Thursday, December 03, 2009

Barra de Navidad on "Wanna Go Fishing"

These guys from the ESPN show Wanna Go Fishing came down November 08 to film a show here. As is almost always the case when cameras are running the bite died and I was a nervous nellie, trying to get them a show. They were after a Roosterfish, which we'd been catching days earlier. Of course day one we caught 2 Giant needlefish, nothing else and I was looking pretty lame. However, the fish gods smiled the next day and we bagged a couple of them and got some good footage of chasers. Anyway, the showed aired a few weeks ago and it turned out okay.

Barra de Navidad, Costalegre, Jalisco Mexico

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ballet Xalixco - Dia de los Muertos

On Monday November 2, Ballet Xalixco will perform at the Barra stage. Barra will celebrate the traditional (Dia de los Muertos). Dia de los Muertos is a centuries old Mexican celebration. Local schools will prepare the traditional alters for the dead at the square. Come and be part of this ancient tradition. The event will start at 8:00 pm. Please be on time because it will be a short event.

Video is of the Fiestas de Octubre in Guadalajara this past Saturday October 24th.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Cadillac Ranch

"The Ranch" located across from the water park on the road into Barra has gone through changes over the last few years. It's been popular with snow birds in the winter months but goes dead in the summer. Early this year with the completion of the pool a groups of people decided to have water volleyball twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It turned out to be the best exercise, way to stay cool and much fun for me over the summer. Now that I've moved from the area I will really miss it ... but you should give it a try. They were putting in a new patio around the pool when I left

The Ranch
Water Volleyball
Water Volleyball

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The area is growing

The area is growing, at least on the Barra/Aguacate side. Toward Barra from the old Infonavit homes and across from the cemetery is the beginning of this new development. I've heard close to 1000 new homes but that is second hand and will probably be in stages.

The old main road, which has been almost unusable in the summer rains, now has a new gravel bed and I assume will be paved before long. I suggest you use the dirt airstrip adjoining for the time being - very rough gravel.

Beginning of the possibly 1000 new Infonavit homes

New roadbed for the old Barra Road

Barra de Navidad

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Galleon Trade

The Galleon Trade
By Floro L. Mercene
April 5, 2009, 9:59pm

More than 40 years after Magellan set foot on the Philippines, Spain sent an expedition to formally settle the islands. The expedition led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, a businessman who made a fortune in Mexico, was composed of about 300 men, mostly Mexicans. It left the small town of Barra de Navidad in Jalisco in 1565 and landed in Cebu three months later. Legaspi later moved to Manila and founded it as a city in 1570.

While in Cebu, Legaspi sent the galleon San Pablo back to Mexico to obtain supplies. It was commanded by his grandson, Felipe Salcedo, with a famous navigator, Andres de Urdaneta, as second in command.

Under Urdaneta’s expert guidance, the San Pablo was able to reach Acapulco in a record 100 days, the first successful crossing of the Pacific Ocean from east to west.

The eastward route pioneered by Urdaneta was to serve as the basis for the establishment of a trade monopoly by Spain in what we now know as the galleon trade.

It was the oldest shipping line that ever existed, traveling over the longest and most dangerous ocean route, from Manila to the Mexican seaport of Acapulco, and lasting for almost 250 years, from 1575 to 1815.

Almost every year, two galleons left Manila for Mexico loaded with exotic goods from Asia, mostly from China and Japan, to be sold in Mexico and Europe and countries in South America, such as Chile and Peru.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Barra before, during and after Hurricane Lane

Hurricane Lane was the strongest Pacific hurricane to make landfall in Mexico since Hurricane Kenna of 2002. The thirteenth named storm, ninth hurricane, and sixth major hurricane of the 2006 Pacific hurricane season, Lane developed from a tropical wave on September 13 to the south of Mexico. It moved northwestward parallel to the coast of Mexico, and steadily intensified in an area conducive to further strengthening.

These fotos were sent to me by "Barra Jorge" as a before, during and after series of the hurricane and what it's like along the Costalegre in the summer months. The first two fotos were taken at Casa Chips restaurant and the last from the Malecon

Casa Chips Before

Casa Chips during

After - with dirty water and significant loss of beach

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Carnaval Costalegre - 2009

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Carnaval Costalegre Carnaval Costalegre - 2009 - Barra de Navidad

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Costalegre Rotary Chili Cookoff

Last Saturday was the Chili Cookoff for the local Rotary to raise funds for some of their projects. How much they raised and for what is still unknown but it was a fun party with music and performances from the Ballet Xalixco, the local Folklorico group. This was the most gringos I've seen in one place in Mexico.

I took the kids over and they were kind of bored except for the hot-dogs, pop and the dancers. Old time rock-n-roll didn't really do it for them. We bought Mari a 'cookoff' apron with red trim ... that ruined the wash a few days later when the color ran. I wonder if the Rotary fund can replace this Mexican famlies clothes (grin). Just and idea!

Rotary Chili Cookoff poster

Chili crowd watching the dancers

Ballet Xalixco dancers

Ballet Xalixco dancers

Ballet Xalixco dancers

On the Barra de Navidad plaza
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