Not at all an unusual sight in our area. Often we see the riders in town too and using their cell phones while the horse makes its way seemingly unguided.
For the first time ever, we were directly affected by the power of nature—family members were in the direct path of Hurricane Willa.
Between Mexico to Canada phone calls, and obsessed with “needing to know,” I scoured the Internet for information becoming more and more frustrated with each passing minute. I read over and over again about the strength of the hurricane and the expected fury as it hit land.
Storm surge accompanied by “large and destructive waves” are forecast along portions of Mexico’s central and southwestern coast. Rainfall ranging from 6 to 12 inches could spawn life-threatening landslides and flash flooding in portions of the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa.
But as the storm approached the coast Tuesday, I could find no pertinent and timely information.
Isn’t the Internet supposed to be “all-knowing?”
Apparently not. I searched every weather site I could find, read (without understanding) the technical information on various government hurricane centers, studied the Accuweather Interactive Map, but none of those gave me what I needed. Many posts were “10 hours ago, 14 hours ago, a day ago.”
“Arrrgh! What’s happening now?”
Facebook was somewhat more helpful with locals posting pictures and videos. Posts by El Sol de Nayarit also helped, but none of these were at the same location as our family.
Fortunately, cell phone service was not lost and we were able to remain in contact throughout the days of the storm.
And even better, the storm did not cause any damage or flooding in our area.
The biggest “take away” from this experience?
I will never again read or watch news of natural disasters without feeling deep and sincere empathy with all those facing such situations.
These (there were two of them) sitting in front of a restaurant.
And these for sale in a butcher shop.
The Munchkin is attending Escuela del Mundo in San Pancho – a small town on the Mexican coast. Here’s a glimpse of her school yard.
“Look, Grandma, it’s made of all natural stuff.
Add a bit of recycling.
Dogs, cats, chickens, and a pig. Don’t worry, they only serve vegetarian meals.
The next door neighbour.
Check them out on Facebook – Escuela del mundo
A short drive inland from the beach brings you to lush mountainous terrain with rolling valleys.
No pictures of the valleys as we missed the “view point.”
But, here are a couple of pictures of Compostela, the capital of the municipality. It’s the churches that always grab our attention.
We’re in small town Mexico for a month over Christmas holidays and the Munchkin has a chance to go to school for a couple of hours one morning with her best friend. This is one of the schools she has gone to with her mother to talk about pet care and to explain about the free spaying and neutering clinics offered twice a year.
Today, she’ll just be another student in her friend’s classroom.
The school isn’t fancy, but the rooms do have air conditioning. The playground, as you can see, is cement. At recess the kids improvise a soccer game using a small plastic cube for a ball.
The cafeteria, manned by a couple of local women, offers (mostly) healthy food at a nominal price.
BAM! Let’s knock it up a notch.
Rich vanilla ice cream with Frutas Tropicales is my favorite although you may like to try some of the other flavors.