An ounce of practice is worth more than
Tons of preaching.
|Little girl by old bench|
David from s/v Bluefin was there also and since he has the knowledge of a worldwide racer, he was the defacto tactician for the race. With his vast understanding of racing and sailing and the help of everyone onboard, Moondance won their category by minutes instead of seconds that day! Some good celebration happily followed; everyone deserving a big pat on the back. Not that Lanea and Conor needed that much help since they had already won the first two days of racing but the winnings were then with a much thinner margin. Way to go Moondance!
|Mike at the helm of Moondance for a short while|
|Waves at the bow|
|Dinghy ride back home|
San Sebastián started as the mining capital of New Spain in 1524 and became a town a little over 400 years ago in 1605. San Sebastián is being considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site but I am not sure it has been granted yet.
|El Progreso Bridge to San Sebastián|
This area went from mining to agriculture and now tourism. As the road from Puerto Vallarta is improving, more people meander up that way to visit this quaint town nicknamed “The town that time forgot”. Stone bridges, archways, cobblestone roads and alleyways, clay tile roofs, thick adobe fences and walls, and various quality ironwork adorning strongly built structures speak of a time when money was abundant here. The buildings were erected to withstand time unlike so many of the shacks we usually see in most Mexican cities today.
|Back alley in San Sebastián|
|Agave covered hill near distillery|
|Agave hearts (aka pineapples)|
|Church steeple behind main plaza|
|Inside San Sebastián church|
Hacienda Jalisco is a fairly famous small hotel and museum we unfortunately didn’t get to visit as it was closed that day. First built in 1840, it was refurbished in the 1960s by “Roberto” Bud Acord (1927-2008), a California artist with a vision and a passion for preservation. Bud ensured the hotel stayed like it was in the 1840s. There is no phone or electricity and patrons enjoy oil lamps or candlelight when staying over. The three foot thick walls help keep the place warm in the winter, cool in the summer as well. All shutters and doors are made of local pine, which in itself doesn’t sound that different until you realize very few homes in Mexico have any wood in their construction due to the constant threat of termites which are very abundant. The likes of Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, John Huston (Night of the Iguana was filmed nearby) and Peter O’Toole have stayed there. The hotel sits on seven acres and contains a small coffee plantation and a garden. Ninety percent of the fruits and vegetables served to guests are organically grown right on the property.
Some buildings in San Sebastián are supported by beautiful old well preserved wood beams; a few however do show signs of termite infestation with seemingly no intention to fix them.
In its heyday, San Sebastián had telegraph, medical facilities, separate boys and girls’ schools and a bank. It is said some of these improvements were up and running in San Sebastián before Mexico City, a statement that is often debated. A lot of money flowed through San Sebastián and people were very elegantly dressed wearing satins and perfumes giving the town the name of “The Paris of America”.
Hotel Pabellón at one of the corners of the main plaza was at one time a fortress where silver shipments were stored while awaiting transport. The garrison had turrets on all corners where soldiers could fend off the attackers. None are left standing but we are told a well preserved one can be found in an ‘unnamed’ bar. A tunnel was dug from a mine to this garrison to prevent banditos from stealing the ore en route. Later on this garrison was used to store grain.
|Baskets in trees (don't know what they are for)|