Monday, December 31, 2012

Party time

9AM - Party time!
Besides this evening being New Years Eve, it is also special party time at El Chaco. This is the 50th anniversary of the wedding of Matias and Elena, the owners of El Chaco. A big celebration is being held today in honor of this anniversary. Matias and Elena are renewing their vows at the church in the nearby town of Las Palamas. After the vows, the party moves to El Chaco where there will be food, music and dancing!

This is somewhat of a formal party. I have not owned a suit or even a sport jacket in years. So, I've decided to dress up with the best that I have. My Indiana Jones jacket and hat that used to belong to my son, David.
Jorge dressed up for the party

Mostly cloudy


Location: El Chaco RV Park
Elevation: 15 meters

Sunday, December 30, 2012


9AM - El Chaco Palapas
Below is a pic of El Chaco's Palapas. During the holidays these palapas are a good source of rental income for El Chaco. Each palapa rents for 150 pesos per day [$11.50US].

However, some people drive their vehicles from the beach and park under the palapas instead of entering thru El Chaco's main entrance in order to avoid paying the rental. Yesterday a very big tractor was driven from the rancho to plow up the beach in front of the palapas. It is now almost impossible to cross that plowed beach sand without getting stuck.
The palapas. Later today there should be many renters here.

El Chaco's John Deere #5425 Tractor

10AM - Cultural Center Sunday Fare
Almost every Sunday, the gringo RVers camping at El Chaco drive over to the Sunday Fare [Tianguis] located in nearby Aticama.

This Sunday I will be driving with Bill and Carol to the Sunday Fare. This is an exciting time for us because we get to schmooze with other Gringos attending the Tianguis.

Light clouds


Location: El Chaco RV Park
Elevation: 15 meters

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Mexico different

9AM - Mexico is different
Yesterday during our trip to Tepic, Bill and Carol and I talked about the differences between the USA and Mexico. Because workers often do not earn much money in Mexico, they cannot afford to buy stuff in quantity. Cigarettes, for example. In Mexico, a smoker can buy only one cigarette and the cost is only 3 pesos [23 cents US].

Buying time for a cell phone is the same. Here in Mexico the minimum amount for recharging a cell phone's time is 20 pesos [$1.55US].

The minimum wage in Mexico is 62.33 pesos per day [$4.80US]. Mexican workers are paid by the day instead of by the hour as in the USA.

11AM - Playa Amor Campground
We have just returned from a run over to Casa MaƱana to pick up our laundry. On the way back to El Chaco, we stopped at Playa Amor Campground so that New Mavicita could capture a pic of all the RVs camping there.

The RV section is more than 50% filled up! I am guessing that tourists from the USA and Canada are beginning to trust Mexico again.
Look at all the RVs at Playa Amor

Mostly cloudy


Location: El Chaco RV Park
Elevation: 15 meters

Friday, December 28, 2012


7AM - Trip to Tepic
My next door neighbor Bill and myself have had some health issues recently. Bill ate something bad and I took that darned sleeping pill. Neither Bill or I like to be active when we are not feeling well. But yesterday we both felt much better. In fact, we both feel so much better that we have a trip planned to the City of Tepic this morning.

It's really weird how neither of us felt good when we were sick! Do you feel bad when you are sick too? Hmmmmmm?
Jorge before trip to Tepic

8AM - MsTioga's starting battery
MsTioga's starting battery is a Motocraft brand. In the battery case top is a little indicator which glows green when the battery is in good condition. Yesterday MsTioga had some starting problems because the battery was badly discharged! The little green indicator was not glowing green.

For several hours yesterday, we had that battery attached to our charger. This morning the little green indicator was glowing good again! We are sooooooo happy about that!

MsTioga's calendar
Back in 2008 we on the TiogaRV Team were wanting to have a calendar that readers could use to easily go to any date in our blog. Along came Reader Thomas Thibodeau of Nova Scotia who prepared the HTML code for that calendar.

Since that time in 2008, each year in December we have received an email from Thomas with the code for the following year. We are so very thankful to Thomas Thibodeau of Nova Scotia!

PS: If you wish to look at our calendar, please click the "Archives" link located at the top and the bottom of our blog!

3PM - Tepic trip pics
As we drove the highway to Tepic we came to a town where ladies sold gorgeous cut fruit.
Doesn't this fruit look good to eat?

Sugar is a big money crop in Mexico. All of the sugar grown within hundreds of kilometers of the City of Tepic is trucked to the giant sugar mill located in the center of town. These trucks are loaded to the max!
Overloaded sugar cane truck on way to mill in Tepic
[Toll road to Tepic]

Partly cloudy


Location: El Chaco RV Park
Elevation: 15 meters

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Tuesday nite I could not fall asleep. So, I took a sleeping pill. Something weird happened because of that sleeping pill. The following day [Wednesday] I was all bummed out. Felt tired all day. I stayed inside MsTioga all day long. Did not come out of the effects of that sleeping pill until late in the evening.

Anyway, this morning I am back to my old self again. Did you miss me?

Partly cloudy


Location: El Chaco RV Park
Elevation: 15 meters

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


8AM - Daily walk
Merry Christmas everyone!

I've been doing a morning walk on the beach for several days in a row. My RVing friends have taken notice of this walking activity and are proud for me. I do feel better than before. Breathing better. More energy.

Each day I meet the same people also walking on the beach. It seems that for some people, walking gets to be a habit. There are other things on the beach. Bugs, for example. But as long as I keep walking without stopping, those bugs don't land on me and bite!

9AM - Weng and kids
Yesterday afternoon, Weng and her kids walked down the hill and came to visit with us at El Chaco. This visit was a good one for me. Weng and the kids are doing really good. All the children are much more talkative now. Very enjoyable people!

10AM - Christmas Party
The family who owns El Chaco put on a big Christmas Party yesterday evening. There were two bands. Lots of people. Lots of beer. All parties in Mexico have loud music. This El Chaco Christmas Party was also loud, but not too loud. This party was a good time.

The party ended at 12 midnite. Pretty early compared to many parties in Mexico that we have experienced. Suddenly the music stopped, and the party was over.

Lotsa clouds


Location: El Chaco RV Park
Elevation: 15 meters

Monday, December 24, 2012

My life

9AM - My life
I am living the simplest, least complicated life that I am able to live. Not in my home country, but in Mexico. Living in Mexico is a major part of that simplicity. Here at about the 20th latitude is the most comfortable climate in all of North America. Winters here are like late spring in other places. Winters here are dry, no rain!

Mexico is a country where people are left alone by the government. In Aticama, where I spend most of my winters, police are hardly ever seen. We have little need for police, because the Mexican people here are law abiding and peaceful.

In 2003 when I decided to be an RVer, it was because I could not afford to pay rent. Now I am paying rent at El Chaco, but less than $10US/day.

Each day I do only the things that I truly choose to do. And what a beautiful place to do those things. Next to the gorgeous Pacific Ocean.

I believe that I am a very lucky guy!

Scattered clouds


Location: El Chaco RV Park
Elevation: 15 meters

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Walk Hill Top

11AM - A walk to Hill Top House
This morning we walked south from El Chaco in order to go visit Weng and Francisco at Hill Top House. We are bearers of the news about our friend Renter Dave who has cancer.

It only takes about 10 minutes to walk from El Chaco to the path behind the cemetery that leads up hill. Then, another 10 minutes to walk all the way up to Hill Top House.

Below are a couple of pics captured in the kitchen at Hill Top House:
Kids in the kitchen

View from kitchen window

Cloudy with a little sun


Location: El Chaco RV Park
Elevation: 15 meters