Thursday, November 23, 2017

A day in El Quelite

Yesterday, Wednesday, we spent a good part of the day in El Quelite. I have written about and posted many pictures from there, but there is always something different to write about and to take photos of. So here goes. We left about 9:30 so we could have breakfast there. Just turned on to the free road. 
 This little town got smart. Too many vehicles were driving on the dirt shoulder to avoid the vibradores. So they extended them across the dirt. No way to miss them now - thump thump
 At the turn off to El Quelite - can't miss it. We were on our way to this restaurant. 
 The bougainvilleas planted about five years ago are really getting big. They are planted on both sides of the road all the way to town. 
 Looks like the arch is in need of a little TLC.
 Just one of the splits in the road before reaching downtown. So colorful. Lots of humidity and dust in the air.
 A new restaurant in town. Daniels. Will have to try it next time. 
 The front porch of the restaurant. Now there are a couple of little gift shops there to. 
 A new mural in the actual restaurant. The addition they were adding in the spring is now done. It is an upstairs dining area. 
Part of the upstairs dining area. Maybe we'll eat up there next time. 
 After eating we walked over to the cheese factory. The truck had just delivered milk. Had to squeeze around it. 
 The vats of milk waiting to be put in the draining bins. While in the bins the whey drains out. 
 Cleaning up. 
 After the whey drains out the cheese is put into small round containers then refrigerated until it sets up. 
 Walking back towards the main street. This house was bright blue last time we were here. 
 Well on side of it is still blue. 
 We went into one of the gift stores and I saw this amazing butterfly. All mosaic in the wings. Very pretty.
 She is sitting out side the store. Fancy clothes and hat. 
Street side trash can. 
 Ugh, they are even tearing up streets here too. 
 We went up to the area where fighting cocks are raised. This time we were invited in to take a tour and get up close to the roosters. They have over 1000 birds here. Also the hens and eggs. 
 They are tethered to their shelters so they can't reach each other. 
 The manager offered to show us how they fight. He promised neither of them would get hurt. No spurs on them. 
 Showing them to each other, notice the puffed out neck feathers. 
 Squaring off - they make themselves look bigger. 
 They are trained to jump high. 
 Separating them. They naturally want to fight. They sell from US$250 up!
Beautiful birds. 
 Then on towards home. Watch out for the cattle on the road. 
A fun day. 

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