Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 8 years. Okay, okay, now it's been 9 years.
Every day brings a new discovery.
They are still working on the casa............Senor says, it won't be long.........but Linda Lou says, it won't be long until what..............stay tuned to find out what's next.

Monday, October 20, 2008

I Love this truck.......

............and if you have read some of this blog's earlier posts, you will remember that we have a Chevy Silverado, 4 door, f150, 4 wdr, and that I hated this truck the first time I saw it. I also did not like the fact that Bill bought it while I was away on a vacation. I think he knew I would not like it.....



I envisioned going to Mexico in a cute old 1980's green truck (just like the old one we had in Santa Fe), with a cab and a back end, and of course, the u haul.



bill said...do you want to go to Mexico or Utah?....a truck like that will never make it to Mexico...i said...how will we get through those little streets in Alamos...how will we park a truck like that....we will never get that thing in our little driveway......it is too big.

I would not even drive it for a long time....too big.



Yesterday, outside the DIF Bill picked up a group of women and children, piled their many bags of food and clothing into the back of the truck and drove them way out beyond the airport to their home.........he ferried more people across the arroyo, and out of Navajoa, brought some workers in the back of the truck all the way to Alamos....I LOVE THIS TRUCK.



I am grateful that we have it and that we are putting it to good use. And I'm grateful that Bill got it behind my back and that it got us all the way to this beautiful little town..............



Don't think for one moment that we are the only ones using our truck for good purposes.



Good grief!
Truck driving people are carting people, they are carting trash, carting furniture, carting school kids, carting shovels, and yes, carting other trucks............. good stuff.



And everyone is still very busy here, whether in a vehicle, or in a yard or house, at the church, at the airport. It is busy EVERYWHERE!



Some of my American neighbors are busy sorting clothing that came from the US for DIF and the church. They are busy shoveling and hauling mud. Some are busy cooking and cleaning for many families they know. Some are helping out at the hotels, cleaning, gardening, and cooking. Some are just there with a kind word and a smile.

A group of foreigners is trying to find passable roads to outlying areas, in the montanas and near the beaches, to supply clothing and food, blankets and toiletries.

Mexican families are all working hard. The women at DIF kitchen are working back breaking hours. I bet none of them took today off like I did.....Mexican sons are still shoveling dirt and mud out of their homes and now trying to return to their school studies as well.
Young daughters are taking care of even younger children while they return to school and their parents return to work or seek work again.

Everyone is busy around the clock.........

........while I was busy taking photos.......
Some of them are not pretty....some of them are pretty......


But you will see some of the things happening here.
in the photo below, small, but sturdy footbridges like this one have been constructed...they might have to eventually put up some hand rails for older folks like us.......but, they work...



Bull dozers are working to remove the huge boulders that came down from the montanas. It also looks like they are widening the arroyos in some areas...............
the water is still running, which really surprises me, but Bill says there is alot of water up in the montanas.....



in the business above, they are pumping water out of the casa and into the arroyo below the stone wall.....below, school girls cross another newly constructed footbridge on their first day back to school.................

above, you can see there is still so much work to do, these homes and businesses are right on the arroyo and suffered so much damage................




the chalaton barrio remains a mixture of mud, boulders and debris, but I did notice the small grocery store (where the arroyo split in two and the waters went right around it and pushed boulders and trees into the windows) has a new uplift, with what looks like some new columns and a new paint job...you can even see the shelves are stocked inside..............
as you can see, there are people now living in very poor conditions, but there is help......
Bill is standing behind this truck, trying to help the young boy in the red shirt put planks under the back tires of the truck, so it can get across the water...............there is no foot bridge yet at the Chalaton.......from this end the mercado looks better, but the other end is still covered in alot of dirt and the mercado remains closed......the health department will keep it closed until it thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.............below, the arroyo near La Aduana is debris strewn........




It won't be long before Alamos will be even prettier than before. In fact if you don't have your reservation yet for the Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Music Festival in January, you'd better get it soon. The music and art festival, which lasts for 9 days, brings musicians and artists from around the world. We have yet to go to it, but it will be something I won't miss in January.

I'm certainly not trying to sound like a tour guide, but you can google search all the hotels you want in Alamos and maybe still find a reservation.........

below are only a handful of the many pretty things I saw today on my walk in Alamos ...............


ADIOS. Linda

1 comment:

1st Mate said...

Linda - Bill is using the truck for what trucks were designed to do, and any truck is lovable when it has a job to do, as long as it keeps running.

By the way, I saw a promo online for a big photography show the end of the month at Alamos. Do you know if it's still going to happen?