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.


Ivory Coast Update

It is no better in this country as we have an African type of nutter who thinks he's still in office even though he got his ass handed to him with free and honest elections. May this bastard get his in the end. This latest article from Pauline who also blogs at West Africa Wins Always.


  1. It's a system that was loooong in place before Obama was elected. Transparency due to the internet is just allowing us to open our eyes. I appreciate the part you're playing in doing so. I would prefer, though, that we not add to the vitriolic. There are many ways to get the point across without it. Racism needs to go, in all its guises. Your video of the Houston cops is a perfect case in point. But, that's just my opinion... I'm fully aware of what they say about opinions... :)

    That truck in your header looks familiar... Utah?

  2. Bluff. Already used the real good one.

  3. I Love Bluff. Many hikes into the canyons down Comb Wash, Butler Wash, up on Cedar Mesa, etc. Great pic !

  4. Me too Theresa. My friend and I worked hard on his and plan on exploring the grand Gultch area a bit at the end of March early April. Some where at that link is another link to the movie Phil made. His is better as it uses music. It's so much fun isn't it.

  5. I've been up and down the Mokee Dugway road many times, never realizing there was a ruin up above the Valley of the Gods. I watched one of your videos that may have been of what I refer to as the Mule Canyon towers, with the run in the alcove below. Across the road, there are ruins I refer to as the Mule Canyon Apartments, tucked under a ledge. Good Lord. Don't get me started.

    Too late.

    I've done Bullet Canyon, an offshoot of Kane Gulch, which is an offshoot of Grand Gulch. Nice walk doesn't begin to cover it, and a nice payoff. Two ruins, one has an intact kiva with ladder. Probably toyed with a bit by the BLM, but still fun.

    One of my earliest blog posts is, "Canyons I Have Known and Loved," a recounting of a spectacular hike down into Owl Canyon, which happened in the mid-'90's.

    I could go on and on. Obviously. Good times. Made me pull out my topos again.

  6. Thanks Teresa. Were you able to day hike Bullet canyon and if you did what was your route.

    I intend to be spending more time around this area. Not this year so muck but after the middle of October there will be a lot more time. Bandelier was so cool and I have to get back there as well.

  7. This situation reminds me of Andrew Jackson, our own Slobodan Milosovic, when John Marshall and the Supremes ruled for the Cherokee. "How many troops does Marshall have?" quipped Old Hickory as he herded the Cherokee into concentration camps then on to the Trail of Tears. There is no justice without the power to implement it.