Mountains and Beaches Tour – Day 1

 

Our first day of the Mountains and Beaches tour started out with a dead scorpion under a bike, and continued with a great lunch stop in Mascala, twisty roads, pot holes, cows, donkeys, coconuts, a puppy in the pool and finally an excellent dinner and a bunch of tired riders!

 

 

 

Organic in Mexico

Yesterday, thanks to Karen, we discovered the Tuesday organic market!  Filled with veggies, cooked food, supplements, cheeses and butter, meats and loads of people who love what they do, be it growing or eating healthy!

It’s funny to talk organic in Mexico as the cost of chemicals is expensive and labour is soooo cheap that we believe the amount of chemicals in use here is a lot less than back home, but we have nothing to back that up except for the fact the vegetables, fruits and bread goes bad a lot quicker here then compared to back home during our summer months…..either way we really welcome the organic market and the like minded people.

So we bought coconut oil, whey powder, and lots of veggies!

Thanks to Access Lake Chapala for the Pictures….I forgot to bring my camera today!!

A Quest for Birria and Cheese

Today we rode to Ocotlan (The east side of Lake Chapala) with some local boys on a quest for Birria and Fresh Cheese.

Birria is a Mexican dish originally from the state of Jalisco.  It is a spicy stew, traditionally made from goat meat, but in our case made from beef.  It was excellent but spicy enough to give me hiccups for most of the day…and I am eating jalapeños like green peppers these days!! Oh and this was a 10:00 brunch!


Then on to the cheese factory in someone’s garage….so good was the cheese that it is shipped to the US and you need to get there in the morning if you want to purchase any!

Here’s Dino

Dino the 12 week old German Sheppard pup!  Today while I was watching him he fell into the pool, was rescued but full of beans, ran into the house, tried to climb on the couch, dug up a flower pot then walked back into the pool with muddy paws!  shhhh now he is asleep!

And here is Lucy….she is keeping a watchful eye on Dino, especially when he gets near the pool!

A History Lesson of Ajijic

Since we are not running a tour at the moment, we thought you would enjoy a little history of lesson on Ajijic:

Ajijic is located in the state of Jalisco, on the north shore of Lake Chapala, in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountain Range. The Sierra Madre Mountains, translating to ‘Mother Range’, consists of 3 mountain ranges. The Sierra Madre Occidental, the Sierra Madre Oriental and the Sierra Madre del Sur.

The Sierra Madre Mountain Range

Ajijic is approximately 30 miles from the Guadalajara airport. (Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city.) Originally Ajijic was a small village of Nahuatl speaking people, but is now a community of citizens from Mexico, Canada and United States.

In the Nahuatl native language, Ajijic, pronounced Ah-ee-heec from the older spelling Axixique or Axixix) means; “The Place Where the Water Springs Forth”. It is located on the north shore of Lake Chapala, the largest natural lake in Mexico measuring approximately 48 miles long by 10 miles wide at the altitude of approximately 5000 ft.

Lake Chapala is what is left of Lake Jalisco, a lake measuring 8500 square miles compared to the 825 square miles for the current Lake Chapala. Lake Jalisco formed during the late Pleistocene era, 38,000 years ago and was not fed by glaciers, but rather by much more rain than we see today as a result of a colder climate. (The glaciers did not advance further than St. Louis, MO.)

Fishing on Lake Chapala

In 1925, intellectuals seeking sanctuary from religious and political persecution, relocated here. There was another big influx in the 1960’s and many more people arrive each season.  Now it is home to 15,000 people with the largest population of expatriates in the Lakeside area, mostly retirees from Canada and the United States.

A great view of the Town of Ajijic

The Chapala Lake basin has a year-round average temperature of about 72 °F (22 °C). Due to Ajijic’s tropical latitude, the sun is warm year-round; due to its relatively high elevation, it is seldom unpleasantly hot or humid. The rainy season begins in June and lasts until October with an average rainfall of approximately 34 inches (860 mm). Even during the rainy season, precipitation generally occurs during the evening or at night.

The Ajijic Malecon (boardwalk)

Thank-you Ajijic News, Google Maps and Wikipedia for information on our winter home.