This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.


Mississippi River Cats

Took a ride on the river bottom below Keokuk,IA on the Illinois side where 50,000 acres of cropland flooded. Stopped at this abandoned farm house and seven cats came out. Nicest damn cats and if I hadn't been a 1000 miles from home one of them would have been liberated for sure.

An example of just how high the water got.


  1. Your lead picture makes me sad - I think of all the hours some forgotten craftsman put into that boat and the enjoyment the owners had in its use - someone should restore it. I'd sure give it a shot.

  2. Love the boat! It looks like one I was lucky enough to row once. Three people could row it and it was sleek with scooped oars and it also carried a sail. Sea and farms that is me. Take care!

  3. Men,
    This boat was found along the Mississippi and is now a display at the museum in Dubuque,Ia.