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.


A Guvmint Good Story

Found out a few things about the new visitor center in Dinosaur National Monument with the grand opening on October 4. The park workers are fired up about this and sounds like this will be a special day.

The old one in the second picture became unsafe because of structural issues. I didn't know they were still going to use the old building and run a shuttle up from the new one. There has been a catwalk added so you can view what I call the wall of bone in the third picture from Google. Pictures can't do this justice.

I'm happy to hear this will still be able to be viewed and it sounds like you will be closer than before. This is the most amazing thing to see.

Places like this are special. Some of the best people to be had work on these things and I cannot wait to see this. Unfortunately I'm pretty sure my visit will not happen this year.

This is what I want my tax dollars being used for - rather than obvious other things it's used for now.


  1. This looks fabulous. I just sent it to my husband to put on our "to visit" list.

  2. Can you see Fred and Wilma Flintstone's skeletons in the Wall of Bones? :=)

  3. Do it Billie and I sent you an e-mail too.

    That's the word on the street Fearguth but I've not seen them myself. After all they did live together ya know.

  4. Making ruins for someone a few hundred years from now to poke around in is investing in the future I reckons.

  5. And it will not be man who will be looking ano.

  6. I don't disapprove.. heck I'd like to go there sometime. But sometimes a person gets the urge to get off the carefully marked paths, which becomes severely limited on those organized sites.

    At Chaco a person might wonder what's wrong with peeing right over there on top of where those Chacoans peed. At Hovenweep a person can't help feeling the seductive call of a closer look down the cliff wall underneath.

    A dozen-or-so years ago some kid got off the trail at Gila Cliff Dwellings. Found an undiscovered cave dwelling right there in the midst of them all, untouched, loaded with corn and pots. Taught them more about the people who lived there than they'd ever guessed they didn't know.

    On the other hand, another kid might have raided the cave and broken the pots.