Monday, January 9, 2023

Walking around Olas Altas

 Continuing on with Saturdays excursion. This is the small area we were walking in. Actually quite a bit to stop and check out there. 

We got a parking place -wonder of wonders- in Olas Altas. More about the parking later. So we walked around a little bit. This is an interesting building. Years ago when we were first coming here it was abandoned. Then someone bought ? it and restored it and opened a restaurant in it. Now it looks close again with a lot of construction work going on in it. Love the tile work. 

This area has changed so much in the last few years. There were only one or two bars/restaurants here for many years. And check out the homes up on the hill. 
This monument to Jacques Yves Cousteau wasn't here when we left in the spring. "It is on the Paseo Olas Altas, in the Carpa Olivera. Mazatlán. The Mazatlán City Council allocated more than one million 500 thousand pesos for the construction of a new monument on the Malecón de Mazatlán. He is pointing to the door of the Sea of Cortez, because that character, the most important biologist in the world was the one who said that the Sea of Cortez was the natural aquarium in the world.” 

This is the area it is in. The tile work always makes me step carefully. It is perfectly flat but gives the impression of being wavy. If I walk on it for a while I start to get sea sick...weird. 
Looking towards the main part of Olas Altas (High Waves) You can see the tall government building and the Carpa Olivera. The sea water pool and slide. La Carpa Olivera, an open space in the open air, is one of only seven marine pools in the world. The original spa was opened for the first time in 1914. The pool was part of a project that originally included a restaurant where characters such as Pedro Infante, Ávila Camacho, Alemán and Ruiz Cortines met. This was rebuilt in 2015.
A closer look at them. the pool fills from the ocean waves. 
The slide is kind of strange. I would think it might be a rough ride down dry painted concrete. Maybe not.
Looking across the street again at the restaurants and home on the hill. 

A pretty area to walk around in. Or just sit and enjoy the ocean and the sun. 
Checked out the monuments to a few well respected and well know Mexican musicians. José Ángel Espinoza Aragón, also known as Ferrusquilla, was a Mexican singer-songwriter and film actor.  He also was a composer affiliated to the SACM (Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico). Bill and I actually met him years ago when his star was being installed on Olas Alta. 

Don Salvador Lizarraga Sanchez a Mexican singer-songwriter of rancheras, whose songs are considered the basis of modern Mexican music. By far the most important, prolific, and popular composer of música ranchera in Mexico during the 20th century. His extraordinary repertoire of more than 1,000 songs encapsulated the sentiment, ideals, and concerns of the common man in a folksy yet poetic way

 La Original Banda El Limón. It remains one of the most influential Mexican banda groups of all time. ∙ Although La Original Banda El Limón was originally led by other musicians, clarinetist  Salvador Lizárraga took over as bandleader in 1976. 
The area where the most famous musicians are honored with stars. 
La Mujer Mazatleca, is located toward the southern end of the Malecon, farther from the cliff diving area and across from Devil’s Cave. The bronze statue, which was unveiled on November 23, 1983, depicts a stunning and graceful woman with her arms outstretched, watching over the Pacific Ocean and the ships that bring loved ones home to the port.

The bridge of the missing Paseo Juan Domínguez on the hill of the Nevería de Mazatlan. The reconstruction of its history indicates that this bridge was just a small part of a road that surrounded the hill of the Nevería.  “That bridge was a small part of a road that circled the hill, it meant the crystallization of an old longing for Mazatlecos, of several generations, we know that since 1895 projects had been presented to replace the old path,” said César Octavio Berúmen .
A new access road that allowed Mazatlecos and visitors to enjoy the panoramic view offered by that round eminence, the viewpoint -designed under the style of the old railroad bridges,
Today all that remains.
The lovers of the 30s  climbed the Cerro de la Neveria in their magnificent Fords to appreciate the panorama of the pacific ocean from the heights of the ill fated Paseo Juan Dominguez. 
Just a pretty view with the city in the far background. 
Stopped to see what he was doing. Chipping frozen together ice cubes. There were metal tubes in the ice. Turns out they contained ice cream. 
He is breaking up the ice to free up the tubes. 
Salt he spread on the ice and mixed in to keep it from freezing again.
About where we parked. Just as we were walking back to the Jeep this big water truck came along. Watering the grass in front of the parked cars. See Willie, the Jeep, sitting there about to be surprised with a cold shower. 
Oh well.
On the way home. A Happy Face parasail. 
Hope you enjoyed our little walk. Took me a while to get the information about what we saw. 


Jackie McGuinness said...

No oyster fishermen? Those are the best oysters.

Kathy Tycho said...

So very interesting. I was down there with my sister and husband and four of their friends last Tuesday off a cruise ship.. I got a great cliff diver picture. I'll share this post to my sister so she can pass it along. Thanks!