Thursday, January 18, 2018

Magic in the RV and I'm eating crow tonight.

OMG - I just happened to look up towards the dash of the RV and the screen of the not working camera/nav system was showing the time! What the? It hasn't worked since Arizona. So I pushed the menu button and the backup camera icon and it came on, pushed menu and touched the navigation icon and the system came up. No idea what happened. We have not touched anything near it. Will have to see what happens, especially when it comes time to move it to the paint shop. 
Today we picked up Mark and headed towards the Centro Historico. Much to our surprise some of the Carnaval decorations are going up on the Malecon. It doesn't seem like the sun is ever in the right place to get pictures of these. 
 The beginning of the Malecon at the Golden Zone. The decoration and the Mazatlan sign. 
 Another one a little further south. The theme of Carnaval this year is "PATA SALADA" which means "salty foot" or people who were born in Mazatlan. 
 Construction continues on the Malecon even on the south bound lanes. Working on the center divider
 Another decoration. Interesting. 
 From the other direction. 
 Switched to the northbound lanes. Only one lane open for southbound traffic. Northbound traffic is a few blocks away on the very busy Ejercito Mexciano
 Lots and lots of work going on. This is where the Carnaval parade usually is staged. It is less than four weeks away. 
 Getting narrower and narrower. 
 That figures. Now another detour of the detour. All lanes closed from here on. 
 Getting back over to the Malecon. Another Carnaval decoration I barely caught a pic of. 

 After parking our first stop was to buy cinnamon rolls. Then on to the Central Market. Checking out t-shirts. 
This aisle in the market was closed last week. They were pulling up the tile flooring. So now it is down to pebbled concrete. To be re-tiled?
Wow, last time we saw this building, last week, it was a pale yellow with white trim. Sure is colorful now. It is empty. Used to be a jewelry store. 
 The building next to it. It has eight bedrooms and five bathrooms. Huge living room. It was for sale. But last we heard it might be turned into a hotel. 
 Plazuela Machado decoration. Again sun is just in the wrong spot. 
 Lots of tourists out and about, a big cruise ship was in. We had lunch and then headed home. How many lanes are there on this street? Good question. 
 Driving back and forth is getting to be a real challenge. Next time I think we might take a taxi. Or if it ever warms up a pulmonia. Temps this week will be no higher than 75. Gets down into the 50s at night. I have to tell a story on myself. A couple of weeks ago we saw this shirt for sale. Notice the first "the" - it is "te".
Mark likes it and planned on buying one. But wondered about the misspelled word. Bill said that there were ones where the "the" was spelled correctly. I said with much conviction that they were all "te." I was positive
Well Mark went to vendor and sure enough there were both, ones spelled wrong and ones spelled right. So I'm eating crow tonight. I sure didn't see it. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Strange weather here in Mazatlan

Another strange start to a day. Very foggy and no breeze. Looking across the street at the tall condo building. Can only see about half of it. 
 That is the sun up there. 
 Finally got a good picture of this black-vented oriole. In Mexico and Central America, this large oriole lives mostly in dry forest or semi-open woods of the foothills and lower mountain slopes. It has wandered north into Texas and Arizona on only a few occasions, but some of these strays have remained for months.
Ten birds were in the tree before I got three feet away from it. 
Finally the fog lifted and the sky got blue and the day turned out pretty. 
 We were without the car most of the day. The mechanic had to take it to his shop where he could find the leak in the AC and fix it for good. Didn't get it back until 7:00 p.m. 
So Bill amused himself cooking another tortilla. Cutting up everything to go in it. 
 The finished product. 
Tomorrow, Thursday, we are heading into Centro to see if Bill's watches are finally ready and to watch all the tourists for a big cruise ship. Usually something going on in town when one is in. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

El Quelite with Mark and the drone.

One of our friends from Canada, Mark, arrived here in Mazatlan Monday afternoon. Unfortunately he arrived but his suitcases didn't! They did show up this afternoon though. 
Bill had his drone up for a while Monday afternoon. This is the fullest the back part of the campground has ever been. We are the little one at the arrow. 
 One of our friends from Canada, Mark, arrived here in Mazatlan Monday afternoon. Unfortunately he arrived but his suitcases didn't! They did show up this afternoon though. He came over to the RV park and we all went across the street for dinner. A little bit of the sunset, before the sun had set. 
 This morning we met up again and drove out to El Quelite for breakfast. A perfect day to be there. Not too hot and not busy. The man in the red shirt is the Doctor who owns the restaurant. And guess what?...
He had been doing more work - adding on and repairing and he had some UNGLAZED TERRA COTTA tiles on hand.  When Bill asked him about them and told him what we wanted it for he just gave it to us. TA DA   my tile in the oven. Tomorrow maybe brownies. There is more space between it and the rack then it looks like. 
We sat at a table next to these guys. They kept jabbering and staring at me. 
Looking out the restaurant door to the street. This little boy was fascinated by the horses. He finally got to have a ride on one. 
 And look who came along with us.  Yep Red himself.
 Looking down into the dry river bed at the mama and baby burro. 
Red is up in the air.  
 Bill and Mark watching the video screen.
Some photos from the drone of El Quelite. They are all several shots stitched together. The yellow house in the left back is the one the painter is up on. 
This guy was off in the distance on top of a three story house painting. 

That is the El Quelite river bed - the big curve on the right. It is pretty dry now. Lots of new crops coming up. 
 Part of the town. In the lower left corner is the cover of the main plaza. 
Taking a picture of the drone taking pictures.
Drone taking video of the town. 

 I just liked this picture. Wish the window had been cleaner.  
 Down through the now paved wash, used to be dirt. 
 In front of Daniels restaurant there is an El Quelite sign, new since last time we were here. Bill went inside to make reservations there for Sunday and came back out with a whole banana cream pie.
And then on home. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Scenes from Mazatlan

Today is overcast and cloudy and cooler, weird weather.  Looks like it will stay like this for over a week. This blog is kind of a continuance of my last blog.  Driving through Centro on the way home. A fruit vendors cart on the side street next to the Central Market. Lots of pulmonias trolling for customers. 
The front of the Central Market. Upstairs are restaurants. Lots of local buses stop here.
For sale needs TLC - right downtown. Easy shopping 
They are supposed to make good sausages, including Italian Sausage. But there is never parking near it. 
Another huge pawn shop. They take gold, jewelry, electronics and tools. And a few other things I missed in the photo. 
A shade tree restaurant. Several people there eating. 
No idea what this is. Just a strange looking building. Not old, not new looking.
In this picture there are four different stores showing. One in front of red car, it looks vacant. The auto part store with the two statues in the doorway. Next to it a place that sells garage doors, And then just a sliver of another one. Most of them are about 20 feet wide and real deep. 
A colorful but small hotel. Notice the electrical lines all over the place. 
Just another view looking down the street. If you are looking for a particular place you better be quick.
The guys on the small motorcycles are fearless. Zipping in and out of traffic. This guy has several white plastic buckets in his basket. When he started up I thought they were going to all fall out. 
Yesterday, Sunday, we went into the Golden Zone to have lunch at Lucky B's again. We managed to get parked right in front of the restaurant - amazing. As we were parking the owner was shouting to us that Gilberto - the artist who did the eagle on the hood - would be back in town the end of next week. Bill brought some tools from home for him. 
After eating we walked up to the store where we bought the tiles for the window boxes. They sure sell some colorful stuff. Don't see any of the tiles we bought. 

The other day while in the Central Market Bill bought a bunch of small potatoes to make his oregano potatoes. But - horrors - we only had a little bit of oregano with us. And not much vegetable oil. But he made do. 

The finished product, between the two of us we ate them all. So good. 
Today after dropping the laundry off we went to the grocery store and got more oil and a package of oregano.
Our friend Mark from Canada will be arriving sometime this afternoon. He flew down and will be staying in a hotel not too far from us. 
All the food is gone off the bread/fruit tree so now there is one bird pecking at our window and a magpie jay screaming in the tree. Get here earlier guys. We are still debating on what we are going to do while the RV is in the paint shop. Pretty soon we'll have to make up our minds.