Friday, 27 April 2012

Valle de Juarez (Day 2-Friday)

We had a great day today!! After breakfast, we started with a leisurely stroll all around the property. If you walk the complete way around it is 1/2 mile. 

 You can just see the house on the property on the left-hand side. This is where the really nice bathrooms are, along with the new suite and Sal & Barb's suite
while they stay at the park...

The fiesta tree - which, incidentally will be used on Tuesday!!

Niko and Bella - they are so much fun!!

.....and Don Quixote! (a.k.a. Don Key Hote!!)

After the walk and the greeting of animals, Kevin, Ruth, Doug & I all piled into a taxi and went the 8 kms or so up the road to a town called Quitupan. Super nice little town and very tidy & clean....

We walked up about 350 steps to a little hotel at the top of the town:
some of the steps....

..and many more, with Doug explaining something to Ruth....

View from the top, so the steps were worthwhile!!'s those famous people, Kevin & Ruth!!

Definitely some pretty narrow streets here!!

This little elderly lady was up on the roof of her house with her dog, giving some instructions to some workers, and her little dog would stand at the edge and bark his little head off. When I stopped to watch, she tried to get him to come back to show me. 
To my Mom: "NO!!", this does not mean you can go up on your roof!!

Time for our favourite, Mexican the town centro!!

So, the taxi driver came back right on the dot of 2:30 pm, as we had arranged with him. We got back to the campsite in time for a glass of wine then it was off to town for the local parade from the high school...HOWEVER, as we were leaving, Sal & Barb noticed that one of the workers here had left one of the gates open and, horror of horror, Don Quixote had gotten out and was, quite happily trotting down the side of the highway. That meant that we drove a little ways towards him and then Sal got out to wrangle him back but when he saw Sal coming and his little window of freedom closing in fast, he went right down on the highway. Doug & Kevin jumped out of the truck to give Sal a hand. One more thing that we can say is now off our bucket list - donkey wrangling on the side of the highway....we loved it! AND, most importantly, Don Quixote is safe & sound back here at Haciendas Contreras!!

...heading back to Hacienda Contreras....freedom dashed, again!!

On to the parade - it was really, really fun to see. The kids certainly had a good time:

This group of little girls didn't quite know what to think.....

yup, even Elvis in a gold mustang!!

here comes Sal & Barb, towing one of the floats for lovely Miss Edith...

The entire cast of the Flintstones!!

Our amazing hosts, Barb & Sal Contreras....they know everyone here!!

Our dinner group, from the left is Sal's sister & Mom, me, Doug, Ruth, Kevin
Barb & Sal, after all the festivities.

This was a truly great day. We just don't know how to thank Barb & Sal for making us feel so very welcome and part of the "family". It was really a day to remember. Also, we can't thank Kevin & Ruth enough for taking us around today. Sounds like we will have a few more trips in the days to come. Oh, also......we are going to a wedding tomorrow!! Imagine, getting invited to a wedding when you have only been in town for one day! We will let you know how that goes, but not until the Sunday posting!

Cheers everyone!!

1 comment:

  1. I was actually checking out Kevin & Ruth's blog this morning before logging onto yours and there you guys were. Looks like you had a great day and have fun @ the wedding. I tried to put in a vote for Kevin's Australia entry and put a note in their comment box but I don't think it worked. Also checked into Bob & Dana's blog and signed up to follow via email. Talk to you soon