Saturday, January 19, 2008

8AM - El Rio [The River]
This morning Little Mavicito wanted to see the river that we had heard flowed east of our Camp. There is a road heading east not far away, and we took that road.
The road to El Rio.

We pass some fields for pasture. There are cercas [gates] in the fences into the fields. These are not gates with hinges. These cercas are made from sticks and barbed wire. Cercas do not sag, and last a very long time without care.
A cerca near the river.

Little Mavicito and Jorge arrive at El Rio. The water is clear, and birds are searching in the water for breakfast. The River has very little current.
El Rio in the Pueblo of El Quemado.

On the way back to MsTioga, we see Rigoberto, milking his cows. We had thought his cows were in a field far away. However, the cows are in a yard just behind his home. In the pic below, do you see the little stool that is roped to his backside?
Rigoberto milking his cows.


Note:
We learned that today that the name of Rigo's father is actually: Rigoberto Tirado Sandoval. So, when we write about the family now, the father is Rigoberto and the son is Rigo. Gloria is Rigo's Mom.

We have gone back over our last three blog posts and updated names to be correct.



10AM - Preparation for La Fiesta!
During the morning, sounds of music came from Rigoberto's home across the street. We could see things being set up in the back yard, and the front porch being cleaned.

Little Mavicito went outside and made a tiny video of Rigoberto and Glorias home and the music being played there.




12 Noon - Fiesta!
Relatives of Rigoberto's family began arriving. Soon, a large cooking thing made out of a steel drum had a fire going underneath. Several gallons of manteca [thick oil] was heated up in the drum. In the drum went in parts of the butchered pig.

Gloria told me that "carnitas" are what is on the fire being cooked. "Do you like carnitas?", Gloria asked me? "Yes, I love carnitas!", I answered.
Carnitas on the fire.

Jimmy, the carnitas cook.

Jimmy is known for his reputation in the Pueblo of El Quemado as a maker of great carnitas. This morning Jimmy butchered a pig owned by Gloria and Rigoberto. Then he did the cooking of the carnitas.

People at the fiesta.


2PM - Chicharrones.
In Gloria's kitchen, chicharrones are being prepared. I had never eaten chicharrones before. Chicharrones are fried pork rind, and taste a lot like bacon.

Chicharrones are really very good, and I ate a bunch of them!
Chicharrones and tortillas-ready for eating.


Gloria serving her chicharrones.


3PM - Jimmy makes more food!
There was sooooooo much food already prepared. I could not believe it when Jimmy loaded up the cooking drum over the fire with the remaining parts of the pig. Ribs and chunks of meat. I even helped in the cooking!
Jorge mixes the meat!


Jimmy unloads pork meat in a large strainer bucket.


4 to 8PM - Music, cerveza, food and friends.
Being at a fiesta in Mexico is one of the greatest things for me! I have had the honor of being invited to this fiesta, and I am so very happy for that honor.

Fiestas must have music. Car radios are used today to play this music. Music in Mexico is played very loud. This is a tradition, and is no different at today's fiesta.

When I was living in Santa Rosalia and listened to the music from my Hill Camp, the music from fiestas down below was always loud, and arrived with sounds of people laughing.
Rigoberto Tirado Sandoval.

Rigo.




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