|NUBES VISTOS EN CENTRO|
The whitest, fluffiest cumulus clouds often blossom over the bay in the mornings. Later in the day, warm water in the bay attracts more clouds, which merge to make a great, grey blanket over town. If we are fortunate, breezes begin to blow, and rumbles of thunder and night rains follow. Temperatures hover in the high 80's or low 90's with humidity in the 70's. Surface temperature of the water in the bay is 83 degrees farenheit, and yet the water remains incredibly clear. Fans, AC, and swims in rivers, pools, bay and ocean bring relief. After being in the water for hours in Banderas Bay, it feels quite unnatural to be back on land.
For swims and snorkeling - this gorgeous cove with transparent green-blue water and ringed with white-blossomed plumeria trees, is where one can also see and hear small, green parrots celebrating the day.
|UN HERMOSA ENSENADA - FAVORITE SWIMMING AND SNORKELING COVE|
|CLOUDS GATHERING AT FAVORITE BEACH / NUBES LLEGANDO EN MI PLAYA FAVORITA|
COLONIA SANTO DOMINGO IN IXTAPA: To arrive as easily as possible at a clinic, I ask weekly volunteer, Frank Ohly, to send me directions. On Wednesday, he told me he had made arrangements to follow Dr.Poli and couldn't possibly tell me how he had arrived that day. So at 7:30 AM on Thursday, fifteen-year old Ian Duncanson and I drove to a designated meeting place close to city hall, where Dr.Poli, Dr. Pacheco and Leslie were waiting in a van and Frank was standing next to his motorcycle. From there, we zigzagged our way through colonias and green countryside to the eastern-most section of the large municipality of Ixtapa. The las palmas two-lane road to the picturesque old mining town of San Sebastián in the foothills of the Sierra Madres passes Ixtapa, about a 45-minute drive north from centro Vallarta. Ixtapa is a large municipality of Puerto Vallarta. and home to about twenty neighborhoods.
|SANTO DOMINGO, IXTAPA|
The neighborhood of Santo Domingo in Ixtapa is pressed up against the very green, hilly jungle covered with palms, banana trees and a variety of non-flowering trees. With infrastructure, it could be a lush place for living. Although no trash is strewn about, there is raw sewage running in the dirt roads. Poverty is visible in many homes - sheets as front doors and dirt floors.
|PERROS DE LA MISMA DUEÑA SIEMPRE AMARRADOS - TWO DOGS BELONGING TO SAME OWNER - ALWAYS CHAINED. IXTAPA|
|SANTO DOMING, IXTAPA|
Sandra Ocampo Gómez, secretary to the head of the Ixtapa town hall, arranged the location and was there with an owner of a small, tan and white dog suffering from TVT (transmissible venereal tumors that are malignant). Sandra said she was very busy with work,but wanted to help at the clinics because she "hated to see so many dogs on the streets." Sandra brought in in another TVT dog on Friday for sterilization. Both dogs will begin chemo next week.
|PERRA CON TVT - QUE ES CANCER - CLÍNICA EN IXTAPA|
Children sat on white, plastic chairs to watch surgeries on their pets and on pets belonging to friends. By 10:30, no more cats and dogs were admitted, because (Saint) Elena was bringing in 19 dogs she had collected from neighbors.
|MIRANDO LA CIRUGÍA - IXTAPA|