We decided Thursday morning that we wanted to get out for a while. Why drive up to El Quelite, it was a Thursday so they shouldn't be too busy. We take the blue route.
On the way out we discovered the highway between the toll road and the free road is under construction almost the entire way. They are making it into a four lane road. It will be nice when it is finished. Had to be careful going through the construction. All kinds of machinery and people moving around.This part is close to being done.
Which way should we go? Left to El Quelite - right to La Noria?
The turn off from the free road to El Quelite is finished as is the entire road to town. Many of the beautiful bougainvillea plants are gone though. But there are still some pretty impressive bunches of them.
Just about to enter town. Through the arch.
Just a few of the colorful homes leading into town. Like the way they are reflected in the hood of the car. Didn't notice it until I looked at the picture.
Just some decoration leading into town. Always think it is pretty and worthy of yet another picture of it.
A store and a really nice hotel. Took lots of pictures of the rooms last year.
Oh my gosh, there are lots and lots of people in town. The street was lined with cars as far as we could see. What a surprise. This is what you see on a weekend day, not Thursday. Lots of vendors too.
We turned right down the street that goes in front of the big archway leading into the restaurant. Oh, oh. Lots of vendors, horses and a truck coming our way! Luckily the truck backed up so we could continue. I thought I'd have a video of it on the dash cam, but it over wrote it later in the day when we went out again. The big arch doors to the restaurant are closed and locked. Everyone must enter through the front door and go through the entire house to reach the restaurant. Too many people there we didn't stop.
This one is getting stranger and stranger.
We just continued driving through town. This bush has three different shades of petals on it. Beautiful.
We for sure will go back another day when maybe it won't be so crowded.
Walked over to Machado - the Christmas decorations are starting to go up.
A lot of the businesses/restaurants were open. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon. Not many people there.
An art piece there. Kind of the way we feel about 2020!
Looks like the restaurant upstairs has enclosed the dining area with glass. I would have thought they would leave it open now days. Maybe the panels do open up when people are there. Will have to watch and see.
It is still an ugly building - All kinds of money and time spent redoing it for nothing but more ugly.
Several of the restaurants are new. The one on the right used to be La Boeheim (sp) The one on the left also has a new name.
There is a bikini shop here now. Getting ready to put the chairs and tables out for Pedro and Lola's
This restaurant has changed hands too it is now Sandunga. Still have music though.
Didn't see the birthday girl, just her entourage getting ready to have their pictures taken.
Back in the car heading home. Street on side of Central Market is all torn up again. Seems like it is a yearly thing.
Market was open and busy, people upstairs eating in the restaurant. Don't think we'll be going in there this year.
A vendor resting in the children's play ground.
The sunset from the Malecon. And home we went.
And so passes another day in Mazatlan.