Mazatlan, MX
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The War Horse
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El Comandante
It's EVERYWHERE
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Common sight here. HUGE facade to the building, and a rinky dink motel hides beneath.
Mexican Prison
They are on all toll roads. They will bring you gas and repair you car, change a tire, at no cost to you, except for parts and gas. Tolls are expensive, but the service is worth it.
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Salt Marshes
Glad to be out of the turf of the Sinaloan Cartel
Brush fires are common here
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With no recognizable restaurant in sight, I pulled into a restaurant on the side of the road. Billed itself as having rural cuisine...
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Some meat, refried beans, salad, and plenty tortillas. The cut of meat is the typical cut of the region. Called "tasajo". Sirloin this was not, but uniquely tasty. Everything came out to about $6. Pretty expensive, compared to everything else on the menu.
Turns out that the road wound through some pretty curvy mountains. White knuckles and trying to save my brakes for 2.5 hours was pretty stressful. The sharp drop-offs to the side of the road kept me focused. Did I mentions it was only a two-lane highway used by trucks and tour buses as well?
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Biggest mistake was not buying a radio with a CD player, or at least a CD changer. At this moment, while listening to a badly off-key singer, I really wanted to shoot the radioIN THE FACE. If I hear one more accordion and hitchy-sounding trumpet, I'm pulling the radio out with my teeth. Almost makes me want to listen to Limbaugh instead. Almost...
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Compound Looks Oddly Familiar...
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Some things never change...
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That's what it was called. In a little town in the mountains, there's a circus called "Black Power". Why? Some questions are better left unanswered.
Finally Out of the Mountains
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The Sea!
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Well-Known Landmark in Puerto Vallarta
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Really, it's not the same cause it's spelled different. The rat is skinnier than the American one! No trademark infringement at all here.
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Because it's Neptune Plaza. What came first, the name, or did the owners find a statue pre-made for a really good price?
Fancy and upscale looking
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Outback Steakhouse
Bullfighting Ring
The lady offered it to me ecause she said it was the customary way to eat it. Had to take a picture. When I expressed disbelief, she countered that Americans put ketchup on everything. I said not on Pizza we don't. The tomato sauce is already built-in! I countered that Mexican were going tomake jalapenos extinct because they hate so many. **Sigh**, A diplomatic post is not in my future it seems...
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Nice boutique hotel. Comes with doll decoration.
I was promised by the owner she was not going to wak around at night. She better not wake up next to me in bed.
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Open air courtyard
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Guadalupe Cathedral to the left, old Puerto Vallarta houses on the hill to the right.
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It rings every hour, and dings every fifteen minutes.
Going Coastal
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Author: HoneyBadger (ID: 19648)
Posted: 2012-02-10 07:55 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 446.30 km
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Mazatlan, MX
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The War Horse
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El Comandante
Oxxo - The Mexican 7-Eleven
It's EVERYWHERE
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Big Front
Common sight here. HUGE facade to the building, and a rinky dink motel hides beneath.
Mexican Prison
Green Angels on Standby
They are on all toll roads. They will bring you gas and repair you car, change a tire, at no cost to you, except for parts and gas. Tolls are expensive, but the service is worth it.
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Salt Marshes
Leaving Sinaloa State
Glad to be out of the turf of the Sinaloan Cartel
Brush fires are common here
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Local Food
With no recognizable restaurant in sight, I pulled into a restaurant on the side of the road. Billed itself as having rural cuisine...
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Most epensive thing on the menu
Some meat, refried beans, salad, and plenty tortillas. The cut of meat is the typical cut of the region. Called "tasajo". Sirloin this was not, but uniquely tasty. Everything came out to about $6. Pretty expensive, compared to everything else on the menu.
Not a Coastal Road
Turns out that the road wound through some pretty curvy mountains. White knuckles and trying to save my brakes for 2.5 hours was pretty stressful. The sharp drop-offs to the side of the road kept me focused. Did I mentions it was only a two-lane highway used by trucks and tour buses as well?
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Memorializing the Moment
Biggest mistake was not buying a radio with a CD player, or at least a CD changer. At this moment, while listening to a badly off-key singer, I really wanted to shoot the radioIN THE FACE. If I hear one more accordion and hitchy-sounding trumpet, I'm pulling the radio out with my teeth. Almost makes me want to listen to Limbaugh instead. Almost...
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Compound Looks Oddly Familiar...
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Biggest Building in Town? A Megachurch
Some things never change...
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Black Power Circus
That's what it was called. In a little town in the mountains, there's a circus called "Black Power". Why? Some questions are better left unanswered.
Finally Out of the Mountains
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The Sea!
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IMG_0973
IMG_0976
IMG_0978
IMG_0979
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Well-Known Landmark in Puerto Vallarta
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Chucky Cheeze
Really, it's not the same cause it's spelled different. The rat is skinnier than the American one! No trademark infringement at all here.
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Neptune Statue
Because it's Neptune Plaza. What came first, the name, or did the owners find a statue pre-made for a really good price?
Liverpool Mall
Fancy and upscale looking
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Outback Steakhouse
Bullfighting Ring
Ketchup? On my Pizza?
The lady offered it to me ecause she said it was the customary way to eat it. Had to take a picture. When I expressed disbelief, she countered that Americans put ketchup on everything. I said not on Pizza we don't. The tomato sauce is already built-in! I countered that Mexican were going tomake jalapenos extinct because they hate so many. **Sigh**, A diplomatic post is not in my future it seems...
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Hotel Catedral Vallarta
Nice boutique hotel. Comes with doll decoration.
Hmmm...
I was promised by the owner she was not going to wak around at night. She better not wake up next to me in bed.
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Lobby
Open air courtyard
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View from Terrace
Guadalupe Cathedral to the left, old Puerto Vallarta houses on the hill to the right.
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Closeup of Cathedral Bell Tower
It rings every hour, and dings every fifteen minutes.
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