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American’s Living in Mexico Do So Much Charity Work

Over the years of being in Puerto Peñasco, I have seen so much generosity from the American community that live here. It can be something as simple as adopting a family for the Christmas Season to adopting puppies form Barb’s Dog Rescue and everything in between.  The expats living in Mexico  are such a generous bunch.

Santa Claus Club
Over 12,000 children, Photo courtesy John Fowler

Santa Claus Club
Just some of the 12,000 children in 2017

One of the oldest charities is The Santa Claus Club in Cholla Bay and it has been spearheaded since it started in 1983 by John Fowler of JJ’s. The first year they had 40 children and fast forward to 2017 when they served 12,000 children.  Throughout the year, John works tirelessly in getting donations of clothes, blankets, etc. and distributing them in the barrio (poor) areas of Rocky Point.  He starts every year gathering toys and money to provide a meal and toys and bikes to hundreds of children from the area at Christmas.

Check
Some of the volunteers and charity people.

The largest one would be the Rocky Point Rally. This year was the 18th anniversary.  The bikers make a donation when they register as well as funds from a local Poker Run and other things.  In November of 2018, the founder Oscar Palacio along with myself , Sami Rivera and Linda Plant, presented cash to our 8 local charities along with Mayor Kiko Munro.  The total funds raised came to $415,050.00 pesos.  This was a banner year for the monies collected.  We have 22 volunteers who spend 2 days registering the riders and that group of volunteers has been together for nearly 8 years.  They love to help the bikers and also are able to help them navigate the area.  The group of local riders and some from the USA also come down on King’s Day in January to pass out toys to the children in the poor areas of town.  When the registration notice goes out for the rally, there is also a note about bringing toys.  So think about this for next year.

Charity
Women Helping Women

Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros
Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros

Breakfast
Some of the guests

A new charitable group has been formed and it benefits the woman who have been abused or need a place to stay and get their lives together.  This group is called “Women Helping Women” and was formed by Nancy Britos, a resident of Puerto Peñasco for a few years.  They had a shelter, that had been falling apart but with the help of the other volunteers and donations, they have been able to fix the roof as well as pay the electric bill ahead for the winter months.  On November 27th, the held their first fund raiser breakfast in the Sonoran SKY at Cielito Lindo Restaurant.  Here 80 women gathered to support the women who are so less fortunate than they are.  The attendees were served a wonderful breakfast while enjoying a classical guitarist.  This was followed by the raffle drawing, auction and Silent auction.  The sales from tickets was $1600.00 USD, sponsorships raised aprx. $1800.00 USD and Raffle ticket sales raised $2315.00 before some expenses.  A wonderful time was had by all and a heartfelt thank you to the volunteer team who made it possible.  This won’t be the the last you hear of this group.  The committee was headed by Nancy Britos and along with Linda Plant, Sylvia Cox, Susan Sharp, Charlotte Keller and Carole Robertson put in many hours putting this together. They will be making gift bags for Christmas so if you have anything you would like to donate, please let one of these ladies know.

Although not a fund raiser, the Las Conchas homeowners group, provide candy and other goodies for the children of Rocky Point at Halloween.  The homeowners dress in costume as do the local children and the look on their faces when they see all the candy is priceless.

Blanket Drive
Blankets Donated

Blankets
Blankets Collected at the Satisfied Frog

Blanket Drive
First gifts are starting to come in.

People like Linda Plant also do a lot of buying of back to school supplies to make sure the children are off to a great start on the beginning of the school year.  Thanks to Linda and all the people who donate and bring the items down from the USA.  Another project of Linda Plant and Kris Nichols from the Satisfied Frog is to collect blankets for the needy.  This year their goal is 250 new or gently used blankets.  Also if you pass by a Dollar Store, it is amazing how much you can buy in toys for the children with very little money.  These will be passed out with the help of the Tequila Bar the weekend of Christmas.

Puppy
This little guy is adopted.

Wrecked at the Reef
Wrecked at the Reef is making Barb’s Dog Rescue their winter charity.

Barb’s Dog Rescue, please stop by.The last group I will touch base on is Barb’s Dog Rescue, which has been in operation for 17 years in Rocky Point and was started by Barb Mumaugh.  This lady works seems to work 24/7.  The rescue is funded by donation and fund raising only.  Here again there are many volunteers that go out and help socialize with the puppies and older dogs by holding them and loving them, so that they know the kindness of humans, as they have seen the worst.  Every year she adopts out over 1100 dogs of all ages.  These dogs have been abused and abandoned not only in Rocky Point but other cities near by.  To learn of the horror stories these helpless creatures have gone through makes you cry.

These are just a few of the chartable groups in Rocky Point.  We hope you will help one of them.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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Travel to Puerto Peñasco for Christmas!

 Now is the time to plan to go to Puerto Peñasco for late fall and the Christmas season.  Fall brings Mermaid Markets, Art in the Park in Las Conchas over Thanksgiving, stunning sunset cruises and the traditions of the Christmas season in Mexico.

Christmas Village
This is a must see at Latitude 31

Stop by Latitude 31 to see the Christmas Village and train and it is free.  While you are there have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Take time to do a Sunset Cruise on the Pancho Villa or the Eco Fun or any of the other boats here that will not disappoint you.  Just getting out on the water is such a great way to unwind.  You can view the Dolphins that will entertain your boat and you can sit back and have a Margarita or cold beer.  There is something about fall and winter sunsets that are so amazing.

If you are lucky enough to be here in December, you can watch all the Posada’s or go over to City Hall and see the decorations that are set up.  Plaza de Madre is where you will find the animals from the Nativity setting.  Children love to see all the animals.

The Posadas start on December 16 and end on the 24th or as it is called “Noche Buena” Christmas Eve.  In many parts of the world they celebrate the 12 days of Christmas but in Mexico it is 9 days. Las Posada translated means in English as “the inn or the lodging”

Neighbors and family meet and go from house to house every night reenacting the travels of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem.   When they arrive at the last house, they are given passage and it is here where the party starts.  Before entering the home they recite something like this. This song is called “Canto Para Pedir Posada” which means to ask for shelter.  This is a shortened version.

Pilgrims, outside)
“Mi nombre es José,
Mi esposa es María.
y madre va ser,
del Divino Verbo.”

“My name is Joseph,
My wife is Mary.
and mother to be
of the Divine Word.”

(Inn keepers, inside)
“Posada os brindo,
Santos Peregrinos,
y disculpa os pido,
no os reconocía.”

“The inn I give you,
pilgrim saints,
and offer an apology,
for not recognizing you.”

Pinata
The Christmas Pinatas

The Posada
The procession to the Inn.

The people arrive carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary and little candles as they walk from place to place.  Once admitted, they are treated to food and a drink called Ponche con Piquete, which is made fruits, cinnamon and Brandy or Rum or a beer called Noche Buena. This beer is only found in the Christmas season. After everyone has finished, the Pinata is hung and the children start to break it open.  The families spend a lot of time talking and enjoying the sounds of glee of the children.   On Christmas Eve, most families go to midnight mass.

King's Day Toy Run
Rocky Point Bike Clubs collect the toys to be distributed.

The Christmas season extends until January 6th which is known as “Kings Day” and in traditional fashion, this is when the children receive their Christmas gifts.

If you are in Puerto Peñasco on January 6th, you may want to join in the parade to one of the poorer areas of the city and see the gifts that the American community and motorcycle riders have collected for these children.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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Garufa Grand Opening October 4, 2018

Garufa
Grand Opening Party Garufa.  Photo by Eric Brown

Ribbon Cutting
October 4 2018 was the ribbon cutting at a Private Grand Opening Party Photo by Eric Brown

The décor is warm and inviting with the use of brick work, comfortable tables and chairs, an open kitchen, handsome bar and lots of windows to make you feel right at home.  In the hostess station area there are chairs to sit in while waiting for your table.  From the front entry, you can see one of the 2 private party areas.  The lighting is soft but you can read the menu with no problem.  This time of year, dine on the outdoor patio and soak in the wonderful Rocky Point weather.

Garufa Inside

Garufa Argentinian Steakhouse opened their doors for a pre-grand opening party on October 5th in Puerto Peñasco to their family, friends and dignitaries.  As you can see from the photos it was a huge success.  They served aprox. 120 people in a professional timely organized manner.  The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the food and their wines.

Garufa
Guests enjoying Argentinean specialties. Thank you Eric Brown for sharing the photos.

The meal consisted of wonderful Beef Slider appetizer .. next came Empanadas, that were divine. They feature 8 different types of Empanada’s on the menu and our table was really fond of the Blue Cheese stuffed ones. This was followed by a lovely salad to share.  After enough time to let everything settle the staff came out with melt in your mouth Arrecherra Steak (which is known in the United States as a marinated Flank Streak).  The meal was finished off with like little round pecan pies.  The meal was served with a Sangria, a Spanish wine or beer.  They make their own bread and rolls, which is a real plus as they are light and tasty.

Flank Steak
Simply delicious. Archerrea Steak. Photo by Eric Brown

Empanadas
Garufa offers 8 different Empanadas.

There wine list is outstanding and it includes wines from the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico as well as Spain and other places.  The presentation of the wines is one of the most unique we have seen.  They feature a full bar with a lot of very nice Tequila’s also.

Wine Selection
Choose you wine from behind the glass walls. Thank you Eric Brown for sharing the photo.

A couple of days later the out door patio was finished and just in time to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather in Puerto Peñasco. They open daily at 1:00 p.m.  One thing that makes this stand out beside the food is that it has ample secure parking.

Planning to come to Rocky Point for Thanksgiving, get your reservation for lodging in early.  Many restaurants will be serving up Thanksgiving dinner so check out Latitude 31 as they fill up fast.

My thanks to Eric Brown for allowing me to share his photos as my camera has a glitch.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.  
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Valle de Guadalupe's Wine Country, Baja, Mexico Part 1

Vineyards
Young vineyards in the Valle de Guadalupe.

 I normally don’t do blogs on areas other than Puerto Peñasco, but over several years of doing this, I get asked a lot by tourists who winter here, what can I do to see Mexico.  Many of the Rv’ers love wine and have never heard of the Valle de Guadalupe’s Wine Country. So we decided to take an adventure and headed over to see what it looks like.

On May 17th we left Puerto Peñasco and headed over by ourselves and without a map!  If you don’t get off the toll roads it is anywhere from a 5 1/2 – 6 hour drive.  It is 3 1/2 hours to Mexicali and the rest of the trip takes you over La Rumorosa (which is windy step climb) it resembles Highway 8 between El Centro and the Tecate turn off.  This part of the road is called 2D and it is not for the faint of heart or people that have a fear of heights.  As the driver, you can’t enjoy looking around as the bus lines use it and they do fly. Seeing the vineyards, makes the trip worth it. Once you arrive in Tecate, you take Mexico 3 towards Ensenada which will take you through the Valle de Guadalupe.  It is indeed beautiful to see all the green vineyards and the stunning wineries up on the hillsides.

Kruger Winery
From shipping containers to a winery.

Our first stop was to meet our friend and winemaker Iker Turcott (KRUGER VINEYARDS) who also has a cute little sandwich shop (La Doble T) next to the winery and he has some great gourmet sandwiches.  He prepared a couple of the sandwiches, while we relaxed with a glass of Chardonnay and checked out the winery.  He is doing an outstanding job with his new Chardonnay and also does some wonderful reds.  We had time for one more winery before checking into Quinta Estrella B & B, so Iker suggested RETORNO  Vinicola.  The young man in the tasting room was very knowledgeable and helpful.  They were in the process of doing some labeling and it was all by hand.  Here we purchased a bottle of red called Palabra.  Nice wines at reasonable prices.  Most of the small wineries that we went to, do under 2,000 cases and we prefer them to the large wineries.  However, we did find a couple of the large ones that were a treat.  We checked into Quinta Estrella  and were greeted by the hostess Patricia (Beba) Sanchez Dias.  After we unpacked we sat outside with our purchase from RETORNO and some cheese and sausage.  The evenings and mornings were cool and foggy but the daytime was beautiful.  Beba’s husband Benito joined us that evening and we learned a lot  about the area.  He is Director General of Abulones Cultivados in Ensenada.  It is there that they farm raise Abalone.  We learned that an Abalone grows at the rate of 1″ per year.  No wonder they are so expensive!  It was at this winery we ran into a couple from Sonoyta which is the crossing most people use to enter Mexico and he is an architect. She invited us to stop by and say hi when we pass through.
Bruno
Bruno the wine dog at Kruger, eyeing up my dinner.

Kruger Wines
Iker Turcott explains the making of his wine at Kruger Wines

Vineyards
The view from Rancho Velasco

Day 2 of our adventure began with a wonderful breakfast with fresh fruit, pastries from Ensenada, eggs any way we liked and coffee.  Our first stop was a small winery close to the B & B called Rancho Velasco.  When we arrived , we learned that Sr. Velasco had been hospitalized but the winemaker Acessio Bellafiore, took us down to the winery.  It is located in what appeared to once be a basement to the very old Misiones de California and was constructed of thick Adobe walls that had been plastered over.  As we sampled the wines we talked about the area and he explained he had come from Italy a few years ago and was also making some of his own wines there. We purchased 3 bottles of  Misiones de California Vino Tinto Blend. He graciously poured one of his wines out of the barrel and even though it had only been in the barrel about 8 months you could tell how good it is going to be.

Rancho Velasco
Rancho Velasco

Rancho Velasco
Winemaker at Rancho Velasco explaining the process.

Valle de Guadalupe Vineyard

These little grape clusters at Vinisterra will become wine come fall.
These little grape clusters at Vinisterra will become wine come fall.

Wine
Baby grape clusters will be wine come fall.

Our next stop was VINISTERRA that started in 2002.  The young man in the tasting room, Omar, was very pleasant and knowledgeable about his product.  Here we ran into a Canadian fella with a small group, who had been to Puerto Peñasco and was telling them how beautiful it was there.  Ironically the Canadian had taken a wine making class with the girl friend of Iker Turcott and they are splitting a barrel … small world.  After doing the tasting, we decided to sit on the patio and enjoy a bottle of Domino Rosado, while taking in the vineyards and winery. We purchased  both Domino Rosado and Domino Blanco as the warm summer will soon be upon us, making us not drink our favorite reds.  Here again the white wines and Rose’s of the Valle De Guadalupe have come along way and although we are red wine drinkers, really enjoyed the weather, wine and cheese and crackers.  Next stop was TRES VALLES, a 1/2 mile down the road (as the crow flies).  Here were met again by a nice young man in the tasting room, who knew his wines and also knew Rocky PointWe tasted all of their wines and purchased 2 bottles of a red blend called Jada Rosada and Jada Blanco.  My husband and I have spent many years wine tasting in Paso Robles and Lodi, California and if there is one thing we finally learned is that you split tasting or by the end of the day they all taste good.  We did the same in the Valle as it is especially important when you are not familiar with an area.

Tres Valles
Very knowledgeable young man in the tasting room at Tres Valles.

Please see Part 2 to learn about the rest of our mini wine vacation.  I hope you enjoy this and the photos.  It was amazing to see at one winery the tiny fruit had just begun and 5 miles down the road they were about the size of peas.

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Memorial Day Weekend.. Enjoy it in Puerto Peñasco

Memorial Day
Happy Memorial Day early.

Once again Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner.  If you still have not made your reservations for a condo on Sandy Beach or a beach front home in Las Conchas, now is the time as many are already booked full.

Playa Bonita
Puesta del Sol at Playa Bonita.

Real Estate
One of the 4 Sonoran resorts to choose from

Boats
Go fishing or do a sunset cruise on the Sea of Cortez

Boats
Picture yourself here.

In May the weather is still beautiful and the Sea of Cortez will be warming up.  Looking for something to do while you are in Rocky Point?  Here are just a few ideas.  Go horseback riding, ride a banana boat, choose from one of our 3 beautiful golf courses  (Las Palomas, Mayan, Isla la Del Mar) choose from of our local fishing charters boats, visit the aquarium or CEDO, walk in the tide pools, go looking for Sand Dollars in Cholla Bay, shop on Rodeo Drive or the Malecon (if you can get down there), visit the Pinacate Biosphere or just sit on the beach and people watch.  Puerto Peñasco has so much to offer.  Also plan to have breakfast lunch or dinner at one of our many great restaurants.

Sea of Cortez

As you make your trip to Puerto Peñasco, please remember you will not be on the roads alone, so plan on lengthy delays coming in and going back to the USA.  As I always say, “Remember all those wonderful people you crept along with on the way in…. well guess what, you will see them again on your way home.  Drive with caution as the beach and the cold beer can and will be waiting for you.

Once you are here and settled in, it is important to realize how many people descend on this one time sleepy little village.  Don’t take needless chances passing autos or trucks, it is not worth it.  Also it is important to know that the road between Playa Bonita and the end of Sandy Beach will be packed at all times.  Yes it is a divided road but you still have to exercise caution when driving and even though you may not be impaired, the person behind you might be.  Have a designated driver if you all are planning to par take in adult beverages.  Better yet, take a cab then everyone can have fun.  If you are going to any place on the way to Cholla Bay, please remember that when you are coming back if it is dark, you come off of dirt onto pavement right in front of Esmeralda and that is a divided road.

Before leaving the USA, you need to buy Mexican Auto Insurance.  This can be purchased online or in Ajo at Ajo Insurance Center, Gila Bend Insurance Center or any of the other places that sell Mexican Insurance.  It would be recommended if you have a newer vehicle that has a loan on, make certain to buy full coverage.  By law you must have Mexican Insurance to meet the Mexican Liability.  Liability insurance only will do nothing for you vehicle so that is why you should buy full coverage.  Ajo Insurance will  leave your policy in a box in case you come after hours or you can print it online if you are buying it online.

When crossing into Mexico at Lukeville/Sonoyta the speed limit is 40 Km per hour or keep it under 24 mph or you will most likely be ticketed.  There is a Red Cross station that collect donations in Sonoyta and there is a STOP sign there that you must stop for even if you don’t donate.  When you arrive in Rocky Point, they are many new stop signs so be on the lookout.

We welcome you to our home town so please come and enjoy everything we have to offer.

Sunset in Rocky Point
Another Rocky Point Stunning Sunset.

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Mother's Day or El Dia de la Madre in Mexico



Mother's Day
The first flower of Mother’s Day was carnations.

Anne Jarvis
The woman behind Mother’s Day

A little bit of history about Mother’s Day. It was started on May 10 1908 by a woman named Anne Jarvis but it wasn’t until May 8, 1914 that the US Congress designated Mother’s Day officially be on the 2nd Sunday  of May.  It is the 3rd largest holiday in the USA for sending cards but it has been so over commercialized that many refer to it as the “Hallmark Holiday”.  It is interesting that the Carnation started out as the flower to represent Mother’s Day since 1908 when Anne Jarvis hand delivered 500 hundred of them to the 1st celebration and it was her mother’s favorite flower.  Ironically enough, Anne was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace at a rally against the commercialization of the holiday.

In the United States, so much money is spent on cards, flowers and gifts, that one would think Anne Jarvis is spinning in her grave.

Mexican Mother's Day
Feliz El dia de la Madre in Puerto Peñaso

In Mexico, El Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day) starts out with the small children singing songs to their mother’s.  It is followed by mass at a shrine of the Virgin de Guadalupe.  I learned the  Virgin is the symbol of motherhood.  After mass the morning meal consists of Tamales and Atole.  If it is in the middle of the week, the Mother’s often go to school with the children for more singing, telling stories and having a meal provide by a local restaurant. El Dia de la Madre is a time to reflect and rejoice on the trials and tribulations that go with motherhood.

Dia de la Madre
The Virgin de Guadalupe is the symbol of Motherhood in Mexico

El Dia de la Madre was started in Mexico in 1922 by people bringing the idea from America.  In 1940, wife of President Manuel Avilla Camacho, Soledad Orozco Garcia declared the  2nd Sunday in May to be the official holiday.  Unlike the United States of America, many business give the mothers off for the holiday.  Now days much money is spent here as well with the parents presenting their mothers with lavish gifts while the children present their mom’s with hand made cards and items.  The plant nurseries and florist shops do a brisk business.

Here in Puerto Peñasco, many times the streets will be blocked off and there will be music and dancing as well as food and adult beverages with these celebrations going on until the wee hours of the morning.  Over the years I was invited by dear friend Julio Meza to celebrate with his mom and family.  I off course showed up early and because it was warm I had on shorts and a top.  When the family showed up all the sisters were dressed to the 9’s, so I explained to Julio’s one sister that I would be back as I needed to dress up.  She laughed and said the only reason they were dressed up is because they had a family photo taken.  Sure enough in 30 minutes they were all dressed like me.  Such fond memories and I left a midnight and things were just really getting started.

Many restaurants here in Rocky Point will be featuring special brunches and/or dinners for Mother’s Day, so check with your favorite place and see what they have going.  Also if your mom is into flower’s check with the plant nursery by TelMex or the one on Blvd. Kino as well as all of the local florists.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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3rd Annual Charanga Raised Over $33,000 Pesos

Here is a list of the sponsors so make sure when you stop by thank them.
Here is a list of the sponsors so make sure when you stop by thank them.

 The 3 year old board just completed the 3rd Annual Charanga Derby and raised $33,000 pesos for Casa Hogar, the home for the elderly. I recently sat down with Santiago Ruiz , committee chairman, who explained that they were so happy with the turn out and the money raised.  This is the only fund raiser Casa Hogar does.

Charanga 2018
Spectators started lining up early to get a great seat

Charnaga Derby
Committee Chairman Santiago Ruiz and volunteers.

2018 Charanga
Team Orange Car #4 by Puerto Peñasco.com

The event which was held April 14th here in Puerto Peñasco, consisted of 33 enteries.  The event drew nearly 1200 people who watched and cheered on the home made derby cars.  This is the Mexican version of the popular “Soap Box Derby” held in the USA every year.  As you will see from the photos, they came in all shapes and sizes.  The event is held every year on the hill that leads to the Mirador area of Rocky Point.  When the 1st event was held, they had about 200 people watching and last year about 500.  It is a mix of local families and tourists that either are visiting or live here full time.  This year there were so many people, that they lined both sides of the hill and street below. Bleachers were set up along with a stage for the local bands which consisted of young musicians who  did a great job.  Prior to the race starting, they had a “car show” of all the entrants and the drivers at 2:00 p.m..  At 4:30 the team members began to push the cars up the hill and then waited for their turn to descend.  It is amazing how fast those little cars can travel.  About 3/4 of the way or near to the finish line there is a ramp that they have to go over.  Amazingly enough everyone took the ramp head on.  They did have a second ramp 1/2 way down the hill but it was removed after the 2nd driver went over it, as it was not in a good position and safety is always a factor here not only form the drivers but the spectators as well.
Charnaga Derby 2018
This year they had 3 female drivers.

Charanga Derby
One of the 33 enteries

Charanga Derby
Another one of the entries sponsored by the Rotary Club of Puerto Penasco

Soap Box Derby
Cute little grocery cart car, very creative.

In addition to the teams and spectators, the event had over 50 volunteers who had to keep the people off the street.  That job was a challenge, as everyone wants to be in front.  They lined the street on both sides with straw bales and fencing to make sure everyone is safe.  Santiago Ruiz stated that next year they will have to have more straw bales and security fencing to keep the event safe.

Charanga Derby
Over 50 volunteers helped to make this a success and accident free.

Charanga Derby 2018
When you see these hard working folks on the street, stop and say thanks.

There were trophies given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as receiving gift certificates from local merchants, condos, hotels, restaurants and bars.

2018 Charanga Derby
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Teams

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Semana Santa/ Easter Holy Week and Spring Break

Image result for happy easter images

It is that time of the year when our little city of Puerto Peñasco hosts college Spring Breaks and then is followed by Semana Santa or Easter Holy Week.  All condos and hotels are already being booked, so if you are planning on coming in March, I would suggest you make your reservations today.  Not to scare you off, but if you are looking for a time to come here and relax, you might want to put it off until April.  Spring Breaks begin March 1, 2018 so plan accordingly.  If you don’t want your family or kids to drive down, please check out Head Out To Rocky Point as they will have shuttles running all the time right from your door.  Please remember TAP bus line has pulled service from Phoenix to Rocky Point.

Deer Dancer and fariseos
You will several groups of Fariseo’s in Puerto Peñasco during lent

Semena Santa  is without a doubt the most important holiday in Mexico. For the calendar year 2018 it begins on March 25th or Palm Sunday and ends on April 1st or the Sunday of Resurrection (Easter Sunday). Last week I noticed the Fariseo’s are in town.  You will see these Indigenous people walking the streets in groups, in their outfits made of goat or pig skin with their drums and their bell leggings called Tenabaris and of course masks. The dance they do is called “pascola” and the bells make the characteristic sounds of this dance that you can hear from quite a distance. The masks represent Kings, animals, clowns and so much more but share one thing in common and that is having long pointy noses and big ears.  They also wear a wooden beaded cross under their shirts to be protected . Do not be afraid of them, they are harmless and are on a mission.  They will not speak to you or anyone through the entire time they are here.  In most cases they are taken in by locals so they have a place to stay while on this mission. They will let you take a photo of them but a donation to them is how they make money for the party on Saturday the 31st when they burn their masks and take away all evils for the year.  The Mayan and Yaqui culture is where much of this began in Mexico and has spread to Sinaloa and now Sonora. The Fariseo’s will be here the entire Lent season.

Fariseos dancers
Fariseo Dancers

Fariseos
Many different types of Fariseo dancers

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Carnival 2018 Fun and Excitement

Carnival
Carnival is coming to Puerto Peñasco once again

Let me give you a little back ground of Carnaval and what it means.  Carnaval is an official Mexican holiday that is the start of a 5 day celebration before the Catholic season of lent which begins on Ash Wednesday.  The history of this goes back centuries. It is wildly celebrated with parties that go on to the wee hours of the morning.  The word Carnaval is taken from the Latin word meaning “take away or goodbye flesh” as the devote Catholics will give up meat for Lent.  In Mexico the largest Carnaval is in Mazatlán and it attracts over 300,000 people annually with people coming from all over the world.  It is the 3rd largest Carnaval celebration behind Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.  Carnaval is equal to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Amongst all the things to do a popular one is to throw Cascarones, which are egg shells filled with confetti at one another.

If you have never been to Carnival in Puerto Peñasco, it is something to put on your list of things to do.  This year it will March 1-4 which is later than Carnival in other places like New Orleans and other cities in Mexico.  It is filled will parades every night that stretch the entire length of the city and are comprised of huge floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, local business groups, bars and restaurants and more.  There will be plenty of street vendors as well.  Need to get there early to get a good seat, so bring your lawn chairs or sit on the curb, no matter which route you go, you will be entertained.  This year the parade route will start by the Cruz Rojo (Red Cross) and wind it’s way north to just south of Sam’s Club.  here it will turn right and proceed to the place where the Carnival rides and food booths are set up. This year Carnaval will start right around “Spring Break” so  much goes into the planning with security and all.  There will a car show contest, Carnaval Queen contest, King of Joy contest, children’s pageant and King of Children Joy contest.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

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Photo by Beverly Arrowood

 

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico

As always Guille Salazar will preside as the Eternal Princess. Guille has been the Eternal Princess since 1975 and always gets the crowd cheering.   Guille has been a large part of the Cultural scene here in  Rocky Point for many years, along with Nina Mier, Eddie Wharez, Victor Aleman just to name a few people.  These people strive to keep cultural events coming year after year and it takes so many hours of planning for these type of events.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
Eternal Princess Guille

Guille Carnival
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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TAP Bus Suspends Service to Puerto Peñasco

This blog is meant to be informative for all of you who have inquired about using TAP ROYAL bus service between Phoenix and Puerto Peñasco. Thanks to the people who used it and loved the convenience of it.  Due to no fault of the bus line, service, schedules or anything, service has been suspended. Currently we don’t know if it is permanent or temporary.  The issue is that Omnibus de Mexico which is a part of Grupo Toluca which is a conglomerate of bus companies is in the midst of purchasing Transportes y Autobuses del Pacifico (TAP) and although TAP Royal has its own ownership structure, it is still an affiliate with TAP and it will now be in the hands of Omnibus de Mexico.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point

Needless to say this is a blow to people wanting to use TAP to commute between Puerto Peñasco and Phoenix and now especially at Christmas time. It offered affordable transportation as well as a fairly good schedule.

If you feel as strongly as I do, that we need to have this service running, let me know. Perhaps if enough people feel the same way, our sentiments can be delivered to the new owners. I think we all agree that the service should be daily and consistent and perhaps the trip from here to Phoenix should leave in the morning for those who want to rent a car to shop or catch a plane and these are things that can be tweaked. We have had too many airlines come and go, so this is a let down to our community in my opinion. Feel free to send me your thoughts or concerns and I will pass them on. Hopefully, Omnibus will see the value of this service to us and will resume the service soon.

TAP ROYAL Bus Service Phoenix to Rocky Point
Riders waiting to depart on TAP

Over the years we have had I believe 3 airlines start up service only to prove they are not in it for the long haul.  Any entity planning to offer service need to listen to the communities they are serving so that it not only cost effective for both the passenger but the companies themselves.  It is understandable with the airlines as you need to fill a plane. Rocky Point, however has always been a drive to city.  Even though on many holiday weekends our visitors can experience lengthy delays coming into Mexico but also returning to the USA. People don’t want to drive all over Phoenix to find a small airport and then wait and clear customs, etc.  So driving has been the answer and now many of the visitors either come a day early and may leave on a Monday or even a Tuesday to avoid the delays.

However, with a reliable bus service that has convenient schedules, it would be economical for people coming here for a holiday, dentist visit or just to sit on the beach for a day or 2.  With the proper promotion, they could probably attract Spring Breakers and senior citizens from the R.V. Resorts in the Sun City areas of the West Valley of Phoenix as well as those in the Chandler/Gilbert/Mesa areas.  In the days before people were told it was unsafe to go to Puerto Peñasco, there were tour buses that would fill up with these Senior Citizens and  they would come down and spend a few days and spend money in the community.  These tour groups had a huge financial impact on businesses of all sizes.

Hopefully Omnibus will look at what happened previously and take into consideration not only the financial impact on our community but the convenience of leaving the driving to someone else.  If you have ever thought of traveling to Mexico by bus, I would love to hear from you.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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