Sunday, August 31, 2008

12 Midnite - Falling asleep on Lover's Lane
Yesterday morning Señorita Tioga moved up the beach to be away from the crowds that we were told came here on the weekends. We did not know that our new Camp was right in the middle of Lover's Lane!
  • Parties in Mexico.
  • A party here in the Country of Mexico means music. And music in Mexico is loud. Very loud! Last nite I was messing with Ms. Viola [laptop] until midnite. I'd not paid attention to what was going on outside all around our Camp. Lovers and friends had gathered in cars and trucks to party.

    In order to play music, car doors are opened so that the music system's speakers play to the outside. By midnite, a cacophony of Mexican song bellowed out all around our Camp. I figured that I would not get to sleep until 3 to 4AM!
  • Mother Nature to the rescue!
  • About five minutes after I went to bed, the patter of raindrops was heard on Señorita Tioga's roof. Music system speakers and rain do not mix very well. Quickly car owners closed their doors to protect from the rain. When the car doors closed, the music could barely be heard.

    Cars began to leave Lover's Lane. Only a few minutes after the rain began to fall, there was not a car left on the beach.


Sunday afternoon - At the Cajititlán Beach.
People from come from all over the State of Jalisco and especially from the City of Guadalajara go to the beach at Cajititlán on Sunday. The malecón and plaza of town are packed.
Boats bring visitors from
the other side of the lake and return.


The ice cream stand is very busy.


The fish restaurant where
I ate yesterday is packed.


Fresh fruit stands are
soooooo popular!




2008 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.
I'm crazy about tennis. However, I have no TV reception to watch the US Open. This year the United States Tennis Association published a gorgeous web page with live scores and a lot of other neat stuff.

Here is the link:


Leaving Cajititlán: We will be leaving the Town and Lake of Cajititlán early tomorrow morning. We have made our Camp here for four days! That's a long time for us addicted vagabonders!





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Saturday, August 30, 2008

6AM - Fishing on Laguna Cajititlán.
This is our 3rd day making a Camp alongside the water of Laguna Cajititlán. Our Camp is located close to the Plaza of the Town of Cajititlán.

This morning we hear voices outside. We look out thru the blinds into the morning darkness. There are two men standing next to the lake and talking. Soon they are joined by two more men and then a pickup truck drives up. The men unload three small fishing launches into the water.

Listening to their conversation, we learn that they come here to fish every morning and they do this for a living. But they will not be fishing tomorrow, because it is Sunday. Also we learn that fishing has been good.

These fishermen do not use fishing poles. They simply drop a line in the water or cast a net.

Note: If you click on the Google Earth link below, you may be able to look at our exact location in the Town of Cajititlán.

8:30AM - Boid looks out the window.
Little Boid loves to look out the window. It's one of his favorite things. Often Boid gets very excited by what he sees. His eyes get small and a white ring appears around each eye. He runs around like a crazy thing. Boid loves his life soooooooo much!
Boid at the window.


Boid saw this lanchita being rowed.

Later, Boid looked at the morning glories!


11AM - Mr. Trek rides the town.

Yesterday we bought a new rear tire tube for Mr. Trek at the nearby hardware store. So, today we were able to go on a bike ride over much of this little town.

We were looking for a taqueria, and didn't find one. However, on our return to the malecón [dock] of the lake, we found three outdoor food places had been setup for the weekend.
A fish restaurant on the malecón.


I ordered a fish fillet lunch
which was soooooo good!


A new thing - Photosynth
If you have a sort of new computer, with a bunch of power, you may wish to try becoming a Photosynth-er person. Ms. Viola, our pretty new Sony Vaio laptop is such a computer.

Click [here] to begin synthing.





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Friday, August 29, 2008

Maintaining Señorita Tioga's paint job.
Señorita Tioga's fiberglass and paint jobs began on February 13, 2007 in the City of Constitucion in Baja California. You may read about all of that by clicking [here].

Since that time, the paint job has gotten many dings. We have a small quantity of each color of paint for repairs. However, the solvents in the paint have evaporated leaving behind a thick gooey mass. A few days ago some paint thinner was bought in order to try to restore the paint to usefulness. Today we want to try to use this restored paint to see how it works.

10AM - Paint must be very thin.
I'd forgotten how very thin the painter made the paint before spraying. When I tried to brush on my restored paint, it was much too thick! Small mixing containers will have to be used in order to properly prepare the paint.

This first trial turned out to be a learning experience, rather than a success!

12 Noon - A walk around town.
A man painting curbs told me that the reason so much clean up is going on around The Plaza, is for Mexico's Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16th. On that day in 1810, Father Hidalgo shouted "The Grito" declaring Mexico free from Spain.

Just up the street from The Plaza is the tiny outdoor restaurant that I told you about yesterday. I went up there and lunch today!
Painting curbs for the fiesta.


Tiny outdoor restaurant.


3PM - Repainted bumper.

After thinning the paint maybe 10 to 1, the bumper was painted. The thinned out paint went on easily and covered very well too.

The bumper now looks great. Now the paint may be maintained using the original colors!
Bumper painted!





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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sierra Madres of Mexico.
When I returned to Mexico from my trip to Israel on [July 1st], the weather was very hard to bear. Hot and most of all, extremely humid. My clothes never dried out because of the moisture in the air. What could I do?

What I had done in past years, was to drive Señorita Tioga into the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming. Now I found myself 3,000 miles south of that mountainous refuge. That was when the Sierra Madres of Mexico were discovered on our maps!

Perhaps if the TiogaRV Team headed for the elevations of the Sierras, we might find the coolness that we craved? So, that is what we did. We are in those Sierras of Mexico now. And we would like to stay in the lovely climate of the Sierra Madres during this summer!
Sierra Madres of Mexico.


7AM - Laguna Cajititlan.

Yesterday evening I went walking toward the Plaza of Ixtlahuacán and stopped for a little snack. The son of the restaurant owner began talking to me about how much he loved a little lake north west of this town called Laguna Cajititlan. We had a Team Meeting this morning and decided to go out to see this lake!

Traveling along the roads of Mexico.
When you begin to drive your RV around Mexico, you may find some interesting surprises. The road signs need some serious interpreting to comprehend. Especially the "arrows" pointing which direction to go.

You may follow an arrow pointing south in order to go to a destination north. You may follow that arrow south for perhaps a mile and come to a "Retorno" [U-turn]. This Retorno may or may not be marked with a sign informing you to make a U-turn to go north. But that's the way you must go in order to get to your destination. Hmmmmm?

This morning La Señorita took an off ramp and wanted to go west. But the off ramp went east. We waited a bit until some other car came off the ramp wanting to also go west. We watched as this car stopped at the edge of the road, waited for the traffic to clear and made a U-turn and then proceeded west.

Ah-ha! That's what to do!

9AM - El Centro of Cajititlan.
We have arrived at Cajititlan and drove around the center of this little town looking for a place to park near the lake. The roads here, like the roads of many small Mexican towns, are very narrow. Some barely passable! We parked on a street and then walked down to the lake.

Little Mavicito took a pic of the lake for you to see!
Gorgeous Laguna Cajititlan.


Our Camp near the lake!
While Little Mavicito and I were out on dock taking the pic above, a car with a fisherman drove up and parked near us. This meant that there was a road into this area from the plaza to the lake. We could not find this road before when we were driving around town.

We followed the car tracks in the muddy ground back to where the road was paved with stones. A young man was there practicing roping a post [he wants to be a cowboy]. We asked him if it were OK to park next to the lake, and he told us "Yes!"
Our Camp near the water.

Our Morning.
During the morning we walked over to The Plaza. The crew who take care of the plants and trees [mostly women] were up on ladders doing their work. Some of the trees are beautiful with gorgeous red/orange flowers.
Taking care of The Plaza.

Some of the crew were on a break eating some luscious looking fried tacos and I asked them where they got them. I went to this tiny single table outdoor restaurant and bought breakfast too. Also had a nice conversation with a husband/wife eating at this little restaurant.

The old church.
There is a church just off The Plaza in Cajititlan that was built in 1461. A bunch of kids were playing in front of this church, and I spent about an hour talking with them and listening to their stories.
Church built in 1461 and the kids.

NOTE: Although the date on the church clearly is marked engraved in stone as 1461, there is a question about the actual year of church construction.




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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New reader Vicky emails:
"You seem to camp in Mexico with no problems. Don't the police ever ask you to move?"

Well Vicky, I've found that Mexico is a live and let-live country. In six years of making camps in Mexico, my neighbors have never called the police on me. In most towns of Mexico, there are very few police.

When I say that Mexico is a "live and let-live country", you might be amazed at what that means! In internet cafes, for example, it means that people are talking with each other out loud, not quietly as you would expect. In libraries it is the same. Nobody that I've observed has ever "shushed" somebody else up.


3PM - Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos.
Wow! The Town of Ixtlahuacán is where we have made our Nite Camp. Try saying that name five times real fast!

Today we have driven about 180° around the lake. From the south shore to the north of Laguna Chapala. The Team has had one major goal during this day's trip. That is to learn about housing in case you were interested in living around Guadalajara and especially close to Lake Chapala.

Today's Trip toward Guadalajara & Lake Chapala.
When we first headed out west around the lake we found the traffic very light.
Early morning view of Lake Chapala.


However when we reached the north shore, heading toward Jocotepec, traffic blossomed.
North shore traffic.


Homes on the mountainside reminded of similar homes in Santa Barbara, California.
Is this Santa Barbara or Lake Chapala?


Is this US or Mexico?


We went to see some condos, and Little Mavicito took a pic of the rental prices. Definitely these are USA priced rentals
North shore condos.
!



We dropped into RE/MAX [real estate office] and had a nice conversation with agent Veronica Silva. Veronica showed us pics and info of some of her listings. One was a $680K US home. The other was $220K US and is a brand new home.

Veronica told me that her office arranges everything for the USA home buyer. Her office acts as an escrow [to protect your down payment] and they arrange for financing.

If you would like to email Veronica: veronica@remax-ajijic.com
Lovely Veronica at your service.


My thoughts about living in the Lake Chapala area.
This place is very, very high priced. An apartment in most of the rest of Mexico is about $150/month US. Also, Lake Chapala is highly Americanized. As you may suspect from my blog posts, I much prefer to live in small Mexican towns and ranchos [country villages].

However, if you feel the need for the services offered here, especially restaurants styled after those found in the USA, Guadalajara and Lake Chapala may be worth considering!

Here is a link to the office of the lovely real estate agent, Veronica Silva!






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