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.


Bullwinkle's Plenty

These animals remain a novelty to me and even after today I still do not have any really good pictures of these interesting creatures. I hardly have a decent picture to show you even though I was fairly close and the video isn't something to brag about either.

I saw these guys coming and ducked into some cover thinking they would pass in front for some very close pictures but instead they passed behind me not very far away at all maybe a 100' max. Didn't hear or see them so I got off to a bad start and they cover a lot of ground quickly.

Still want to share these and I will somehow eventually get some quality photos of the fellows.


  1. I've only seen moose while hiking Isle Royale National Park (in Lake Superior).

  2. When I lived in central Vermont, Waitsfield, I had several Moose living on the back side of Camels Hump and in the summer they would come down to the marsh lands along Rte 100. I seen one walk out of the water, across the highway and up a 25% grade slope without never breaking stride or speed, amazing.

  3. recommendation: go to alaska!
    on long-ago trip, wife & i came close to hitting moose with car on more than one occasion...
    ... of course, we were doing our usual "let's get lost without maps or gps" routine, so these encounters were mostly on dirt roads in heavily wooded areas... but the moose were NOT shy!

  4. No pictures of the flying squirrel?

  5. We got Rocky up close and personal. He was busy today.