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All Palms are in Danger

I am writing this to all of you who have palm trees on your property and especially the blue fan palm known as the "Bismark Palm". Many of you have been on Thomas Bartlett's property and have been impressed with the most beautiful Bismarck Blue Palm, and hundreds of you have had your pictures taken in front of it over the past 6 years.…

In Honor of JBAR, We Are Celebrating National Pet Month

The Jaltemba Bay Life Team would like to celebrate National Pet Month by asking our readers to send us a photo and short story of the pet(s) you have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). By portraying these animals, we can celebrate the benefits that pets bring to people and vice versa. Perhaps by sharing with others the bond…

The "Bridge of Life" is a Work in Progress

The Bridge of Life, as most of us call it, is the suspended walking bridge that connects Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Rincon de Guayabitos with Calle Bahia de Banderas in La Penita. It was originally constructed by the residents of the Zona Residencial in Guayabitos back in 2003 as a means of providing residents safe passage between the two…

Fisherman's Memorial

I took this series of photos of the Fisherman's Memorial on Easter Sunday. This particular photo captures La Penita in the background. Getting a good shot of the front is a bit challenging because there isn't much ground to stand on between the cross and the crashing waves below. The memorial, for anyone who doesn't know, is located…

Project Angelina: Construction Begins

We made great headway this past Friday and Saturday. We prepared the footings for the walls. At one point there were 17 men working, and some volunteers. Many of the Mexicans are working on this project at reduced wages. Our nephew Andrew sent us an article from the Toronto paper. I want to share them with you... Ello Madonia…

Project Angelina: Demolition

Hola to all from sunny and HOT Mexico. This was a successful day on the project. The backhoe spent the afternoon excavating, preparing the site for the foundation. Angelina’s father, has set himself up in a little shelter, to guard the site day and night. Still more funds are coming in, including someone who gave us cash for a new…

In Bloom: Primavera and Amapa Trees

Primavera The Primavera tree of the genus Tabebuia is also called Ipe or Trumpet tree and blossoms shortly after the pink Amapa tree (see below). Both are such gorgeous harbingers of spring it's hard to decide which I like more. This yellow specimen is in front of the Vivero Villanueva beside the La Colonia Pemex gas station. The 3 to…

Update: Nuevo Ixtlan Hot Springs, the El Tonino Way

The Easter holiday must have lit a fire under the men who do the building here at the Nuevo Ixtlan Aguas Termales. Just two weeks earlier, there were piles of rocks and sand; now there are 5 new pools to splash in and wooden doors on the banos! The holiday vacationers had found their way to the hot springs the day I took my friends there,…
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Rob's Ramblings: Mi Casa Construction Project

Starting a building or renovation project in Mexico requires you to be well informed on local business practices. What you consider unacceptable up north might be considered normal locally, and what you see as normal up north might be unheard of here in Mexico. For starters, you have to decide if you will be on site during construction,…

Download and Watch Full Movie 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) HDDirector:Dan Trachtenberg.Producer:Lindsey Weber, J.J. Abrams.Release:March 10, 2016Country:United States of America.Production Company:Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot, Spectrum Effects.Language:English.Runtime:103 min.Genre:Science Fiction.Movie '10 Cloverfield Lane' was released in March…
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Los Amigos Plans Some Good Times for Next Season

As the current season quickly winds down, Los Amigos de Jaltemba is proud to announce its schedule of events designed to keep you entertained next year. And hopefully raise a little money in the process to support our wide range of programs and services. We are planning to hold a Casino Night on Friday, December 7. Come out to “Las…

Thank You California Rotary District 5130 and Middletown Rotary

California Middletown Rotary and California District Rotary 5130 have done it again! Following on the success of their Los Amigos Recycling grant and their Zacualpan high school grant (remodel including computer lab and commercial kitchen lab), CONALEP high school has received a much needed grant for computers. Eddie Dominguez made the…

Conalep Students Carry Their Leadership Training Forward

The momentum was started in the Jaltemba Bay La Peñita Rotary Club's "Learning for Life" grant provided by Kalispell Montana Rotary Club. Forty CONALEP students learned key leadership concepts coming out of their three leading-edge leadership workshops. The local students have formed The CONALEP Community Club which will identify six…

Two Rotary Presidents Go to PET International

Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club's president-elect, Abraham, and president elect, Octaviano, attended the Rotary International PET officer training in Tepic last week. Rotary's theme for this coming year will be "Peace Through Service". The two incoming presidents were able to meet their counterparts and get to know about the objects…

Restaurant Seasonal Closings and Summer Hours

Here is a list of restaurant hours and seasonal closings for the upcoming summer months... Open All Summer  Beso del Sol Steak House Open year round from 7:30am-9:30pm.  More Info El Rodeo Open daily from 6pm-midnight until April 14. After that, they are open Thursday through Saturday from 6-10pm. Las Brisas Closing from May 20-June…

Season of Renewal - an Easter Calf is Born

This calf was born just outside my casa gate Saturday morning and was only a half hour old when I took this photo. It is truly a time of new beginnings, even though it is the dry season when every mouthful a cow can find to eat is a struggle, yet the strength of Mother Nature successfully brings forth the miracle of birth.

Destination: Nuevo Ixtlan Hot Springs, the El Tonino Way

Taking a new back road tour in Mexico is always exciting to me, and when the end goal is the Aguas Termales of Nuevo Ixtlan, I’m up for the challenge. All the twists and turns, pot holes and washouts, not being able to see over the hood of the truck because it’s so steep and looking straight down into ravines from the edge of the…

Semana Santa in Rincon de Guayabitos, La Penita and Los Ayala – Part 3

I was fortunate enough to go flying with Paul Mutch on Saturday afternoon to take aerial photos of the Semana Santa festivities. Paul and I loaded up a couple of cameras and drove to a little private airstrip where he keeps his experimental aircraft tied down. After the usual untying, uncovering and a complete walk-around to make sure…

Semana Santa in Rincon de Guayabitos - Part 2

David and I strolled down to the south end of Guayabitos Saturday afternoon to see how many holiday beach-goers there were compared to past years. We were surprised to see a less crowded beach and a more calm and controlled atmosphere due in part to the Marines who walked the beach and manned the lifeguard stand near Hotel Jacqueline. Most…

Semana Santa in Jaltemba Bay – Part 1

Semana Santa is in full swing – the bands are playing day and night; the holiday crowds have taken over the beaches, streets and restaurants; the vendors are busy; the bank machines are out of money almost as fast as they are filled; and everyone is having a good time. The following photos were submitted by several local photographers…