Wednesday, February 1, 2017

La Manga | San Carlos | Sonora | Mexico

La Manga is a small fishing village just outside of San Carlos, Mexico. They fish from small boats, no huge fishing vessels in this neighborhood. 
There are quite a few restaurants in the village,  and of course, they have mostly seafood. 


Numerous piles of fishing nets were on the beach.


Of course, the sea birds were swarming all over, hoping to catch a stray fish.

There is nothing fancy about this area, there are about 3 of these windmills used to pump water.

Laundry day starts early in the morning.  This batch was on the fence before 10 AM. 

They have their own branch of Alcoholics Anonymous, and it looks like it just had a paint job.

I met this man outside a little store.  He posed for a picture and then indicated that I could have a ride on the horse if I wanted.  I declined, but thanked him and shook his hand, then he took off down the road. 

These shark jaws, complete with teeth are hanging outside the little store in the photo above.

Old RVs and trailers of all types come here as homes for some of the residents.

I'm not sure why this is here, although someone may have lived in it at one time.  It has been parked here for a while, judging by the look of the tires on the trailer.

This is one of the more interesting homes in the area, I think I'm intrigued by the license plates.

As I was leaving the area, I passed this gate.  I know they are building either condos or homes down that road.  The entire road to La Manga is lined on the sea side with condos and fancy homes.   I'm wondering how long before the residents of this little community are displaced by "progress".

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Slice of Life in San Carlos | Sonora | Mexico

Dogs at the beach!  They love it, get to socialize with other dogs, and they don't have to find a doggy park.   Most beaches in the States are off limits to dogs.

The area I live in is mostly dirt roads and the majority of dogs have the run of the area, but stay close to home.  This is a typical photo of Mexican dogs - taking a nap wherever they feel like it.  You do get used to it......

I watched two men clear this lot next to my RV site.  It took them 2 days with shovels and a machete to get it cleared for construction.

This photo and the next shows construction on a road that is quite heavily trafficked.  Only one man has been working on this area, using shovels and other tools.  He uses whatever he can find to block off traffic on the spots he works on.

We do have lots of beauty here - I was just waiting for a friend to open the gate to her house when I snapped this with my cell phone. 

This shot was taken at the beach while dolphins were playing in the water.  I got a few shots of just fins breaking the surface, and finally got a tail shot.  He was quite far away.
And this is what life is like in San Carlos, Mexico - very relaxed and laid-back. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cow Plop Bingo | San Carlos | Sonora | Mexico

I had never heard of Cow Plop Bingo until I came to San Carlos in Mexico.  Now I know what it is and how it works, although I don't know if anyone else does this.  Above, you can see the grid laid out in squares which corresponds to the chart below - which has numbers randomly placed in all the squares.  Numbered tickets were sold, corresponding to the numbers on this chart.
While everyone was arriving and socializing, lunch was being prepared by the Rotary Club, who sponsors this event.  Ribs, beans and hot dogs were on the menu, along with soft drinks and harder drinks.  Hot dogs were served with your choice of chopped tomatoes (they looked like they may have had a bit of heat added), mayonnaise, onions, ketchup, mustard - any or all of it.
Even the smallest kids were on horses.

These two were dancing to the music that was playing between the plopping events.
This guy was really good - snagging that piece of branch multiple times with the lasso.  I was wondering how they kept the cows from wandering off the grid and into the crowd.  This guy is the main reason they were under control during this event, as well as some of the others from the local ranch. 

When the cows came out, they were under control with a lasso around their neck and another cowboy had a line around one of the cow's back feet.

Then, the cow was able to move around the grid until he produced a plop in one of the squares, which was then located on the chart shown.  The winner of the grid that was plopped upon won 5000 pesos, about $230 US dollars.  Three different cows were brought out for the event.  
The first two cows were taken off to a nearby stretch of land to be released to find their way home. 
The last cow actually had the hardest time producing anything.


He was out there for almost a half hour while the cowboys were moving him around the grid. 

He was not a happy camper and I was feeling sorry for him.  Finally, he squeezed out something and they let him go.  The event was over and that was one happy animal!