Ajijic Market

The day Layne arrived was the only day during her stay that we could visit a local market so after a short snooze (she had flown a red-eye) we headed off to the cobble-stoned street flanked by tables crowded with wares.  So much candy for the eyes.

I bought myself a birthday gift of silver earrings to replace my hoops I sadly lost while visiting with my mom  in November.  Layne googley-eyed stones, fabrics and sweets.  We talked with ‘shop’ owners: we discovered we ‘met’ this guy painting spoons at Todos Santos on the Baja 2 years ago!  This day he painted us Lands End from Los Cabos!  But we didn’t buy 😦

Collage spoon

 

Collage Market

We buy the bulk of our produce from the Chapala market and some from the organic market in west Ajijic but this market is where we pick up a few odds n’ ends and appreciate more the crafts.  We’ve bought blown glass, kitchen gadgets, leather wallets, & jewelry from here.  Its always great to get a treat and a good price 😉 and know that its providing an income for the locals.

 

La Pastora

The Pasture…..can’t see it.  But its still gorgeous here on the beach.

We met Franny & Wayne and their grandson Kruz down at Cerritos Surf Colony, and they invited us to go camp with them for a few days at another beach so we came here, to La Pastora with them.  Just a few miles from the artist colony of Todos Santos it is peaceful, quiet (well, those crashing waves are nothing but quiet when you’re trying to get to sleep at night), picturesque and somewhat dangers.  The surf is short coming in but tall and powerful.  The riptide is strong and this is not a swimming beach.  But get that into the minds of 5 to 7 year old BOYS!!!  Standing on the crest of the beach they figure is safe enough, getting them wet and sandy and thrilling their souls.

Wave crashes up to cover Anders

Wave crashes up to cover Anders

Watching the waves crashing in below them

Watching the waves crashing in below them

But Franny and I stand nearby reminding them to keep their eyes on the waves, to stand back from the edge, to stay off the sloping bank.  They frolic in the sand, laughing as the surf licks at their feet and splashes their clothes.  Anders is shocked when the wave dumps sand and sea water on his head.  The water rushes back out to sea, thankfully without any of our boys.  Our adult hearts are on alert.  Boys think they are indestructible, and even if they did get pulled down the bank they could swim back because they are strong and manly and can do the doggie paddle!!

We lure them away with promise of a campfire after they are dry and changed.  No marshmallows, we roast sliced apples to caramelize…..Anders’ idea.

campfire with Wayne

campfire with Wayne & Franny

Next day we hang around camp doing chores, talking, watching Pride & Prejudice, writing emails, playing Lego, fighting, jumping off cliffs into soft sand, hanging out bedding soaked during the night.  Just another camping trip to the beach.

Surfing at high tide since there are rocks.  We’ll try and get some pics of the kids later today.  We want the high waves for surfing but puts me on alert again with the little boys.  Oh well, variety is the spice of life.

Around the Cape

 

We made a longer stop this time through Le Triunfo,

Fabiola Avile

meeting Fabiola Avile who is an artisan and entrepreneur promoting friends’ art and some food items like Liquer de Damiana and Sea Salts with or without seasonings like Pimientas or Chiles along with the coolest wooden salt grinders sort of like a mortar & pestle with grooves on the end of the pestle.

fish trivet

We visited the caffe which is a fantastic bakery & restaurant.

Caffe El Triunfo

The sourdough breads had fantastic texture (& became the basis of today’s lunch) and their sticky buns and white chocolate cookies looked very yum but we skipped those.  The courtyard was very inviting for a casual lunch….maybe sometime Everette and I can stop in for a date.

courtyard

courtyard

Unique art decorated the walls and ceilings.  You know we’ve been traveling awhile when we discuss how nice the bano is……but it would be considered dumpy in North American standards.  Jackpot……they had toilet paper, and it was soft and 3 ply!!!

parasol ceiling

parasol ceiling

art of famous ppl

art of famous ppl

Le Triunfo is a very quaint town in the hills, with beautiful cobblestone streets, painstaking stone/tile handiwork, artists galleries, and fancy false ‘store’ fronts to empty lots.  Anders insisted I see the mision (church) that his dad took him thru last week when we stopped here….its becoming common for him to request a stop at misions he sees in almost every town.

mision inside

mision inside

mision

mision

cross w heart

Our destination today was Todos Santos which we arrived in around noon.  We ate curb side the sourdough from Cafe Le Triunfo then wandered through the flea market.  Mostly clothes, both used and new.  Nothing we were looking for, although we need to find new outfits for Maret as the sun and water seems to have made her sprout!

We headed south to Le Pescadero but thought if the wind picks up any more than what we had already found it would be another sleepless night.  This Pacific coast is not good for swimming but is great for surfing so our water enjoyment would be limited.  We were told that the rocks are very slippery, barnacles plentiful, and rip tides strong.  We watched whales from a distance then moved on.

We drove through Cabo San Lucas & on to San Jose del Cabo and were heading onward to Los Frailes.  We had conflicting instructions on which route was best for us to get to Los Frailes, and dark had fallen.  So we opt for what’s familiar….Agua Caliente.  We can find that in the dark.

 

VIEW FROM THE KITCHEN:

Blue-tailed lizard

Blue-tailed lizard