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.


All Aboard - Last Time Unless Your A Koch

Today is the last trip.

I'm sure many of you have seen the Royal Gorge and maybe taken a ride on the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway. This was sold back in 2010 to one of the Koch boys.

This article offers up a lot of good info on the history of this and some of the circumstances leading to today. The owner had been at it 32 years for one thing. 
CANON CITY — The Royal Gorge Scenic Railroad will make its last run Sept. 30, ending a 32-year career for its operator, Greg Tabuteau.The railroad and neighboring Buckskin Joe, along with 806 acres of land, were sold in 2010 to billionaire William Koch. Buckskin Joe's Old West buildings were moved to Koch's ranch in Gunnison County for use as a private museum.

These Koch boys remind me of this episode from the Next Generation titled "The Most Toys". One of the better ones.


  1. Humpf! I read about Buckskin Joe last year before I went on vacation...didn't know about the RGSR tho... Dang!!! Oooh to be a kazillionaire...

  2. What about that piece of turquoise??

  3. Actually the town is here ...just above Paonia. Lots of chatter about it and how he is closing down pristine wilderness.


  4. I bet there is plenty of talk. If I pretend to be a local do you think they'll let me in.

  5. Don't suppose anyone knows where we could get a Varon-T disruptor and treat the Koch boys to a new experience? They could then be wrapped like mummies in Bounty paper towels and put on display in their museum.

  6. Now that's good stuff! I wish I could think like that.

  7. When I was growing up we saw lots of Horny toads, haven't seen one in decades. You're a lucky man.
    Growing up in Pueblo my brother and I spent time in Buckskin Joe's jail for one reason or another. Back then there wasn't a train, but a tram that went from the bottom up about half way and back down.
    The only thing that pissed me really off was blaming the teacher's unions for August school year, it wasn't us it was politicians who insisted on high school students taking finals each semester and it was stupid to make them take finals after winter break so the semester was moved into August so finals could be given in December instead of January.

  8. Good stuff Pat. Thanks for this!