Monday, December 08, 2008
Surfing (on long-boards) on the Melaque side of the Bahia de Navidad is rare because we mostly have a steep beach break. The only exceptions are during the rainy season when sandbars are created from the outflow. This video was taken after the opening of the Lagoon last summer when there was enough sand deposited to make some good surfing for 3-4 days
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Flowers on the lot nextdoor near Melaque, Costalegre
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
On another note, I just read that the Laguna de Tules walkway project failed to get proper environmental permission from the Federal Government. Thats the reason it's closed and not because it's starting to fall apart - which it is.
Looking back towards more rain clouds
Melaque, Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here's the story
There are actually two schools on the campus (common for Mexico schools). Virginia Torres is the morning section and Juan Escutia is afternoon. Each section has a coopertiva of the parents and separate kitchens. Kind of strange but that's the way it is.
The Juan Escutia section does not have enough support to get a new (or good used) stove. Each kitchen is rented out by the school to someone but there is not enough money in it without a varied menu which requires a stove.
So we took up a collection even using PayPal and got a great response to buy our $3100 peso stove. It will be delivered later today. The kitchen is not quite ready so it will sit in the directors office for maybe a week.
The MABE brand stove with quality burners
Melaque, Jalisco Mexico
Friday, July 04, 2008
Douglas was moving northwesterly at 8 mph (13 kph) and headed generally toward the Baja California peninsula, where the Los Cabos resort is located, but was not expected to make landfall on its current track.
"Heavy rains associated with Douglas could affect portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico between Lazaro Cardenas and Puerto Vallarta," the center said.
Three days of rain in Melaque but the ground was not saturated so there was no flooding. They did open the lagoon to the ocean (first time this year) so the bay was full of debris and lirio
West end beach where the canal opens
Melaque, Costalegre, Jalisco, Mexico
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It handles, Ranchito, Melaque, Villa Obregon and Jaluco - not Barra de Navidad
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Dealing with No-See-Ums (hequenes) in Mexico
by Kate Nelson
Scripps Howard News Service
How do I know it's summer? Let me count the welts.
Up and down my arms. Around my ankles. Along my hairline. In a particularly difficult-to-scratch point on my back. And clustered around my belly button.
The "no-see-ums" are at it again. This year's twist was the bite that caused my left forearm to swell up for one day before festering into quarter-sized blisters. Lovely.
The itching sensation of each no-see-um bite can last for a week, and fighting the urge to scratch can turn your brain into a searing mass of agony. You will lose sleep. You will snap at co-workers. You will develop scars that can last for months.
Biting midges of barely discernible heft wreak this havoc all across the Southwest. Dubbed "no-see-ums" in some areas, they're called "hequenes" in Mexico and punkies in Britain. The females, seeking blood to complete their reproductive cycle, feed on pets, birds and, tragically, gardeners.
No-see-ums thrive in coastal areas, so beware if you're a besieged gardener who dreams of getting away from the bugs by snorkeling in the tropics. Yet despite their coastal leanings, they've also learned to like canyons and the shifty topsoil of the desert. In the booming cities of the West, that means they get the best of both worlds: shifty topsoil and lots of blood to suck.
A survival guide:
Kill and repel them:
Hummingbirds can eat hundreds of no-see-ums a day, so hang a few feeders near the nasties' hangouts.
Consider getting a B12 injection to alter the flavor of your blood. Adding brewer's yeast to your diet can accomplish a similar effect. Burn citronella candles or incense. Buy a variety of aromatic oils and lotions to slather on your skin. Among them: Avon Skin-So-Soft; the essential oils of tea tree, lavender or pennyroyal; and a pungent concoction called Buzz Away, containing cedarwood, eucalyptus, lemongrass and peppermint oils, available at health-food stores in wipes, sprays and skin patches. (Smith & Hawken sells a similar mix of eucalyptus, rosemary, bay and olive oils called Bug Off.)
Be aware that some commercial repellents feature the chemicals Deet or Permethrin, which carry health risks for children. And pregnant women should never use pennyroyal.
Some American Indians recommend smearing yourself with bear grease. Navajos fill a tin can with sheep dung, set it on fire and stand in the smoke. Hey, if the biting gets bad enough, give it a whirl.
Treat the wounds:
Stock up on one or all of these: Calamine lotion, Benadryl, creams that contain cortisone or menthol, Anbesol gum-pain reliever, Chloraseptic throat soother, a pocket clip called After-Bite, and an herbal extract called Itch-Away that contains the leaves of grindelia flower, plantain and witch hazel.
I've heard that Old Spice stick deodorant can ease the pain, as can a paste made from meat tenderizer. And never underestimate the power of ice packs and a bottle of your favorite liquor.
No-see-ums are indulging in a breeding frenzy right now. Soon, they'll die off or at least thin out. Afterward, you'll still be here, welts and all.
(Kate Nelson is a master gardener in Albuquerque, N.M. Send e-mail to email@example.com.)
Biting midges, Culicoides furens (Poey), are also known as "no-see-ums" in the U.S., "hequenes" in Mexico, and "punkies" in Britain
Buzz Away, which contains cedarwood, eucalyptus, lemongrass and peppermint oils, is effective against midges.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Melaque, Costalegre Mexico
Friday, March 21, 2008
Just one of the many ways to spend a lot of money
What a relief to have the kids calm down and sit for a half hour
Part of the castillo fireworks on the plaza
Some real fireworks this year - above a 'corona' and the moon
Some Castillo fireworks from last year
San Patricio, Melaque, Saint Patrick, Costalegre, Jalisco
Thursday, February 07, 2008
X3M Melaque Skim Contest 2008