Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sayulita Scenes - Oz Sayulita?

I was out early this morning and looked up to see this.  The largest project going up on the south end received it's sign this week.  It is called "Oz Sayulita".  Crazy what you see in the morning and you can take the time to look up.  Not really sure how anyone will see the sign from the street level.  I guess we will have to consider a different name for our new casa here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Driver's License Mexico Style

My Utah license was expiring this month so I needed a new one.  Since I no longer have anything that has my name on it with a Utah address I had to go to the local "DMV" to get signed up for one here.  So, here it is.  The latest document to add to my wallet that is all Mexico.  Interesting that the photo in the Utah license was one taken just before our first ever trip to Sayulita.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sayulita Scenes - The New Boulevard Update - March 2017

The New Boulevard project continues to progress and is nearing "functionality".  I say "functionality" because it appears to be close to being able to handle car traffic in the near future.  I might even say that it may be able to handle traffic in another 6 weeks or so.  But...."it's Mexico" as they say so who knows.  At this time there seems to be a lot of other detail type things going on outside the general roadway like burying conduit and hooking up light posts etc.  Some of the businesses on the entry corridor are actually accessible to car traffic now but it is a dead end once you reach the mid point in the roadway.  Locally owned businesses along the corridor have been essentially cut off for months from the easy access and drive by traffic they were so dependent on.

Ashley and I went for a walk yesterday, 3/3/17, to check it out and I shot a handful of photos beginning from the old bus stop and walking toward the intersection with the Punta Mita highway.
My impressions?  It looks to be very "grand" and "tidy" but drab and a bit lack luster.  When town received it's new updated sidewalks and plaza improvements 5 years ago it was all slated to be grey stamped concrete.  Some locals got involved and were able to get the stamped concrete colored to the terra cotta color for the sidewalks we have now.  An improvement over plain grey in my opinion.  Sayulita is so very colorful and is part if it's character.  I love the bold and sometimes gaudy colors of Sayulita.  The new entry is just kind of "blah".  I am guessing there will be landscaping of sorts to be added before the end of the project which may help.  Yes, it will be functional but as a "welcome corridor" to Sayulita it just does not quite fit as it appears now.  We will now have three different looks in town when completed.  Three different puzzle pieces stuck together.  The entry corridor, the north end and then the downtown/south end.  All have their own look and character.

Town and I am sure visitors will be so thankful this project is done and more normal traffic flows can happen once again.  Completion still to come.

In front of the bus stop.

Approaching the bomberos office and Animal Love.

Approaching the old Esteva Clinic.  Bomberos on the right.

Near the Sayulita Car Wash

Looking towards the Punt Mita Highway intersection.

UPDATE: 3/21/2017
Some color arrives.  The new sidewalks that will frame the new boulevard appear to be colored the same terra cotta color as the stamped concrete sidewalks that were completed in town a few years back.  Happy to see this.

Monday, February 6, 2017

A New Casa in 2017- Building A Place Of Our Own

We are now into year 6 renting in Sayulita.  I don't think a single person who comes here to live would question just how difficult and expensive it can be to find housing.  We are a family of 4 who is growing up and it is time for our kids , 9 and 11 years old, to have their own personal space.  Even for a fairly well connected family here year round finding a decent 3 bedroom, 2 bath home for long term rental is hard.

We spent three years in a great house on the north end until our landlord decided to remodel and rent the unit we were in nightly.  We are now in our third year on the south end of town and our landlord has also decided he wants to fix up and sell or rent the house nightly.  Such is the way of things.  There is money to be made with vacation rentals.  Less so with long term tenants.  Nearby towns like San Pancho and Higuera Blanca are the same scenario.

It is a very familiar story coming from a high end ski town up north.  A destination sees an increase in popularity and visitation.  Real estate prices go up, rents go up and the ability to find full time housing goes down driving people to find housing elsewhere or leave.

So what is a family to do?  We have a life here now.  We want to stay.  Do we take our chances every season trying to find a place to live?  No.  We build a place of our own.

2017 will be the year when we will break ground on our own house here in Sayulita.

...details to come.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Support Our Team!!! Sayulita JR SUP Team

Please support our Team!  Click on this LINK and you will be taken to the the page set up for raising funds for this great local team.  There you can read all about the details about the program and specifically what they are raising money for.

Briefly, some of the equipment and donation needs are:

1) 20 SUP boards to cover each training group - $8000.00
2) paddles for each board (20) - $500.00
3) 20 PFD’s (portable flotation devices) - $200.00
4) Scholarship funds for low income youth $3000.00
3) Team Uniforms-$300.00​

Program needs are ongoing as the Team grows.  Any and all donations are appreciated!  Gracias!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sayulita Scenes - A Visitor

The vacationers next door came to our house asking if they could see our pet iguana.  I looked at them puzzled and they said they saw an iguana go into our house.  I laughed and said yes, there are iguanas in the trees around us, on the roof etc and wouldn't be surprised if one had walked through the house.  We've even seen one run through our house who was being chased by a cat.

About an hour later I looked into our bedroom to see this critter walking from our bathroom to along side our bed.  Those are 13" x 13" tiles it is sitting on just to get an idea of how large he is.  He seems very much at home.  Hopefully he decides to go back outside before he needs to go to the bathroom.  Good looking critter for sure.  Not the biggest we've seen.  Just another day living in the jungle.

Hunting iguana under the bed

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mom Has Finally Completed Her Jedi Training!

The "Force" finally runs in the whole family!  One of our goals during the school break was to go see the new Star Wars movie, "Rogue One".  We figured we would go sometime after Ashley went north to go back to work.  Why would we wait until she left?  Well, Ashley was never trained in the ways of the Force when she was young.  She had never seen a single Star Wars movie...not one...and she did not want to???!!!

When we got an unplanned call from our friends, The Cawrses, to go see it, Ashley actually wanted to go!!!!  We were sooo stoked!  The movie stands by itself pretty well but with some brief information to bring her up to speed on who the bad guys were, who the good guys were and a few other details she came out having really enjoyed the movie.  So much so that she actually sat down and watched the original Star Wars movie I grew up on the next night.  Though the 70's camera work, haircuts and action were dated a bit she, again, really enjoyed it.  Imagine that!  Ozzy was right!  It happens.  Ok, the kids were right too.

The gang waiting for the beginning of Rogue One
Next up on Ashley's movie list is The Empire Strikes Back.  The Force, thankfully, runs through the entire family now.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

"Hey Trace, I Don't Think We Are In Sayulita Anymore"

The kids are on school break and we were looking for things to do so we ventured into the Puerto Vallarta area for a day.  We caught a movie (more on that later) and visited a recently completed pedestrian mall called "La Isla".  Many of the shops were still empty or being finished for new retail tenants but we decided to walk around just to see it.  The place will carry many of the brands you would see north of the border like Calvin Klein, Sunglass Hut and Tommy Hilfiger.  It has underground parking, a small amphitheater, water features, lots of places to sit and relax and the walk ways twist and turn so that even if you wanted to leave you might not find your way out.

We turned a corner and this particular view made me stop in my tracks.  Standing in a mall, with a high rise backdrop is such a huge departure from our daily lives in Sayulita.  Our busy, dusty, little surfing pueblo has very few buildings that are over 3 stories.  It gives the pedestrian/visitor a totally different experience than what I saw here.  The hope is to keep this kind of development or anything close to it out of Sayulita but we will see how that goes now that town has become a significant destination for visitors world wide.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sayulita Scenes - Working Three Stories Up

I was walking home today from downtown and looked up to see these two guys perched 3 stories above the street level.  Yes, they appear to have harnesses on.  The are working on, from what I am told, a new boutique hotel on the south end of town.  It has been going up for a long, long time and it has been a huge project for the tight quarters of this area of town.  Not sure when they hope to be done but the street and neighbors could certainly use some relief from the months of constant construction.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sayulita JR. SUP. Race #2

The Sayulita JR. SUP Team had their second race and I was in town for it. YEAH!!  Ozzy has seen one already so it was super exciting for me. I love this program!  The coaching, support and camaraderie are so amazing for all of the kids involved. On this second event an extra lap was added, so Trace's age group had three laps and Alex's had four.  We figured each lap was probably 1/2 mile. So they paddle one lap come into the beach and run a small lap then head back out to the ocean, repeat. The waves were big at times but that didn't seem to bother the kids, though they will totally affect the outcome of a race.

Pre race jitters

Trace, 2nd from right, and his group are off!

Trace digging in

Trace's running lap.  They have to run with their paddle and finish the race with it.

As they come onto the beach between laps they are able to get a cup of water as they keep running and try to get some in their mouths.  Teammates are on hand to give out the water.

Assistants are in the water to help. As the racers come into the beach they unleash jump off the board and have to run the beach portion, so someone has to grab the board turn it around get the leash ready to put back on the racer as seen above. Local pro surfer "Papas" helps Trace out with his leash.

Trace's race to the finish line.

Alex on hand to support Trace.  He did a great job even though he had been sick the week before and was nursing an ear infection.

Trace and Alex's teacher Carlos and another teacher from school, Diego, came over on the bus from San Pancho to support the kids.  It meant so much to Alex and Trace!

And Alex is off

Alex in front and her bestie Ava.

Alex running the beach portion with her coach Shelby cheering her on.

Alex after her race getting support from Trace and local dad, Jose Luis.  She did amazing.  She led the race the whole time but fell coming onto the beach the final lap so she ended up in third. It was a tight race the whole time.  Alex hasn't really learned how to surf yet and you can't control the sets so you have to deal with what the ocean is giving you at the time. She also received the Team's "Most Improved Award".  Go girl!

Alex and Ava after the race.  Barf?

Maestro Carlos, Alex and Trace

Trace's groups awards ceremony.  Trace is far left

Alex's groups awards ceremony

What a great event.  All of the kids gave it their all!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Circo 2016 - How Did We Forget?

March 2016!  Months ago and we just found this set of photos.  We have posted about the kid's Circo de los Niños program in San Pancho before and the big performance that is produced each year.  We lost track of this post and but figured we'd put it out there since the photos were so fantastic.(Looking at our blog's "draft" file, we have lost track of several posts along the way)  The performances were done on three stages and the audience was asked to move to three separate sets to enjoy the show.  A unique setting to say the least but once again the professional production, costumes and colorful sets(including a pirate ship hanging from the ceiling) were amazing!  Their second full year in the program, the kids were a little more involved as far as stage time this year so that was fun for us.  It is a challenge to sometimes pick out our own kids in full costume or any of the many kids we know from San Pancho and Sayulita.  Lots of dedication, time and training is given to this program so it is a  "all in" type of activity.  If you cannot commit to the program then there will most likely be someone who wants in.  Again, another fantastic program in small town Mexico.

Alex and Trace

Trace getting ready

Trace on the right
Alex on the left and Summer

Poor Trace was so exaughsted each night when he got home.  He just collapsed on the kitchen floor and tried to eat his dinner.