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.


Godly Towns

The town of Westcliffe, Colorado is one that I have driven through many many times for quite a few years. One thing that has always stood out was the number of churches and I generally come through on Sunday going home. There are more damn people running around all dressed up you wouldn't believe. There must be at least five churches in a 10 block area and there's more other places.

A few years ago there was a strong effort to get prayer in the local schools but fortunately people were smarter than that and it did not happen.

About a year ago now the local county sheriff started an investigation into this allegation.

Two months after a mass raid of a polygamist Mormon compound in Texas piqued the nation’s interest, a similar sect in southern Colorado is flourishing — and in fact some speculate that the tiny town of Westcliffe in southwest Colorado may become the next polygamist nerve center in the United States. A compound there already hosts an estimated 30 members of the breakaway Mormon sect, and an aide to jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has already shelled out more than $1 million for nearly 200 acres of land nearby.

I have not seen another article about this investigation but last month this article appeared in the Denver Post about the Amish in Pennsylvania coming to Westcliffe to settle because of cheaper land prices. There are Amish back in the cornfield but you never hear much about them and I'm not quite sure why.

WESTCLIFFE — A new road sign cautions drivers to watch for Amish horse-drawn carriages in the valley beneath Colorado's Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Which brings me to why I'm writing this post. I had not been through Westcliffe since the end of March when I returned from a road trip from California. So last Sunday it very nice out and I pulled off to take a picture or do a video of the mountains which is below. I didn't take a picture but at the very end of the video is the picture I should have taken.

So I decided I'm going to drive down the road for 3 miles and just see just what the hell is out here. I don't go over a mile and way down the road I see a horse and buggy coming.

I did not do a very good job on the pictures or on this short video. Part of the reason is that I did not want to intrude on these people's privacy. Remember the movie Witness? I had the first two articles stored for some time to eventually do a post about the number of religious crazies in this area. And when the story about the Amish locating here and the coincidence of me pulling off and seeing his horse and carriage was kind of cool. I get a kick outta of shit like this.

But I want everybody to understand that I do not have an issue with the Amish here or anywhere else. Unlike so many other believers who feel they need to spread and force their dogma on others here and all over the world these people never enter that realm of religious nuttery.

Because of that and the fact that they live more green than probably 95% of this country I'm okay with that. Now if they come knocking on my door like the Mormons do then we have a problem but until then there is probably a lot we can learn from these people and the first thing would be to live simply!


  1. The Amish are ambitious, caring and not concerned with growing their ranks. They keep to themselves. But are very creative about making a living. They probobly sold their land in PA and after much research found that land values around Canyon City and Pueblo were a good value and isolated, something they like.

    They are good, honest, almost to a fault. I would welcome them in my community.

    The Mormons? Not so much!

  2. The Amish never get a whole lot of press because they don't do nutty things, except for having 7 kids.

  3. That's a downside for sure Nunya.

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