Burrowed deep in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains, San Sebastian's remote setting has made it one of Mexico's last remaining secrets and 7 of us went there to find it.
While this tiny mountain town (elevation 4500 ft) isn't far from Puerto Vallarta, it's still not one of the usual tourist haunts you find on the coast. Last week we got an email from Del Goad (Louise’s cousin) letting us know that he was going to be in the PV area for about 10 days so we took advantage of that and asked him to join us for this over-night journey.
So our first stop after picking him up was San Sebastian and then onto two more mountain towns, Mascota and Talpa but first let’s explore San Sebastian.
Of course one of our first stops is always the community church or cathedral, and in this case it’s a church. We found our parking place just outside of the plaza and from that point we could see the steeple on the back side of the promenade so we headed that way.
As we passed through the doors we were struck by a sign at the front entrance
and the most wonderful aroma of fresh flowers that graced the whole alter. Now for the other side of San Sebastian…we visited the town jail
which was also part of the town museum dating from the 1700’s and could only imagine what it might have been like to spend a little (or a lot) of time there…no thank you. We were also traveling with Sol and Carol and George and Lis. San Sebastian was originally settled in 1605 and quickly found that it sat on one of the richest silver areas of the world. Fact is, the Spanish shipped all of it to Spain after mining and smelting during the 17th century… Mining continued through the 1930’s until recently when one of the mines was re-opened. I doubt they will see the production that they had in the past but anything will help the people and this economy. Although those gold/silver rush years are long gone, this beautiful mountain village of just 600 residents has kept its true colonial heritage. Today it’s a shining example of an ancient Mexican village and well known for its corn and cattle trade, cultivating coffee and blue (tequila) agave (I can speak highly for the taste of both of them) on its lush mountainsides.
_10 January 2011 I finally finished building my “Dog House” (above picture). IF I’m not out there, you can come and visit and have your own string bed to sleep in… I must say, I’m really enjoying it !!! As I quietly lay out there yesterday, and Louise sat looking out to the sea and sand, I noticed two of our neighbors getting excited at the tree across from us. At first I thought it was a dark brown growth about 8’ up, but then I saw the triangular pattern covering a beautiful skin. It turned out to be a medium sized 7 to 8 foot Boa.
_Apparently it had climbed up to this position to sleep off the evening meal. It wasn’t long and we had a dozen campers gathering around to take a picture so I brought out my 8 foot ladder for a better advantage point. Sitting right under this tree is a 5th wheel trailer and those that occupy it wanted “THAT DAMN SNAKE OUT OF HERE…”, so a call went out for Walt.
_Walt had been called out for the same type of rescue last year so all went well for the Boa (a new tree on the other side of the park) and the couple in the 5th wheel. Well OK, first mesquites, a couple of roaches, a large tortoise, and now a Boa…what next? Louise was walking into La Penita the other morning and came upon a man dressed in his poncho, wearing a larger sombrero, riding his donkey, and delivering either milk or cream to his customer (a lady holding a pitcher and standing in front of her little adobe). Now this was a “Kodak Moment” for Louise but here she was without her “Brownie”. On another trip, we happened onto a lady making fishing baskets/light fixtures out of vines. Louise has wanted one of these to hang off of our awning so that we can have light directly over our outside dinner/game table. So for $100 pesos ($8.00 US) we have our light. We’ve been hearing rumors about a rodeo coming to La Penita and found out that it was “not quite” a full blown rodeo but a contest between 3 local “Ranchero’s”.
_Sol, Carol, Louise and I found ourselves sitting on cold concrete steps with no more than 30 other curious observers watching some talented horsemanship with amazing steeds. One of the challenges was for the horseman to drive at full gallop to the base of the stands. With a slight touch to the girth the horse comes to a full stop with it nose just about to run deep into a concrete wall. Another challenge was to ride up beside a running steer, reach down from the saddle, grab the tail of the steer and immediately swing the hind legs out from under.
_Now I understand, it’s a little bit “cruel” to animals in the states, but it’s another country and not one of the animals was hurt during this contest... Speaking of animals… Dog For Sale
Free to good home. Excellent guard dog.
Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more drug pushers, thieves, murderers or molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat.
Most of them knew Jethro only by his Oriental street name, Ho Lee Schitt.