I snapped this picture with Preston's camera. This man was singing and playing. He really wasn't very good, but we gave him some change anyway, and took his picture. Shortly after seeing him, Preston bought a guitar. I think he's thinking about this sort of a retirement career in Pony Village back home.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
There are hundreds of nice modern stores in Chihuahua. There are beautiful "opera gowns", formal and informal clothes, lots of teenagers clothes, and dozens and dozens of western ware and boot stores. I took a lot of videos of them, was able to use Preston's camera to take a few of these shots. We enjoyed Chihuahua a lot, it's a very nice city!
We cross the border back to Mexico today. It was a nice day, and we had plenty of time, and remembered a few things we had planed to pick up at the border. We didn't shop yesterday in Agua Prieta, too much traffic and we just wanted to get back across to the USA with all our stuff. We took our time today and enjoyed the shopping.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
On the road between Durango and Chihuahua we passed lots of working cowboys. We also passed several men on donkeys and mules, with various loads on them. Part of the almost 400 miles was very desolate. The two lane highway was rough, with lots of potholes. This is the type of place where you hear about Banditos, but we didn't see anyone that looked to suspicious
. All the people we've met down here, or and any contact with at all, have been extremely friendly. We're finding that here in Chihuahua there are more policemen than we've seen in any other sity. We think it may be because it's the capitol, and also only 244 miles south of El Paso. With all the bad publicity our own State Department is giving Mexico, I think they are doing their best to keep it safe down here. We were warned by many people before we left of the "dangers of Mexico". After a month, we can tell you first hand, that's a bunch of hogwash. We highly recommend this country as a place visit and enjoy.
Yesterday we stopped and bought some Pistachios from this man along the road. This is the nut capitol of Mexico, they grow many different kinds in acres and acres of orchards. This is a huge agricultural area. Cattle, farming, and logging. Also mining is still a big industry in northern Mexico.
I don't have a good picture of the front of this huge Cathedral, this is one of the sides, with the Quality Inn just behind it. Karen wanted to stay close to the Plaze in the History center of the city. This is a close as we could get her. A little expensive, but this will be the last city we stay in down here, unless we take more time than planned on visiting the ruins at Paquine on the way north.
This is the front of Pancho Villa's home. He was living here when he was shot in the City of Parral, not far from Chihuahua. The 1922 Dodge he was riding in is here. It has several bullet holes in it, he was shot from the rear, and he was riding in the back seat. It happend at 8:30 in the morning July 30, 1923. He was Governor of the State of Chihuahua at the time. The history book says he had 24 wives, but his first wife lived with him in this house. She stayed here until she was 90 years old. All the wall paper and decorations are original, and just beautiful. His office is still as it was when he used it, same telephone, typewriter, etc. The bed and bathrooms were modern, and the kitchen and dining rooms are still as they were. We weren't allowed to take pictures, had to leave my video camera at the registration desk. We were free to stroll through the house and grounds. the car he was killed in was the most interesting to me, as well as his personal arsenal, and things he used within the house. His wife was once given the Key to California, which she had in a glass case mounted in her bedroom. The wheel chair she used in her later years is there too. Francisco Villa has a huge place in Mexican history.
This is a house that was built in 1907, took 3 years, and is unbelieveably beautiful inside. The construction and decorations are magnificant. The original furniture is mostly still there, the rooms are all huge. The construction, electricity and plumbing were way ahead of most buildings from that period. They wouldn't let us take any photos or video inside, and had a bank of security cameras in place to make sure you didn't sneak one in
. I can't describe how nice it really is.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
These boats are common around the high tourist areas of Mexico. They make what is know locally as "Booze Cruises". They have salesmen in town and on the beaches taking reservations for a sight-seeing trip, sometime including a stop in some exotic spot for lunch, sometimes visiting little islands or coves. They the one we went on 5 years ago also included a "swim call" in the ocean. They have 2 bars on board, serving premade drinks. Margaritas, Pina Coladas, and a few different high balls. All free once you're underway. LOUD music plays without ceasing! Our trip was about 5 hours including a stop to visit a waterfall and have lunch in the Jungle. On the way back to Puerto Vallarta, people were dancing all the wild dances and having quite a time, Some were exceptionally drunk, laying around in various parts of the vessel. We were happy to get back to the dock, but was an experience!
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Sunset, 18 February 2006. Chacala Beach, Nyarit, Mexico. This is a cove where Pirate ships used to pull in to hide or get out of the weather. It�s a beautiful beach, the there are several excellent restaurants there, all specialize in fish cooked over wood chips. It was a little hazy, which made for a beautiful sunset, and our meal was terrific!
Friday, February 17, 2006
I won�t say how old Karen is
, but she�s been out of high school for awhile�and�this is her very first time to have a manicure! It took longer than she expected, they really give you the treatment down here. I was quite an experience, and cost her a whole 6 bucks! Could have had 2 margaritas for that�.
Karen and I at our Green Gate, getting ready to leave for the day! Preston was finished with his Spanish lessons, I had gone to town early and had the van lubed, and checked e-mail, Karen Stayed home and cleaned house, and now we�re ready to go have a nice breakfast and then hit the beach!