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Karen is a retired professional engineer but still manages a consulting business, Coho Consulting Ltd., based in Calgary, Canada. In 2003, Karen and Richard sailed their 36 foot Catalina MKII “Sol Mate” from Vancouver Canada to San Diego California. They spend about 6 months each year cruising in warm waters. Now on a Caliber 40LRC “Snowaway”, they sailed in the Caribbean for several years before heading through the Panama Canal. They are now sailing in Mexico. Email Karen

El Día de la Revolución in Barra

Modern dancers, Barra de Navidad Nov2017El Día de la Revolución, or Revolution Day in Mexico, is celebrated on the third Monday of November although the first shots of the revolution were fired on November 18th. It is a major holiday in Mexico and everyone loves a parade! Last year we saw the parade in Melaque; this year we saw it in Barra de Navidad.

Beer dance, Barra de Navidad Nov2017We had been told the parade started at 9; unfortunately it had started at 8. So we missed most of the children dressed in period costume. But we did enjoy the floats and action we did get to see.

Soccer team, Barra de Navidad Nov2017One of the most fun was the “beer dance” by the  women in traditional outfits. And the soccer team created several different styles of pyramids in the street!

The finale was a group of horses ridden by Mexicans in their traditional dress. A great parade for such a small community!

Parade finale - horses, Barra de Navidad Nov2017

Día de Muertos Barra style

This was our first Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico. We had wanted to experience it since we first came to Mexico. But the timing never seemed to match our return to our sailboat. Now that we are landlubbers we decided this was the year to see it.

Richard with a Catrina, Barra de Navidad Nov2017At first we thought it was just a more elaborate Halloween. But the more time we have spent in Mexico we came to understand that it is a celebration of the life of family and friends that have departed. Two days are set aside to pray for and to support their departed’s spiritual journey. Cowboy Pedro, Barra de Navidad Nov2017Altars are created showing pictures of the departed and many of their favourite things including food, drink, activities, entertainment and pets! We were touched by the display for Pedro, a cowboy whose life’s story was written on the altar along with the portrait of his horse.

Catrina, Barra de Navidad Nov2017Catrina’s are very popular to use in the altars.  These female skeletons are dress-up with fancy clothes and especially hats. We enjoyed seeing

We particularly liked this display with the gentlemen playing cards with  the dog looking on.

Los Compadres, Barra de Navidad Nov2017

Barra de Navidad

Road to Barra de Navidad, October 2017We arrived in Barra de Navidad after about 2 weeks of traveling. We were happy to get here although it is hot and humid. The air temperature is only 32C but the humidity makes it feel like 42C. Casa Sol pool, Barra de Navidad, October 2017We are happy that our rental house, Casa Sol,  has a lovely swimming pool! Casa Sol is on the second canal so we are exploring our new neighbourhood.Morita, Barra de Navidad, October 2017 We have not spent much time in this part of Barra before so it was fun to find a new friend for Douglas. We have also started our morning walks looking for birds. Cinnamon hummingbird Barra de Navidad, October 2017This lovely cinnamon hummingbird was a wonderful surprise.

We had a lovely dinner at Simona’s and watched our first sunset of the season. I am sure it will not be our last sunset nor meal at Simona’s!

First sunset, Barra de Navidad, October 2017

Tequila Mexico

Yes there is actually a town called Tequila in Mexico. And it is known for making Tequila (surprise surprise!)… la Purisma church, Tequila October 2017We spent a lovely afternoon there enjoying the eating establishments and the tasting shops. We had a nice lunch with a lovely view of the main church of the town. We enjoyed watching the numerous pigeons flying by.

Hotel la Reinda Mission Tequellan, Tequila October 2017We stayed at Hotel la Reinda Mission Tequellan that was in a great location. Unfortunately the wifi in the room was not very good so Richard had to spend his computer time in the lobby surrounded by Tequila! But no one offered him a sample…

Tequila barrels, Tequila October 2017We really enjoyed the Museo del Tequila which showed how tequila was made and the most significant brands in  the area. We wondered if these barrels were still full!

Jose Cuervo, Tequila October 2017We enjoyed our best margarita ever in Tequila so we must go back soon to try more brands…

More to New Mexico

We did more in New Mexico than just look for birds. We visited the Pecos National Historic Park, after leaving Las Vegas, in the hills before Santa Fe. Pecos NM, October 2017The Pecos Indians created a pueblo of about 2,000 people that traded with the Apache to the east and Indian farmers to the west . In 1541 the Spanish arrived and it was not long after that that the Franciscan friars came. Of course what is left is mainly a Catholic church…

Pecos Museum NM, October 2017It was an interesting stop; a wonderful museum in the visitor center, a Ranger guided tour of the site and amazing adobe structures to explore.

Blooming flower . Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. NM, October 2017We also stopped at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. We had thought we might see some birds but it really is for animals. We arrived on the day that they had an open house. It included many events including archery!Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. NM, October 2017 They are trying to reintroduce the Gunnison’s  prairie dog which is a primary food for the local hawks,,,

We had a nice walk through the park, enjoying the plants and landscape.

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge NM, October 2017