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.



Was it worth it? Yes it was. Hiked my butt off and it was wonderfully warm out. Drew a bit of blood one time and met a variety of interesting people. Now it's time to stick around here for awhile and get some things done for winter.

Saw some interesting things and learned a bit as well. Ever been to Bloomfield,NM? I'll tell you about it later. Seems like 80% of the people out there are like me - older I guess. Some are pretty young and retired as well.

There were no issues adjusting to enjoying things out in the boonies and not having to think about returning to work like always in the past. In years past there was always a feeling of keeping moving because time was limited.

Not this time and felt totally at ease. I had a blast and feel so fortunate that I am able to do things like this.

Ever hear of Creede?


  1. I can well imagine how much fun you had. When I lived in SF, I always drove through Bloomfield going to Bluff and Moab, but was glad I was driving Through. Perhaps I missed something.... Creede, Colorado? I have not been there, but hear it's gorgeous. Before I returned to Minnesota I thought about renting a cabin there where I could write.

    Are you thinking of another move or just a good place to visit?

  2. Lived for a time in Farmington and know the area well. Bloomfield kind of gets lost up there.

  3. It's different that is for sure Pat.

  4. Yep...retirement is great!


  5. It's been like it was for you Linda. Three weeks in and no regrets nor will there be.