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  • Graffiti Street Art in Mazatlan

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    Manny and Bacse working on the side of Christines home.

    Manny and Bacse working on the side of Christines home.

    One of my favorite pastimes here in Mazatlan is to walk the city in search of Graffiti Street Art.  And I only use the word Graffiti because a lot of this Urban Artwork is painted illegally.   Mazatlan is full of some very interesting street artists whose work can be found on the side streets, along ocean walls, abandoned buildings and basically anywhere they can find a bit of wall space.   I love this visual underside of the city, as this art form gains momentum.  » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Cemeteries

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    Cemetery in Mazatlan, Mexico

    Lost corner of cemetery in Mazatlan

    The graveyards in Mexico are very demonstrative of the some of the differences in our two cultures. Our flat fields of graves with our headstones laid out shallow to make the groundskeepers jobs easier are in stark contrast to the Mexican graveyards.  Here, their dead are laid to rest in cemeteries full of chaos, disorder, color and beauty. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Swimming with the Sharks-Nadar con los Tiburones

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    The guide letting the girls get used to the sharks.

    If you have a teenager…put this on their “must do in Mazatlan” list….    swimming with the sharks at the Aquarium in Mazatlan.  Seriously, this is something everyone will remember.   It is now on MY “must do” list.

    Si usted tiene un adolescente … poner esto en su lista de actividades ….”nadar con los tiburones en el Acuario de Mazatlán”. En serio, esto es algo que todos recordarán. Esta ahora en mi lista de “actividades”.

    My family went to the aquarium when they were here the last time.  The aquarium isn’t very big but we ended up spending the whole day there.  By the time we had walked the grounds and gardens and saw all the shows, the day had flown by.  But the shark swimming was definitely the highlight of the day. It was was probably the highlight of my nieces’ entire trip.

    Mi familia se fue al acuario cuando estuvieron aquí la última vez. El acuario no es muy grande, pero nos terminamos de pasar el día entero allí. En el momento en que había entrado al recinto y jardines y vi todos los espectáculos, el día había pasado volando. Sin embargo, la natación del tiburón fue sin duda el más destacado del día. Fue probablemente el punto culminante del viaje de mis sobrinas.

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  • River Kayaking – Kayak en el Río

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    We have just had one of the best experiences in Mazatlan.  A seriously good time.  Our good friends, Al and Marisa were visiting us from Canada and we decided to go out to Verano and experience what this small, Mexican “pueblo” had to offer.  (Verano is “summer” in the Spanish)

    Acabamos de tener una de las mejores experiencias en Mazatlán. Un tiempo de buena y seria. Nuestros buenos amigos, Al y Marisa se nos visita desde Canadá y hemos decidido salir a Verano y experimentar lo que este pequeño pueblo tenía que ofrecer.

    The beautiful old tree in the center of town.

    Verano is home to Mr. Lyons Zip-lining and Kayak Tours and is a little town of probably 100 homes.  They have a great little restaurant out in the center where there is no menu but they offer up scrumptious meals of the day for any customer that comes by.  I got the feeling that their open air café is probably the hub of this little community.  There is a beautiful old tree growing in the middle of the square and people sitting below it in the shade. Horses, cows and chickens were roaming free and the children were playing in the street.  It was peaceful and serene.

    Verano es el hogar de el Sr. Lyons Canopy y Excursiones en Kayak y es una pequeño pueblo de probablemente 100 viviendas. Tienen un pequeño restaurante en el gran centro donde no hay menú, pero ellos ofrecen deliciosos platos del día para cualquier cliente que viene a través. Me dio la sensación de que su café al aire libre es probablemente el centro de esta pequeña comunidad. Hay un árbol antiguo y bello crece en el centro de la plaza y la gente se sienta debajo de él en la sombra. Los caballos, vacas y gallinas vagaban libres y los niños estaban jugando en la calle. Era tranquilo y sereno.

    Filming the day's adventures for the Mexican public.

    We drove out to Verano on our own but the river rafting guides will actually come to your hotel and pick you up as well.  It is about a one hour drive from Mazatlan to Verano.  We met some other people that were also out there for the day.  They were there filming a documentary about different things to do in Mazatlan.  So we decided to all go kayaking down the river together.

    Salimos de Verano por nuestra cuenta, pero los  guías de río de hecho llegará a su hotel y lo recogeremos también. Se trata de una hora en coche desde Mazatlán hasta Verano. Nos encontramos con algunas otras personas que también estaban allí para el día. Ellos estaban allí filmando un documental sobre las diferentes cosas que hacer en Mazatlán. Así que decidimos ir todos en kayak por el río juntos. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Gilberto Alcocer….Mazatlan’s finest bike painter.

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    Gilberto Alcocer, from Demon Airbrushing, starting on my bike fender.

    I decided it was time to upgrade from my Harley-Davidson Sportster (which my butt has been on for 10 years now) and I began to shop around.  But the more I looked and the more bikes I tried…the more I discovered that my little Hugger Style Sportster fit me just right.  So we changed our minds about buying fresh and decided just to overhaul my baby instead.

    I bought a bigger tank and had my fenders remodelled and enlarged.  We sent off 35

    my new, bigger tank.

     parts to be chromed and sent the rest off to the paint shop.

    We were lucky enough to hire the talents of Gilberto Alcocer from Demon’s Airbrush here in Mazatlan.  He is an amazing artist with an exceptional vision and I couldn’t be happier with the work he has done. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Stone Island – Isla de la Piedra

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    11 of us on the way out to Stone Island

    Stone Island is a short ferry ride away and is an amazing strip of peaceful, quiet beach.  Restaurants line the beach in an atmosphere that is pure Mexico.  Many restaurants are thatched roof bungalows and palapas with a kitchen in the back, possibly a bar…or at least a fridge of beer.  The tables are in front so everyone has a view of the beach.  And if you buy lunch then you are welcome to stay all day in the restaurant of your choosing, using whatever amenities that they have to offer.

    Isla de la Piedra es un corto trayecto en ferry y es una banda increíble de playa apacible, calma. Restaurantes en la línea de la playa, en una atmósfera que es puro México. Muchos restaurantes están bungalows con techo de paja y palapas con una cocina en la espalda, posiblemente un bar … o al menos una nevera de cerveza. Las tablas están en frente así que cada uno tiene un punto de vista de la playa. Y si usted compra el almuerzo, entonces son bienvenidos a quedarse todo el día en el restaurante de su elección, con lo que sea comodidades que tienen que ofrecer. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Ginger’s bilingual Horses

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    Me and Renee getting ready to ride

    This adventure was a result of my friend Renee who is a self-confessed horse fanatic.  Renee spent her childhood riding and showing the large beasts and loves to go to Ginger’s whenever she is in town.  Ginger is one of those people that everyone knows.  A lovely lady who has lived in Mazatlan for over 30 years and is the owner of Ginger’s Bi-lingual horses, one of Mazatlan’s best known attractions.  Renee insisted on dragging me out for a ride, and not one to turn down new adventures…I let myself be hauled out to the Northern end of Mazatlan. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • The Lighthouse in Mazatlan – El Faro

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    "El Faro" in Mazatlan, Mexico

    Alfredo and I woke up early on this fine Sunday morning and decided to go hiking up at “El Faro”, the local lighthouse.  After a great drive along the Malecon with our windows down and Jake’s nose hanging out the window, we arrived at our destination;  the hill at the mouth of the harbor inlet.

    Alfredo y yo nos despertamos temprano en esta mañana de domingo y decidimos ir de excursión comienza en “El Faro”, el faro local. Después de un buen paseo a lo largo del Malecon con las ventanas abajo y la nariz de Jake colgando por la ventana, llegamos a nuestro destino, la colina en la boca de la entrada del puerto.

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  • The Local Chicken Guy

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    A great way to have an inexpensive traditional Mexican meal in Mazatlan is to hit one of the local chicken joints.   Seriously!  This is true picnic fare for a typical Mexican family.

    You buy a couple of chickens from your neighbourhood “Chicken Guy”.  The one by the Mariana Beach Apartments and Hotel is Pollo Loco.  It is actually part of a chain but there are chicken venders in every neighbourhood in Mazatlan and most of them are small independent family run businesses.  They sell wonderful rotisserie chickens for about $5. They are usually accompanied by tortillas and salsa.  That and some fruit is a great meal on the beach.  It is fast, inexpensive and healthy. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Visiting the Mazatlan Aquarium – el Acuario

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    The Mazatlan aquarium is a great place to spend an afternoon.  The cost is 75 pesos (about $6.50) for adults, 50 pesos ($4) for kids under 12,  and kids under 3 are FREE.

    El acuario de Mazatlán es un lugar ideal para pasar una tarde. El costo es de 75 pesos para adultos, 50 pesos para niños menores de 12 años, y niños menores de 3 años son gratis.

    Besides all the different tanks filled with odd and interesting fish (labeled in both English and Spanish), there is also a marine life museum with a tide pool learning tank, a small zoo that holds different groups of exotic animals such as alligators, frogs, and various other reptiles and birds, a botanical garden and three different feature shows that run about every half hour starting at around 11am and ending about 5:30pm.

    Además de todos los diferentes tanques llenos de peces curioso e interesante (con la etiqueta en Inglés y español), también hay un museo de la vida marina con un tanque de la marea aprendizaje piscina, un pequeño zoológico que tiene diferentes grupos de animales exóticos como cocodrilos, ranas, y varios otros reptiles y aves, un jardín botánico y tres espectáculos diferentes que funcionan cada media hora a partir de las 11 y termina alrededor de las 5:30 pm.

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