Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Melaque (Day 17)

....okay, only one of you noticed that there was no "Day 14".....congratulations to Don, Doug's brother for spotting that. Your prize is yet to be determined.

We headed out for a walk today. Mainly to see how Doug's ribcage was going to hold up. Must say, he did pretty good although the walking on the sand at the beach part was tough. This beach is at a fairly good slope but I thought he managed quite well!

It only takes about 10 minutes to walk to the beach from here at Villa Xochipilli. We passed by this municipal policeman, enjoying the view from his "officina" under the umbrella.

Looking towards Barra de Navidad where we were the other day.
The camera cannot quite get the effect of the slope, no matter how I try.

This one shows it quite a bit better but it gets worse,
the closer to Melaque you get. 

Practicing by zigzag running in case I happen upon the crocodile.
(Actually, that is pretty much how I walk all the time. Ask my family!)  

Panoramas are difficult when there is wave action but you
get the idea of the bay. Barra on the left and Melaque on the right.
We have spoken to a number of people who suggested (strongly) that we NOT walk the beach down to Barra, even though it would only take about 35 minutes. Main reason is that since the hurricane, there is a ton of debris laying just under the sand's surface (especially that direction) that you can cut a foot on. Concrete, rebar, glass, bricks, etc. Guess we will be smart and heed that advice, right? Funnily enough too, the policeman told us he spotted the crocodile swimming just down from him in the ocean this morning. Just past the policeman's office is where the lagoon empties into the ocean. Ha ha ha - another reason to not walk that way......
Anyway, on we trudged.....

We sat right beside this white and purple building the other night, enjoying the
sunset with Paula & Jerry. Who could forget the basket buying???
Hey, there's my basket guy!!! Awkward as these are to carry, isn't
it better that he didn't pick those rugs to sell??!!

This one's for Al - they moved!!

Lots of storm damage still I guess....

In my opinion, when you are visiting another country, this is the
way your home country's flag should be displayed...proper etiquette.
After this we were back by the main area of town. We had a little snack and a limonada and then walked back, going through town instead of on the beach. Hope you have all had your drinks of water because its a dusty walk back to Villa Xochipilli
No reason other than I like Frida Kahlo.....oh, and I own the camera!

Behind this fence is the cutest house. My favourite in town.....

Cute little primary school. Strangely enough, we walked by here the other
day and the ice cream man was hanging out the front.....coincidence??

Customary dogs on the roof......

Fairly self-explanatory

Out of the smallest crack, something beautiful grows.....

Baseball hat salesman...we go a ways down this road and then
turn towards the right to get home.

Interesting and ornate doors....

A tiny yard across from a furniture maker. Looks like reclaimed lumber.
Beautiful...looked like cedar.

A tortilleria shop being fixed or serviced.
Spotlessly clean....

...and their get-away delivery vehicle.
Cool metal front door with a cello player.....

That was a long and dusty walk back but as you can see, pretty interesting. We always enjoy this type of thing.
Well, well, look who came down off the big roof beside us, Mr. Handsome. I think he wanted some of those yellow petals for a snack.....check out those claws!!!
We headed out to observe the dedication of a new church (or school attached to the church) just up the road here in Oregon. I pointed us in a bit of a wrong direction but we eventually found it. It was quite interesting. It seems that there was lots of fund raising (on-going) and it will be interesting to come back next year and see how it is doing. But first, our little happy hour by the pool.....

Customary donkey tied up at someone's house....

Not so customary peacock on someone's roof.
Guess they were tired of dogs on their roof.

I guess this is either this dog's pimped up yard or
something special is going to happen here....

They just brought the pews from this little wee church
out onto the street and et up the stage. Thankfully, not a "permit" in site.
Unlike what would happen in Canada.
Every church gathering needs the cotton candy lady ready to go!!

Back to the purple ribbon....where is that dog anyway??

Anyway, purple ribbon cut and little congregation in the yard
where I believe a new church (or school) will be started.

Back wall of church. Notice the brick work is all open?
Crazy things you can do when the weather is warm all year round!

Current inside of said wee church.....

Back to Tacos Pachita for dinner again.
$86 ps for 9 tacos and two pina waters....might be our new favourite!
Anyway, that was an enjoyable day. Hopefully we did not make Doug work too hard with his walking. Tomorrow is the tianguis and it will be our last one here for this year. Friday we make our way towards Valle de Juarez, about 4 hours east of here.

Peace everyone. Time to wash the dust off!!

Thought for the Day: Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting.


  1. Friday we make our way towards Valle de Juarez, about 4 hours east of here.


  2. Life on the beach looks nice. If Doug managed that walk without to much stress, he's healing well. Looking forward to the next stretch.

    1. Melaque is definitely a place you guys should also consider for next year's adventure. Beautiful small town and walkable everywhere. Just fly into Manzanillo!! Then we could hook up with you. There is certainly LOTS to rent here. Long and short term....

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    1. What an interesting woman. I am just itching to get home and get a book about her!