A Good Thing

Vitter is gone!
 Doesn't happen much these days.


Colors And Stuff

If not you should know pictures of anything are taken around here at times. This guy was inside and a bit over a 1/2" long. This new camera does not do macro's near as good as the three Pentax camera's that came before it. Still worth clicking on to get a better look though.
And yes there is quite a diversity in plants and colors.

This fellow was no more than an 1.5" long. Do not have a clue what he was going to grow up to be. This could be it.

Took a cruise a bit north of Vallarta and then east into farm country and there was a lot going on. There is no lack of food around here that is for sure.

Behind these mountains not seen here are some massive scraggly fourteener's. Do not have a picture at all. Just looks interesting and here is maybe a few hundred feet above sea level.

The job to have around here may be a tractor operator.

Many inexpensive places to eat. None out in the country though like Costa Rica.

The place I live is almost dead center.

The mountains around Nogalito are pure jungle that's all there is too it. To get to the other side here would not be easy.


Brothers In The Jungle

Pancho and Andres. These two grew up in this environment. Their father owned much of the area above town where they farmed hiking much much farther than Andres and I do to get there several times a week. Can't begin to imagine the intensity of what that must have been like. This is tough terrain to raise crops and a few animals. These fellows are two tough hombres!

Click on the pictures to hugen up then agen.
That continues for Pancho who in this case harvested four pieces of bamboo that is transported like this back down to town. I did not attempt to take the fourth.
This is a wider part of the trail.
Quite a bit of bamboo and some can approach 5-6 inches in diameter.
Somebody from Vallarta picks it up and Pancho gets 1500 pesos or about $90. That can go a long way here.


Patricia And The Rest Of The Story

In one word nothing. This is all new to me but at times I do think I have a clue.

First this came so fast and many just heard of it Wed or after. For most there were few choices if any of getting away and the question then was where because of the ocean and the way it was tracking.

Simply the tension here Friday afternoon in Nogalito was easily felt and no macho shit here this guy was scared even with having probably the best casa in town for an event like this. There were others who felt the same.

In the afternoon it was sprinkling and raining lightly off and on. Walking around talking with others in other words taking up time till the first effects of the "biggest hurricane" arrived.

Had lunch and went up and got things food and other, secured it best I could and went back down to my friends and landlord's to wait as was not going to go through this thing alone.

Was watching the track very closely as the internets and electricity have remained on and here is my take -

Patricia was headed due north directly at Puerto Vallarta with the eye maybe 80 miles away approximately.

15 to 20 miles before making landfall just west of the 105th longitude the eye collapsed. It made land where the eye would have been 60 miles due south of here. We were within the perimeters of this thing and it drifted to the east. A little after 6 I came home.

The wind never blew nor was there intense rain. It rained most of the night but sleeping was good so don't know how much.

The storm weakening PLUS mountains were key without question. That's my story. I really don't know what this has done inland.

Walking around yesterday thought but only for a fleeting second of taking pictures for a before and after comparison. No way was the door going to opened into that realm. Maybe it's because of not doing so that made a difference as well. Just as plausible as other reasons that get thrown around to my way of thinking. In any case -

I am very happy. Not been out but sure many others are just as elated. I will be happy for a long period I think.

This whole coastal area north and south of Puerto Vallarta has been spared. Have not been out yet as the peaceful feeling this morning is wonderful. Cerveza will be had today and more than one.

Feel extremely fortunate and my hopes that others inland faired as well. It truly amazes me that this monster of a storm and so close that if you didn't know it was there you wouldn't have.


New Girl Coming To Town

Her name is Patricia and it's unknown whether she is going to be naughty or nice.

The sooner she takes a right turn is all good with me.

This was bothering no one in Vallarta this morning but one gringo I spoke with was pretty nervous.


Sweat Happens

Settled into a bit more of a routine. Have purchased some items that are somewhat needed and just make things better.

A recliner was more of a must and a grill - well because. Have both now and the grille was used last night for the first time with fairly surprising very tasty results. The reason was the flame was easily adjusted down lower than the temp control allowed. This device will make a difference. The chair is a huge plus as well.

On the issue of perspiration - temps and humidity are up. Both should start to decline in a couple weeks. You're still gonna sweat trust me. It's doable and better than the alternative for this guy.

No one is being shot and killed here. That's a real nice change!


"Living In Mexico Is Like Camping Except You Have Four Walls Around You"

A friend made that comment early this year when I was here in Nogalito. It's fair to include "the tropics" in general. It's warm and humid for sure.

It's good to be back! Was fairly certain that would be the case. Old friends/acquaintances are happy to see me as I them. Feels good. Last several days have been chasing several items down that are important.

One is a propane grill and the other is a recliner. There are just a couple choices found with each and think we'll go in and pull the trigger on both today. I hope the recliner is still there.

Grilling is important me and need to increase the ways I can cook. The chair is even more important as issues and not good ones crop up if a chair is not good for me. The ones in mi casa are not that bad but bad enough to already be a literal pain in the ass. Friends just up the road have torture chairs. It's true. Neither of these two items are perfect but they will do quite nicely and am ready to eat fresh caught grilled pescado.

Stuff like that. A picture just because. It's the road in and out of town. Puerto Vallarta is known as town.


Four Years Ago Today About The Same Time

Drove out of Routt County Colorado to about 300 miles south east where I've been living since. It's not the same here but life without work and life in general has been overall pretty decent. There has been changes along the way personal and other. Same happens to others as well. For myself anyway I've not done this before and still get satisfaction knowing there is no job that I'm required to be at.

Never thought when I got here four years later I would be leaving with the intent of actually staying this time possibly up to six months.

The reasons remain the same basically warm weather and being active will keep me healthier. Will add too that I have become weary of a number of things happening here and in our country. It's worse then when the bush regime was in power and it's not about Obama.

Another reason is there will be many others like me who are there for the same reasons as I. Here feel like the Lone Stranger at times.

This time it's very different. In previous travels I was a visitor and not really a tourist. Returning to the same casa I left in March and it will be "home" this time. Will purchase some things to reflect that and make the place work a bit better. For instance I badly want a gas grille but that may be a tough one. It ain't perfect by any means but for this guy it's better than Huerfano County in the winter time. Understand too that there are quite a few moving into this very area because of it's mild winters.

So this coming Monday am heading back to El Nogalito Mexico which is less than four miles south of Puerto Vallarta. It's my hope to be able to find a walking route into "town" as the locals call it. Some of the road is just not conducive to walking and a route on the beach is needed. Walk in have breakfast, shop and take the bus back. Sounds like an idea to me anyway.

Feel fortunate to be able to do this as the bottom line is that many I know, meet, or hear about are struggling in life from different things. That aspect of life I do think about for sure. 

Hope to recapture that tremendous feeling of peace I had the last couple months in Nogalito. Believe it will still be there. Similar thing happened those many years ago living on the Volta River in Ghana. That's an add on - if not life is still sweet.

I'm gonna miss the damn cat! 


Two Years Ago

2/3/13 moved into my place. On the 10th crashed and burnt less than two blocks away on my bike while doing for the first time one of the criteria I wanted in a lifestyle. 
It was the most and the longest this guy had ever hurt in his life. It was a finger on each hand that was the major issue. A year later still could not grip correctly let alone swing a golf club. Now it's pretty much ok with just a couple very minor remnants of that event left. 
Life in the neighborhood has been a pleasant surprise actually until the first week of June this year when what turned out to be wanna be punks moved in directly across the street and immediately started dealing. It was meth and black tar heroin according to the pulice who never really did anything to stop it even with bunches of evidence from me.
This was a really bad deal and saw things I tell you. This period has been a downhill slide for me till now but it's about all over with.
They were evicted a couple weeks ago ONLY because the rent was not paid when stipulated by the court else they'd still be there. Stoopid wanna be punk drug dealers. Stick your red caps and white t-shirts and baggy ass always falling off shorts along with your tats all the way up your asses you dirty bastards!!
Knew this was not going to end well and when the knife came out the pulice rolled up within two minutes guns out as they were well aware of this place. This picture is off a video and the guy had the knife. Six or seven got handcuffed and later all released. In a follow up find out the knife hoodlum is on a parole and the video may put him back in. Make it so! This could not be ignored as this is what I saw out my kitchen window. Hundreds of people and cars coming and going over these seven weeks or so. Soooo glad they are gone. This was a 100 yards away from City Park and the towns water theme park.
This is not the only thing that happened in this town that day and I suggest you read this for the rest of the story.  http://huerfanojournal.com/first-responders-have-a-busy-day-to-remember/Several days ago my neighbor had four tires slashed on two vehicles. A rattlesnake was dispatched night before last just out in the street. That don't bother as much as these slugs of humanity across the way and that's a fact!                                         

This place had been empty for the better part of two years and always figured there was a good chance of it being a shit hole. Was saying to myself to not be so judgmental about the way these people were living over there as I didn't really know. On occasion not often at all a half dozen your males would come out for a bit and what really stood out for me was this - never once did I see a thing moved into this home not once. This day three pickup loads along with at least five car loads  of stuff was removed from this place. All this was done at night and I understand that people such as this basically just come out at night. Yup - normal people don't act like this that is for certain at least in the world I know of.

This is pretty much what it was like outside when they were there. Admit to being curious as to what conditions were like inside. I did get inside. Throw any benefit of doubt - be a nice guy - don't be so judgmental shit straight out the window. These people were all a bunch of lowlifes plain and simple and lived in a real life shit hole.

It needs to be said and this is a true statement - real estate sales have never been close to the numbers seen this last year compared to the last 20. Some who come from other states do so because of several reasons one of which is that they are tired of being life long criminals because of pot. Population is 3000

Very much want to live on the other side of the mountains and we call the other side of the Continental Divide in Colorado The West Slope. There is not much of a bond with this place - just not going to happen.

Gonna head back down to Mexico and veeeery much looking forward to that.

Life is pretty damn good actually. Feel great and that is because it is real warm and I am active it's just that simple and has always been the primary reason for going to the warm.