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.


170 Straight West

Not a cloud in the sky and sun at our back. It will be a real pretty ride to Pagosa Springs shortly. The last car we drove to look at was not "pristine" as represented for it's mileage and age. I'd bet money this car will be like it said to be.

Headed into different terrain crossing two mountain passes. It is fairly drab around here at best and have been sticking probably too close to home but it's now less than two weeks away for the flight out. Pretty much ready with a few small things left to do.

Maybe I will find a picture some place as in the last few weeks there just haven't been any to be had. At times you just see them and a lot of the time you get lucky.

Later - have a good one.

BTW - there's a live one in here somewhere think under the fridge. Damn cat slipped one in. It's staying inside today.  


  1. My first visit to Pagosa Springs was in 1979, after backpacking for a week in the Weminuche Wilderness. Gas was $1.00 a gallon back then, and I almost had a stroke paying that much.

  2. And that was just for the privileged.

  3. I read all of Zane Grey's books before I was 12. I always wanted my own hidden box canyon where I could escape on my horse. I'd push a big rock and some shrubbery in front of the entrance and live there in my small, but wisely constructed shack. I almost liked Grizzly Adams' set up as well, but a box canyon would have made it ideal. Great picture. I still want a box canyon.

  4. Jose had two this one and another not very close. Both had springs and it was was where she penned her animals. Couldn't have been better. In the second there are these tiny orchids that only grow there. I think you could get out of both of these but on foot only. These are very cool.

    I think you should have have for yourself too.

    Then you know if you're the bad guy/guys and being chased rule number one is don't go up a box canyon.