After our big rain last week (NINE inches in just a few hours!) it has cooled off a lot here – today the temperature in my kitchen hasn’t risen over 78 degrees! We don’t expect to see temperatures this cool until November! We know it’s just a little break, but the whole city is enjoying the cool. I think it’s probably perfect for surfers, with nice waves and some clouds to shield them from the sun. The picture above is some boogie-boarders this morning, but last night there were many dozens enjoying the surf at Playa Norte. Surfers have a wonderful environment here.
What else has been going on? Well, a couple of years ago we planted some bamboo to shield us from the apartment building adjacent to us. It has grown like crazy – a little too well, actually! We had it thinned not long ago and thought that would help keep the bamboo litter down a bit. That’s it, above – three stories tall! Below is one that seemed to commit suicide – began to hang sideways after a big rain. That was a nuisance so I spent several hours chopping it up and bagging debris. Now that we’ve had this bamboo for a while I’ve got to say it was a mistake. It’s very messy and breaks when the wind is gusty. And if it breaks it bushes out at the break and becomes top heavy. It’s most redeeming feature is that the birds love to sleep there and entertain us as they settle down for the night. I imagine we’ll replace it with something else one of these days. Any suggestions?
Yesterday I noticed our fearless and inquisitive street dog Coco investigating something on the walkway. I went to see what it was and had to laugh. Some things here in the tropics grow quite large, but not this thing! Take a look, below:
You can probably tell that it’s a slug, but can you tell how little it is? Check out the next picture, for perspective…
That slug is about an inch long. They are weirdly dry, too. If they get stranded mid-patio on their way somewhere they just dry up and curl into a little bit that looks like a wood shaving. I’m from the Pacific Northwest, where just your average slug looks like the one below! I remember when I lived next to some woods when the kids were little we’d give them a coffee can and pay them a penny a slug for all that they gathered!
A bit of news in the Mazatlán art world this week is that there’s a new art gallery out at the airport. (Link in Spanish) The opening was last week, with Glen Rogers showing her work in the first solo exhibition. A picture of Glen at the opening is below, and another article on the opening is here. (Link in Spanish) You’ve seen Glen’s work here at Countdown to Mexico before, as we own several of her works and Paul has taken her monoprint workshop. Especially if you are traveling through Mazatlán, take a few minutes to visit the gallery before or after your flight.