A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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May 30, 2007 —  What are these two topics doing together?

They’ve been on our minds during our northward trip from our home near Lake Chapala to Kelly’s childhood home in Idaho.

The day that we left Jalisco, we got into Mazatlan in the late afternoon and found a thirty-year-old Mexican hotel where we got a beachfront suite for about $75 US… this *is* the off season! It was fun to sit on our second floor balcony and watch the surf. And, we learned, the surf does sometimes come in very high, higher than it used to in the old days. Where we ate dinner, at a place a few blocks away, part of the beachside palapa restaurant had yellow plastic tape (think crime scene) blocking it off because the ocean had cracked a retaining wall.

Now I’m not saying that this city or any other coast city is a bad idea for retirement because of these little things. Beachside high-rise condos are going in like there’s no tomorrow… hmm, interesting phrase my subconscious chose. But since it is becoming clearer that our earth is changing, and with the rate of change not all that predictable, I would mull over any retirement decision regarding moving to a beach area. Are there hurricanes? Have they gotten stronger? Just things to include in your overall assessment of any area. I for one look at earthquake probabilities too, having been in enough quakes already.

The day after Mazatlan, we went to an absolutely charming town called Alamos, at about 1500 feet elevation in the southern part of the state of Sonora. I’ve long wanted to see it. It’s evidently in between two eco-systems, one being the Sonoran desert. I was quite taken with the town and will write more about it in other blog entries, with photos, as it’s a great place in many ways for retiring to Mexico. We were there for a day and a half, and I did my usual thing of asking everyone, Mexicans and foreigners, about the place and what it’s like to live there. It was plenty hot, and several Mexicans told me water is a problem there. That is to be expected at this time of year, with the rains due in a few weeks. People are resourceful and know how to conserve water. I understood someone to say that the town water is on one day, off the next. All this sounds pretty similar to what we deal with in San Juan Cosala at this time of year… but the average annual rainfall in our part of Jalisco is roughly three times what it is in Sonora.

I’m trying to make a fairly subtle point here. I do think it’s good to pay attention to potential climate change factors but I’m not saying “Don’t go” to any particular place. After all, you have to live someplace! Just don’t put all your eggs in a particular basket without considering things, including your own levels of tolerance for heat, drought, and uncertainty!

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