In Bloom: Amapa Trees

Amapa trees are only in full bloom for a few weeks between mid-March to mid-April. If you are in the Jaltemba Bay area during this time, one of the best places to view these trees is near the tennis courts on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Rincón de Guayabitos. There are approximately a dozen trees lining the street and tennis courts,…
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The Importance of Homeowner and Condo Insurance in Mexico

We all know that homes in Mexico are built to last. Concrete blocks, steel beams, miles of rebar, tile roofs and flooring, and double strength windows make homes nearly indestructible. So why consider homeowners insurance if nothing can go wrong? Well, insurance is for the unexpected things in life, not the expected. Here are a few reasons…

Rob's Ramblings: A Few Comparisons of Life North and South

My first trip to Mexico was in the early 1980s and I admit there were a few things I noticed back then that still bring a smile today. Why would someone do that? How did that ever slip by? Life would be so much easier if they just did... Sick and Unwanted Animals: The first thing I remember from my early trips were the mange- and parasite-infested…

A Mexican Huarache Adventure

Last week I decided to take a visiting friend to my favorite little huarache shop in La Peñita. It is something that I love to share with those visiting our casa. When you arrive to “Huaracheria Colotlan,” you are usually greeted by the warm smile of Rosaria Salas. She is the lovely wife of Señor José Salas Hernandez and together…

¡Viva la Semana Pascua en la Bahia de Jaltemba!

Just about every spring break, my family and I are strongly drawn out of the chilly rains of Oregon by the warm lure of the Guayabitos coast. Sometimes the vagaries of the Easter holiday gives us free rein of a wide open beach with quiet streets and tranquil sunsets. This year, however, our two weeks gave us the full-blown celebratory…

La Peñita Egret Rookery in Mating Season

In early spring, we look forward to being entertained by the Great Egret during mating season. No need to reserve tickets - we just show up and wait. The rookery is located at the edge of the mangrove swamp beyond the La Peñita RV Park. At sunrise, we walked to the egret colony, about a two-kilometer hike, and staked out the area…

In Bloom: Primavera Tree

Primavera (pronounced pree-muh-VEHR-uh) means spring in Spanish, and you know primavera has finally arrived when the vibrant yellow flowering trees by the same name start to bloom. These large showy trees have impressive clusters of flowers that mask their bare branches and create a sea of brilliant yellow against the sky. A great…

The "Bridge of Life" Gets a Colorful New Facelift

The phrase is correct... "it is not a piano!" Ken & Bea Rauch used this phrase in their recent post on Jaltemba Bay Folk, and it basically means that the bridge was never expected to be fine-tuned like a piano, but simply kept in useable condition. This past Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bridge of Life received some much-needed general…
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JBAR April 2013 Spay and Neuter Clinic was a Great Success!

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) just wrapped up another great Spay and Neuter Clinic, held April 10-13 at Sue and Del Moss' Hacienda del Mar in Rincón de Guayabitos. A total of 226 animals were registered, with 208 being sterilized. The total number of adopted animals hit 10 (6 cats and 4 dogs), so many families and animals will be…

Nurse Vicky's Community Donations and New Futbol Project were a Big Hit

My longtime friend and retired nurse, Vicky Flores, has for many years collected and redistributed donations and contributions to the poor of the region. Cash donations are converted to food and medical supplies. Last fall, she donated a computer to a nearby school. She is able to provide through her dispensary food, clothing, medical…
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JBAR April 2013 Spay and Neuter Clinic Photos

Today’s “Photo of the Week” is actually a series of 18 photos taken during Day 1 of the JBAR Spay and Neuter Clinic held last week. It features some of the hard-working volunteers in action, as well as a few of the four-legged clients that came through the clinic doors. Sarah is holding one of the youngest and smallest clients…

Documentary Film Crew Visits Jaltemba Equine Education Project

A documentary film crew from Victoria, BC spent yesterday morning with the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses and volunteers. After a short interview with Rob Erickson, the team moved on to a joint interview with George Leavitt and Donna Brownfield to get the history of the project. Joining us for the morning…

Malecón Project in La Peñita to Resume after Semana Santa

There have been rumors going around town that the malecón construction project in La Peñita has come to a halt due to funding issues. We have been trying to contact officials for several days to confirm or refute these rumors. We just heard back from both Romy Mora and Guillermina Dueñas, Regidoras of Jaltemba Bay, and we are happy…

Oh to be in Jaltemba Bay... now that spring is here!

With the arrival of spring, nature is coming to life. Birds are starting to mate, and we have noted changes in the usual song patterns of some species. They are also vying for “squatters’ rights,” and we are hearing some pretty lively “discussions.” We see rivals laying claim to their territory - but not without a fight. There…

Rob's Ramblings: The First Ride for J.E.E.P. Rescue Horses

Saturday was a big day for the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses. Kathy bought a new saddle on Friday, so Billy Biscuit, Shadow and Hermosa were saddled and rode by George, Kathy and her nephew Keenan, Donna, Rob and Heather. Christian brought Flash along so Tracy, a visiting teacher from Tepic, and her son Sean…

Volunteering with KinderAide is a Rewarding Experience

Today is my last day as a volunteer teacher of 23 children ages 4-5 at Jardin de Niños: Luis Pasteur kinder school in La Peñita. I am sad to leave. I had finally learned all of the children's names, and when I return in December half of the class will be new. It has been a wonderful experience working with Jane Fellows the founder…
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JBAR "Paws for the Cause" Fundraiser April 2013

All you doggies are invited to come to the upcoming JBAR "Paws for the Cause" fundraiser on April 7, 2013. Bring your masters on leads and take this opportunity to poop and pee in this lovely garden... of course your masters will have to pick it up (tee hee)! We will have a wonderful time sniffing each other and dragging our masters around.…

Las Tres Amigas End of Season Fundraising Report

Thanks Jaltemba Bay from Las Tres Amigas! It's been quite a season of fundraising for us, sometimes very hectic, but always rewarding. We've met a lot of people, had a lot of fun and even learned a few new Spanish phrases. In total we raised over $100,000 pesos for local charitable organizations. Here's a breakdown of the funds raised…

Siesta-ing Mariachi

As I was walking along the beach in La Peñita last week, I spotted this cowboy hat and string bass gingerly set upon a pile of rocks. There was a man dressed in a casual charro uniform standing nearby, and at the time I thought these items belonged to him. I pulled out my camera and after taking a few shots, I realized that there…

Free WiFi in the La Peñita Plaza

Regidora Guillermina Dueñas spent part of the afternoon overseeing the installation of the new wireless internet service in the plaza in La Peñita today. Regidora Romy Mora stated that "The internet project was started by Baltazar Urzua who made a deal with Telmex. The project is being funded by the municipality and will be used by…