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. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Lunch in the Plazuela Machado

Another nice day. It is really cooling down at night but nice and warm during the day. 
This little guy comes around and just sits in the tree. Never eats anything. Sure is pretty though. 
So nice we had to get out and about. Decided to head across town to Centro again. It is getting to more and more of a hassle to get there with all the construction going on. Now they are tearing up the street in the Golden Zone again to put in more crosswalks that no one uses anyway. They stopped construction here over the Christmas holidays. So we lulled into a false sense of happy driving. Over now. Both sides of the divided road being worked on. And the torn up part changes from one lane to the other without warning. Be alert. 
The first part [northern end] of the Malecon is wonderful now. Looks very pretty. Both north and south bound lanes are open in this area. 
Didn't last long. Soon we were driving south on the north bound lanes. And of course the north bound lanes is torn up too. All north bound traffic is now routed through another very busy street quiet a ways from the Malecon You better know where you are going when on it. 
The big Carnaval parade goes down this street every year. But no way will the construction be done. They have a little over 2 miles to get finished. More construction on the only roadway open just hope they get it done before we go home. There is going to be a huge world wide tourist travel convention here in April. That is why all this is being done.
Looking toward the ocean. The framework used to be a beach side restaurant, but the walkway of the Malecon is being extended out towards the beach.
Drivers really have to pay attention. I can just imagine how all the hotels and restaurants along this stretch feel. It was hard to get to them when the traffic was two way.Now...
A month ago this was a hole in the rock. The old building was torn down and already the new one is almost done. Quick work.
We had decided to have a leisurely lunch in the Plazuela Machado. So park in one of the older lots. This past year the graffiti murals did not get redone. Usually every year there is a contest for the best work. It was always great to see the new ones. 
Walking towards the Plazuela. The writing on the wall is new...wonder why?
Another new piece of art on a building. Anyway first time I've seen it. Very intricate. Love walking around town. 
This is the restaurant we usually eat dinner in when listening to Raphael sing and play. No tables or chairs out today. Forgot how pretty the flooring is. All colorful tiles. 
At the restaurant in the plaza. Used to be Beach Burger and is now Machado Grill. It has not changed hands, just name. The owner, Conchita greeting Bill. She has semiretired [she is 80]and her granddaughters run it now.
We both had fish and chips and soft drinks. About US$16 and very good. BUT again the credit card machine wasn't working. Good thing we had pesos with us. 

While we were eating this group of kids showed up and put on a show. We saw them several times last year. They are very good. And the music they perform to is not ear splitting loud.  Even their doggy got into the routine. 
They have quite a routine, very well choreographed. And each person has a specialty. 
Where we were sitting I couldn't get a good picture with the camera but none the less here are three very short videos merged together that will give you an idea. Turn on your sound. 
Finished lunch, got in car and headed towards home. Got behind this stinky bus. The words below the license plate mean "putrid animal." A comment about the bus?
Took pictures of the ride home via the detour but will save them for later as I don't think we'll be doing too much today. Just relaxing.