HUMPBACKS

2015 MAR – HUMPBACKS

HUMPBACKS One of the waiters in Mazatlan said that he would join me as crew. But as happens every time, when crunch time came and I said I was leaving Friday, the young man found a host of excuses. His mother, sister, boss, girlfriend didn’t want him to go. Francisco, a waiter from my other favorite […]


2015 FEB – MZ CARNIVAL 

2015 FEB – MZ CARNIVAL 

  SATURDAY 2/14 Mazatlan has a 6 day carnival stretching from Thursday thru to Tuesday. This celebration is reportedly over 100 years old, and is the highlight of Mazatlan’s annual calendar of festivities – of which there are many scattered throughout the year. Mazatlan is a friendly, happy city – and they know how to […]


2015 FEB – DURANGO

2015 FEB – DURANGO

Before the new engineering marvel of the Mazatlan-Durango highway, it used to take a full day to drive between the two cities. The old road was the third most dangerous road in the world: first was Bolivia, second China, and third Durango. Then the MX government decided to connect the country’s west coast to its […]


2015 FEB – MZ GARBAGE DUMP KIDS

2015 FEB – MZ GARBAGE DUMP KIDS

  Last week I picked up the local Mazatlan newspaper to check out the ThingsToDo section.  On page 3 it listed church services. So I browsed them idly and saw The Vineyard Church. I used to attend Jack Hayford’s Vineyard services in Van Nuys, so I thought I would go along to the service on […]


2015 FEB – MAZATLAN

2015 FEB – MAZATLAN

FEB 2015 – MAZATLAN The city of Mazatlan is divided into 3 main areas: Old Mazatlan, the Golden Zone (tourist beaches and shops), and New Mazatlan. I took a bus from the Marina to Old Mazatlan and got off at the Mercado Municipal, the indoor farmers market. It is huge and is divided into sections […]