So, who needs an alarm clock?

LOCATION: Housesitting in Jocotepec, Jalisco, Mexico

WEATHER: Sunny High 93

Who needs an alarm clock? Every morning this week there have been fireworks for various festivals. Today must have been special as they started at about 6:00 AM. Then, we heard a parade from a nearby street at 7:00 AM. So – we had an early start to the day!

I met Rose and Ray (the couple taking over our housesitting assignment) at the WalMart for today’s outing. While I was waiting, I observed this sign on a shop outside of WalMart. It says “Anything you want for 18.90 Pesos”. Well, 18.90 just happens to be the US dollar exchange rate right now, so it is a dollar store!!

They drove me to the house where they are currently housesitting. It is lovely – perched on the side of a mountain overlooking the lake, on the northeast side of the lake. We relaxed by their pool and chatted. Then, we headed out to find some lunch. They had heard of a little seafood place near their house.

If someone hadn’t told them about this place, we never would have found it. It is just a concrete slab on the side of the road with a cover and some tables and chairs..

But boy, what a view! We had water on 3 sides of us. We were the only customers. It is obviously a family place. Grandpa took care of the 3 children while daughter waited on us and Grandma cooked.

This place doesn’t have any electricity. We saw a few solar panels. Otherwise they use propane. Everything comes out of this little kitchen/owner’s house:

There is a wood fire going outside the kitchen area where we watched Grandma stoke the fire. Then, we watched her make tortillas from the masa, and cook them on the grill.

They had a surprisingly extensive menu. Ray and Rose ordered bass fish prepared in various ways. They said it was excellent. (Served with those piping hot tortillas, of course). I had a great fish taco for $1, served with avocado and tomato slices. Unbelievable.

All day today, we have seen fires in the mountains and along the roads. It must be part of the festivals this week. On my way home as I was waiting for the bus, I watched a helicopter fly over with long ropes and buckets tied onto them. Then, the helicopter dipped over the lake, presumably to fill up the buckets, then flew over to the mountains. I am guessing that one of the fires got out of control.

Alexis stayed home during the outing today, so she was anxious to do something when I returned. We walked up to the Jocotepec square. For this entire week, the streets have been blocked off with carnival rides. There were quite a few people out and about. We stopped at La Carreta Restaurant for a margarita and guacamole tacos. Great atmosphere!

DINNER: Sauteed onions, peppers, and garbanzo beans over pasta with a Thai peanut sauce. Nice and light!

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