I do not have any of my art tools here in Mexico but I cannot seem to resist creating art from what ever is at hand. So the beach here has lots of smooth rocks and pebbles.###Travel tip for artists: I purchased some school paint, glue, and a couple of canvases at the dollar store here in Mexico called Waldos. I am creating pebble people collages. The trick is to make these collages with only things found on the beach. So my pebble people and animals take shape from the shape of the beach finds. So here my little art set up on the balcony; There are shells and rocks that I have cleaned with bleach and oiled with oil oil. With my school paint, I am ready to go. CREATE! Here is a canvas I made to remember my sweet dog Daisy who lived on earth for 17 years and is now a dog angel.Here is a bride and groom set of pebble and shell people with some drift wood and wooden weeds. And here is a couple in love. It was really hard to find a beach pebble the size of a heart. I will see what images comes from the beach next week.
So this afternoon, I was sitting on the balcony in the warm sun reading my book. Within 5 minutes David came out and said look. There was a layer of fog blowing in from the ocean. It was like a silent blanket coming in from the sea. Within another 5 minutes the entire shore was covered in dense fog. I was reminded of a Carl Sandburg poem ; that the fog comes in on little cat paws. ( If I remember it correctly)
It is amazing to be able to witness the changes in the weather here on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. No more sitting in the sun reading today!
Some people have asked where we shop here in Rosarito Beach. We have a lot of American stores here. We grocery shop at Walmart. We also shop at Home Depot, Office Depot and eat at Carl’s Jr. These stores are all in Rosarito Beach. We also have a McDonalds, Subway, Radio Shack, Burger King, and Dairy Queen. There are several Waldos ( like a dollar store). There is a Costco in Tijuana and another Costco across border in Chula Vista.
But luckily we tend to eat at the local places where you can eat fresh seafood , beans, tortillas and produce for about $2.25 for a huge seafood burrito. I had a lobster dinner the other evening for about $20 in a Puerto Nuevo restaurant. We are going back next week for a lobster lunch. You can go American or go Mexican
So another El Nino storm is blowing in from the ocean today. The wind is very strong. Since we are up on the 13th floor of our condo complex we have been seeing lots of sea gulls and pelicans flying by. They normally stay closer to the sea. So this is how the storm goes.
It rains hard for about a half an hour and then the sun comes out and then it clouds up again and rains. But the wind has stayed steady, blowing hard. A storm like this is different when you live on the water. You can almost see the storm come into land and wash over you. I am glad I am not out on the ocean today.
We knew it was coming last night. Here are some photos of the fog coming in last night; It was so foggy that the sun keep trying to set through the cloud cover. This is all we could see. Then this morning the storm struck and this is what it looked like from our balcony behind the sliding glass doors. Later today the ocean was frothy white with the wind making the bay a sea of little waves. Needless to say, we are staying inside warm and cozy. We knew the storm was coming on Friday so we stocked our shelves and refrigerator with lots of easy food to make. Hot chocolate and cookies , anyone?
Had to add this sunset ; After the storm; hope always rises.
We went to Popotla a Mexican fishing village last night at sunset. There was a large sea lion on the beach looking for some final fish handouts from the fishermen before the sun went down. They are such noble animals. The fishermen were pulling the last of the fishing boats up to the shore. They go out early in the morning to fish and bring back fresh fish to sell on the shore. As the sun set we went to one of the beach restaurants to have a wonderful lobster dinner above the beach. ###Travel tip: the cost of the fresh fish is much lower here. You can even have fresh caught crabs cooked quickly in hot oil for a small fee. Take them home for a heavenly meal of garlic butter and crusty bread.Our life and our meals are closer to nature here in Mexico.
We stayed here at this development last year at this time and the beach was glorious. We could walk from our condo development 1 kilometer ( 6/10ths of a mile) on sand.The photo above is of the beach last year. Since the storms of El Nino have been so violent; 4 feet of sand is missing this year. Rocks that we did not know were under the sand have cut the walking beach in half. We have been told that the sand will return in April. These rocks were all covered with sand last year. It is hard for old guys like us with bad knees and ankles to walk on these rocks. Unlike this young man that we saw walking quite easily along the surf. We tend to hobble carefully . Here is a photograph of David holding my walking stick. You get the idea. But we persist and walk the section of the sandy beach almost everyday.
Thought I would put up a photo of our condo development. We are in the first building on the 13th floor. It is a little too high for both of us but I try not to look straight down. lolWe love everyday here. David’s blood pressure has dropped because he is so happy and relaxed here. We feel very blessed to have this peaceful time.
One of the things I find fascinating here on the beach in Mexico is the variety of sunsets. All of these photographs were taken from our condo on the beach over several evenings. It is remarkable when you look at the differences in colors, clouds and weather. Enjoy,