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.


3 Conversations In Browns Park

Browns Park another place the big name outlaws hung out. It was a good week end and let's be perfectly clear about a couple things. Our public servants in the parks and where ever they work are the just the best and that was proven again this weekend.  The other is that I understand just how lucky I am to be able to do things like this.

A fantastic conversation with a young man who worked here at the Gates of Ladore. I learned where there are several other panels of art. That will be for a later time.

I also learned in this conversation this guy is a photographer too and a real good one. So good that he sells them here. Don't cost a penny to go look at these incredible pictures. WOW! The other thing is he also uses Pentax cameras like myself. Thank you Dave for the fun time!

Then anther great talk with Bob here at the Jarvie Ranch. The site was pretty cool and there will be something on that later. What I was reminded of here was something I learned down on Cedar Mesa that it's possible to work as a volunteer at BLM properties and other properties as well and get paid a small stipend. Small would be a lot to me and I can see me doing this. I could have done just that starting tomorrow right there. Thanks for that Bob!

The last talk was with the nice lady who with her husband ran this store for many years in Browns Park. Aptly named Browns Park Store they recently closed it because the 30K figure for bringing the fuels tanks up to code was too much for their age. They will get rid of what inventory is left when hunting season starts. There will be many who will miss this not just you could get things here but also because of associations made over the many years.

What I learned here was several things. This women moved from Steamboat Springs to here in 1959. We had mutual friends and or knew several of the same people which happens a lot it seems. Our last names shared the first three somewhat unusual combination of letters. I did not but this lady brought up how very important social security is to her and her husband. Hasn't she got that right.

This may not be much but I get a huge kick outta stuff like this and to all of you I hope we get to meet and chat again.

Remember about clicking on the pictures to hugen them up.

I thought incorrectly that there would be a few people out here. There was no one for the most part. It was like it all belonged to me and you know what it does and you too!


  1. It sounds like you had a good weekend. I had no idea you could volunteer for the BLM with a small stipend. That sounds like a good deal, especially to augment SS on retirement.

    I used to leave near a country store and just loved giving them business and being able to just go up the road for a few things, but the fuel tank upgrade did them in, too, and now it's been closed for several years.

    Nice post.

  2. I've had similar adventures of discovery, Fly, and they are what add zest to life.

  3. That it does Fearguth and there aren't many it seems that share that feeling as we do and as Teresa does. How I wished I could have stayed longer. I have a few other things that will be posted about this weekend either here or at the picture place.

    And Teresa these jobs pay 25 to 30 smacks a day which is a lot to me. Some have a place to stay - it just depends but it seems there is a bit of demand for this. I will be doing some checking out this fall for next year.

    It's fun damn it.

  4. I retired at the end of August, 2003. I then started a list of my retirement travels. Currently, that list has 103 entries--some one-day outings, some trips lasting six weeks. Like you say, "It's fun, damn it!"

  5. That is so cool. Just the thought alone of not having to come back because I have to go to work is so exciting to me. It may not mean squat to most people but that is just huge for me. I would love to meet up with you some time and do a hike or whatever. That would be fun damn it.

  6. I could still be working today--I didn't face a mandatory retirement age--but there were simply too many things on my Bucket List which couldn't be harmonized with a full-time job.

  7. I've always wanted more time than money, and that's what I have. :) Yes, 25-30 a day, doing something interesting in a fun place sounds good. I can well imagine the waiting list. When I camped at Calf Creek over by The Escalante, I thought that campground host had one jealousy inducing job!

  8. I get the impression TE that a waiting list is not necessarily the case. You find out and apply somewhere on the BLM website. I'm going to apply sooner than later I think the way it looks now.

  9. Glanced around a bit and it seems more places don't pay and the ones that do pay little. Need to learn more.This fellow would have payed 30 a day but he was hurting and I did see negotiable on a couple.