Saturday, October 07, 2006

Driving in Mexico Just Got a Little Safer with the Release of México Road Logs :: Mexico News

Sunday, April 23, 2006

So long to Jaimie and Hinde's Restaurant

Friday, April 14, 2006

Free Caravan to la Penita Nayarit

La Penita, Nayarit, MexicoApril 16, 2006New RV travelers to Mexico will now get a chance to drive with experienced rv’ers south of the border without spending thousands of dollars on the services of professional caravans. Bill and Dorothy Bell who have extensively traveled to over 400 rv and camping locations throughout Mexico and have the largest web site on camping in Mexico http://www.ontheroadin.com/ will lead the caravan starting in late October of 2006 from Nogales Arizona to La Peñita Nayarit Mexico. “Many first time road travelers to Mexico are a little nervous” says Dorothy Bell, “but with this Caravan, they will receive assistance on the proper documentation needed to cross the border plus they will receive an extensive four hour course on traveling in Mexico before they start.” Included is a Mexico On The Road In Camping directory CD and Highway 15 Road Log. The caravan meets up on October 25th and leaves for San Carlos Sonora Mexico on the 26th where they will stay one night at the Hotel Cortez RV Park. Then it's off to Huatambampo,Sonora where they will camp on the beach at the El Mirador RV park for 2 nights. Followed by two nights in Mazatlan. The final destination is the La Peñita RV Park. La Penita is one of the best RV Parks in Mexico. It is one if not the most active parks in terms of events and activities. Situated on a bluff over overlooking the Pacific Ocean the views are considered magnificent. Although the caravan portion of the trip is free, those wishing to participate must guarantee a month stay at the La Peñita RV Park and pay a $100 registration fee to pay for the course and course materials. The Caravan is limited to 30 Recreational Vehicles and is on a "first come basis." "Last year we had to turn away over 100 requests," say Bell. The RV Park is situated on a small hill and only a few hundred feet from the water’s edge. It has 110 full hookups as well as lots of tent spots. The resort boasts excellent drinking water at no additional cost and offers all the extras such as pool, wireless internet and hot tub cable or satellite TV. Reasonably priced at $450 per month, It is open from November 1st to May 1st. At La Penita there is a lot to love. The town of La Penita is on the Pacific, less than an hour drive from Puerto Vallarta and just North across the river from Rincon de Guayabitos. The weather is fantastic and the people lack the pretentious airs found at many resort communities. RV travel is one of the fastest-growing recreational activities in North America and in Mexico RVers are discovering that they can realize the wonders of Mexico for a fraction of the cost of resorts. Camping is also a great alternative to hotels. Bell and her family have been traveling by RV to Mexico since 1988, first making the trek in a Volkswagen Westphalia, then a 28-foot-trailer. Most recently they are currently traveling throughout Mexico in a 28 foot-foot class-C recreational vehicle. "We have taken pictures and GPS readings of virtually every RV and camp site in Mexico and now people can look them up on the internet by name or by clicking on the various maps that show where every site is located," Bell said. The Bell's also produce th most extensive Road Logs for Driving in Mexico, including the Baja. The web site also prepares the traveler to make travel in Mexico as enjoyable as it is in the rest of North America. It lists the requirements of documentation, insurance and driving tips, etc., as well as specific site and park recommendations. The Bell's write a bi-weekly Mexico travel column for RV Travel, the leading E-Newsletter on Rving in North America. For further information on the Caravan you can write Dorothy at e-mail protected from spam bots or visit http://www.ontheroadin.com/.

La Peñita de Jaltemba Semana Santa 2006

La Peñita de Jaltemba Semana Santa 2006
By Dorothy Bell

Semana Santa is celebrated in much of the Catholic World as the week leading up to Easter. In Mexico there are well known plays and processions, however for most Mexicans this one week holiday means a time for a family vacation and for many, an opportunity to bake on the sandy beaches. It creates an explosion of people that move from central towns and cities to the waves of the Pacific in cars and buses to rent a bungalow or erect a tent on a beach or campground.
We are staying in the La Peñita RV Park in the town of La Peñita de Jaltemba on the Pacific Coast. It is a working Mexican town that acts as a supply base for other towns that cater to a mainly Mexican tourist base. It is not glitzy or glamorous and the nearest SR. Frogs or McDonalds is some 40 miles south in Puerto Vallarta - a culture away. The population of La Peñita and the neighboring communities is only a paltry 20,000 people.
All things change during Semana Santa. The population explodes and every bungalow and available room is rented for top drawer prices. A room in a local hotel that normally rents for $15 per person now rents for $45. Food prices in restaurants increase and everyone that has something to sell, is on the beaches and streets selling it. Musical groups invade the streets and restaurants, some with a xylophone, large stand up bass, horns or drums. As the population and vendors ranks swell, so do the aromas, conflicting sounds and bustle of celebrating families throughout the streets.
Most of the Norte Americanos have returned to their homes and only a small handful of expats and late returnees linger. It is a Mexican holiday feared by the snowbird and RVer alike. There were only 5 RVs in this particular park at the beginning of the celebration. In February there were 100.
George Aceves, owner of the Hotel California believes that it is the increase in music, noise and traffic that drive the “older” RVer and Snowbird home. “They just can’t take it” he says as we share a coffee on the main street. And I agree that the average gringo tourist just doesn’t get the joy of Semana Santa. The noises are “annoying,” the crowds are “inconvenient” and the traffic is “horrible.” And while Semana Santa is all that, it is also the celebration of all things Mexican. Faith. Family. Friends. Culture.
This particular holiday, our family was determined to celebrate Semana Santa together. Our oldest daughter, Justine and her “novio” Memo arrived by bus from Mexico City and our son, Adam flew in with friends Brittany and Mick from Vancouver. Our youngest daughter Dylan worked hard at school so she could celebrate with her older siblings. We expanded from 3 people to 8; from one RV to 2 plus tents. We were all excited and anticipated the joy of eating, drinking and laughing together until dawn and then until dawn again
As we waited for Justine and Memo to arrive the day before Semana Santa began, we counted the busses zooming by. They increased tenfold or more from the regular season; old Dina busses spewing diesel fumes to sleek new ultra modern buses for the discerning traveler. The traffic was a steady stream of vehicles; supply trucks, busses, cars with luggage racks filled to the brim and the old faithful pickups with families crammed in the cab and the box filled to capacity.
The traffic increased steadily over the next few days and the RV Park filled up. Those 5 RV’s with a population of 10 are now surrounded by tents and 1000 Mexicans. Today, April, 13th is the busiest day and likely 300-500 more folks will be squeezed into the campsite, so they too can enjoy the Mexican coastline. Whole families meet and camp together for a week, some traveling for days from throughout Mexico and the United States just to get here to be with their sisters and brothers, aunt and uncles and if they are lucky, a grandparent or two.
It is wonderful! You can’t walk two minutes without a “Buenos Dias” or hello. The aroma of various Mexican cuisines is non-stop. A few old grandfathers congregate under some palm trees and drink tequila or beer and talk about old times. The young Mexican men play volleyball as bikini clad women chat under sun tarps and ignore their preening. There are babies and children everywhere; crying, laughing giggling and toddling.
Music is constant from eight in the morning to eight at night with a variety of genres from Rap, Hip Hop to Mariachi and Banda – a Mexican Country Music. It continues but with lower volumes late into the evening as the young men and women congregate in an out of the way spot to flirt, chat and drink Coronas away from the prying eyes of their parents.
The RV Park caters to Mexicans during these days. Traffic is so bad now that most folks don’t want to go to town – including the Mexicans. The park brings vendors to the campground; beautiful fresh vegetables are sold from the back of a pick-up; a local rotisserie chicken restaurant delivers; a fruit stand is a permanent fixture to the beach and a restaurant serving tacos and burgers operates behind the office. The “clubhouse” in gringo season is now converted to a small store and video game arcade.
The town is jammed to the limit but more people will arrive the day before good Friday.. The beer store has run out of the regular sized beer. They only have “Chico’s” or half bottles left. The streets are lined with Mexicans of all ages buying trinkets and t-shirts to carry home. Hotels wear signs “No Hay Vacantes.” No room at the inn.
But there is always room for more people at the beach. After all, this is Semana Santa.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Road Log for Mexico coast Highway 15

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Italian on the Zocalo

Its about time for Danny to reopen his Sole restaurant on the square in LPDJ and we can't wait because his test period earlier this year was a smash with us. The food exquisite and tasefully served with a three couse meal as the core of the experiance, salad, entree, desert and coffee. There is no Pizza so forget that but if you want authentic italian give it a try I don't think you will have any complaints, we syre didn't!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Ja'Qui and the Perez Brothers New CD


Ja'Qui and the Perez Brothers have cut a new CD and it looks and sounds great!
Entitled "Just for You" It covers all the tunes that got you dancing last year. Including Proud Mary, Bottom of My Heart and many more.
The cost is 120 pesos.

Ps...the side picture is only the rough design of the cover...photographs for the cde were taken by yours truly..Bill and Dot

Flooding Emergency -- How You Can Help Hurricane Stan

Flooding Emergency -- How You Can Help Below is an updated list of organizations (and links to their websites) working in the impacted countries of Central America devastated by recent flooding and landslides. Your donations are needed. Catholic Relief Services Save the Children Salvadoran Red Cross Society Crispaz Foundation for Self-Sufficiency in Central America Share Foundation Salvadoran Lutheran Synod. Lutheran World Relief Voices on the Border -- Donations to VOTB are tripled with matching funds. SalvAide. World Vision International Oxfam America United Methodist Committee on Relief

Hurricane Stan Relief Efforts

Hurricane Stan> There are some organized efforts about to help in the aftermath of > Hurricane Stan.> The local La Peñita Church is asking for material donations. Hinde of > Hinde & Jaime's is using her place to collect the clothing, blankets and > of course food items for the town. They are getting trucks to send the > supplies south. I will get details and post tomorrow. This is a wonderful > local effort with some taxis and cars asking for support for the affected > states: Veracruz, Chiapas, Oaxaca.> On a national scale, a group is forming to collect and distribute money > with the emergency and governmental organizations involved. Their scope > will be much larger and will affect towns and cities of thousands of > people.> This hurricane hit the poor very hard. Their houses and families washed > away easily in the winds and rains and mud. Very devastating.> If you are here, look through your cupboards and send something to > Hinde's. Be generous.> Will write more soon.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Sunday Breakfast

The Bavarian Garden ( more affectionately know as "the Girls Place") puts on quite a good feed with killer "german pancakes" but are like a crepe and of course as with all german food, low cal , the coffee is really good as is the fantastic service. They are ready to go at 9 on sundays