San Carlos heat

We took 17 younger people from church to SC last weekend. We departed HMO shortly after 7am and arrived at Nacapule Canyon around 9am. Despite the early hour, it was brutally hot. We hikedd for a couple hours and then spent the rest of the day at the beach.

Which was fun as usual but it was so extremely hot that was difficult to spend much time under the sun. Fortunately we had a number of tents. The water temperature was also uncomfortably hot. So needless to say I was burnt to a crisp.

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Mexican pothole

Every year, at nearly the exact location, these “potholes” (sink holes really) appear near our house. They are 10 to 15 feet deep and sometimes as much as 30 feet wide. In other words they’re extremely dangerous. Yet every year the local government does some sort of temporary repair to get them through another year. This temporary repair generally takes one to two months to complete.

The problem is that they built this road on a wash. So when the monsoons come the foundation which these roads are built on are washed away and they begin to collapse.

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Wedding

We went to Sergio and Nadia’s wedding on Saturday. It was a quite a fancy affair and most certainly the nicest wedding we’ve experienced in Mexico. 

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Attitude

This little girl is giving me some attitude this evening. I thought we had worked out our issues.

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Paws destoyed

Mr. Scout played with a ball last night on the street and the result was devastating to his paws. The pads on his paws were nearly rubbed off on every paw. So today he is a lot of pain. 

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Jeep repairs!

Today was an exciting day for the Jeep. A couple weeks ago I took it into a shop to have an alarm installed and a new stereo and speakers. The shop was a catastrophe. I had to take the Jeep back a number of times because of problems in the installation of the alarm and later the speakers.

A couple days ago the passenger side door stopped working. Rather than take it back a fourth time to the shop I decided to fix it myself. So today I had Asael over to work around the house,which included work on the Jeep. He was not only able to repair the problem with the door, but he also was able to get my air conditioning working again. This is an incredible thing given how unbearably hot it’s been recently.

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Cistern and water pressure

About a week ago we started to experience problems with water pressure in the house. As it turns out, the water pressure from the city is insufficient. So homes here have a water pressure tank that is used to compensate. It consists of a tank in the backyard and a pump at the bottom of the cistern under our carport.

As you can see from the close up the top of the water pump blew off and ultimately destroyed its ability to pump water. Generally one  would expect more than one year on a pump given this is a brand new house, but it appears as though they installed the very cheapest pump one could buy. So now we wait until Thursday or Friday to have it replaced and resume our life with normal water pressure.

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Lunch

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We are having Abe’s super protein dish for lunch.

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The hostel

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So for whatever reason, we decided to go low budget on this trip. So instead of the spectacular-looking hotel off the city center square, we opted for a little hostel down the street. The place itself is not horrible, but the first night was so incredibly difficult because there was no air conditioning in the room. Needless to say we did not get any sleep that night. The next day we were fortunate enough to be able to change the room or one that had that window. So our sleep last night was infinitely better.

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Guadalajara

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Yun and I left Sunday to travel to Guadalajara. It’s a cheap flight from Hermosillo. I think we paid about $70 each for a round trip ticket. The flight itself is only about an hour to an hour and a half. The flight was pretty horrible. We had really bad turbulence. So I hope it will be nothing like that on our return tomorrow.

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