Sunday, March 01, 2015

Cihuatlán to Tequesquitlán

I've been told a number of times there is a partially paved road from Cihuatlán to Tequesquitlán but have always been unable to find the starting point in Cihuatlán. Yesterday was road trip day with Glen and we decided to go looking. Using Google Maps we could see the two exit roads that meet up just beyond the map below. Very possibly why I couldn't find it before is because the one on the right no longer exists and hasn't for a long time. There's a sign of it but it's totally washed out.

So off we go in the other direction, asked at a store and he drew us a map even though we were only a couple blocks from where it started. Now I have to apologize for not having my camera on the right setting so the unpaved first section with lots of water ruts did not turn out. I figured it out when we were well into the paved section. I wasn't that enthused to make the whole trip and I was a bit worried about Glen's Honda that does not have real high clearance. However he didn't bottom out once so that gives you a clue how serious the ruts were. The whole trip was probably 1.5 to 2 hours not counting the searching. We came back down highway 80.

Road on the right is washed out

We figured the pavement started when we changed Municipios

Some gravel and lots of potholes

Country side after we climbed up out of Cihuatlan

Entering Tequesquitlan

Leaving Tequesquitlan

Cane cutters after a days work

I've been to Tequesquitlan twice before from the backside of Jaluco up through Almolon. Here's a link to one trip including a stop at a Tamarindo packing house - Back Roads to Cuzalapa

Friday, February 27, 2015

In my next life I'm gonna be a chef

What a round about way to talk about old times in Port Townsend Wash. It started out with finishing 2 years of boat building school at Seattle Community College back in the late '60's. When it came to looking for a job time it suddenly dawned on me that the wooden boats I liked so much were not going to have many job openings. Anything I could find was in a plastic boat factory.

I heard about a wooden boat workshop/coop in Pt Townsend so I had to go check it out. It was housed in a very large old boat house but sadly a little cliquish with the few projects they had. You could pay to work there kinda like a school but not really. They were on a shoe string.

So I got a few dirty jobs in the haul-out yard at the main harbor. Hull cleaning, caulking, painting and a little bit of finish work. At least it was mostly wood. Then a girlfriend moved up from Seattle and we shared a place and met a lot of people. 

Now we get to the chef part .....
Not counting watching Chef Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver cooking shows

Hanging out at two beach bars we fell in with this crowd that would be invited once a week to come to the then best restaurant in town after closing the bar and he would feed anywhere from 10 to 20 people in absolutely gourmet fashion. Mostly we would all chip in to pay for materials but if you didn't have it, it was no problem. I'll never forget his magic and it was all healthy food.

White front is a chain restaurant but good
Red brick to the right was his long narrow restaurant without a deck then

Couldn't find older pictures but seems the Coop is almost a museum
Don't know if they even work there any more it's so clean
Now called the Wooden Boat Foundation

Refurbished BC Forestry boat  from the 1920's

Met a couple who bought and traveled around Puget Sound in what they said was an old US Postal Service Alaska mail boat. It was 50-60 feet long and narrow and could really move with the huge diesel. Long and narrow makes it roll with any type of weather. Looked very much like the Canadian boat but a little more worn. We put it up on blocks in the haul out yard to work on bottom planks ... and there it sat when I last visited PT

The Ex-Western Flyer 

The Ex-Western Flyer (from Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez expedition) sits in the Port Townsend haul out yard totally covered in barnacles while a couple of organizations around Monterrey Bay argue where it will end up. Where it sank I have no idea but interesting boats do end up in Port Townsend,

Where did I go from here ...... who knows?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Virtues of pulque

Preventive Health


In 2007, Slow Food International, which currently represents thousands of projects in over 160 countries, held its fifth international conference in the city of Puebla, where, along with a variety of other traditional food and drink, pulque, with its deep roots and its ingredients sourced locally, was the star of the event. The pulque is slow food par excellence of Mexico. Its unique and delicate process of fermentation, through which a very active team of native bacteria transform the sweet mead and freshly harvested (agave nectar) transform in complex and frothy drink that is easy to take and has a variety of benefits . Nutrition (also produce light joy) These beneficial bacteria limit the transport distance of pulque, since it has a lifespan of 24 hours; in other words, should be drunk very near where manufactured. Scientists and fans fermented foods and their nutritional benefits identified it as a dietary supplement, especially for the elderly and those suffering from kidney conditions. The nutritional analysis indicates that the fermentation process increases their vitamin content of 5 to 29 mg of thiamine, niacin 515mg 54 and 18 to 33mg riboflavin. It also has large amounts of vitamin C, B complex, D, E, amino acids and minerals such as iron and phosphorus. 





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Another luxury resort for the Costalegre

Just what the hell we need
They're planning another in Riviera Nayarit


One&Only Santa Maria de Xala will be part of a new 1200-hectare development located approximately 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Puerto Vallarta’s international airport. The authentic hacienda resort will command 8km (5mi) of impressive beach front, a connection to traditions past yet offering the latest in ultra-luxury. The resort will offer approximately 75 luxury villas and suites with private pools, providing the perfect accommodation for both couples and families. The development will also include a prestigious One&Only residential component.

The region’s heritage will be woven throughout the resort, utilizing natural elements, to inform the design of both the public and private spaces of the resort. True to the brand’s heritage, One&Only Santa Maria de Xala will offer a variety of world-class cuisines, showcasing regional specialties in restaurants overseen by internationally-acclaimed chefs. All culinary experiences will showcase the incredible local and seasonal offerings. The resort will also house an indulgent One&Only Spa, honouring the region’s heritage by utilising ancient Mexican traditions and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies, as well as a Fitness Centre offering the latest technology and innovation. In addition, event and meeting space will be available for bespoke gatherings, whether for business or personal pleasure. One&Only Xala is planned to  break ground in 2016.

The projects led by Kerzner International, in agreement with BK Parners, boasts about the announcement, “The locations truly showcase the best Mexico has to offer, each with a distinctive experience, and I am very confident that One&Only will continue to define ultra-luxury in the region.”


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Discover KaraKara Eco Resort

I swear if all development plans went through and the dead projects brought back to life the whole Jalisco coast would be one solid resort. Maybe that's where they got the phrase "The New Cancun" for coastline near Tomatlan.  These KaraKara  people will take your money even though they haven't yet found a location. How crazy is that?

Phase 1 of the development: We are identifying location and will announce shortly


Some of their nonsense ....

TreaZureZ is a master planned, multi-phased, sustainable development that fuses the rich culture and architecture of old Mexico with today’s earth-friendly water, waste and power technologies.

Phase 1 of the development: We are identifying location and will announce shortly.

Development in this area will include an Eco-Resort containing 24 yurts, a boutique hotel with beach club, residential condominiums, private residential homes, condominium hotel product, a commercial center and a golf course with clubhouse.

Become part of the exciting developments of TreaZureZ by becoming a Private Membership Club Member!

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Experience the “Luxury of Nature” at KaraKara.

KaraKara Eco Resort is located on a spectacular uninhabited 10 km section of beach and private bays on the remarkable Pacific Coast of Costalegre, located between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, Jalisco, Mexico.

The name "Costalegre", which literally translates as "Coast of Joy", is known as "The Virgin Coast" of Mexico. It remains one of the last unspoiled coastal areas of Mexico.

Do not miss the opportunity to be part of this unique project in Mexico!

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Euriel is ready to register for Prepa (Highschool) this month for the following August classes. We find that there is a one time registration fee of 595 pesos plus a few small start up fees. That is a big chunk for the family now and school supplies will wait a few months.

Euriel has a number of disabilities but number one is motor control making it impossible for him to walk 2 miles to school in Melaque. I have been his school bus driver this last 3 years because his parents can't afford a car or motor bike.

His oldest sister is doing fine in Secondary and the youngest will start kindergarten both needing uniforms
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