Summer Vacation 2015

I’ve been M.I.A due to a family vacation which I am very appreciative that I went on.
While the vacation was much needed, I am very happy to be home.

Each year my family and I travel to Mexico where my father is from to spend a few days on his ranch in Durango

After a few days spent on the ranch, we then travel to our actual vacation destination. This year we happened to be visiting Mazatlan.

Some of you may be reading this and wondering if Mexico is still a safe country, and let me assure you that it is.
With the media always trying to condemn the country or portray it as very dangerous and unsafe, it is still a beautiful and welcoming country.
It is true that there are some places that may not be as safe as others but if you really think about it, that’s all over the world, even in your own home country.

Mexico offers a variety of colors, scenery, smells, sounds, tastes, traditions, legends, etc.
I could go on and on about all that Mexico has to offer but it’s something you have to experience and not just read about.

Here is a glimpse of my vacation:

Piedras Negras
Piedras Negras
Lunch at Maria Isabel's
Lunch at Maria Isabel’s
Home
Home
Our first day back home, we had a cook out.
Our first day back home, we had a cook out.
Fresh produce.
Fresh produce.
Roasting up tomatoes and jalapenos for salsa.
Roasting up tomatoes and jalapenos for salsa.
Fresh picked green beans.
Fresh picked green beans.
Peeling and snapping.
Peeling and snapping.
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Snapped in half.
Street vendors.
Street vendors.
Making sopes.
Making sopes.
Sopes!
Sopes!
Rosebush in my father's garden.
Rosebush in my father’s garden.
Bus tickets to Mazatlan. (Notice the Familia Vargas)
Bus tickets to Mazatlan. (Notice the Familia Vargas)
Scenery while on the bus.
Scenic views while on the bus.
My nephew posing in front of a marlin.
My nephew posing in front of a marlin.
Charro Beans
Charro Beans
Salsa's
Salsa’s
Carne Asada & Al Pastor tacos.
Carne Asada & Al Pastor tacos.
Queso flameado
Queso flameado
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Preparing the meat.
Taxis in Mazatlan.
Taxis in Mazatlan.
Hotel views
Hotel views
Souvenirs and trinkets inside the local market.
Souvenirs and trinkets inside the local market.
Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fresh fruits and vegetables.
More fruits and vegetables.
More fruits.
More beach views.
More beach views.
Pina Coladas by the pool.
Pina Coladas by the pool.
Supreme pizza.
Supreme pizza.
Nachos
Nachos
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Salsa’s and pickled cucumber slices.
Al Pastor Tacos
Al Pastor Tacos
Pan dulce from Panama Restaurant y Pasteleria
Pan dulce from Panama Restaurant y Pasteleria
Almond Croissants (My favorite)
Almond Croissants (My favorite)
More sweets
More sweets
Writing in the sand.
Writing in the sand.
My selfie stick came in handy although my family didn't want in the picture.
My selfie stick came in handy although my family didn’t want in the picture.

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Beach bummin’.
Seashells I collected from the beach.
Seashells I collected from the beach.
Vendors on the beach selling fruit cups and other snacks.
Vendors on the beach selling fruit cups and other snacks.
Footprints in the sand left by my nephew and me.
Footprints in the sand left by my nephew and me.
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The main fountain towards the entry of the beach.
Cotton candy skies.
Cotton candy skies.
Papa Loca which is their version of a loaded baked potato. (This was my favorite meal on the entire trip.)
Papa Loca which is their version of a loaded baked potato. (This was my favorite meal on the entire trip.)
Busy little bee.
Busy little bee.
Burritos
Burritos
Gorditas
Gorditas
Man roasting up chicken at the local market.
Man roasting up chicken at the local market.
Roasted chicken.
Roasted chicken.
His fresh produce.
His fresh produce.
My handmade & hand painted souvenirs I brought back home.
My handmade & hand painted souvenirs I brought back home.

It was nice to get away for a few weeks but I am so thankful to be home to my plants, my family, my best friend, and I’m even more thankful  to be home in time for my Regional Convention!

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas

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