Wednesday, February 06, 2008

6AM - Wondering about Pueblo Heriberto Jara.
Yesterday at just about Sundown, a man named Mike knocked on Señorita Tioga's door. Mike spoke great English. Said that he lived for some years San Jose, California but lived here in Heriberto Jara now.

When we first arrived in Heriberto Jara, we tried to make a Camp in the center of the Pueblo. However, the only place that was level and had room in this town on a hill, was on the basketball court. Mike gave us an invitation to Camp on the basketball court, extended by one of the Pueblo's elders. But it was late in the day and we were already setup in our Camp.

This morning we are going to take that invitation, and make a Morning Camp on the basketball court across what is called "La Hacienda." We want to find out about this mysterious hillside Pueblo!

10AM - El Centro de Heriberto Jara.
Señorita Tioga is Camped in El Center [The Center] of Heriberto Jara. We met Juan Carillo who is an American transplant; a successful plumber from San Bernardino, California.

Juan now lives his wonderful life in the Pueblo of Heriberto Jara. Juan is building a home here, buying land, hoping that his children will someday move here too.
Juan Carillo from San Bernardino, California.

Juan Alvarez.
I met Juan Alvarez, who is the oldest resident of Pueblo Heriberto Jara. Señor Alvarez told me of La Hacienda, built well over 100 years ago right here in El Centro of the Pueblo. La Hacienda was built by wealthy Miguel Salazar where he and his family lived for many years.

Originally, this Pueblo was named La Haciendita, after the home built by Miguel Salazar. The Pueblo's name was changed in 1934 honoring General Heriberto Jara who was the Governor of the State of Nayarit.
Juan Alvarez and statue of General Heriberto Jara.


Click the image below, to see Pueblo Heriberto Jara in Fousie Magic!

12:30PM - Leaving Heriberto Jana.
On the way down the main street of Heriberto Jana, we came upon Juan Carillo sitting with a bunch of retired persons. "Hola Jorge", shouted Juan Carillo. Señorita Tioga stopped right there in the middle of Main Street. There is so little traffic, that it did not matter!

We talked with everybody for a bit, and told them where we were heading now.
Juan Carillo is the fellow in the white T-shirt.


State of Jalisco
We crossed the border, leaving Estado Nayarit and entering Estado Jalisco [Estado=state]. Remember that Little Mavicito took pics yesterday of agave plants growing in a field? We commented then that sugar cane is a huge crop, while agave fields are much more rare.

Well, that was in Estado Nayarit. Now we are in Estado Jalisco, and there is no cane to be seen. But there is a ton of agave growing in Jalisco!
Agave from which tequila is made. A major crop in Estado Jalisco.


4PM - City of Tequila, Jalisco.
All day as we traveled, we have been looking for a lavanderia [laundry]. Now we have entered the City of Tequila, which has about 35,000 residents. We asked people where there is a lavanderia, and found one right in the center of town.

The City of Tequila is a place with very narrow streets. Señorita Tioga was very lucky to find a parking spot just across the street from the lavanderia. But she was blocking a driveway, and after we brought our clothes to the lavanderia, we had planned to move.

However, the owner of the house with the blocked driveway came out and told us, "My parking place is your parking place! No problem parking here."

Wow! Isn't that the greatest thing? We shook hands with the house owner in the Mexican tradition of clasping hands, then shaking hands. We love Mexico!
Can you believe Mr. Datastorm found his satellite here?


5PM - Browsing the shops.
The lavanderia will have our clothes washed and ready at 6:15PM. So, we have time to go shopping. And there some very interesting places to shop nearby. Especially, eating places!

We passed one stand where a lady ordered a "coco helado." I watched the preparation of the coco helado. It looked like a chocolate milkshake. I ordered one, and it was very good. And only cost 7 pesos [70 cents]!

There were two places in this same block selling fried tacos and empanadas. One place had a ton of customers, and the other place had no customers. I went to the place that was busy and ordered one taco with potatoes inside, and one empanada with refried beans. Wow! I loved these foods.

No wonder this place is soooooo busy!
The street restaurant where I ate supper.


7PM - Our neighbor Zacharia.
After picking the laundry, I was busy hanging up the clothes and putting things away. I wanted to stay the nite right here across from the lavanderia. However, I needed permission from the man who allowed me to park here.

I knocked on the door, and that man answered. His name is Zacharia. We spent more than an hour talking with each other. Zacharia and his university age son are planning to go live in the United States for a couple of years. They will be leaving for the USA next month. All the rest of the family will be staying here in the City of Tequila.

Zacharia is 55 years old. He told me that if he does not go now to experience working in "the other side", when will he go? Zacharia and I have a lot in common with this kind of thinking!

Note: People in Mexico very often refer to the United States as "the other side."
Jorge, the two twin grand daughters & Zacharia.



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