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Huichol Artworks

This artwork is stunning. The colours are amazing and it is all done with thread pushed into wax! The Huichol indians are from central Mexico. They also do 3d artwork pushing beads into wax figurines.

Huichol Art
02/11/2011, Puerto Vallarta

More artwork.

02/25/2011 | jean
WOW! These are amazing Ellen. Thanks for posting. What intricate work.
Barra Sunset
01/31/2011, Barra de Navidad

This sunset picture I did take it was a beautiful evening and I rowed out a bit to get Kasasa in the shot.

01/31/2011 | pat
Love your photos Ellen! The stew looks yummy! I am in Saskatoon and enjoying -34 C weather.....brrrrr. I can just feel the warmth of Mexico. Have a good visit with your Dad. We will see you again this year....I need to warm up. Get the recipe for the stew, will you.
Lv Pat
01/31/2011 | Pamela and Pat
What beautiful photos! I've looked up the recipe for the stew on the Internet and will give it a go down at Apollo Bay next weekend ... it won't be the same without the lava bowl, though. We're in the middle of a heatwave (40 degrees C every day) and hanging out for some coolth. Love, P & P
02/02/2011 | Marilyn Kirk
Beautiful picture ... I just love it and love reading about all your adventures. Barra is a cool little town ... I have pictures that I took on my walls.
02/05/2011 | ron howell
hey Ian and Ellen, looks like a sailors delight, I am very envious, take care
02/06/2011 | Gerald
Hello: I hear that Andy and Kathy made it out their. Glad to hear. Hoping that Andys hand is OK. The pictures look beautiful. Lets hope that the weather stays as beautiful as the pictures? Tell them Gerald and Tammy say HI.
02/07/2011 | Tony
Thanks for sharing the pictures and stories. Helen and I miss you for our morning breakfast meetings. I'll be in Hawaii April 14-25 if you are in the hood...
02/25/2011 | jean
gorgeous photo! What reflection.
Barra Sunrise
01/31/2011, Barra de Navidad

This photo was taken of Kasasa by another boat called Katti Hill which was nice of them since I'm not usually awake that early to see it myself.

01/31/2011, Barra de Navidad

This bubbling Mexican stew is called a Molcajete (pronounced Mocahetty) and is absolutely the best stew I've ever eaten (except of course Ian's Oxtail Stew). A Molcajete is actually the lava rock bowl which the stew is served in. They heat the bowl very very hot and put the stew which is not spicy hot but kind of tangy, and they put the Mexican cheese on top of the stew and serve it to you bubbling hot in the hot lava bowl. Comes with your choice of chicken, seafood, beef or pork. I just LOVE it.
Most of the restaurants here in Barra seem to serve it so I may just have to sample my way around town!
Barra is a laid back place and we are enjoying it. Yesterday there was a fund raiser in the town square and it was a Chili Cook Off. You bought tickets for Chili tasting at 5 pesos a ticket which is less than 50 cents. There were about 20 different booths with Chilli and Salsa which was also in a contest. We managed to taste about 5 places and then we were full. You got a small bowl for 1 ticket. During all of this there was raffle draws, live music and after the cook off there was local dancers from the village in their beautiful costumes. Still later there was a band and a dance. We didn't quite make it that late. But it was a very fun event and we hoped they raised lots of money for the local charities. It was very crowded so I'm sure that they did.
Today we took a long walk around the very posh golf course that is part of the Grand Bay hotel here in town. I don't golf and if I did, that would be a nice course to try but I believe I heard prices start around 2 hundred dollars to play and you have to hire a caddy, cart and tips so your probably looking at 3 hundred dollars to play. YIKES. At least it was free to walk around.

Time to go
01/25/2011, Tenacatita

The picture of the dolphin is Chippy. He is missing a part of his fin which is where the name comes from. He visits the boats in the anchorage almost everyday.
Well after 2 weeks in Tenacatita we are moving on but we will be back on the northbound trip. We have had lots of fun playing. You don't really get to play everyday as an adult unless you are retired and out here cruising. Some days we played Baucci Ball other days Beach Vollyball and then there was Mexican Train Dominos as well as swimming and snorkling and body surfing, kayaking etc. Needless to say we enjoyed our time here.
But despite all this fun, it was time to move on. We pulled up the anchor which now has a colony of something growing on it, and headed out towards Barra. It's about 15 miles from the Tenacatita to Barra and we meandered along slowly as we wanted to make enough water to fill the tanks before we got there. Once in the lagoon we won't be making water as the quality is questionable. We saw a few whales on the way and Ian caught a fish which was a Jack Cravalli which we didn't keep as they are not the best tasting fish.
The lagoon in Barra is very protected and very shallow. We are anchored in 9 feet of water right now. It's very protected and quite calm. We had gotten used to the swells and now it seems weird to be so still on the boat. You would almost think you were ashore.
We will be here a few weeks. My dad and Kathy are coming down in a week and we have some day trips around this area planned and then a few days out in the boat. After that who knows.
I've posted a few photos in the gallery of Tenacatita if you want to have a look.

01/25/2011 | Linda
Awe! Can't get enough of that picture stuff! Just lovely composition Ellen, pics and blog keep me rivited. It sounds like Ellian has pulled out all the stops! How will you ever be able to stand the rest of us Civies ever again? Here's to shipping you tonnes of love.

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